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Lawnside Academy


BEST - Bedfordshire Schools Trust

Lawnside Academy is part of the Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST) which is a learning community of 10 schools and 5 nurseries, providing outstanding all-through 0-19 education. BEST believe that learning is continuous and that children are best served by clear, coherent and established educational pathways. 

BEST nurseries in Shefford and Arlesey work in partnership with BEST 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). 

For further information regarding BEST nurseries and schools please visit the BEST website.

Bedfordshire Schools Trust LimitedBedfordshire Schools Trust Website Link
BEST House,
Shefford Road,
Bedfordshire, SG17 5QS

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

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

The Trust Report and Financial Statement can be found here.

For further information regarding governance and for statutory documentation please visit the BEST Website.

Local Governing Body

Governance is through the trustees of Bedfordshire Schools Trust  (BEST) and Local Governing Bodies (LGBs). The board of trustees are responsible for the effective operation of BEST and each academy therein. LGBs are committees of the Board.

Lawnside Academy's LGB operates to support and hold the Principal to account for the performance of students and staff and to engage meaningfully with all parents/carers, enabling them to put forward their views at key points in their child’s education.  Our Local Governing Body are:

Susanne Combe - Chair of Governors

Cheryl Johnson - Principal

Vanessa Osborn - Co-opted Governor

Lucy Blackford - Staff Governor

Vacancy - Parent Governor

Sanna Nissinen - Parent Governor

Steven Watkins - Co-opted Governor

Governors can be contacted via our Clerk to the Governors by email at

Appointing Governors

We are currently looking for new governors to join our friendly governing body. Our governors have a range of different backgrounds, skills and experience but all share a common interest of wanting the best possible education for the children in our school.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a governor please contact the Clerk to the Governors by email at

Governance Documents