The Bedfordshire Schools Trust – BEST – is a learning community of two nurseries and six 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 and Langford); 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.


Shefford Road, Clifton, Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5QS
Tel: 01462 629 900   Email:

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. 



Stotfold Road, Arlesey, Bedfordshire SG15 6XS
Tel: 01462 730 391   Email:

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.



Bloomfield Drive, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5BU
Tel: 01462 628 800   Email:

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. 


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Gotham Way, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4NJ
Tel: 01582 500960   Email:

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.


High Street, Arlesey, Bedfordshire SG15 6SL
Tel: 01462 732 002   Email:

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.



Church Street, Langford, Bedfordshire SG18 9QA
Tel: 01462 629 000  Email:

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!)



10 High Street, Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire MK45 4HY
Tel: 01462 711257   Email:

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.


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Lawnside, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 0LX
Tel: 01767 312313   Email:

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.


Shefford Road, Clifton, Shefford SG17 5QS
Tel: 01462 815637   Email:

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’.



High Street, Arlesey, Bedfordshire SG15 6SL
Tel: 01462 732168   Email:

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.