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Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College has recently achieved accreditation for transforming practice under SSAT’s Framework for Exceptional Education. The Framework for Exceptional Education incorporates SSAT’s 30 years of experience in school improvement. Co-developed with a group of high-performing schools and reviewed by leading academics, the framework supports schools in quality-assuring their work and sharing effective practice.
To achieve accreditation as transforming practice in a culture of reflection, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College was reviewed by another high-performing school and an independent moderator from SSAT. SSAT’s Chief Executive, Sue Williamson comments, “for a school to be accredited for transforming practice is a real credit to their team and the quality of the work that they are doing.”
Assistant Head Teacher, and SSAT Lead at Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College ,Sarah Frost, said, ‘This recognises the way our staff develop and share their expertise, as well as the many opportunities students have to help their peers and reflect on their own learning. The moderator noted the strong relationships staff have with students and the mind-set of improvement for all.’
The AcSEED review of Sandbach High School is now complete. The review concluded that Sandbach High School meets the AcSEED criteria for emotional wellbeing and mental health support, and has therefore been accredited with The AcSEED Award. Congratulations!
Term of Accreditation
Your AcSEED accreditation is valid for a period of 3 calendar years from the date of this award, after which you may apply to renew the accreditation.
The AcSEED review team were particularly impressed with:
- Wellbeing one of 3 key strands on school Growth Plan.
- Designated wellbeing governor.
- Dedicated policies for counselling and staff/pupil mental health and wellbeing.
- BfL Grades each lesson to re-enforce expected behaviours.
- Staff and pupils challenged when procedures not adhered to, ensuring support is adequate and appropriate.
- Re-think anxiety management program.
- Emotional Wellbeing embedded into a range of subjects.
- Program raising awareness of good practice, maintaining staff/pupil mental health, and signposting.
- Whole school Wellbeing Week and in-depth week for senior students.
- Wide range of mechanisms to inform students of support services.
- Sharing and learning with other local schools (Chimney House Alliance).
- Good range of external agencies used to deliver greater understanding of emotional wellbeing.
- List of external support services in PSHCE books, actioned in response to School Council request.
- Wellbeing room.
- ‘The Big Sisters’ group giving young people a voice.
- Wellbeing feedback gathered through staff, pupil, and parent surveys.
- Connect 5 offered to targeted parents/students.
- Three permanent counsellors for students and staff.
- Friendship and resilience mentors trained by Visyon.
- Several support staff are trained ELSAs.
- Numerous routes to self-referral.
- INSET wellbeing training to all staff.
- Visyon wellness session for staff.
- Regular wellbeing refresher training and use of on-line training resources.
- Various staff have MHFA training.
- Participating in Emotionally Healthy Schools program.
- Regular provision and procedure reviews with Visyon.
- Good set of wellbeing improvement initiatives identified.
Cake bakes, Christmas fair, badge sales, sponsored silences, afternoon tea, raffles, Easter egg hunt, craft fairs, pie the teacher…and other amazing and inventive ideas have helped to raise a whopping £10,000 for Kidney Research and to also support the wellbeing of students in school.
We are extremely proud of our school community who always emerge themselves in charity work, demonstrating what caring and giving individuals they are. Whilst collectively we have achieved so much, this was only possible through the support of each and every member of our school and their families.
As the new academic year started we turned our thoughts to our charity for this year. Students had the chance to pitch their thoughts to a team of staff who listened to the carefully prepared presentations and were moved by the empathy and planning that had clearly gone into the process. After a long deliberation we selected Alzheimer’s Society and in particular we are hoping to help make a dementia-friendly community where people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose. So, in true Sandbach High School style, look out for our exciting and creative ways to raise money for our chosen good cause!
To kick start our fundraising a Mrs Sarah Parsons has organised a walk of 30km to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society on Saturday 27 October. 10 members of staff will walk taking in Mam Tor, Lose Hill, Win Hill, Kinder Scout, Brown Knoll and Rushup Edge.
If you would like to make a donation to Alzheimer’s Society please contact Gill Kesteven on 01270 765031 or donate online:
Consultation Evening at Sandbach High School
Tuesday 9 October 6.30 – 7.30 p.m.
GCSE summer 2018
“At a time when GCSEs are at their hardest, with our students and teachers facing demanding changes to the curriculum and assessment arrangements we are just 1% off re-writing our school records such is the quality of this year’s outcomes. I am extremely proud of our students’ successes this year.
Three out of ten results were grades A/7 or above whilst more than four out of every five grades were C/4 or better with an overall pass rate of 100%, ensuring once more that we surpass national averages.
Results across many subjects were striking but impressively we have seen very strong outcomes in Mathematics, English and the Sciences. At a time when the popularity of Modern Foreign Languages is waning in many schools, our commitment to Languages for All has been rewarded with a bumper crop of outcomes in French, German and Spanish.
