Sandon College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The governors of the school have been considering the pros and cons of achieving academy status for some time now. At a full governors meeting, the board passed a resolution to pursue academy conversion for September, with Ormiston Academies Trust nominated as the preferred sponsor.
You will be aware of the current government’s policy to encourage schools to convert to academy status. Most of the secondary schools in Stoke-on-Trent have already converted, as have a large proportion of schools across the country.
I am sure you will appreciate that this decision was not been taken lightly. The financial benefits to the school in converting are not as significant as they once were. Nevertheless, the Governors could not ignore the potential benefits of having a larger degree of autonomy and the ongoing support of the nationally well regarded Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), particularly during a period when rapid school improvement is essential.
You may also all be aware of the impact that OAT has had on the two other local successful academies, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA) and Ormiston Horizon Academy. Indeed we already have close links with OSSMA and those links would strengthen as, whilst having our own identity, we will aim to replicate their remarkable achievements.
On Monday I was informed by my Chair of Governors that the Secretary of State for Education has passed an Academy Order confirming that Sandon BEAC will become a sponsored academy. Ormiston Academies Trust remains as the preferred sponsor of ministers, the Local Authority and the school’s governing body.
There will be opportunities for you to get further information on this proposal, as well as briefings with us and the chance to meet representatives from Ormiston Academies Trust. Dates for this will be provided to you after the Easter break. A website has been set up for your information with relevant updates and downloads relating to the project: www.proposedacademy.co.uk/sandon
The journey of school improvement has already begun at Sandon, indeed yesterday following a formal review of the Mathematics department there was an acknowledgement of this. The Governors and staff are convinced that academy conversion with Ormiston Academies Trust is in the best interest of all stakeholders, especially the students who deserve a high quality education in order for us to provide them with equal choices and opportunities in life. It is also the case that Ormiston academies are better placed to take advantage of a range of school improvement initiatives through the extensive networks that exist.
Attached is some basic information about academies and Ormiston Academies Trust.
This is a very challenging time for the school but I will reiterate that the most important priority for me remains the education of your child and that all the staff are committed to making sure that we do the very best for the students here at Sandon. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information or wish to discuss this or any other matter relating to school.
I hope you have a restful, reflective and rejuvenating Easter break (perhaps not too restful for Year 11 students busily revising).
The College's Action Plan has now been published and is available to view in the About/Ofsted section of this website.
Alternatively, you can click here for a direct link to the plan.
Please click here to view our Term Dates for the 2014/2015 Academic Year.
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