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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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Careers Education and Guidance

Work Related learning

@ Sandbach School 

CAREERS Information Advice and GUIDANCE (CIAG)


At Sandbach School, careers information, advice and guidance (CIAG) is offered and delivered through a wide range of integrated programmes from Years 7 to 13. ‘Careers’ forms an important part of our wider Work Related Learning Strategy and aims to meet and exceed the statutory requirements to provide impartial advice and guidance to all our students. The careers programmes we deliver also link to important polices that promote equality and diversity. 

We know that effective careers advice has a positive and direct impact on a student’s aspirations and motivation to succeed. As such, we aim to meet all 8 of the Gatsby ‘gold standard’ benchmarks that promote effective careers delivery in schools.


The eight Gatsby ‘benchmarks’ of Good Career Guidance are:

1. To provide a stable careers programme
2. Learn from career and labour market information (and adapt accordingly)
3. Address the needs of each pupil i.e. understand their individual aspirations
4. Linking the student’s curriculum learning to careers
5. Providing encounters with employers and employees (for each year group)
6. Providing experiences of the workplace
7. Providing encounters with further and higher education providers (including Apprenticeship providers)
8. Ensuring personal guidance is available and offered to all students


Our careers programmes are regularly reviewed using this model as a benchmark; ensuring its ultimate fitness for purpose. 


Sandbach School’s CIAG Delivery Includes:

  • Access to independent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance provided by a nationally registered Professional Careers Consultant 
  • Yr 7 to Yr 13 Relevant PSHCE  Delivery via Tutor group Activities
  • Student work related ‘Enrichment’ days off normal timetable 
  • Careers Assemblies and Visiting Speakers  
  • Employer / Student ‘Forums’
  • Regular Business Input and Support from our local Skills and Growth Company and designated Business Advisor  
  • Being a member of the local Chamber of Commerce
  • Targeted Work Experience in Year 10 and 12
  • Curriculum Links and Delivery via Subject Lessons e.g. Bentley Motors language workshops  
  • Enterprise Activities e.g. Young Enterprise, Tycoon in Schools, Tenner Challenge
  • Enterprise Club
  • Visits to local and national F.E., HE. and Apprenticeship Careers Events   
  • STEM Club and STEM Activities
  • Aspire group meetings and extra-curricular activities  
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