Whilst the attainment of our students was impressive, their progress was equally notable and I should like to congratulate all our students and their teachers on a remarkable set of results.
One student deserves special mention as her performance was “exceptional”. Congratulations are extended to Ella Reeder who achieved straight NINES in her GCSEs and is moving in to our sixth form college to study A levels including Maths and Further Maths. Ella is one of a small number of students nationally to achieve that feat and our first student to accomplish that remarkable bench mark.”
J M Leigh
A levels summer 2018
This summer’s results reflect a successful outcome for our students and their teachers. The progress made by students has enabled them to celebrate individual and collective successes with students going on to a range of university courses and apprenticeships. Our students are accepting places at Oxford to read Music, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences and in addition we have several students reading Medicine and Dentistry. Two students are attending Music Conservatoires with fellow students following other subjects ranging from Law to teaching, Health and Social Care to Engineering, Mathematics through to Fashion.
The number of top grades, A* and A grades and vocational equivalents, are in line with national averages whilst the pass rate for grades A* to E was significantly above. The top grade, A*, was achieved across a range of subjects including Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Food, Law, Mathematics, PE and RS highlighting a strength in depth. Similar success was enjoyed by students following vocational courses in Business and Hospitality & Catering, for example.
Several of our students are able to follow their lifelong ambitions with one student taking up her place with the RAF and another pursuing her international gymnastic career, confident that she can fall back if necessary on some impressive A level results.
“These results are highly pleasing and reflect a successful outcome for our students and their teachers. Curriculum and assessment changes have made it difficult to predict results but for our part our students have exceeded expectations as reflected in their excellent progress.”
J M Leigh
BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018—Matthew Brett
In one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, Matthew was rightly acclaimed BBC Young Musician of the Year—Percussion. His mentor, Mark Concar, aided by our music colleagues Miss Lawrence and Miss Cooper have enabled Matthew to flourish, growing in confidence as reflected in his outstanding and preeminent performances in the biennial competition. We are rightly very proud of Matthew’s success. His commitment to music is undeniable playing as he does with the Hallé Youth Orchestra and being the Principal Percussionist with the National Youth Orchestra. Outside his music commitment, Matthew is studying for A levels in Music, Maths and Biology here at Sandbach College.
British Education Award Winner
Esther Watson awarded the very prestigious British Education Award (GCSE category)
Esther does a significant amount of charity work both in and out of school. She works two lunchtimes a week to campaign for human rights and volunteers in the local community. She has collected donations for refugees, food banks. She has given assemblies to lower years on e-safety. She has collected bras for cancer research. She has volunteered in a local food bank. Fed the homeless, litter picked, tidied in the community. She is an outstanding ambassador for human rights in the school and is a brilliant role model to younger years too.
Mrs Sara Halstead, Esther’s Achievement Coordinator during Year 10 and 11 nominated Esther and commented that she is one of the hardest working students she has ever worked with. During this time she was faced with adversities that no other child of her age would normally encounter and the way in which she dealt with these was an inspiration not only to her peers, but the adults who had the pleasure of teaching her.
Esther’s GCSE achievements were outstanding and a testament to the hard work and determination that she had not to let such tragedy and adversity affect what she was capable off.
Since her results in August Esther has worked with our school nurse, independently producing a help sheet for our students on dealing with adversity. This has also been given to CHAMs to be used with other young people who may face similar experiences to her.
The progress this young lady has made is truly inspiring and she absolutely deserves such an award.
Prestigious award for Sandbach High School hockey player
Sandbach High School pupil, Maddie Goodman, has been awarded the prestigious U16 Higgins Youth Award, joining Rio Olympic gold medallists Madde Hinch and Sophie Bray as past winners. The Higgins Youth Awards are voted for by a panel of journalists and prominent coaches and are aimed at gifted young players who match their hockey talents with their approach off the field. Maddie was presented with her award by Simon Mason, former Great British Hockey goalkeeper, at the Club awards held at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London on 24 January 2018. Gold medal winning Olympic hockey player, Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, was the guest speaker at the event and spent time with Maddie discussing her achievements and next steps on the England pathway.
Maddie has many remarkable achievements, however 2017 brought another to top the list in which she reached the England Hockey U16 squad. She thrives on all physical challenges, representing school, in a number of sports, and gaining county selection in cricket and athletics. In the 2016/17 hockey season, Maddie won the Cheshire Hockey League player of the year award, with Triton Hockey Club, while still only 14 years old. In 2017 she joined Bowdon Hightown where, just three days after her 15th birthday, she scored her first goal for the first team in a friendly match. She plays regularly for the club’s 2nd XI and balances school work, with an average of four trips to Manchester each week for training and matches. This is on top of her athletics training and her involvement in school activities such as coaching and umpiring.
