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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 two 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

  • 08 Mar 2021 - 8:03 PMMar 8 2021 8:28:42 PM

    SWA featured on ITV Anglia News again today as students returned back to school, showing the testing process and outlining the importance of a safe school environment during the pandemic. Click the link below to watch the short clip.

  • 19 Feb 2021 - 4:02 PMFeb 19 2021 4:36:48 PM

    SWA Sixth Form have organised a series of webinars with some of our incredible Alumni to help students understand various routes into different academic and employment sectors. The first of these starts on Wednesday 24th February at 6pm. Email Mr Huckle at for further information and joining details.

  • 12 Feb 2021 - 8:02 AMFeb 12 2021 8:43:07 AM

    A thank you message to all SWA students from Mrs Linehan, Vice Principal

  • 10 Feb 2021 - 10:02 AMFeb 10 2021 10:11:16 AM

    Round 3 of SWA's most influential Sportsperson votes are now open. The winner of Round 2 was Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.

  • 09 Feb 2021 - 9:02 AMFeb 9 2021 9:26:59 AM

    Round 2 of SWA's most influential Sportsperson votes are now open till tomorrow. The winner of Round 1 was Sir Steve Redgrave.

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    How to Find Us

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

    01462 629 900