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In their latest report, November 2016, Ofsted inspectors found that “Pupils’ emotional well-being and personal development are at the heart of this school” and that “Behaviour and attitudes in lesson are outstanding”. The school’s democratic principles help students find “renewed energy and inspiration in a school that allows them to take responsibility for their learning in a new way.” They also found that “…the approach taken by the school builds confidence and makes pupils feel safe so that they enjoy school and want to learn.”

The findings are very much in line with the school’s previous inspection reports: Sands School is found to be a ‘good’ school across the board and ‘outstanding’ in the areas of personal development, behaviour and welfare. This is a fair reflection of how we see ourselves: actively supporting each child’s personal growth and well-being within an effective learning environment. This balance of priorities makes us different from other schools and is why our students and parents choose this school.

The quality of teaching and the outcomes for pupils are reported to be ‘good’ with pupils well prepared for examinations and for transfer to the next stage of their education. (The 2016 leavers achieved a GCSE pass rate of 77% with more than a third of exams taken passed at A* and A grade.)

Sands School continues to meet all of the Independent School Standards in full.

You can download the full report here.