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Sands School News

Our main web-site for school news is our Facebook page. The most recently posted items can be seen below but you can see lots more pictures and stories by clinking on the link to the Facebook page itself
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Sands School Blog

South Koreans look to Sands for ideas…

As young people in South Korea struggle with the consequences of their ultra high pressure education system Sean goes to Seoul to share how Sands treats social development, emotional literacy and academic progress as an inseparable whole. This is his account of his...

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Sands School camp 2014 – Bryher

We finished the term with a wonderful week camping on Bryher, one the Scillies' "off" islands. After a lively crossing on the notorious 'cork-screwing' Scillonian III and arrival in pouring rain, 65 students and adults had a really chilled-out week of walking around...

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School Uniform – a dialogue with parents

The latest in Sean's series of articles about education is on school uniform. Does having a compulsory uniform policy free our children and teenagers from the tyranny of the media/fashion/consumption hegemony? Or it more a case of reducing our children to mannequins...

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New Amnesty Youth Group at Sands

Respect is central to our ethos here at Sands; as a school, as a community and as individuals.  We feel that having an awareness of world issues is important as it helps us to grow as compassionate people and enables us to work together to make a difference. Amnesty...

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EQ vs. IQ

Sean's second article in the Dialogue with parents series is about the importance of developing emotional literacy and how this can be supported in school. Whilst it cannot be taught in the conventional sense, Sean argues that we should recognise the importance of...

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Trainee teachers learn about Sands

On Friday 7th February, a group of students and staff went to Coombeshead school in Newton Abbot to present Sands School at the SCITT* training session for student teachers. We were presenting alongside representatives from Bidwell Brook pupil referral unit and...

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Democratic education works! (Ofsted)

Ofsted’s recent inspection of Sands School gives a clear endorsement of their democratic approach to education. Taking part in decision-making process was observed to develop “exceptional qualities of thoughtfulness and the ability to offer balanced arguments”. Good...

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Phoenix Education trustee vacancies

The Phoenix Education Trust is a small charity that promotes democracy in education across the UK  pursuing its aims by bringing together teachers, students and individuals who are committed to democratic education, running student voice initiatives in mainstream...

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IDEC 2013

This year's International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) took place in Boulder, Colorado and a group of Sands students and staff went along. This is their report.....   The journey was hell. Forty hours without sleep, Tom lost in immigration control, Kaia's...

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Phoenix Education Trust

Sands has a long standing relationship with the Phoenix Education Trust, a small charity which supports and promotes democratic education. Rachel Roberts, who was educated at Sands, has recently joined Phoenix as Director and their new website has just gone live. The...

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New Sands School video

Rosa, a recent Sands student, has made a really lovely film which captures life at Sands which you can see by following this link

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Term Dates 2013/14

(Non-pupil days 4th and 5th of September) Autumn term starts 9.09.2013 Half term  21.10.2013 to 1.11.2013 Term ends 13.12.2013 (Non-pupil day 3rd of January) Spring term starts 6.01. 2014 Half term 17.2.2014 to 21.2.2014 Term ends 4.04. 2014 (Non-pupil day - to be...

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School should be like U3A, not a transit camp for kids

The problem with British education is that it was built by a generation indoctrinated schoolboy public school literature - Billy Bunter, Tom Brown's schooldays, The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's. Modern Education stems largely from the 1902 Education Act, whose driving...

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Sands 25 year anniversary Art Show

SANDS 25th  ANNIVERSARY ART EXHIBITION     THE ARIAL CENTRE GALLERY  TOTNES   JANUARY 7th - 21st 2013 Starting on the first day of next term [Jan. 7th ] Sands is putting on a 25 year retrospective exhibition. This will include work from the whole 25 years of Sands...

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Jasper Solomou

We are grateful to have an ex Sands Student , Jasper Solomou , helping Huw in the Chemistry Lab. Since leaving Sands Jasper went on to the  University of  Plymouth to do a degree in Analytical Science[ BSc Hons] He has been working for the Environmental Agency and...

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Canoe building day at Exeter Canoe Festival

On the 6th October 2012 the school was invited back to the Exeter Canoe Show to build a canoe in a day. We arrived early and started to put the stitch and tape canoe together. This is done by fixing the chines together with recycled copper wire. By lunchtime we had...

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Twitter page

We now have a Twitter account! Please add us to get news, updates and reminders such as upcoming assessments for particular classes/subjects, parents evening reminders etc... Our account is @SandsAshburton

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Autumn term 2012

Parent Letter September 2012     Hello everyone and Welcome back to a new term at Sands.   Irwin and crew have been busy over the summer and the school and grounds are looking wonderful for all their hard work.   We start the year with the challenge of not having Sean...

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French exchange trip

Nat and Esther are taking a trip to visit Esthers school near Nantes.  They leave on Saturday for a week of experiencing French culture, and honing their French language skills.  They'll have a great time and we look forward to hearing of their experience in another...

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Drama results

In the most recent Drama examinations, EVERYONE got a distinction!!! The exams were at Advanced level, which is considered similar to that of A levels, so well done to everyone for an outstanding performance.

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Sands to host IDEC@EUDEC

Sands is hosting this year's IDEC and EUDEC conference, which will take place from 3rd to 14th July 2011 at the River Dart Country Park.This conference is where people involved in democratic schools all around the world come to share experience. It will also be the...

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Performing arts cabaret

Karen’s cafe- 03 performing arts BTEC.  At the lavender house- Ashburton on the 10th June. With the help of martin, 03 are putting on a cabaret performance for there performing arts BTEC, a fun exiting cabaret set in the 1940’s, full of music, singing, dance and...

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School camp latest

School Camp 2010It’s time to dig out the camping equipment again! The Plan Tuesday 29th June – All camping equipment must be at school by midday so that we can take it to the campsite where it’ll be looked after by Huw and Joss until we arrive the next day. Wednesday...

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New term news!

Please check here for the latest timetable.  It's in word format until we fix our PC issues.Also, we've had the report back for our latest OFSTED.  It's very good and we'll be emailing it to parents.  It will also be online in the next few days.  You can find it...

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Dates for Coursework for Science and Art

The GCSE control test for Art is over the two days of 11th and 12th of MarchThe Core Science coursework day will bne on March 12th (Anyone doing Art as well will do this during one of the other coursework days.Biology coursework day on March 19thPhysics coursework day...

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