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Samuel Whitbread Academy


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.

You can contact the School Admissions Service at:

School Admissions Service 
Central Bedfordshire Council 
Watling House 
High Street North 
Dunstable LU6 1LF 

Phone: 0300 300 8037 

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General Information for Parents 

You can find the BEST policy for Admissions here


  • 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 Evenings

Year 8-9 Open Evenings

  • Henlow C of E Academy & Out of Catchment Area – Tuesday 24th September 2019
  • Robert Bloomfield Academy & Out of Catchment Area – Tuesday 1st October 2019

When you arrive at the academy for the Open Evening please come to the main reception where you will be given a Prospectus and a map. Tours around the academy will run any time between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.  The first presentation will be in the main hall at 6.30pm and will be repeated at 7.00pm & 7.30pm.


Sixth Form Open Evening

  • Tuesday 19th  November 2019