School gets 'exceptional' accolade

PUBLISHED: 10:51 18 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

The head (centre) and Sandringham pupils

The head (centre) and Sandringham pupils

STAFF, students and parents at a St Albans secondary school are in total agreement with the Government s inspection service – that their school is outstanding. Sandringham School on The Ridgeway, Marshalswick, has emerged with the highest grade of outstan

STAFF, students and parents at a St Albans secondary school are in total agreement with the Government's inspection service - that their school is outstanding.

Sandringham School on The Ridgeway, Marshalswick, has emerged with the highest grade of outstanding from an inspection by Ofsted - the Office for Standards in Education - which was carried out in December.

A delighted head teacher, Alan Gray, said: "It is nothing less than Sandringham deserves and the result of exceptionally hard work by staff, students, parents and governors."

The Ofsted report describes Sandringham as, "an outstandingly effective school in which students attain high standards and make excellent progress".

The inspection team said it prepared students exceptionally well for the next stages of their life and singled out the curriculum for particular praise, describing it as a, "significant strength in its diverse and often imaginative provision which has made the school a place of real relevance and enjoyment for its students".

The inspectors added: "Nothing is left to chance in this school which is reflected by the exceptional care, guidance and support of students. Parents overwhelmingly agree."

Mr Gray said he was pleased that the inspectors noted the powerful learning ethos at the school where sixth-formers acted as role models for younger students. He added: "The school provides exceptional classroom teaching and expects the highest academic standards as well as ensuring that students develop into well-rounded, confident and articulate adults."

Mr Gray's own leadership was also singled out as well as the management of the school and described as the catalyst in the excellent all-round education of students.

The "outstanding" grade amounts to the final accolade in a successful year for the school.

Last April Sandringham, which is already a specialist arts school, was awarded a second subject specialism in science and in July it was granted International School status.

It also achieved Sportsmark and its third Artsmark Gold award in the past year.

Deputy head, Ceddy de la Croix, added: "This is a really exciting time for Sandringham, our partner schools Beaumont and Verulam, and the local community and we look forward to even greater success in the future.


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