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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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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme has been relaunched at Sandbach School last year following a 15 year absence.  Mrs Austin said “We have had an amazing response from the boys and we look forward to a bright future.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.   Allowing young people to develop their skills and gain a sense of achievement.

To achieve the award participants need to be committed and dedicated, they will need to show evidence of all activities they have taken part in.


There are three levels of programme you can take part in, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

At Sandbach School we start the award in year 9 for boys wanting to take part in the Bronze award.  Year 10 and Year 11 for boys wanting to take part in the Silver award.  Year 12 for boys wanting to take part in either Silver or Gold award.


You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter,developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

With the help of Leaders, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives.  It’s not a competition or about being first.  It’s all about self-development.

All 3 sections must be completed by June to attend the expedition.

Training and Expedition:

The final part of the programme is undertaking an expedition.  Only those who have completed the other sections will be invited to go on the expedition.

Training will be given before the expedition takes place to help develop independent skills.

Training for the expedition will take place around March – April time.

Practice Expedition 2017  tbc

Final Expedition 2017: tbc

On completion

Students receive a badge and certificate upon completion of the DofE Award which is presented in a school assembly.

To find out more about the Award Scheme visit –

Sandbach Schools DofE Leaders:

Mrs E. Austin.  DofE Co-Ordinator

Mr C. White.

Miss K. McGrath

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