Cedars Upper School

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Cedars Upper School
Established 1921[1]
Type Academy
Headteacher Steven Palmer
Location Mentmore Road
Leighton Buzzard
Coordinates: 51°54′29″N 0°40′26″W / 51.907958°N 0.673969°W / 51.907958; -0.673969
DfE number 823/4011
DfE URN 137462 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1300[2]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 13–18
Website www.cedarsupper.beds.sch.uk

Cedars Upper School is an upper school and sixth form with academy status, located in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England.


The Cedars, location of the school from 1921 to 1973

Grammar school[edit]

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.


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.

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.[5]


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

Cedars School[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cedars Upper School 2008 Prospectus, accessed 23 October 2008
  2. ^ Ofsted Inspection Report 2006, accessed 23 October 2008
  3. ^ Sheila Meekums - The history of Leighton Middle School
  4. ^ https://secure.ssatrust.org.uk/registration/schoolsearch.aspx?id=8204011 Specialist Schools and Academies Trust
  5. ^ Phipps, Claire (2006-07-04). "Couldn't do better". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  6. ^ Devlin, Amanda (9 October 2013). "Superhero vs a super waste of our money!". Leighton Buzzard Observer. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 

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