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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 school was founded in 1677. The school has occupied its site near the centre of Sandbach since 1851. The site’s original buildings were designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and have since been extended substantially.

The school operated as a charitable boarding and day school until 1955, when its unique legal status was established – it was an independent school, which admitted boys and was comprehensive, but was funded solely by Cheshire LEA and the Learning and Skills Council. It then became the grammar school for boys in south Cheshire. The school began to take pupils of all abilities in 1979. In September 2011, Sandbach became a free school, one of the first to be established in England.

The school is a charity, registered with the charity commission, run by the Sandbach School Property Trust (registered charity number 1124293- 1).

The main block of the school has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.
Old boys fought in both world wars; a roll of Honour can be found in the school chapel and the school pavilion is dedicated to the old boys who died during the Great War.

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