Sandbach School is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2013/14.
The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance teaching regardless of pupils’ backgrounds or abilities.
Our Geography and Languages departments received the Mark in recognition of increased challenge within the subject curriculum; developing staff specialist subject knowledge; developing subject-based links outside school; and enthusing their pupils through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum.
Mrs Burns said, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Geography and Languages department’s innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.’
This week, as part of Sandbach School’s WW1 Centenary commemorations, a new student-led project was launched.
Featuring boys from Years 7 and 8, led by Year 9 mentors, the long-term plans include a cross curricular exhibition next year alongside the Art department, an anthology of World War One poetry and drama, and research into how the local area was affected by the ‘Great War’.
To launch the project, the group met with local historians and took part in an historical tour of Sandbach. The intention is to engage with the community, explore different texts relevant to the era, and develop research and analytical skills within teams made up of different year groups.
This is only the beginning…hopefully next year, fellow students and the public will get to see the fruits of their labour!
For the second year running as part of the ASDAN COPE module ‘Sports and Leisure’ students were challenged to take part in at least two outdoor activities over the academic year. This year however, as a reward, a number of pupils not on the course came on the trip to the nearby Border Fisheries complex run by the Bay Malton Angling Club.
In preparation for the visit, rod licences were purchased for the boys, funded by the Learning Support Department. Prior to the day, a lesson was devoted to learning some theory behind course angling allowing the boys to get straight on with the practical on the day.
The day organised by Mr Shilton and Mr Cooper, incorporated a multitude of skills for the boys. These ranged from team work, communication and precise instruction providing the boys with the opportunity to try something new and to see the workings of a professional commercial fishery. Within the package, the fishery also provided the tackle, bait and also refreshments on the day.
The boys learned about course angling techniques and tackle, as well as a variety of fish species, health and safety in the environment and safe fish handling. The boys had a very enjoyable and action packed day with all wanting to take up the sport in the future. All of the boys caught plenty of Roach and Rudd as well as some larger Carp, the heaviest of the day being around 9lbs.
We owe a massive thank you to Stewart and the staff at Border Fisheries for their absolute professionalism and support on the day and for making us so welcome. As a school we are now in the position to develop further opportunities in the new academic year and to help develop youth angling in the area with an invitation to enter a team of 4 pupils into a competition this July, a privilege and a first for the school.