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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 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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Pupil Premium

The school’s pupil premium grant allocation amount 2016 2017:

  • The amount allocated to Sandbach school for 2016 2017 is £123,420

The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school:

Currently the main Barriers faced by students at Sandbach school have been identified as:-

  • A pupils home circumstances; the individual context of a student in terms of their parental support and engagement with their sons education can significantly limit progress in school.
  • Poor attendance and behaviour; students must be in school and fully engaged in their learning in order to maximise their progress.   Low attendance or a high rate of fixed term exclusions will reduce student academic and social development.
  • Study support; ensuring students have the facilities and support completing homework and preparing for examinations, particularly public examinations is an area where progress can be enhanced by comprehensive support plans.
  • Social and Emotional skills; Ensuring students are developing their skills in line with their peers ensures progress in school is maintained during their time at school.
  • Low expectations; ensuring individuals are encouraged and supported to explore and realise aspirational life choices both during their time at school and as economically independent adults.

Spending Plan for the Pupil Premium:

The spending plan for the year is focussed on removing the barriers identified above. Individual needs of students will be assessed and resources allocated according to the principles set out above and within the pupil premium policy.




Educational Enhancement


Music Tuition


Curriculum support


Exam Support


Pastoral support


Learning Support Centre












Principles governing how Pupil Premium Impact will be measured:

Key measures that will be used to evaluate the pupil premium strategy will include:

  • Progress and attainment data for pupil premium students at the end of KS4 and KS5.
  • Attendance and Behaviour information.
  • Destination measures.
  • Engagement in extracurricular activities.
  • Representation within the student voice structures.
  • Parental surveys.


All of these measure will be judged by the size of the gaps present between the pupil premium cohort and the rest of the school population.  Additionally pupil premium information will be compared to national benchmarks for the student population.


Principles governing how Pupil Premium money will be used:

  • The school will ensure that the pupil premium grant has an impact on their education and reduces inequalities present within their school life.
  • The pupil premium grant will be used for all year groups not just those taking examinations at the end of the year.
  • The pupil premium grant will be used to provide additional educational support to improve progress and raise the attainment for these students.
  • The funding will be used more generally to address any underlying inequalities between students eligible for pupil premium and their peers.
  • We recognise the fact that pupil premium students are not a homogeneous group and there is a wide range of needs. As such, the strategies that are deployed to raise attainment will take these individual needs fully into account.


Pupil Premium Review Dates:

  • A robust monitoring and evaluation will account for the use of the pupil premium grant by the school and governing body. The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed annually in November of the academic year.

The table below highlights the results obtained by the Sandbach school Pupil Premium Cohort 2015 2016.

The cohort size for 2015 2016  was 28 (Raiseonline unvalidated). Within this cohort two students were ‘cared for’; nine students received external agency support; three Students were following a school focus plan and five students were designated as persistently absent.  The  ability banding of the cohort was:- four high ability; fifteen middle ability and eight low ability students. 

Progress eight demonstrates there is no ‘in school gap’.


The Pupil Premium Policy for 2016/2017 can be found HERE.



School Score

‘Progress 8' score



'Attainment 8' score 



English and maths GCSEs



(12 students)

Pupils 'achieving' the 'English Baccalaureate'



(2 students)

Pupils 'entering for' the 'English Baccalaureate'


(4 students)

Pupil destinations - pupils staying in education or going into employment*


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