Miss Friend and the PE department would like to congratulate Maddie on the award and her continual dedication to hockey and school sport. She has an outstanding hockey ability and competitive spirit on the pitch, however her willingness to encourage and inspire other players at her school and club is commendable. Well done Maddie, we are all super proud!
GCSE Level Results 2017
The character and determination of students and their teachers to turn challenges in to opportunities are well evidence in this year’s hugely impressive GCSE results, backing up some exceptional A level results published last week. With GCSEs undergoing significant change our GCSE results reflect the resilience of students and teachers who, together, have achieved results that exceed expectations. Whilst drawing direct comparisons is difficult it seems we have exceeded the results of 2016 with headline figures of over 81% of the Year 11 cohort achieving the bench mark figure of 5 GCSE passes at A*- C including at least a grade 4 in English and Mathematics. Our results have improved at a time when nationally results have dipped with commentators stating “these are the hardest exams since 1980!” Our GCSE results are “fantastic”.
In Mathematics and in English, 5% of our students achieved the “exceptional” grade, grade 9, placing those students amongst the country’s elite.
Across all subjects 60% of entries achieved the equivalent of at least a grade B.
There are many collective and individual success stories, several in the face of personal trials, and students and teachers alike can take immense pride in some remarkable and inspiring results.
J M Leigh
Young Engineers School of the Year!!
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Sandbach High School and College is one of the top state schools according to the Sunday Times Schools’ Guide!
The school boasts its code of conduct is based on respect, courtesy and consideration and every teacher strives to get the most out of their students intellectually, emotionally and socially. In addition it ensures students work hard, help others and show responsibility in their behaviour and are properly recognised through an awards scheme.
The school is immensely proud to be placed in the top 50 but not shocked. This achievement recognises the hard work, dedication and commitment by everyone involved with the school and firmly puts us on the map as the best school in Cheshire East!
We are constantly looking at ways to develop and improve, keeping us at the forefront of educational change.
LEST WE FORGET
The Greenpower International Finals took place once again at the Rockingham Raceway in Corby this weekend (15&16/10/2016), with teams traveling from as far afield as Brazil, two teams from USA, Portugal, Poland and a contingency from Greenpower China.
Despite a little over exuberance in the set up on the first race, CAUC regrouped for the afternoon race knowing that just winning was not enough, they had to win ‘and’ go further than the morning race. The team of 18 girls worked with surgical precision throughout the 90 minute nail biting race, but it was only in the last few minutes that it became clear a first place was going to happen. Even as the car crossed the line, it was unclear whether they had done enough to clinch the championship as the winning distances from both race one and race two were identical and had to be separated by average lap speeds.
Through this achievement, CAUC have now been crowned Greenpower International Champions 2016 and on the back of this, the team has been invited to take part in some even more exciting opportunities before next year. The team will now start to gather sponsorship to travel out to Beijing in 2017 to work with schools taking part in the Greenpower China competition and have the opportunity to travel out to Indianapolis in the sprint to compete against American teams during the Indi500.
In March 2016 Megan Hough and Rachael Joyce entered their A Level Product Design projects into the TeenTech competition. TeenTech are “an award winning, industry-led initiative, founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help the “X Factor” generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace”. In this competition students are, broadly speaking, challenged to generate an idea that makes life easier, simpler or better for the user. Rachael had developed a passive mobile phone amplifier that used solar energy to charge the phone and Megan investigated the possibility of using obsolete products to make a Bluetooth speaker.
Impressively, both students qualified for the final to be held at the Royal Society in London in June. Rachael and Megan were joined in the finals by another Year 13 Sandbach High student, Eva Yuen who had entered her EPQ project into the research project competition. Judging was very intense but exciting, especially for those that were being judged by the celebrity judges and all our students received very positive feedback. The awards ceremony started at 4.30pm in the afternoon and was excellently compared by Sandbach High students, Katie Warrington (Year 12) and Ella Reeder (Year 9). It was shortly after 4.30 that Megan’s name was read out as the winner in the best innovation category at which point she went up onto the stage to collect her personal prize and trophy. As part of her prize Megan and Mr Massey (her Product Design teacher) have been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace to be hosted by The Duke of York and the school have been awarded £1000.
This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved. Megan has unassumingly produced some fantastic projects in Product Design over the last 4 years and it is brilliant to see her creativity and grit being recognised in this way. Both Megan and Rachael got A grades in A Level Product Design which they can put alongside their A grades at GCSE.
What an achievement!
Highly Commended at the Big Bang Fair!
Well done to all involved – full story in On Track
Chamber Choir retain their title!!
