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Cedars Upper School

Cedars Upper School is an upper school and sixth form with academy status, located in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England. Former students of the school are known as Old Cedarians.

Cedars Upper School
Mentmore Road

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Coordinates51°54′29″N 0°40′26″W / 51.907958°N 0.673969°W / 51.907958; -0.673969Coordinates: 51°54′29″N 0°40′26″W / 51.907958°N 0.673969°W / 51.907958; -0.673969
Department for Education URN137462 Tables
HeadteacherSteven Palmer
Age13 to 18


The Cedars, location of the school from 1921 to 1973

Grammar schoolEdit

The school was founded as a grammar school in 1921 in Church Square, at the end of the High Street in Leighton Buzzard. The house was formerly occupied by Mary Norton.


In 1973 the school became a comprehensive school and moved to its current location on Mentmore Road. Leighton Middle School was founded at the former location.[1][3]

The school became a specialist Mathematics and Computing College in September 2006,[4] and due to the specialism, the school also became a Microsoft Sponsored School. The school then converted to academy status in September 2011.

Since September 2018 the school has become a component of the multi-academy Chiltern Learning Trust.[5] In April 2019 it was announced that French and German A Levels would be cut "due to limited uptake, making them “nonviable”.[6]


The school now has four houses named after rivers; Orinoco, Lena, Danube and Zambezi after the school changed to a vertical tutoring system in 2010. In September 2016, the Murray house was removed. In September 2018, the vertical tutoring system was removed and replaced with horizontal tutoring, with the houses being replaced by the year groups and upper and lower sixth being combined.

The former houses were named after the patron saints of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; George, Andrew, Patrick and David


  • David Heather, 2006, The Guardian regional award for "Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.[7]


Julie Hilling, Labour MP from 2010-15 for the marginal seat of Bolton West (she won by 92 votes in 2010)


  1. ^ a b Cedars Upper School 2008 Prospectus Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 23 October 2008
  2. ^ Ofsted Inspection Report 2006[permanent dead link], accessed 23 October 2008
  3. ^ Sheila Meekums - The history of Leighton Middle School
  4. ^[permanent dead link] Specialist Schools and Academies Trust
  5. ^ "Cedars and Linslade School get green light from commissioner to join Trust". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Education cuts make some A-levels 'unviable' in Leighton Buzzard and Linslade". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  7. ^ Phipps, Claire (4 July 2006). "Couldn't do better". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  8. ^ Devlin, Amanda (9 October 2013). "Superhero vs a super waste of our money!". Leighton Buzzard Observer. Retrieved 11 April 2014.

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