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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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Year 8 Options 2018

Year 8 Options Timeline 2018







16th February



GCSE Options launch to students in assembly


19th - 23rd February



Half Term


March 2018



Subject information assemblies


8th March



Year 8 Parents Evening


w/b 19th March



Subject information week


22nd March



GCSE Options Information Evening


26th March



Options forms returned


24th – 28th April



Options discussions for students


There have been a number of Government led changes to GCSE assessment over the past few years and we understand that some of the information that has gone out in the national press can be confusing. We aim to give practical and straightforward advice that will guide and advise students to take courses that suit their abilities and aspirations.

GCSE subjects will now be graded on a numerical scale from the highest 9 to the lowest grade 1.

The table indicates broadly how the new system compares to the previous A*-C approach.

Grade 5 will be considered a ‘good pass’.

As more information on this becomes available we will share it with parents and students.

New 1-9 Grade System Old A*-G  Grade System
9 A**
8 A*/A
7 A
6 B
5 B/C
4 C
3 D/E
2 E/F
1 F/G

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)  – click HERE for more information.

Sandbach School has always promoted that our students follow a broad and balanced curriculum.  The current Government view, that the vast majority of students should follow a particular suite of subjects at KS4, is not our view.  The Ebacc functions only as performance measure in school league tables, it does not have any bearing on the chances for an individual student to succeed at GCSE and beyond: it is not a qualification.  Universities and employers do not require students to have followed a specific set of GCSE subjects.  Our advice to students remains to choose subjects they enjoy and show aptitude for.

Subject Information Sheets

All subject information sheets can be found below. The document ‘All Subjects’  – contains all of the subjects on offer.

Individual subject sheets are also available below.

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