Sixth Form
Head's Welcome
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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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Allotment Update

Having received a grant of £8000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme earlier in the year, an area of land near the Sixth Form Centre was developed over the summer holidays into a vegetable garden. Since then we have been busy with the Year 9 Enterprise Group (formed from some of the new Food and Nutrition GCSE students) weeding and planting elephant garlic and some spring flowers.IMG 6978

We are hoping to erect a large poly-tunnel over four of the beds over the Christmas break ready for planting some chilli plants in January. The plan is to then to  add some more exotic plants for students to enjoy including grapevines, blueberry bushes and maybe even a banana tree.

The Year 10 Enterprise Group raised around £1500 from their activities last year and we have already used some of these funds to purchase a table and chairs and gazebo. Additional items such as bird tables and bird baths will be sourced over the next few months.

In addition the SEN Department have been asked to support the group in developing part of the area as a Sensory Garden. We envisage the area will have a herb garden incorporating plants with strong aromas, some kind of outdoor instruments and wind chimes as well as water features to create a calming atmosphere. A selection of flowering plants have been planted for colour and some artwork/sculpture could be incorporated from the Art Department. Many food plants will be grown to sell to ensure the garden is sustainable and for the students to taste and use in their cooking classes. The use of different plants and screening types within the garden will add texture to the area for students to touch.

Tesco and Groundwork representatives visited in October to help plant some Elephant Garlic and see how the project was progressing and were very impressed with the design and layout of the garden. We hope to officially open the garden in the Spring when more of the finishing touches will be in place.

In the meantime, if any students are interested in becoming part of the team who look after the Vegetable or Sensory Garden areas please see Mr Huddleston - all years are welcome.

If anyone has any equipment, bird baths, garden ornaments at home which are no longer wanted please get in touch as we may be able to use them in the school garden.