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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
Cadets are instructed in activities very similar to those taught to the Army section.  There is less emphasis placed on the Army field craft but much more on the theory of flight, model making, air navigation, radio communications and aircraft recognition.  Flight simulator packages are used as well.  Theory and practical exams are taken and once these have been passed and the cadet reaches the required age they are allowed to fly in RAF aircraft.

Once cadets have reached the age of 13 years 9 months and have passed their exams they are allowed to fly in the co-pilot’s seat of a Grob Tutor or a Grob Vigilant (a powered glider).  They will get the chance to do aerobatics or even be allowed to take the controls all under the watchful eye of a fully qualified RAF pilot instructor.

Annual Camps
RAF cadets attend either the Easter or Summer annual camp combining with other schools for their training and activities.  They will be housed on an active regular RAF station, which may be a front line flying base or a support base.

These camps are less strenuous than the army camps and give a form of RAF work experience.  Cadets follow a package of activities where they visit and work alongside tradesmen and women, e.g. dog handling, aircraft maintenance, fire section, air traffic control.  Some of the training is geared towards leadership and teamwork development.

Flying Scholarships
Senior RAF cadets are given the opportunity to compete for flying scholarships – they are taught to fly solo in either powered aircraft or gliders.  This is the pinnacle of achievement for any RAF cadet and is the culmination of several years of cadet training.


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