Sandon College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
As the Christmas break approaches I would like to thank staff, students, parents and governors for their hard work and support throughout what has been an eventful term. We at Sandon remain committed to raising standards and driving a culture where both students and staff have high expectations with no excuses.
After nearly three months as Interim Headteacher at Sandon, I have been wholeheartedly impressed by much of what has been happening in the college and the ongoing support of many parents. I gave a commitment on arrival about opening channels of communication with parents and that commitment still stands.
Your continued support with our drive to improve standards of achievement, uniform and attitudes to learning is appreciated. These areas will continue to be a focus for us.
As we potentially enter the period when we may experience severe weather, it seemed appropriate to remind you of the policy regarding emergency closure:
The college places a high premium on attendance and during periods of adverse weather conditions, we will always endeavour to keep the college open. We will only consider any form of closure when we feel that the safety of the students is at risk.
If the college is unable to open due to adverse weather conditions, parents/carers and students will be informed via the Keep Kids Safe text system, our website and the local radio stations. If there is no notice on the website, the college will be open as usual.
Finally, I just wanted to keep you up to date and to confirm arrangements for the end of term and the start of the New Year.
On the last day of term, Friday 19th December, arrangements will be as follows:
9.00 Registration with form tutors, 9.15 – 10.15 assembly, 10.15 to 11.15 period 1, 11.15 – 11.30 morning break, 11.30 – 12.15 period 2, 12.15 – 1.00 period 3, 1.00 – 1.20 Registration with form tutor, 1.20 college closes for Christmas.
Students in receipt of Free School Meals will be able to collect, and eat at school, a packed lunch. If your childcare arrangements dictate that your child needs to be supervised until 3.15, we can arrange this and provide lunch, please let the form tutor know in writing.
During the afternoon registration period students will be expected to clear lockers before leaving.
Up to the last day lessons will continue as normal, so it is really important all students have 100% attendance even in the run up to Christmas, so they do not miss out on any learning.
After the break the college reopens to students at the usual time on Tuesday 6th January, when we look forward to seeing our students returning refreshed and eager to learn, wearing the correct full school uniform. If you need clarification as to the uniform requirements, please refer to our web site where full details can be found.
With best wishes for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
G W Jones
We work hard to ensure that our students are happy in their learning environment. Here's what they think:
'My advice to new students is to ask the teachers if you experience any difficulties - they are always very understanding and helpful.' -Year 7 student
'There are so many opportunities here that if you want to get involved, learning can be great fun. This has boosted my confidence and raised my career aspirations.' -Year 8 student
'My first year went really quickly. I thought I would not have made friends but now I have lots of friends from different schools. Sandon is a friendly school and I am glad I came here.' -Year 9 student
'Sandon has provided me with some excellent learning opportunities. I was involved in developing our China Links programme with our partner school in Shanghai and was very lucky to visit Zhen Hua School on an exchange visit.' - Year 10 student