School

The headteacher has created a strong ‘team’ within the school and, consequently, staff work effectively together. Ofsted 2013

    • Cygnets Preschool

      Cygnets Preschool is located within Sandon School.

      Cygnets welcome children from the age of 2 years until school entry age. We provide a new, safe and secure Early Year’s environment with excellent indoor and outdoor facilities.

      Children learn and develop through creative and stimulating play supported by a highly motivated, caring and professional team.

      Open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm

      Lunch club available every day
      Extended hours available until 3pm except Tuesdays

    • Ethos & Vision

      At Sandon School we are acutely aware of the importance of our children’s formative years. We aim to provide a happy, stimulating and caring environment in which the children can gain experience, skills and knowledge to help them fully develop their own abilities.

      Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

      The Vision for Sandon School:

      • The Sandon School community is a welcoming environment where individuals are valued and success celebrated.
      • We are a friendly, caring and healthy school, nurturing and inspiring our learners.
      • We provide a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum which develops academic and social skills
      • Our school is a place where learning is fun, exciting and motivating, which promotes individuality, curiosity, creative thinking, reflection and enthusiasm.
      • We support and encourage the development of confident and responsible individuals so that they can embrace the challenges of the future.
    • Buildings & Facilities

      Sandon School is situated in the centre of Sandon, 10 minutes drive from Baldock, Buntingford and Royston. There is a local school bus service for children from the surrounding villages.

      The school has 4 good sized classrooms as well as a central hall. There is a library and reading area, run by the children. There are excellent ICT facilities including laptops and interactive whiteboards in every classroom, Ipads, netbooks, visualisers, digital camcorders, floor and Lego robots.

      There is disabled access to all areas of the school.

      The school is surrounded by attractive gardens and a large playing field. There is also a hard playground area, a tyre park, climbing equipment and a conservation area that is used as a science resource. An outdoor stage is used by the children in their play and for school productions, such as the annual Summer and Trombone Concerts. An outdoor classroom can be used when the weather allows! The Reception class and Pre-school have a separate outdoor area, with an array of equipment which they are encouraged to use throughout the day.

      The vegetable garden and school chickens are looked after by the children and provide fresh vegetables, eggs and much entertainment.

      • Sandon JMI School

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        The Sandon School Community is a welcoming environment where individuals are valued and success celebrated.

        We are a friendly, caring and healthy school, nurturing and inspiring our learners. We provide a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum with opportunities to develop academic, physical and social skills.

        Our school is a place where learning is fun, exciting and motivating which promotes curiosity, creative thinking, reflection and enthusiasm. We support and encourage the development of confident and responsible individuals so that they can embrace the global challenges of the future.

        We pride ourselves in providing scaffolding for our children so that they can develop literacy skills which will have an impact on their future learning experience. We have adopted a phonics scheme called Letters and Sounds which has been proven to forward children’s decoding skills. A new reading program, called Accelerated Reader; has been introduced which aims to assist with developing children’s motivation to read as well as their comprehension skills. We envisage all children to not only develop the skill to read, but to use this skill to further their learning.

      • School Results for 2016

        Sandon’s KS2 SATs Results:

        50% of children achieved the new expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics

        57% of children achieved the new expected standard in Reading

        79% of children achieved the new expected standard in Mathematics

        71% of children achieved the new expected standard in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

        71% of children achieved the new expected standard in Writing

         

        Please click here for 2016 KS2, KS1 and Phonics results.

      • Our Curriculum

        We follow an exciting and varied creative literacy curriculum, which includes Phonics and Writing Workshop.

        A creative curriculum is one which uses a theme or topic to incorporate all areas of learning. So, for example, if our topic was “Wheels of Adventure”  this could include: debates surrounding sustainable energy sources such as wind farms, making water wheels, atlas work (finding countries in the world and calculating distances) and shadow drawing of wheels.

        Through teaching Modern Foreign Languages at Sandon, we aim to provide all pupils with a passion for languages that they will go on to develop throughout their lives.

        Currently, French is taught to all pupils from Year 1 – Year 6, following guidance from the National Curriculum. We believe learning a language from a young age equips children with the following;

        • Language skills: reading fluently, speaking confidently, writing imaginatively,
        • Liberation from insularity (having a view of the world through the eyes of other cultures), and,
        • Curiosity to broaden and develop their knowledge and understanding of languages.

        Physical Education

        Click here for our PE curriculum.

         

      • Supporting Your Child’s Learning At Home

        Parents often ask us how they can help their child at home, by supporting homework and with reinforcing what they are learning in class. Please click on the links below for information.

        Reading

        Maths

        Maths – Years 1 and 2

        Maths – Years 3 and 4

        Maths – Years 5 and 6

        Spellings – Years 5 and 6

        Information about the curriculum being covered in each class can be found by clicking the class link on the Teachers page.

      • AR Reading Scheme

        At school we use the Accelerated Reading Scheme from Renaissance Place. Most children’s books are on the scheme, each book has been given a level. Each child has a reading range which they will be aware of, please talk to your child’s teacher if they are not sure.  Ideally your child should only read books within this range, so if you want to check the levels of your books at home, please follow the link. If you want to generate a list of the books in your child’s reading range, use the advanced search option.

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      • PE At Sandon School

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        PE is very important to us at Sandon School. Please click here for information, including School Sport Premium and latest PE news.

    • The School Day

      8.55 School Starts

      12.00 Lunch (Infants)

      12.10  Lunch (Juniors)

      1.00 Afternoon School Starts (Infants)

      1.10  Afternoon School Starts (Juniors)

      3.15 School Finishes

       

    • School History

      The original school in the village was built in about 1860. Pupils had to pay a penny-a-week to attend. The teacher lived on the premises. The rest of the building was divided in two, with one class facing one direction, the other facing the opposite way. There was no playground and the building was heated by a boiler. That building is now used as the Village Hall.

      The ‘new’ school opened in 1939 and catered for children from not only Sandon, but also Rushden and Wallington. Apparently there was a great to-do on the opening day as the chairs, which were being delivered by train, had not arrived!

      There have, of course, been many alterations and extensions over the years. We now have a purpose built library, an additional mobile classroom and an Information Technology area, which was officially opened by one of our original pupils!

      Other alterations have made the entire school wheel-chair friendly.

      Sources

      • Interviews with Mrs. Weeden and Mr. Hatchett.
      • ‘Sandon: the village on the hill.’
        (Published 1964 in the Royston Crow)
    • Sandon School In The News!

      space seed experiment

      The Herts Mercury featured Sandon’s Earth Class, who are taking part in Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS campaign for school gardening and the UK Space Agency.

      UPDATE:

      The seeds are back!

      At 04:26am on Tuesday 2nd March, Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos landed safely back on Earth in Kazakhstan. The seeds then travelled with Scott Kelly to NASA in Houston on a charter flight from Moscow, Russia and returned to the UK last Thursday. They are now getting ready to pack them up so we should receive them mid April for planting after the Easter break.

      Meanwhile we have been sent a list of equipment to get ready. It is so exciting to have the opportunity to be part of such an important experiment and I know the children can’t wait to get started. I will keep you posted of any further developments.

      Mrs Bowden