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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 84% achieved a C or above in Maths, 78% an English qualification and 72% gained 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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Curriculum

Sandbach School Curriculum

Transition and Induction Phase (Year 7 and Year 8)

In years 7 & 8 Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum. English and Maths are taught in ability groups, Science is taught in ability groups in Year 8 onwards.

 

Hours per 10 day cycle

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

English

8

8

Maths

6

6

Science

6

6

MFL

4

4

Geography

4

4

History

4

4

Religious Studies

2

2

Technology

4

4

Art

2

2

Performing Arts

2

2

Music

2

2

IT

2

2

Physical Education

4

4

 

Qualifications Phase (Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11)

During the qualifications phase the vast majority of students follow a set of courses which lead to a Level 2 qualification. The core offer to individuals of English Language and Literature, Maths, Science and Games is supported by four optional courses. Within the combination of subjects available students will have the chance to study for the Ebacc qualification.

Students are provided with support during the options process ensuring they make informed successful choices. English Language & English Literature; Maths and Science are taught in ability groupings.

 

Subject

Hours per 10 day cycle

English and English Literature

8

Maths

8

Science

10

Option 1

5

Option 2

5

Option 3

5

Option 4

5

Games

4

 

Post 16 Phase

Post 16 Students follow a Level 3 study programme which has a core aim that is either academic or vocational. Study programmes for students involve a minimum of 540 guided learning hours, of which approximately 90% is core curriculum time. The remaining part of the study programme consists of developmental activities such as PSHCE, Work Experience and enrichment activities. Some students study a combination of vocational and academic aims, but their core aim will be determined by the relative proportions of the subjects that they study.

 

 

Hours per 10 day cycle

Subject

Y12

Y13

Option A

10

9

Option B

10

9

Option C

10

9

Option D

10

9

Enrichment / PSHCE

3

3

Work Experience

2

2

 

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