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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 nine 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.


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
Jessica Andrews Governor
John Dee Governor
Tony Edwards Governor
Thomas Jackson Governor
Craig Smith Governor


The Trust Report & Financial Statement can be found here.

Six key aims for the academy

The six key aims for this year have been summarised below and represent the keys drivers for each development plan, at every level of the academy.


Academy Leadership team

Student Outcomes, Finance, Staffing and Strategic Direction
IAN BUTLER  Vice-Principal
Curriculum Operations, Data, Assessments & Exams
RICHARD CANDLIN Associate Principal
Teaching & Learning Standards
KATIE BRIDGE Associate Principal
Improving Teaching & Learning
EMMA FOREMAN Associate Principal
Improving Teaching & Learning
MARK GIBBS Associate Principal
Children & Families Services
CLARE HOOD Associate Principal
Developing the Quality and Impact of Research on Teaching and Learning
THOMAS ROWELL Assistant Principal