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  • Sandroyd School
    Tollard Royal
    SP5 5QD
  • Head: Mr Alastair Speers
  • T 01725 516264
  • F 01725 516441
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 2 to 13
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 200
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £8,280 - £19,800; Boarding £18,990 - £24,000 pa
  • Open days: 5th November 2016
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Still feels very much like a country home in the boarders’ quarters (sitting rooms and comfy sofas) where house parents have apartments. We were amazed to learn that school washes day pupils’ sports kit as well as all the boarders’ clothing...Although it is now less traditional, some ‘old style’ disciplines remain, eg shoe polishing, letter writing and good...

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What the school says...

Sandroyd combines a stunning location with high academic and pastoral standards to ensure that each child fulfills potential and achieves their ambitions in many different areas. Most importantly they are supported by a friendly and well motivated staff.

Academically, standard subjects are taught in bright, roomy classrooms and the countryside around the school is used as often as possible for subjects such as science, geography and art. Each pupil is taught from a carousel of extra topics (SKULL) once a week. This way learning is enhanced and knowledge broadened. Topics as varied as astronomy, engineering, the history of art and politics are looked at by children in mixed age and ability sets for this subject alone.

Children are prepared for Common Entrance and scholarship exams at 13. The school feeds a wide range of senior schools. Eton, Winchester, Radley, Sherborne and Bryanston are popular for boys while Sherborne, St.Mary's Calne and Bryanston are popular for the girls.

Boarding is popular throughout the school. All dorms are under one roof in different wings.
Sandroyd thrives on being a happy and purposeful school where the children feel secure and supported to learn, try new activities and most importantly to look after each other in a relaxed environment.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, Alastair Speers (late 30s), previously senior housemaster at Oakham. Alastair and his wife Alice (an English teacher) grew up in Dorset and have strong links locally. Alastair attended Sherborne School, whilst Alice went to Bryanston. He has a degree in building engineering and management from the University of the West of England; worked for six years in architecture as a consultant engineer, before completing his PGCE at Cambridge. Has recently completed a masters in education leadership at Buckingham. Keen on rugby, cricket, skiing, sailing, squash and performing arts. They have two young daughters.


Pupils join at all stages, although school policy is to keep numbers below 200, hence there is a waiting list in some year groups. The Walled Garden (pre-prep) takes children from the age of 2. Many join the main...

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Special Education Needs

Sandroyd has a Learning Support Unit staffed by [two] fully qualified teachers, who have further training in dealing with children with special needs. If it is felt that a child requires a degree of individual assistance with their academic studies, we have the expertise and facilities to help them. 33 children currently receive some help. Parents may discuss the support at any time. External support services, such as an educational psychologist, speech therapist and paediatricians are consulted for further specialist support when needed. Individual lessons last 40 minutes and take place at a convenient time for the students. Mainstream staff are kept informed of any specific difficulties. On average children receive two lessons a week but this varies depending on individual circumstances. We pride ourselves on the improvements and successes achieved by our students.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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