Welcome to Sandy Upper School
I am delighted to welcome you to Sandy Upper School. This is a friendly, supportive school where students enjoy learning and achieve good results. We are committed to providing excellence in a caring environment, ensuring that all students reach their full potential.
At Sandy we never forget that the upper school years are a critically important and formative time for each student. Our main aim is therefore to ensure that all students achieve as highly as possible and enjoy school life. This is supported by the rich extra-curricular life, which helps students grow as individuals.
Having recently joined the school as Interim Headteacher I have very quickly come to know Sandy as a school that is friendly and supportive. The students are wonderful and the distinctive nature of the school is clearly built on the partnership between individual students, parents and staff.
We recognise the important role the school plays in the life of the community. Therefore Sandy Upper School is a member of the Pinnacle Trust, together with seven other local schools. We share a vision of providing a seamless education from age 4 to 18 and work together to help children grow and learn.
I am supported in my work at school by Karen Richardson, Head of School, who has responsibility for all day to day matters. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to find out more about the school or visit us to see the school in action.
Shawn Fell, Interim Headteacher
Karen Richardson, Head of School
Careers advice for all young people aged 13 -19. For students in Sandy Upper School it is delivered by a Personal Adviser who comes into school weekly. The service can be accessed through group work or individual interviews.
We have close links with the local business community including the Rotary Club, who help support our Young Enterprise group. Local businesses are involved in working with students as mentors and to support preparation for the world of work through mock interviews.
Young Enterprise Scheme
The Young Enterprise Company Programme is well established at Sandy Upper School and gives students the chance to c
The Classroom of the Future
This was the result of a unique project involving Sandy Upper, Burgoyne Middle and Maple Tree Lower Schools together with the Science Museum.
The project involved building a flexible classroom which can be used for any activity. The classroom comprises of a large space and 3 or 4 group rooms. It has solar panels, a roof of sedum, under-floor heating and dimmable lighting. Inside there is wireless networking, a sliding mirror wall and video conferencing facilities. The large sliding door also enables the classroom to be opened to the school grounds allowing teaching and learning both in and outside the building.
The classroom is used as a PE and Music facility and is used by the community in the evenings.
Student Support We have a team of Student Support staff who work with students in a variety of ways. They support the Stepped Behaviour Policy by working with individuals and groups of students. In addition, the Student Support Team offer help for students who are having personal problems. Peer Mentors Our peer mentor group was set up to complement the whole school anti-bullying policy. Originally operating primarily as an anti-bullying service, the group tackles concerns from the outset when, for the most part, they are not too serious. The group is a listening service for those members of the school community who may have problems they wish to discuss. These may include social problems, relationship problems and difficulties related to coping with the system. For some students there may be no other person with whom they feel they can talk and, therefore, they will approach a peer mentor. Student members and Link Teachers are available for students to approach and talk over their problems.The emphasis is on resolving problems amicably and, in the case of bullying, in a way so a solution is achieved without any punishment. If bullying persists, however, or is of a very serious nature from the outset, then the school policy involving the Pastoral Team, is brought into action. School Security The School Security Policy aims to ensure that students and staff are safe and secure in school. In addition to the CCTV system, there is a fence and gates around the site perimeter and a secure access system installed at the main entrance to the school, for use when the School or Community College is closed. All staff, governors and visitors to the school wear security badges. Religious Education and Collective Worship Religious Education is delivered as a discrete subject. In Year 9 students follow the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus and the GCSE short course is followed by Year 10 and 11. The assembly programme is broadly Christian in spirit and starts the day with a formal, disciplined experience. Students can be withdrawn from all or part of Religious Education and assembly following parental request. Consultation with the Headteacher is essential before this occurs. Library The Library provides a place for flexible learning where project work, individual study or group research can take place. We aim to increase students' confidence in locating and handling information from a variety of media and to extend and develop students' reading for pleasure. The library stocks a wide range of books journals and daily newspapers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Sandy Upper School directly.