Welcome back to all of our students!

We hope that you have all had a restful summer and that you are ready for lots of hard work (and fun) in the term ahead.

 Foundation One (Year 7) pupils are expected to arrive at school for 8:30am on Monday 5th September and parents are welcome to come into school with them for a tea/coffee to settle them in before the pupils are taken off for an assembly with Mrs Simpson at 8:45 am. School will finish at 3:40pm.

 The rest of the school will return on Tuesday 6th September at 8:45am. All pupils returning on this day will go straight to a welcome back assembly with Mrs Simpson before going into lessons. School will again finish at 3:40pm.

 There will also be letters going out to parents inviting them to parents information evenings for each year group. Please see below for the dates to put in your diary:

 

Year

Stage

Date for the parents information evening

7

Foundation One

20th September

8

Foundation Two

13th September

9

Pathways A

11th October

10

Pathways B

4th October

11

Pathways C

18th October

 Monday 5th September: Parish Council Event coming up – Playing fields adjacent to Sandymoor School.  It is proposed that an area near to Sandymoor School will be developed into a  community recreation ground, which will be shared with Sandymoor School.  Therefore, a public consultation has been scheduled to take place Monday 5th September 2016 between 4pm and 8pm.  This will be held at Sandymoor School.  The aim of this consultation is to give the community / public the opportunity to view the proposed plans and share their views and opinions. It would be great for parents to attend this too.

Finally, you are welcome to attend our open events this term:

 Open Evening                5 – 8pm on 28th September

Open Day                       11am – 2pm on 15th October

 

We look forward to welcoming you all back.


Congratulations on your Examination Results!

Congratulations to Sandymoor School’s first GCSE cohort on achieving their results. In a year which saw major changes both in our school, as well as the overhaul of GCSE examinations taking place nationally, we are very proud of our Year 11 students and their teachers for all the hard work they put in.

The school opened in 2012 with Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. As the current Year 11 students joined us after already starting their secondary school career, some as late as 2015, the results they have achieved are a testament to their hard work and effort.

In English 65% of Year 11 students achieved A*- C grades, which is broadly in line with National averages for this subject. In addition, ten students sat English Literature, nine of whom achieved A* – C grades; this figure exceeds national averages in English Literature.

We are delighted that all the students in Year 10 who sat mathematics GCSE scored an A* grade; this is a fantastic achievement. The picture for Year 11 was mixed, with just under 50% achieving A* – C grades. Increasing teaching hours from 3 to 5 hours per week will help address many of the issues surrounding the new GCSE course.

Physics, Chemistry and Biology results were also excellent, with 83%, 67% and 83% pass rates respectively. In addition, our A* – C results stood at 75% for History GCSE; these results compare very favourably with national figures.

Finally, whilst we do not publish results for subjects with fewer than 5 entries, it is worth highlighting that 100% of students achieved a merit or distinction in BTEC Business and 75% achieved A* – C in ICT, including two grade A’s.

Our overall results for our 2016 cohort stand at:

47% of pupils achieved 5A* – C grades

41% of pupils achieved 5A* – C including English and Maths

24% of pupils achieved the EBacc combination of subjects

Every year group of students contains pupils with different strengths and abilities. We are proud of our pupils and the results they have achieved. We are sure that you will join us in wishing them all the best of luck for the future and their chosen career path.