Congratulations to our Concert Band and Chamber Choir who both won a place in the final at the first round of the Cheshire East Schools’ Music Competition, held at Ruskin School on 1st February 2016. The final was held at Alsager School on 1st March 2016 and Chamber Choir went on to win the Secondary Choir category for the second year running. Chamber Choir is made up of girls from Years 8-13 who audition to be part of this advanced vocal close-harmony a capella ensemble. All music is arranged by Head of Music Lizzie Lawrence to suit our girls’ vocal ranges and abilities. As such, we can perform a wide and varied range of repertoire. Judges Lyn Bastock and Gareth Small commented on the tight ensemble singing of the choir, as well as the enjoyment they convey to the audience as they perform. Following their victory, the Chamber Choir will now perform at the Victoria Hall in Stoke in a celebration concert on 23rd March 2016.
F1 in Schools is an international competition for students between the ages of 11 – 19, where students in teams of 3 – 6 race model Formula 1 cars which they have designed and manufactured themselves. The competition not only relies on how fast the car is but also other factors including enterprise, pit display design, social media strategy and marketing and sponsorship
Our team Storm Racing, consisting of Emily Chesters (team manager), Sophie Barwick (technical analyst), Emma Jerstice (design engineer), Emma Davis (graphic designer) and Dani Taylor (manufacturing engineer), recently attended the North West regional finals. This was the second time of participating in F1 in schools and at this event we secured three awards, fastest car, best research and development and first place overall. The result – which we are extremely pleased with – has secured us a place at the UK National Finals at Silverstone on the 20 and the 21st of April. Before we attend this event we will have to make improvements to the car and other aspects of the project. The main section we will need to improve, to gain top marks in the sponsorship and marketing section, is to gain sponsorship and funding, as this is a fundamental part of the project that we are currently having difficulties with. If you feel you could help the team in any way, please feel free to contact us at
StormRacing@sandhigh.cheshire.sch.ukAny assistance would be greatly appreciated.
An Audience with Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
London’s Central Hall Westminster was filled to its 2,000 seat capacity to welcome Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The reaction from the audience and indeed Mr Ban when our very own 14 year old Esther Watson whose question was selected to “represent youth” took everyone by surprise. Her question was, “How can I make my voice heard and how can you help me ?” She spoke for much more than just the youth present, in view of the worldwide trend now that we the people want to be heard. Mr. Ban’s response was significant:
“So raise your voice! You have no restrictions”. You may speak or challenge your President, your Prime Minister, your professor and senator: ‘Look, senator, this is going to be my world’….” He continued: “You have a bright future! Make sure this world is where everyone can play in a fair and equal way… I meet many young people who volunteer their time. I teach them: Be a global citizen! It’s more important than mathematics… Whatever you learn today, may be outdated tomorrow…But what is unchanging is your mindset, your vision, for global harmony….”
BBC School Report http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/35663614
School recognised for democracy programmes
I am delighted that we are one of just 41 schools nationally to have been awarded a Discovering Democracy Award by the British Youth Council in recognition of our commitment to a democracy curriculum and raising awareness of democracy. Winning schools were judged to be good practice examples in this Government backed initiative which is encouraging pupils to have their say in society – both within the school or through social action projects in the local community.
The award for schools, was launched in September by the British Youth Council in partnership with the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education. It aims to showcase those schools who engage young people, particularly those aged 16+, with democracy from an early age, whether that is voting for their representatives or a school council, or voter registration, or getting involved in social action campaigns.
All awards were judged by a panel including young people and will celebrate and share the success of schools and colleges that go further in equipping their students with the skills and knowledge to use their voice in our society. John Leigh—Headteacher
MerseySTEM are overjoyed that Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College have been commended by Ofsted for good practice in STEM!
New transport routes announced from January 2016 to include:
Scholar Green/Rode Heath/Alsager/Hassall/Betchton/Malkins Bank/Sandbach
From September 2016 new routes from
Download timetables Transport Arrangements (December 2015)
Ofsted Publication – Encouraging girls into STEM-related careers: Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College
This documents celebrates and recognises the ‘Best Practice’ at Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College
Read the full document here
STOP PRESS! Ella, Rosie and Isabel together with teacher Mr Massey had a fantastic day in London where they attended the winners reception at Buckingham Palace on 4 November. The ceremony was part of the prize that they received for their ingenious lighting for disaster zones idea in the TeenTech competition.
This was the fruits of 12 months hard work in STEM club; the girls took their idea from a concept, which came about when Ella (Reeder) was reading a news paper article, through to a working prototype.
Since winning this award they have won two further awards at the Big Bang North West STEM exhibition and will be representing the region in March at the Big Bang national competition! This is an on-going project and the girls are now seeking sponsorship and industrial expertise to take their idea further. Well done girls we are so proud of you!!