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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Samuel Whitbread Academy

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Samuel Whitbread Academy is a popular and highly successful upper school (Years 9-13) of 1650 students which includes 450 in the Sixth Form and is the largest school in Central Bedfordshire.

We offer an exceptional academic and extracurricular experience in an outstanding learning environment where students are expected to work hard and achieve their best. We are a member of the Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST) a learning community of five nurseries and ten schools, providing outstanding all-through 0-19 education. In our last Ofsted inspection, we were judged as ‘Good’ with many outstanding features and over the next three years we have set ourselves the target of being Outstanding! 

Latest News

  • 29 Apr 2022Apr 29 2022 3:02:51 PM

      The Youth Ambassadors are a group of Year 12 students who volunteered earlier this year, with the help of Montell Neufville at Att10tive, to organise events for the lower year groups at Samu...

  • 17 Mar 2022Mar 17 2022 12:22:27 PM

    This month Samuel Whitbread Academy entered three teams into the Haart International Debate competition. In this competition, school students from around the globe have been debating contentious topic...

  • 28 Jan 2022Jan 28 2022 1:40:10 PM

    Aspiring journalist, Year 13 John Bragg has written and edited a brilliant match report on the U18 football quarter-final match against Beechen Cliff. To read please see below. 

  • 28 Jan 2022Jan 28 2022 1:27:30 PM

      The art of debating is something that requires students to utilise their higher order thinking skills. It requires students to reach a judgement on a topic and be able to explain and justify...

  • 17 Dec 2021Dec 17 2021 2:30:06 PM

      To start off with, we would like to say thank you to our Gold sponsor RARUK Automation, our Silver sponsors Redrow Homes & Nexus Fostering and our Bronze sponsors Winkworth & Endolin...

  • 22 Jul 2022 - 9:07 AMJul 22 2022 9:52:11 AM

    We have reached the end of the academic year, the first full year in school post-Covid restrictions. In a thank you message, our CEO Dr Alan Lee and Chair of Trustees Ilona Bond have praised staff in our schools and nurseries for everything they have given this year. 1/2

  • 21 Jul 2022 - 3:07 PMJul 21 2022 3:55:14 PM

    What an incredible year. We wish everyone a lovely and restful summer holidays. We will see you in September.

  • 21 Jul 2022 - 11:07 AMJul 21 2022 11:14:16 AM

    It's all friendly now between Obama and Sims house, however it's the house Olympics day - this will get competitive.

  • 20 Jul 2022 - 8:07 PMJul 20 2022 8:14:46 PM

    Year 12 Sports Day

  • 19 Jul 2022 - 2:07 PMJul 19 2022 2:02:52 PM

    IMPORTANT Year 9 & 10 should attend the Academy tomorrow (Weds) in PE Kit and then in PE Kit/House colours on Thursday for The House Olympics.

  • 21 Oct 2021 - 2:10 PMOct 21 2021 2:23:24 PM

    Year 9 Application Deadline Sunday 31st of October The deadline to apply to Samuel Whitbread Academy is fast approaching, to apply for a place in Year 9 September 2022 please click on the link below...

  • 19 Oct 2021 - 2:10 PMOct 19 2021 2:52:28 PM

    Northampton Saints Rugby Camp This October half term Northampton Saints will be running a rugby camp hosted at Samuel Whitbread Academy from the 26th-28th of October. A fantastic opportunity for aspiring rugby players to experience professional training and develop their skills. For more information about the camp or to book, visit their website or send a message via email. Both linked below. Website: Email:

  • 15 Oct 2021 - 1:10 PMOct 15 2021 1:59:45 PM

    Year 8 Taster Sessions SWA are proud to offer any Y8 student who is applying to us a range of fantastic curriculum taster sessions. We look forward to meeting you after the October half-term. For more information and to book a place, please visit

  • 06 Oct 2021 - 8:10 AMOct 6 2021 8:27:41 AM

    We currently have support staff roles: please click the links for more info and to apply. Learning Support Assistant (fixed-term) Casual Exam Invigilators (part-time)

  • 29 Sep 2021 - 3:09 PMSep 29 2021 3:42:43 PM

    UPDATE: Water is now running again and the site team are doing all necessary checks to make sure the site is up and running safely. School will be open as usual from tomorrow (Thursday) morning. Thank you to parents and students for your cooperation today.

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    How to Find Us

    Samuel Whitbread Academy
    Shefford Road, Clifton, Shefford
    Bedfordshire SG17 5QS

    01462 629 900