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Sandon School
Molrams Lane, Sandon, Great Baddow, CM2 7AQ, UK Chelmsford
+44 (0)1245 473611

Welcome to The Sandon School
There are specific areas for students, parents, staff and guests and it is designed to show something of the school’s ethos, standards and how we work. If you have any suggestions as to additions or alterations that would improve the site, or would like more information about The Sandon School, please contact me through the school office.


The Sandon School provides a high quality learning environment which is both stimulating and secure with specialist accommodation for Art, Science and Technology. We also have a modern Information Technology Suite and Business Studies Conference Centre. There is a well equipped Gymnasium and Sports Hall, a Library Resource Centre and a Drama Studio adjacent to the Music rooms. Subject areas are suited and there is a Sixth Form Area with Study and Common Room facilities.

We are proud to deliver a high standard of education for all our students.We endeavour to provide a happy and busy environment in which our students are given many and varied opportunities to undertake and enjoy new experiences. We want to encourage them to be responsible and caring of others. The Sandon School recognises the innate enthusiasm and abilities of young people and it is our responsibility to harness that enthusiasm and those abilities so that every student can achieve of their best and fulfil their potential. It is to this end that our clear and consistent discipline procedures aim to encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour to improve their level of achievement within school. We expect a high standard of student behaviour at all times and believe that every member of The Sandon School has a responsibility to care for and maintain the reputation for excellence within the school.


1. A Learning Organisation
  • focussing on achievements for every learner
  • promoting lifelong learning for students, staff, parents, governors and the community
  • setting clear targets for every learner in a spirit of continuous improvement
  • maximising results at all levels by enabling good teaching and learning to flourish
  • providing a purposeful education in preparation for life
  • recognising and celebrating all achievements for all learners
 2. A Caring and Supportive Community
  • that values and challenges each individual
  • that encourages mutual respect and courtesy
  • that has high expectations and positive attitudes to learning, behaviour, and the school environment
  • that allows the fullest possible development of everyone's intellectual, social, moral and personal potential
  • with a positive culture and ethos
3. An Effective Learning Environment
  • with firm, purposeful leadership empowering others to achieve and participate
  • that has clear, fair and consistent discipline
  • that has a comprehensive and sharing improvement plan
  • with sound management and good communication at all levels
  • that has high quality resources and an attractive working environment which promotes ownership and pride
  • that uses technology to raise academic achievement and promote a technological, enterprising and vocational culture
4. A Popular School
  • where students want to come and staff want to work
  • where parents choose to send their children
  • in a community that supports and benefits from the work taking place
  • with a confident and supportive governing body
"Achievement for every learner"


Blazer Navy Blue with badge
Trousers Charcoal grey, standard style
School Shirt Sky-blue poly-cotton shirt of the traditional school type with long sleeves (NOT patterned, denim, heavy cotton or fancy). An optional short-sleeved shirt may be worn during the summer.
School Tie An alternative tie is available for Year 11 students and Year 11 prefects
School Jumper Navy blue, ‘day’ sweatshirt
Shoes Black, plain (NOT trainers or boots)
Socks Plain, dark
PE Kit Blue rugby top, plain black shorts, white Tee-shirt with collar, royal blue football socks, white socks, indoor trainers or plimsolls, outdoor trainers.
Jewellery Ear studs – plain; one only per ear – NO other studs or piercings. One watch.
Blazer Navy blue with badge
Skirt Navy blue kilt – knee length
Trousers Navy blue – ‘Banner Stretch’
School Blouse Sky-blue poly-cotton shirt style, of the traditional school type with long sleeves (NOT patterned, denim, heavy cotton or fancy). An optional short-sleeved shirt may be worn during the summer.
School Tie An alternative tie is available for Year 11 students and Year 11 prefects
School Jumper Navy blue, ‘day’ sweatshirt
Shoes Black, plain, flat heeled with closed backs and toes. Maximum heel height 2½ inches (5-6 cm) (NOT trainers – Boots may be worn to travel to and from school in bad weather, but must be changed on arrival).
Hosiery Socks: plain, navy or flesh coloured
Tights: plain, navy or flesh coloured. Navy ribbed tights may be worn in cold weather.
Accessories Hair slides, ribbon etc.: navy, plain.
Make-up Years 7-9: None
Years 10-11: None
Jewellery Ear studs – plain: one only per ear – NO other studs or piercings. One watch.
PE Kit Blue sweat shirt, plain black shorts, white Tee-shirt with collar, royal blue football socks, white socks, indoor trainers or plimsolls, outdoor trainers.


In pursuit of excellence The Sandon School has established a learning community which prepares students for the opportunities and experiences of adult life in the 21st Century. Our curriculum is varied and challenging, relevant and rewarding.

A team of committed and talented staff work together with parents and students to provide a stimulating environment that benefits and motivates the individual. Our aim, across the age ability range, is to provide a flexible, accessible and inspiring curriculum which will open avenues for the future - to university, college or the world of work.This aim is delivered by the statutory curriculum and by the range of cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities. By implementing a variety of effective teaching methods and efficient curriculum management and review, it is our hope to create an ethos of high achievement, personal challenge and mutual respect.

