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Sandford C E VC Middle School
Sandford, BH20 7BN, UK Wareham
+44 (0)1929 556228


It is our aim to provide a safe and secure environment, based on positive Christian values, in which all children can fulfil their potential in all aspects of school life.

Continuity in education is vitally important and close links have developed with our contributory First Schools and with our neighbouring Upper Schools. This ensures a curriculum that is a planned progression of work throughout the three tiers of schooling and one that will meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.


At Sandford Church of England Middle School we value each other through our words, thoughts, feelings and actions and aim to provide an atmosphere of love, care and consideration based on Christian principles.

Our curriculum is designed to provide the children with positive attitudes towards learning and to enable each child to realise her or his full potential.

All members of the school community are encouraged to build relationships with each other for the benefit of all.


All aspects of school life are directed to the educational advance of the children. The Staff take every opportunity to involve the children in their own social progress by exploring and developing confidence, self-esteem, tolerance and other such desirable qualities. By making a positive contribution to the collective spirit of the school each child can develop an increasing awareness of their responsibilities to each other and to their own work and behaviour. All children are encouraged to produce their best work. Each member of staff has their own system of encouragement for the children. As a school we have Commendations given by subject or pastoral teachers. These are for good work relative to each child's ability. They are distributed in year assemblies and the work displayed in school for all to see as a way of reinforcing the value of good work. Five Commendations across all subject areas automatically mean a Merit Award, which is given out in full assemblies.


As a 9-13 Middle School we cater for children in the top two years of their primary education (Key Stage 2) and their first two years of secondary education (Key Stage 3). The middle school, therefore, bridges the traditional break between primary and secondary schooling. We believe that this is the strength of the system as it blends the close relationship between child and teacher, traditionally associated with primary education, with specialist expertise and accommodation, which can be made available throughout the age range.

The National Curriculum takes children through four Key Stages with tests at the end of each Key Stage. Year 6 is the end of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 spans Years 7 and 8 at Sandford and Year 9 at Lytchett or Purbeck. We work very closely with our feeder first schools and with the two upper schools to develop programmes of study, which provide continuity and progression through the key stages.


The continuing support of the teaching staff ensures that many clubs are arranged for the children both at lunchtime and after school. These include:- netball, volleyball, hockey, cross-country running, soccer, rugby, athletics, orienteering, cricket, rounders, tennis, scrabble, computers, war-gaming, CDT, school magazine, library, instrumental music (recorders, brass, wind, guitar, violin) and band practice, choir, dance, drama, and stamp club.

Two elected members represent each tutor group on the School Council. The Council meet regularly with the Deputy Headteacher.

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