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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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Staffing and Responsibilities

Our Work Related learning programmes are managed and reviewed regularly by an experienced team of senior and middle leaders that report directly to the Head Teacher / Senior Leadership Team. The current structure is as follows:

  • Mr Stuart Dodds – Deputy Head Teacher (Pastoral)
  • Mrs Laura Kane – Curriculum Leader for PSHCE
  • Mr Steve Mills – Careers and Enterprise Education Manager
  • Mrs Jayne Roworth – Independent Careers Consultant


Our careers programmes are delivered by a diverse range of staff from Sixth Form Directors, Subject Teachers, Form Tutors, Learning Intervention Managers, Student Support Offices, Learning Support Professionals, Independent Careers Professionals and outside agencies such as Change in Education.   

It is the responsibility of all staff at Sandbach School to engage in the process of careers delivery in order to maximise the impact on each student’s personal aspirations and motivation within school.  The form tutor has a pivotal role in encouraging students to plan ahead and reflect on the range of ‘pathways’ available


Future Dates and Events   


Our careers education is delivered through a planned series of PSHCE lesson times throughout the academic year and also during our ‘Enrichment Day’ programmes.

These Enrichment Days are scheduled for the 2nd March 2018 (Year 11 Assessment Centre and Employer Interviews Day) and the 18th July 2018 (Yr 9 Careers ‘Pathways’ Conference Employer Expectations).

Assembly slots can also be arranged independently and employers are encouraged to visit for Breakfast meetings between 8.15 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. to discuss how they can get involved. 


Employer / Business Links / Alumni


We pride ourselves in having developed sustained links with a very diverse range of employers, education providers and alumni over the years.

Regular supporters of our careers programmes include Bentley Motors, Siemens, Barclays, Waitrose, Black Friars Group, Chemical Business Association, Total People, Everybody Leisure, Armed Forces, Police, Gladman Group, Construction Industry Training Board, NHS, The Skills and Growth Company and many more independent business professionals who have signed up to our business support network.

We would encourage any employer / employee or ex-student to contact Steve Mills on  if they would like to get involved with our future careers delivery / events.

We recognise that the input of Employers is vital in keeping our programmes up to date; providing impartial advice and guidance for students at key stages of their development.

Are aim is to offer employer experiences for each year group. These experiences include work experience opportunities in Yr 10 and Yr 12, field trips to employers via curriculum departments, regional and national careers fairs and specific enrichment day events; when a wide range of employers visit the school to help deliver activities such as our Yr 8 Enterprise Day ‘Grabber Challenge’, Yr 10 Careers ‘Pathways’ Conference and Yr 11 Mock Assessment Centre /Employer Interviews Day etc.


Parent Support and Advice


Naturally, parents have a key role to play in providing careers advice and guidance. They are particularly important in helping their sons and daughters to identify, research and prepare for their future career.

Parents and students are informed and supported at each key stage of transition via parents’ information evenings at the start of each academic year and other specialist events such as the Year 8 GCSE Options evening and the Sixth Form Options events.

Parents are also kept informed about careers related delivery via the website, our weekly news bulletin system ‘parent direct’, personal emails and twitter feeds.

Useful information for parents can be found on the following web-sites and are a good place to start when making plans and reflecting on key decisions. 


General Advice


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