Sandbach School is, above all, a community that values education in its broadest sense rather than an academic institution in which exam results are paramount. Helping students to be the best they can be automatically produces first-rate academic results but these are just one aspect of what they take away from their time at the School. The care and development of each student lies at the centre of everything that happens at the School where tried and tested systems are employed to encourage, guide and nurture every individual to achieve their very best.
Adults work alongside students to develop in them the strengths that will serve them their whole lives. Key values are instilled in every individual: the ability to work hard and commit to doing one’s best in everything (pursuit of excellence); the wish and ability to work cooperatively in teams, to join in and help others to join in (participation); the strength and self-knowledge to be straightforward and honest with others and ourselves, owning up if we have got something wrong, apologising and attempting to put it right (integrity); the wish and ability always to put others at their ease (courtesy) and a recognition in actions as well as words that we are, all of us, of the same worth and we all need to feel valued and appreciated (looking after those who look after us).
Staff and students are expected to show courtesy to one another at all times, and be mutually respectful and supportive. When necessary, behaviour that is found to be unacceptable is challenged and together staff and students find solutions to rectify any issues.
Care, Support & Guidance
The level of care, guidance and support for students at Sandbach School is something we take very seriously. Our main focus is to raise aspirations across the school through our aspirational target setting system, regular assemblies and study support and mentoring programmes.
What is the Pastoral System like at Sandbach School?
The main school is organised into a strong pastoral system, made up of five year groups, each with a Learning Intervention Manager, Student Support Co-ordinator and a team of Form Tutors. The work of our pastoral system is based on raising achievement and supporting students in every possible way as they progress through the school.
Students will normally remain with the same Form Tutor until the end of Year 11. This means that throughout their time at school they will have a regular member of staff to whom they can turn for help and support.
Tutors meet with their students every day and have a very important role to play in helping them settle into their new school, in encouraging their progress, in detecting any problems which may arise and in helping them to solve them. Tutors also work closely with subject staff to help students who may experience difficulties with any school work.
This structure exists in order to support and enhance the learning of students at Sandbach School.
What will Tutors do for students?
The Tutor is the key figure for all students and their parents in the structure and organisation of the school, and in supporting and furthering students’ learning in every way possible. Tutors will:
- Get to know students as well as possible.
- register attendance every morning and ensure that students receive letters, messages, etc.
- monitor attendance; praise good attendance and refer any concerns about attendance to the SSC or EWO.
- ensure that students understand and adhere to school routines, uniform regulations, fire drill, etc.
- ensure that students understand their timetable and help them with their option choices in Y8 and Y11.
- check planners on a regular basis.
- monitor academic progress and personal well being through regular discussions and target setting, together with regular liaison with the Student Support Coordinator.
- monitor home learning and coursework commitments.
- advise and guide students on time management, organisational and study skills.
- encourage students to participate in the school’s reward system.
- monitor behaviour and when necessary deal with appropriate sanctions.
- make prompt contact with parents when the need arises.
- act as, a first point of contact within school for parents if they wish to discuss any aspect of their child’s welfare, work or progress.
- meet with parents at Tutor Evening (Year 7) to discuss students progress and needs.
- inform parents of the child’s achievements, as well as any difficulties students may have at school.
- liaise with the Learning intervention Manager on any issues that may affect students.
How else will students be supported?
We communicate with primary feeder schools to ensure that when students arrive here in Year 7 their needs can be met quickly and effectively on arrival.
The study support programmes are continually being developed in response to student feedback, to support students preparing for examinations. e.g. coursework support, booster classes in most subjects, Easter School, revision classes, and study skills advice and guidance.
Careers advisors work effectively with Sandbach School staff and students in school on a regular basis to provide guidance at times of transition (e.g. Year 8 and Year 11 options, as well as providing advice for students leaving school for college, University and employment).
Students are well prepared for option choices, including through individual interviews, by tutors and senior staff. Advisors from Further Education and Higher Education play an active role in the process.