Sandringham School
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This is a larger than average comprehensive school, with a large and growing sixth form. The school, which is popular and over-subscribed, is situated in an area of relative social and economic advantage to the north of the city. Students start the school with standards that are generally a little above average. The proportion with learning difficulties and/or disabilities or a statement of special educational needs is below average. The majority of students are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The school, which was first awarded specialist arts status in 2003, was re-designated as a specialist arts school in 2007. It was awarded a second subject specialism in science in April 2008 as a High Performing Specialist School. It was awarded International School status in July 2008. It offers both traditional A levels and the International Baccalaureate in the sixth form. The sixth form is part of a consortium through its partnership with Beaumont and Verulam, two other local schools. Separate inspection teams coordinated by HMI inspected all three schools and their respective sixth forms simultaneously. The school is a Leading Edge school in recognition of its good practice. It is an accredited initial teacher training provider and supports the training of graduate teachers. The school also provides effective assistance to local schools that are facing challenging circumstances. The school achieved Sportsmark and its third Artsmark Gold award in 2008. It has achieved the Hertfordshire Self Evaluation Accreditation award and attained the Financial Management Standards in Schools. Extended Services provision for students and the community was graded as outstanding in 2006.

Sandringham School Catchment Area Map

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Sandringham School Reviews

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“Too Pressurised”
"> I am the parent of a child at this school. These are my opinions and give the perspective of one person. We have found the school to be too serious, it puts too much pressure on the children. They are only interested in promoting academic attractive girls at the expense of disempowering the boys, leaving them feeling like they are not important. They pressurise children to stay in sixth form rather than take vocational routes of study who aren't suited to A level, subsequently fail and have to pick up somewhere else in college or get a dead end job. They don't employ mentoring, nurturing or any arbitration to manage student problems just a harsh zero tolerance approach . If there is any conflicts they tend to believe the more academic children and do their best to "offroll" SEN students. They do not make reasonable adjustments for children with SEN in my opinion and despite attempts from outside advisory bodies they refuse to have a more flexible behaviour policy. If your child loves academic study, is very competitive and is female they might withstand the serious, pressurised environment. One only has to look at the school PR and see the over emphasis in the photos on the more attractive female pupils. Several parents I have spoken to say if they had their time again, they wouldn't send their children there. It may have an Outstanding Ofsted report from 2008 but the children suffer in pursuit of it. On returning to school after the isolation of Covid the children have been thrown back into the rigid schedule without regard for their mental wellbeing. If you want a school with a good pastoral environment there are many other schools that provide this and brilliant academic success or a vocational route in a happier environment.
“Too much pressure”
"> My daughter joined Sandringham sixth form this year, it was a bad idea. Although the school does have good resources and many good subject teachers, the leadership at sixth form is dire. They put far too much pressure on the students and then expect them to be able to handle it. The students have just started their exams and are under immense pressure already. However this past week my daughter has been sent home because she did not have an exam that day she was told to go home as she was not needed in school - even though they were encouraged to come into school to revise if they needed to before exams started. I find this particularly hard to fathom as teachers should know that students work better in a school environment. I would however like to add that the subject teachers for many of the school subjects are incredible especially the media and drama teachers.
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