Our Nurseries and Schools
BEST NURSERIES & SCHOOLS
The Bedfordshire Schools Trust – BEST – is a learning community of two nurseries and eight schools, providing outstanding all-through 0-19 education. We believe that learning is continuous and that children are best served by clear, coherent and established educational pathways.
Our schools are centres of excellence and prized by the communities they serve. Our nurseries in Shefford and Arlesey work in partnership with our lower schools (Gothic Mede, Gravenhurst, Langford and Lawnside); primary school (St Christophers); middle school (Robert Bloomfield); extended secondary school (Etonbury); and upper school (Samuel Whitbread). Together, they drive improvement and nurture resilient and socially responsible life-long learners.
SAMUEL WHITBREAD ACADEMY
We offer an exceptional academic and extracurricular experience at Samuel Whitbread Academy in an outstanding learning environment where students are expected to work hard and achieve their best. In our last Ofsted inspection, we were judged as ‘Good’ with many outstanding features.
A modern and inclusive education with solid traditional British values of fairness, equality, tolerance and respect for our shared history and democratic rule of law. Our vision is a simple one – a truly great education for every child so that they can become happy, successful, positive and fulfilled adults.
ROBERT BLOOMFIELD ACADEMY
We are a thriving, happy and successful school. Our emphasis is on high academic standards and developing in children the character and resilience they will need to contribute to a fast changing world. We have great facilities and our teachers are of the highest quality. We value each child and provide them with the opportunity to fulfill their potential and enjoy learning. We strive to offer them an extensive range of opportunities in, and beyond, the classroom as part of a caring Community that values the individual.
St CHRISTOPHERS ACADEMY
Our emphasis is on high academic standards and developing the character and resilience of our children. We have excellent facilities and teachers. We provide children the opportunity to fulfill their potential in, and beyond, the classroom as part of a caring Community that values education the individuals.
GOTHIC MEDE ACADEMY
We provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which everyone is challenged intellectually and creatively. We recognise the skills and development needs of individuals and groups and actively seek to work towards the achievement of high standards and goals.
LANGFORD VILLAGE ACADEMY
We believe in a happy, stimulating and safe environment, with an exciting topic-based curriculum so that all the children and adults enjoy their learning. We believe that every member of our school community should feel valued. It is every child’s right to achieve to the best of their ability (and beyond!)
Through a warm and caring ethos, we aim to help all pupils achieve their full potential by encouraging, stimulating, enthusing and challenging them in their learning. The school promotes an open and supportive partnership with pupils, parents, staff, governors and the community.
Lawnside, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 0LX
tel: 01767 312313
At Lawnside we strive to nurture a passion for life-long learning in everyone, encouraging all children and adults at the school to be confident and independent. We aim to provide opportunities for each and every child to develop their courage, perseverance, self-esteem and aspiration, while all the time feeling safe to take risks, make mistakes and challenge themselves.
At Lawnside we value everyone for who they are, celebrating individuality and diversity, and creating a culture where all children have their voice heard and all children encourage each other to achieve the best they can in all areas of school life, creating well-rounded individuals.
At Lawnside we aim to create a happy environment where children can learn, laugh and smile, where all feel part of our family, the Lawnside Family, and all feel a strong sense of community.
BEST NURSERY (SHEFFORD)
BEST Nurseries provide first class, family orientated sessional and day care which is accessible to all. We recognise that an appropriate and positive nursery experience will help children feel confident as they begin their educational journey. Ofsted awarded the nursery a judgement of ‘outstanding’ in May 2016 and observed ‘Children of all ages flourish in this highly stimulating environment’.
BEST NURSERY (ARLESEY)
BEST Nurseries works in partnership with Gothic Mede Academy to provide sessional or full day care in a first class learning environment. Teaching utilises the expertise of both qualified teachers and specialised, highly qualified early years practitioners. Great importance is placed on the aspiration to help all children to reach and exceed their potential.