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  • Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College
    Middlewich Road
    CW11 3NT
  • Head: Mr John Leigh
  • T 01270 765031
  • F 01270 768544
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  • A mainstream state school for girls aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Cheshire East
  • Pupils: 1276
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 23rd September 2008
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 10th November 2005
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The Complete and Utter Chaos Club (CAUC, or Electric Car Club, as it is known) is fantastic: girls get to design, build and race several electric cars in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge competition. The current prototype, Dylan (they are all named after characters in the Magic Roundabout), has been particularly successful. Like Dickens’ Pip, the parents here have, quite rightly, Great Expectations. Although the school is non-selective with a broad demographic, their ambitions for their children are well honed...

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Since 1993, John Leigh, BA economics (Nottingham Trent) Adv Dip MA (at the school since 1990). He has been the driving force behind its dizzying ascendancy to becoming one of the best state schools in the country with results well above the national average. In particular, Ofsted selected it in 2015 as a good practice example of a school encouraging girls into STEM-related careers.

Intellectual humility is arguably the rocket fuel for this trajectory: 'Be prepared to learn from mistakes and continually reinvent,' John Leigh says, referring in passing to his additional role as a school inspector where he sees the best and worst other schools have to offer. This evolutionary approach seems to lie at the school’s core, summed up by its impressive electric car club where pupils are forever...

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