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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

Careers education and Guidance helps to raise aspirations and offers support, particularly at times of transition, to help all pupils reach their full potential. Examples of transition making points are:

At the end of Key Stage 3 when year 9 options choices are available.

Following GCSE studies- Post 16 choices at the end of Key Stage

On completion of Key Stage 5 /A level study

Sandbach School has an integrated programme of guidance and support that is delivered in the following ways:

Jayne Roworth

Independent Careers Guidance from a nationally registered Professional Careers Adviser –Jayne Roworth BA(Hons), Dip CG, Dip Ced, MCDI  Jayne is in school on Wednesdays -all day and on Friday Mornings.

PSHCE days

Tutor group Activities:

Student Enrichment days 

Transition Support –Year 9 Options/Sixth form

Aims and Objectives:

For Year 9:

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 will be enhanced through PSHCE and extra-curricular activities.

For Year 10:

to develop an awareness of the world of work and career progression.

For Year 11:

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.

To support this the following programme is in place:

Year 8 are currently undertaking the Young Enterprise “Tenner” Competition organised by Mrs Henshaw. The focus for this year group is careers, employability and enterprise
Year 9 have been focusing on their option choices and decision making. They have been encouraged to use their research skills to increase their occupational awareness and also their self-awareness. Each Year 9 form has had a presentation on how to make a well informed decision from Jayne Roworth, Careers Adviser. Curriculum enrichment has included communication Skills and team work including visiting speakers and presentations from parents and Governors on employer’s expectations. To support transition there was a year 9 options evening and detailed information for current parents on subject choices.
Year 10 are continuing  their research into occupational choices and career pathways using the on-line careers matching programme “KUDOS”. This suggests good matches based on interests but also allows pupils to explore the demands and realities of careers and working life. Jayne Roworth has introduced each Year 10 form to this programme and all year 10 pupils now have access to this. Curriculum enrichment has focused on employer links and Career pathways –including a day with the Bentley Graduate team
Year 11 are encouraged to consider their post 16 options. Tutors help them to build up a CV and to become aware of the selection process, including on-line applications Curriculum enrichment has included mock interviews and employer expectations. To support transition the school arranges a sixth form open afternoon and taster lessons in the Autumn term.Each Year 11 pupil is offered an individual discussion with Jayne Roworth, Careers Adviser who provides an action plan report by e-mail giving details of her impartial advice and recommendations. Jayne is in school on Wednesdays -all day and Friday Mornings. and can be contacted on
Visits to college taster days and careers days such as the Medicine careers day at Keele take place regularly for interested students
Visiting speakers are invited into school, particularly on student enrichment days
Details of Key stage 5 Careers and PSHCE activities can be found on the sixth form section of the web site

Raising of the Participation Age (see document below for details)

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.


Useful web sites

National Careers Service


Career Box




National Apprenticeship Service


Resources in school

Further and Higher Education Prospectus


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