Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Sandymoor School!I am excited to begin my journey as Principal with a very talented and committed body of staff and an ever supportive community; our students are poised to reap the benefits of this extraordinary partnership.   I firmly believe that education is a partnership between home and school and regard you as an active partner in your child’s education and value your interest and support.

As a school, we have lots planned this year and hope to enrich our students’ experience more than ever before.  All of our efforts directly support the positive experience of our students, and our goal is to provide a safe and stimulating environment in which all of our students can flourish; achieving academic excellence, becoming emotionally and physically stronger, and growing their talents.

Progress 8 measures have been used to assess secondary schools across the country from last year.  Our progress 8 score shows massive improvement on last year as we have shifted from -1.11 to -0.72.  Just to put this into perspective, around February 2018 our predictions were coming in around -1.29 following the first round of mock exams.  To achieve this improvement in 4 months is phenomenal and testament to how hard staff, pupils and, knowing our families, parents worked!  This is firm evidence that the promises we made over the last term have come to fruition and we are not willing to stop there.  We have strong indications already that this coming year will be our best ever for results with an upward trend projected over time.

This year we  will continue to make the strides of improvement outlined in our action plan (see below) and we have already started to reap the benefits of our strategies through the amazing improvement seen with our 2018 pupil results.  Being a school blessed with smaller year groups we really do know our students inside-out and always put them at the heart of every decision we make to ensure that they are happy, confident and that the opportunities that are provided for them are relevant to their needs both now and in the future.

Our school is on a journey, and I am leading it with a clear vision of ensuring every pupil is given the best opportunities regardless of their starting points or barriers to learning.  Every parent and carer, me included,  wants to know that the school their child attends is a dynamic place of progress, movement and happiness.  As I continue to lead your school I will pledge to you that the most important of my endeavours is to make a deep and genuine difference in the lives of our students, and through them, on the future of our society.  It is up to us, and our time is now.

I will not let you down!

Sally Jones