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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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Weekly Training
On the weekly parade evenings you will be taught subjects ranging from using a map and compass to complete orienteering exercises, camouflage and concealment, ‘basher’ building and self-reliance.  These along with how to use a rifle, target shooting, leadership tasks and tactics form the basis of the APC (Army Proficiency Certificate) which each cadet usually passes within 18 months of joining.  Most of the training and assessment is practical and is taught by cadet NCO’s.
Annual Camps
These last for 8 days and usually take place during the first week of the summer holidays.

All of the skills learnt during the year are put to the test during training exercises and competitions.  Training takes place all day and through most of the night as well!  These camps are strenuous, character building and good fun – all cadets are pushed to their limits.  They learn to be self-sufficient as well as work as part of a team.  If they want to become an NCO they must attend these camps.

They will also get the chance to meet and compete with other cadets from other schools.

Attachment Camps

From time to time we get the opportunity to be guests of a regular army unit either in this country or abroad.  Cadets see just how the regular army lives, works and plays – almost a ‘work experience week’.

Older, more experienced cadets are able to attend Territorial Army training weekends where they train alongside adult members of the TA.
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