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Head's Welcome

Sandbach School specialises in educating boys. Every aspect of school life is geared to create the right environment for boys to thrive. Statistically evidence from the UK and around the world demonstrates that boys achieve higher results and make better progress in single sex schools. We make no apology for focusing upon academic achievement and setting aspirational targets for our young men. But we balance this with a co-curricular programme of out of class activities which teaches our boys the need for hard work and effort before tasting success. Results academically are impressive: last year 89% achieved a level 4 or above in Maths, 80% in English and 75% gained the old measure of 5A*-C grades including English and Maths. All students left with qualifications which supported their chosen pathway – many returning to our Sixth Form but others gaining prestigious apprenticeships.

In other areas our boys have also excelled. Our aim is always to support them whatever their talent and passion and so the range of opportunity is truly expansive. We have had elite runners taking part by invitation in the London Mini Marathon. Students who have successfully made the national finals in table tennis and cross country. We are U16 county hockey champions and U14 runners-up. U13 Cheshire football champions and Cheshire County finalists in two other age groups. One of our students made the final of the percussion BBC Young Musician of the Year with another winning the best instrumental soloist at the National Youth Brass Band Championships. These are just a few of the successes from last year!

I hope that the website gives you a flavour of our ethos and values. If you would like to know more we warmly welcome you to visit us.

Mrs Sarah Burns


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The Skills and Growth Company, Stakeholders and Other Information


The Skills and Growth Company


Sandbach School is supported locally by The Skills and Growth Company whose aim is to encourage regular and sustained involvement by employers and to help the school plan strategically in relation to its careers delivery.

It encourages the school to use the current and future jobs market as a way of inspiring students to succeed; as well as gathering feedback on the best way to engage with students across the school.

This government funded initiative provides a ‘link’ Business advisor to the school who regularly visits to help develop our programmes of delivery. Currently this is Dave Rowlands from the Construction Industry Training Board.  


Other Stake Holders


We encourage a range of other stakeholders to help promote our careers programmes and are grateful for the regular input from local F.E., H.E. and training providers. We welcome the involvement of local organisations such as Total People to help promote apprenticeship opportunities and also from F.E. providers such as Reaseheath College and South Cheshire College to expand the students understanding of alternative vocational routes into the world of work.  

Parents who can offer business expertise and employment related advice are always welcome as this is often a good way to link into local and national initiatives.

Governors monitor our careers provision at first hand by regularly getting involved in student workshops and careers event at school.

Inspiring Futures and also Future First Alumni Specialists also offer us valuable support.  

As a member of our local Chamber of Commerce we also have access to over 300 local employers should we need advice and support. 


Other Related Information


Raising of the Participation Age 

The government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until the end of the Academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015.

Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in School; they will be able to choose one of the following options post-16:

  • Full-time education, such as school, college or home education
  • An apprenticeship
  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering part-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week). More information about RPA is available on the Department for Education website HERE.
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