At Sandringham we believe there is no limit to what can be achieved if you put your mind to it.

World Class Initiatives at Sandringham

Staff are encouraged to pursue World Class Initiatives for the benefit of students at the school and we believe there is no limit to what can be achieved if you put your mind to it. Students have numerous opportunities to develop beyond the confines of the classroom through a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

STEM 

This has been a significant area of focus for many years. We have learnt that building momentum and aspiration is key to encouraging young people to consider future careers in STEM subjects. Each year we run a whole-school activity, usually during British Science Week, to provide a common learning activity whereby students have can share experiences and enjoy something collectively. Examples of these include making contact with Tim Peake on the ISS and shared across our network which allowed all students to enjoy the technical challenge of talking to an astronaut travelling at 27km/h, launching a high-altitude balloon into near space again followed by all students across the network and having every student and member of staff plant at least one sapling in the Heartwood Forest to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. We have another challenge lined up for 2019 which might result in a World Record being achieved. During British Science week we participate in the Big Bang Fair and run a Chemistry Show for junior school students. The school has an active amateur radio club who make contact with people from around the World. Other aspects of STEM include the Space education quality mark (https://www.stem.org.uk/esero/space-education-quality-mark), regular participation in the UKMT Maths Challenge and winning the Pearson Teaching award for STEM in 2017.

Sport

Sport is a key feature of the curriculum at Sandringham and all students follow PE as an examination subject to the end of KS4. This provides students with a greater understanding about health and fitness, how to look after themselves and also maximise enjoyment in sport. The sports department deliver an exceptional extra-curricular programme of games across a wide range of sports. Key emphasis is on providing opportunities for all to participate if they wish.  As a result of this level of activity, the school has been awarded the School Games Platinum accreditation (https://www.yourschoolgames.com/impact/news/school-games-crowns-first-set-platinum-mark-winners/)

Arts

The arts provision at Sandringham School collaborates with many external agencies at a local, county, national and international level.  Collaborations include curriculum enhancement opportunities, external experiences (workshops, performances, work experience), masterclasses and qualifications. The work of our Arts faculties has been recognised by The Stage (Finalist School of the Year 2018), National Teaching Awards (Silver Award for Team of the Year) and through our current Platinum Artsmark status. Typical student activities include the Gambia Memory Project, exhibiting in the Mall Gallery, and numerous music tours across Europe. The school runs a number of major shows each year including ‘Velocity’ which showcases the dance across the curriculum. 

International

The school is involved in exchange visits with Spain, France, Germany, Singapore and the Gambia. We invest heavily in International Links and encourage students to develop a love for languages and international affairs. Each year the International Evening is a celebration of the variety of cultures across the school. Students perform in different languages and use this as a platform to educate the audience. 

Wider opportunities

We run a High Starters Programme to challenge students a in range of activities. Examples of this include University Visits for all students, training a number of students as Youth Health Champions, running an annual Mental Health Conference for the community and delivering the Brilliant Club for less advantaged students. 

School Data

Unique Reference Number
136609
Local Authority
Hertfordshire
Establishment Number
4197
Establishment Name
Sandringham School
Type of Establishment
Academy converter
Establishment Type Group
Academies
Establishment Status
Open
Reason Establishment Opened
Academy Converter
Establishment Open Date
01/04/2011
Phase of Education
Secondary
Statutory Lowest Pupil Age
11
Statutory Highest Pupil Age
18
Boarders
No boarders
Nursery Provision
Not applicable
Sixth Form
Has a sixth form
Gender
Mixed
Designated Religious Character
Does not apply
Religious Ethos
Does not apply
Diocese
Not applicable
Admissions Policy
Non-selective
School Capacity
1278
Special Classes
No Special Classes
Census Date
17/01/2019
Number of Pupils
1478
Number of Boys
817
Number of Girls
661
Percentage of Pupils Receiving FSM
5
Trust flag
Supported by a multi-academy trust
Trust
ALBAN ACADEMIES TRUST
School Sponsor flag
Linked to a sponsor
School Sponsor
Alban Academies Trust
Federation flag
Not applicable
UK Provider Reference Number
10033225
Last Changed Date
11/07/2019
Street
The Ridgeway
Town
St Albans
County
Hertfordshire
Postcode
AL4 9NX
School Website
http://www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk/
Telephone Number
01727799560
Headteacher Title
Mr
Headteacher First Name
Alan
Headteacher Last Name
Gray
Headteacher Preferred Job Title
Headteacher
Section 41 Approved
Not applicable
Government Office Region
East of England
District
St Albans
Ward
Marshalswick North
Parliamentary Constituency
St Albans
Urban/Rural Description
Urban city and town
GSS LA Code
E10000015
Easting
516857
Northing
209364
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
St Albans 008
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA)
St Albans 008C
RSC Region
North-West London and South-Central England
UPRN
200003634749
Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) - code
E02004931
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) - code
E01023711

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