Sands School

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48 East Street
Newton Abbot
TQ13 7AX
01364 653666
11 - 17
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Sands School is located in the town of Ashburton in Devon and provides education for young people aged 11-17 years. The school’s education is based on the philosophy of democratic schooling: ‘which puts students’ social and emotional development at the heart of learning, to equip each young person to be an effective and contributing member of a free democratic society’. It is registered with the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to admit up to 81 students. Currently 54 students are on roll, four of whom have a statement of special educational need. Several have failed to thrive in their previous schools. Most places are privately funded, although a small number are funded by a charitable trust or by students’ local authorities. This is the first full inspection since the school opened in 1987.

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Last update: 04 April 2020


At Sands we are small enough not to need to test children to know how they are doing in their studies and we have enough trust in our teachers not to need to measure them in term of 'cohort value added'. SATs may be a necessary evil for grading children and schools in a factory education system but we think the less testing the better.

So if you are considering Sands why not start in the summer term of Year 6 and skip the stress?

Sands School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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