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Samuel Whitbread Academy


BEST - Bedfordshire Schools Trust

Samuel Whitbread Academy is part of the Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST) which is a learning community of two nurseries and ten schools, providing outstanding all-through 0-19 education.

BEST offer a range of dedicated services,  in place to support schools. Services include: Finance; Human Resources; Estates Management; IT and Communications. 

They also have a vibrant teaching school, the Central Bedfordshire Teaching School Partnership (CBTSP), which delivers a comprehensive school improvement package to 138 schools across Central Bedfordshire and a SCITT, the Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership, which provides both primary and secondary Initial Teaching Training (ITT) courses.

Bedfordshire Schools Trust Limited
BEST House,
Shefford Road,
Bedfordshire, SG17 5QS

Telephone: 01462 811519
Companies House Registration Number: 07546141
VAT Registration Number: 120 7845 28
England and Wales

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We are a charity by virtue of the fact that we are an academy trust.

Academy Leadership team

Strategic Direction, Staffing, HR, Finance & Student Outcomes
IAN BUTLER  Vice Principal
Quality of Education, Curriculum Intent, Data, Assessment, Exams & Student Outcomes
Quality of Education, Improving Teaching and Learning, HR, CPD & Student Outcomes.
THOMAS ROWELL Assistant Principal
Quality of Education at KS5, SWA SENDCo, BEST SEND,  Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & KS5 Student Outcomes
VISHALIE YADAV Associate Principal (Acting)
Student Behaviour, Attitudes & Attendance
RICHARD SINCLAIR Designated Safeguarding Lead
KATIE BRIDGE Associate Principal
Quality of Education and Improving Teaching & Learning
RICHARD CANDLIN Associate Principal
Outcomes of Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds & School Transport
EMMA FOREMAN Associate Principal
Student Personal Development, CEIAG & SMSC



For information on the funding of Samuel Whitbread Academy and the rest of BEST please visit the BEST website.

Governing Body

Local Governing Board (LGB)

Sharon Dickman  

Chair of Governors

Karen Davies Vice Chair
Nick Martin Principal
Tony Edwards Staff Governor
Alexandra Mason Staff Governor
Yvonne Cain Staff Governor
Thomas Jackson Governor
Jennie Conde Governor
Steve Botterill Governor
Alison Wilshaw Governor
Victoria Joyce Clerk


The Governance Handbook/Scheme of Delegation document can be found on BEST website here.