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.

Outstanding Student Progress Award




Outstanding Student Attainment Award




International School Award

Thanks to the hard work of staff and students we have been awarded the prestigious full International School Award in recognition of the range of global themed work in which we engage. This reflects not only our extra-curricular ties and activities but highlights the central role that international awareness and knowledge plays in our learning.

Current links are not only with countries in Europe connected to our exchanges but further afield:

The Global Dimension in the Curriculum

Within lessons, during Alternative Curriculum Days and in Activities Week students have the opportunity to explore the world. Examples of this include the study of African music, slavery and civil rights in America, street children (writing a letter project), making and maintaining an eco house, genocide in Rwanda and the Darfur crisis etc. These are just few of the chances on offer.

Partner schools

We maintain links with our partner schools through joint projects, exchanges and visits.


Instituto Victoria Kent, Marbella

South Africa

Danville Park Girls High School, Durban

Inanda Seminary, Durban



African Partnership

The AfriTwin project was set up in October 2005. The group meets every Wednesday lunch time to email pen pals in South Africa. The girls share information on a range of topics and issues. The project has also inspired the link to grow and we now have a permanent display in reception, regular assemblies and links to South Africa within the curriculum.

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

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 in July 2014.

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.”