Year 8 to Year 9 Transfer Information

Making the journey easy

We at Samuel Whitbread Academy, aim to make the transition from middle to upper school as seamless and hassle-free as possible. We work particularly closely with our three associated schools, Henlow, Etonbury and Robert Bloomfield Academies to introduce the subject of transition early, in order that all parties are as informed and prepared as possible.

At each of the middle schools the induction process is the same.
Click here for an example of last year's Process Timeline.
Click here to view last year's Transition Handbook.

If you have any questions about the Year 9 transfer process, please email and we will respond within 24 hours (during term time).

Taster Days

Monday 3rd July – Henlow
Students depart Henlow at 8.45am
Students depart SWA at 3pm using SWA buses

Tuesday 4th July – Etonbury and out of catchment
Students depart Sandye Place and Alban at 8.45am
Students depart SWA at 2.30pm using SWA buses
Note: all other students are dropped off at SWA by parents/guardians at 9am and collected 3pm

Wednesday 5th July – Robert Bloomfield
Students depart Robert Bloomfield at 8.45am
Students depart SWA at 3pm using SWA buses


Transition Day

Friday 7th July – all students
Students catch the bus from their village and arrive at SWA from 8am for an 8.20am assembly in the main hall
Students depart SWA at 3pm via the SWA buses

Note: students will have bus information reinforced on the taster days

Transition Days - School Transport Information

  • Central Bedfordshire Council make all decisions and arrangements for school transport for in catchment pupils.
  • Late buses are provided free of charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays, leaving school at 4:30pm.
  • SWA work together with Chiltern and Herberts to provide paid out of catchment services starting at: J96 Biggleswade; J35 Great Barford; J02 Bedford.
  • Poor behaviour will not be accepted on school transport and permanent bans can be implemented.
  • School transport application forms have been sent out by Central Beds, they need to completed and returned with a photo.
  • If you have not received an application form and think you should of, contact school transport on 0300 300 8339
  • Passes will be sent to current schools, if not it will be posted over the summer.

For any further assistance please contact Richard Candlin at SWA on