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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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Year Group Aims and Objectives

Raising Aspirations through targeted delivery at key stages of transition:


Year 7 - Reflecting on their start to High School and making links between personal qualities and employer ‘expectations’.  

  • Reflecting on their own personal skills, aspirations and making links to future success. Becoming aware of their own personal characteristics via PSHCE and Tutor Led activities. 


Year 8 - GCSE options choices and links to future employment

  • To be able to make well-informed choices and good decisions about their transition to Key Stage 4. To support this, self-awareness and occupational awareness is enhanced through a bespoke PSHCE programme called ‘Back to Your Future’ and further extra-curricular activities i.e. GCSE Tasters and Options events.


Year 9 – Getting off to a good start with GCSE / Vocational Studies - looking at existing employee profiles and making links to personal aspirations.

  • To understand the more detailed ‘advantages and disadvantages’ of various careers pathways and adapting plans accordingly e.g. ‘A day in the life of’ research


Year 10 – Building an effective C.V. via the Kudos ICT Programme and keeping their options open.

  • To record and identify opportunities to further develop the employment skills and characteristics that are valued and expected by employers.


Year 11 – Firming up F.E./H.E./Apprenticeship ‘Pathways’ & Post 16 choices at the end of Key Stage 4

  • To be fully aware of their Post 16 options and to feel confident in their decision making. Ideally all of Year 11 should have made at least one application before the end of the autumn term.


Year 12/13 – Applying for and Exploring H.E. Options or Alternatives to University i.e. Higher Apprenticeship ‘Pathways’.

  • To ensure that all Sixth Form students remain focused and motivated towards achieving their ambitions and realise their true potential; either through successful applications to their chosen universities or access to higher apprenticeship opportunities.  
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