In the first three years, from the age of 11 to 14, all students follow the same programme of study: Art, Drama, English, Geography, History, Information Technology, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (all students take French in Year 7 and German in Year 8, studying both languages until the end of Year 9), Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science and Technology. In accordance with the National Curriculum, students at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11, age 14-16) study subjects leading to GCSE qualifications in Double Science, English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language and Technology. They choose further options from a wide range of subjects. Students also follow a course in Physical Education, core Religious Education and Information Technology and take part in activities and events which develop their personal and social education.

Many of our Year 11 students stay on after the age of 16 to take AS, A-Level and GNVQ courses in Years 12 and 13.

There is a shared determination amongst staff for all students to attain the highest standards of academic achievement and we expect our students to have similar aspirations. We are proud of our high level of performance in public examinations. However, our curriculum goes well beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum in terms of the experience we provide for all our students. Teaching programmes are planned to create variety and interest in order to stretch all students whatever their talents and abilities. It is important that they learn to be independant, to think for themselves and have the necessary ambition and skills to aim high and make the most of their time at The Sandon School.

We aim to develop qualities of self-reliance and confidence in our students, but equally an understanding, care and tolerance of others.

Every student is looked after as an individual. The first point of contact for students and parents on day-to-day issues is the Form Tutor. This teacher will be a key figure, liaising with subject teachers and offering daily continuity to students.

The Form Tutor works within our Student Services Team and is supported by Heads of Year and Directors of Key Stages. In this way we are able to monitor successfully each student's progress within and between subjects. This team, working with Curriculum Team Leaders and Subject Teachers, offers encouragement and helps solve problems. They maintain the vital links with parents and with other agencies which offer support to our students. Our Learning Support Co-ordinator and team of Learning Support Assistants further enhance this work by assisting in the planning and delivering of appropriate work for all students and, in particular, our most able and those with special learning needs.

We have high expectations in terms of behaviour, school dress and standard of work. Good achievement and sustained effort are encouraged and rewarded by a system of merits and commendations. We have a clear Code of Behaviour which has been developed to encourage a sense of the rights and responsibilities of each individual and applies to students and staff alike. We expect everyone who joins us to abide by The Sandon School Code of Behaviour. Good discipline is reinforced by a clear sanctions policy.

Progress from subject to subject and in the wider aspects of school life are reported to parents through a system of progress reviews and annual reports. These give very detailed information about achievement and offer suggestions about improvement. They aim to encourage students to be constructively self-critical and to appreciate their own potential. Each student leaves The Sandon School with the National Record of Achievement, reflecting not only their academic progress but also personal qualities and successes.


The extra-curricular element of The Sandon School has always been given considerable emphasis and importance within the whole school community. It is regarded as an essential element of school's life. Extra-curricular activities involve both students and staff at all stages of the school's organisation. They bring mutual benefits to both staff and students and the diversity of the extra-curricular programme enhances greatly the work undertaken in the classroom. Activities cover a wide range of social, cultural and sporting events and take place either during lunchtime or after school.Sporting excellence is encouraged and there is opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities, including athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cross-country, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, and volleyball. We are proud of the achievements of our sporting teams which regularly win at County level, with individuals representing the County in a variety of sports.

The school has a strong tradition in music with its jazz bands and ensembles regularly being asked to play in the local area at a variety of events. Musical ability is encouraged and individual tuition is available in a wide variety of instruments. There are regular school concerts, which provide a platform for the school's many talented musicians

School productions provide a regular showcase for talent in both music and drama. Previous productions have ranged from the frivolous "Dream Dates" in October 1998 to the challenging "Our Country's Good" in June 2000. Students themselves direct and produce plays and muscial events on a regular basis.

On offer to our students is a wide range of further clubs and activities, including Art, Chess, Christian Union, Computers, Dance, Debating, Environmental Work, Science, Technology and Young Engineers. There is a well established tradition of school journeys and field studies which are organised to enrich the educational experiences. The range is illustrated by a few examples such as Geography and Science field trips to Yorkshire and Pembrokeshire; language learning trips to Paris and Bonn; cultural and industry based visits to European destinations such as Barcelona and Heidelberg and an annual ski trip to resorts in Europe and the United States. In addition, there are a host of day curriculum visits to the theatre, exhibitions, museums and higher education institutions. All visits stem from and support the curriculum. Each year group has its own student council, which meets regularly to discuss various issues including student welfare, fundraising and extra-curricular activities. Each year council then elects two of its members to serve on the full School Council, which is viewed as the representation of the student body and has a positive role to play in decision making related to student issues. The School Council is chaired by our Headstudents creating an effective dialogue between the students and the staff of the school.The school is organised into four houses - Glennie, Thompson, Blake and Russell. Every member of the school community is a member of a House. The Houses compete for the Steele House Cup, which is awarded on an annual basis. The activities which contribute to the House competition are wide-ranging and include sporting events, poetry competitions and the planting of house gardens.

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