Sandy Upper School “commended” for

Excellent GCSE Results in 2014


Sandy Upper School has received national recognition for the exceptional attainment of its students in the 2014 GCSE examinations. SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, recently undertook its annual in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified Sandy Upper School's success. The school has qualified for a SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for high average grades achieved by students. The school has been invited to receive their award at a regional celebration ceremony hosted by SSAT at Holland Park School in London on 12th May.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT, said "Sandy Upper School should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share, and I hope they will join us at the celebration  evening for the chance to network and share strategies with award-winning schools.

These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Sandy Upper School, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this is a member of the SSAT network."

On hearing the news of the award, Ms Hare said "This is further evidence of the remarkable journey undertaken by Sandy Upper School in just one year. Our results have rapidly risen fro 54% to 81%, we are the MOST improved school in the country, we are in the Top 100 performing state-funded schools and we have now been recognised by SSAT, one of the leading educational organisations in the country, for our work. I am incredibly proud of my staff and students and it will be a pleasure and a privilege to receive this award in May."


More Excellent News for Sandy Upper!

Sandy Upper School is one of the TOP 100 Performing Schools in the Country!!

Following swiftly on from last week’s announcement that Sandy Upper School is ‘THE MOST IMPROVED SCHOOL in the COUNTRY’, the school has just received news that it is ALSO one of the TOP 100 PERFORMING SCHOOLS in the COUNTRY!

Minister of State for Schools, the Rt Hon David Laws, has written to congratulate Principal, Ms Balraj Hare, and her amazing team of staff, on this outstanding achievement, in a remarkable year which has seen Sandy Upper School rise to the very top of the DfE national league tables, becoming one of the TOP 100 highest performing schools nationally. In his letter, Mr. Laws says “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on the excellent performance of your pupils in 2014. The percentage of your pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics GCSEs, shows that your school is one of the top 100 performing non-selective state funded schools in England. Your school is clearly equipping its pupils for success in both further study and future employment. I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success. My thanks also to you personally and to your leadership team for continuing the drive towards the highest standards of educational achievement.”

Since September 2013, GCSE results (5+ A*-C with English and Mathematics) have risen from 54% to 81% and Sandy Upper School has moved from 46th in its group of 55 “similar” schools to 1st place! The letter provides further endorsement of the remarkable turnaround at Sandy Upper School, acknowledging that the school has made rapid progress and students are achieving significantly higher than the national and county average of 53%.

Principal, Ms Balraj Hare said “It is a great honour to receive this extremely important letter of congratulations from the Minister of State for Education and I am delighted that, once again, the outstanding achievements of my staff, and students, have been officially recognised by the Department for Education. It is a real privilege to be recognised as one the ‘TOP 100 PERFORMING schools in the COUNTRY’ as well as ‘The MOST improved school in the COUNTRY. This is an extremely rare achievement and clearly demonstrates that our students are now receiving a first class and exceptional education which is equal to the very best 100 schools in the entire country! I am very proud of my amazing team, and we are determined to continue this trend of excellence which has become the norm at Sandy Upper. Onwards and upwards!”