Central Bedfordshire Council provide our service for School Admissions.

At the end of Year 8 students normally transfer to the Upper school in their catchment area. All upper schools have a 6th form and pupils may remain at the school up to the age of 18 or 19 years.

Parents have a right to express a preference for a school which is not within the catchment area, but places can only be offered if there is space available. If the number of requests for places at a school exceeds the number of places available, places will be allocated in accordance with the Admissions Criteria for that school.

If you would like any information about admissions to school or the transfer process, you can contact the School Admissions Service by letter, fax or e-mail or click here.

You can contact the School Admissions Service at:
School Admissions Service
Central Bedfordshire Council
Watling House
High Street North
Phone: 0300 300 8037

If you would like to know which schools serve your local area please click here.


General Information for Parents

You can find the BEST policy for Admissions here.

During the year before transfer

  • Parents will be invited to an “Open Evening” at Samuel Whitbread to meet the Headteacher, staff and students; this is usually held at the end of September beginning of October.

  • In June/July parents and students who are transferring to SWA will be invited to an meet the tutor evening; (the opportunity to purchase uniform is also available on this evening from our uniform suppliers)

  • In July pupils who are transferring to SWA will be invited to spend two days at the school working with their new teachers, house leaders and prefects with the aim of becoming more familiar with the school and it’s ethos.

Open Days

Year 9 Open Evenings held on two evenings:

Tuesday 25th September - Henlow Church of England Academy & Outside of Catchment

Tuesday 2nd October - Robert Bloomfield Academy & Outside of Catchment

Tours will take place between 6.00pm and 8.30pm and presentations will be held at 6.30pm, 7.00pm & 7.30pm.


Sixth Form Open Evenings

Tuesday 20th November 5.00pm to 8.00pm