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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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Governors

Sandbach School Governing Body

Academy/Free Schools such as Sandbach School are state-funded independent schools outside the control of the Local Authority. The school is constituted as a limited company, ‘Sandbach School’ (also referred to as the ‘Academy Trust’), which owns the physical assets of the school and employs the staff. The Articles of Association of the school can be obtained from Companies House, or downloaded here. The Articles define ‘Members’ of the Trust, which are effectively the Company Directors.

There is a close link between the ‘Members’ and the Governing Body, as all Members must be serving Governors, and all Governors are eligible to become Members. Both central and local government are entitled to appoint additional Members under certain circumstances. Members perform some additional duties to meet company law requirements, but the primary role of the Governing Body has not been changed by the school’s status.

What does the Governing Body do?

The role of the Governing Body is not to manage the school on a day-to-day basis – that responsibility belongs with the Head Teacher (sometimes called the Principal in Academy language). The Governing Body take a more strategic view. This includes setting up a strategic framework for the school, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in the light of progress. They work closely with the Head Teacher, and act as a “critical friend”, providing advice and support, but also constructive challenge to the school as necessary.

The composition of the Academy Governing Body has many similarities with that of the previous school, but also some important differences. The various types of Governor are described here, and we also have a list of current Governors and their terms of office.

Governing Body meetings

Full meetings of the Governing Body are held approximately half-termly.

More detailed discussions are held in sub-committees that generally meet prior to the full Governor Body meetings. There are three sub-committees, Personnel, Teaching & Learning & Business & Resources.  Each of these sub-committees meet at least once a term and more often when needed.

Types of Governor

The Academy Governing Body consists of both elected and appointed Governors. These positions are described below. For a list of the current Governors see below.

Irrespective of how they became Governors, all members of the Governing Body work in the best interests of the school.

Parent Governors

The Articles of Association require at least two, and up to six elected Parent Governors (fully independent schools are not required to have any). The Members of the Academy Trust have determined that Sandbach School will have up to six Parent Governors and these are nominated and elected when vacancies arise.

Parent Governors are parents or carers of children enrolled at the school at the time of their appointment. Should their child(ren) leave Sandbach School during their term of office, they may continue on the Governing Body until the end of their four year term. Vacancies for Parent Governors must be notified to all parents and nominations requested. A ballot of all parents is held if there are more nominations than posts available. The retiring Parent Governor(s) can stand for re-election if they still have a child at the school, but not otherwise.

Staff Governors

The Articles of Association limit the number of elected Staff Governors to two. The Headteacher takes a further Governor position.

Local Authority Governor

The Members of the Academy Trust have reserved one governor position for a Local Authority nomination in order to maintain liaison with the authority and maintained schools in the area.

Appointed Governors

Ten governor positions are appointed by the Members of the Academy Trust. All Appointed Governors have the same status. The Members have a broad discretion in making such appointments, subject to national guidelines on eligibility.

Appointed (but not elected Parent or Staff) Governors may be removed from office by unanimous vote of all other Governors, but clearly this would happen only in exceptional circumstances.

Appointed Governors serve the same four year term of office as elected Governors, but may be reappointed indefinitely. The Members have a responsibility to ensure that the Governing Body has an appropriate balance of experience and skills to maximise benefit to the school, and filling of any identified skill gaps will be an important element in future appointments.

 

Board of Governors

To contact the Governors please email: Governors@sandbachschool.org

 

Classification

End of Term of Office

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2015/2016

Appointed by Members

Mike Roberts

March 2016

4/4

Peter Sherratt

September 2019

4/4

Dominic Surry

July 2018

3/4

Stephen Davies

September 2019

3/4

Claire Reel

November 2019

3/4

Robert England

November 2019

3/4

LA Governor  (CEC agreed reappointment from Jan 13)

Gill Merry

December 2016

4/4

Parent Governors (appointments by parent body)

Sue Kennerley

December 2016

4/4

Shaun Smith

December 2016

3/4

Penny Kelly

September 2017

4/4

Adrian Mitchell

September 2018

2/4

Staff Governors

Stuart Dodds

September 2017

4/4

Simon Robertson

October 2016

3/4

 Headteacher

Sarah Burns

 

4/4

Coopted Governors

John Cargill

March 2020

3/4

Emily Hankey

September 2017

3/4

Clare Longden

September 2017

4/4

Governors Who Served Within Last 12 Months

Chris Tyler

Resigned: 4th March 2016

1/2

Chris Sheardown

Resigned July 2016

2/4

 

Register of Business Interests

Governor

Name of business

Nature of Interest

Date of Entry

P Michell

Project One – management consultancy

Employee

2013

P Michell

IC Ltd: Software development

Director

2013

P Michell

Oracle: IT software

Employee

2014

D Surry

Skills Supply: skill delivery for schools

Director

2014

E Hankey

Millgate House Education: CPD provider

Employee

2014

C Reel           

Chemist Counter Direct Ltd

Director

2012

C Tyler           

Everwell – occupational health

Family member employee

2014 – resigned 2016

 

Personal Relationships with School Staff

Governor

Nature of Interest

Date of Entry

J Cargill

Father of staff member

Sept 2015

R England

Father of staff member

Sept 2015

 

Governor Roles in Other Educational Establishments

Governor

Role

Date of Entry

S Burns

Governor at Elworth Hall Primary School

Director of the Adelaide MAT

Sept 2015

G Merry

Governor at Elworth C of E Primary School

Sept 2015