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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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Performing Arts

Performing Arts at Sandbach is not just about the courses and curriculum but also about building a community. Over the course of the year, we stage numerous productions which give every year group the opportunity to be involved. We run a regular Year 7 Drama club to give younger students in KS3 their first experiences on the stage. Each year, the club stages a production, in the Theatre Space in front of an audience. This is usually during the Autumn Term.

In year 9, students are given the opportunity to take part in a Shakespeare production. We feel it is very important to tackle Shakespeare and to gain an understanding of the language he used as a playwright. It gives students the chance to experience Shakespeare as live action Drama rather than as a text to be read. Previous productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Henry V and Othello.

Year 8 are given the opportunity of performing in an original play. Each year we commission a new script especially for Year 8. Previous productions have included adaptations of Around the World in 80 Days and The Wind in the Willows.

Senior school students are given the opportunity of taking part in large scale productions, often as part of a festival such as National Connections.

In addition to extra curricular performances, students will prepare a performance for the Evenings of Dance and Physical Theatre. This is a large scale showcase of the work which students have undertaken in their Dance lessons.

We also feel it is really important for students to see live theatre. Throughout the year, our theatre club organises trips to see shows at The Lowry, The Regent Theatre, The Royal Exchange and The Palace Theatre in Manchester.  Students are then able to use what they have seen to inspire their work in lessons.

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