Until the demise of specialisms in 2010-2011 as a successful school we had been designated a high performing specialist school with specialisms in Sport, Languages and Applied Learning, as well as being a Training School and Leader Partner in the Leading Edge School Programme.


Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College is one of the best in the country for student progress and attainment at GCSE. The school has also received national recognition for the value it adds to enable students’ high achievement at GCSE.

SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, undertakes an annual in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and has identified Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College’s success.

In recent years the school has qualified for two SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards by being in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between key stage 2 results at Primary School and GCSE results at age 16 and in the top 10% nationally for high attainment.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:

“Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement.  They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.

“The results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.

Artsmark Gold

Arts Council England awarded the Gold Artsmark in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education recognising the breadth, quality and inclusivity across music, dance, drama and art.
Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:
“Arts Council England believes that the earlier children are creatively inspired, the more likely they are to have a lifelong engagement with art – something that can transform lives and give young people a voice for their thoughts and feelings.”

“Artsmark – now nationally recognised as a prestigious and coveted award, supported by the Department for Education and Department for Culture Media and Sport – sets the standard for an outstanding arts provision in schools and other education settings and it’s great to see so many new settings attaining Artsmark this year. This award recognises Sandbach High School & Sixth Form’s commitment to providing exciting art experiences and their belief in the power of creativity.”

Investors in People – Silver Accreditation

As a learning community we are committed not just to the education of our students but also to ensuring all our colleagues have full access to a range of continuing professional development opportunities to ensure that their knowledge and skills remain up-to-date. Recognising our proactive approach to staff development, led by Mr Troth, we are delighted to confirm that our status as an Investor in People was re-affirmed for 2017-2020.

Youth Sports Trust Gold

Sandbach High School was also recognised as a Youth Sport Trust Gold Partner for its commitment to PE and school sport. Youth Trust Partner schools can demonstrate how they are delivering high quality school sport and improving the PE experience for every young person. Importantly, they are also using sport to raise achievement levels across the school.

Headteacher John Leigh said “We are absolutely thrilled to have been credited with these two prestigious awards which recognise our commitment to delivering the best possible experiences for young people over such a wide variety of opportunities.

There is a whole range of educational, health and well-being benefits from delivering high quality arts and sport and we see on a regular basis when delivered well it can transform the lives or a whole range of pupils.”


 AcSEED Accreditation

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.

Assessment Observations

The AcSEED review team were particularly impressed with:

  1. Wellbeing one of 3 key strands on school Growth Plan.
  2. Designated wellbeing governor.
  3. Dedicated policies for counselling and staff/pupil mental health and wellbeing.
  4. BfL Grades each lesson to re-enforce expected behaviours.
  5. Staff and pupils challenged when procedures not adhered to, ensuring support is adequate and appropriate.
  6. Re-think anxiety management program.
  7. Emotional Wellbeing embedded into a range of subjects.
  8. Program raising awareness of good practice, maintaining staff/pupil mental health, and signposting.
  9. Whole school Wellbeing Week and in-depth week for senior students.
  10. Wide range of mechanisms to inform students of support services.
  11. Sharing and learning with other local schools (Chimney House Alliance).
  12. Good range of external agencies used to deliver greater understanding of emotional wellbeing.
  13. List of external support services in PSHCE books, actioned in response to School Council request.
  14. Wellbeing room.
  15. ‘The Big Sisters’ group giving young people a voice.
  16. Wellbeing feedback gathered through staff, pupil, and parent surveys.
  17. Connect 5 offered to targeted parents/students.
  18. Three permanent counsellors for students and staff.
  19. Friendship and resilience mentors trained by Visyon.
  20. Several support staff are trained ELSAs.
  21. Numerous routes to self-referral.
  22. INSET wellbeing training to all staff.
  23. Visyon wellness session for staff.
  24. Regular wellbeing refresher training and use of on-line training resources.
  25. Various staff have MHFA training.
  26. Participating in Emotionally Healthy Schools program.
  27. Regular provision and procedure reviews with Visyon.
  28. Good set of wellbeing improvement initiatives identified.