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!”
Sandy Upper School is "The Most Improved School in the Country 2014" and the HIGHEST performing school in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough.
Sandy Upper School celebrated today as the Department for Education published their annual Performance Tables, confirming the school’s remarkable transformation and exceptional outcomes for all students. The DfE tables outline the remarkable journey of the school since September 2013, with a record breaking improvement from 54% to 81% 5+ A*-C grades (including English and Mathematics) at GCSE, representing the highest improvement in the country of 27%.
The Performance Tables offer a comparison between Sandy Upper School and 55 “similar” schools and, in just one year, the school has risen from being 46th out of 55 to being 1st! The Performance Tables provide clear confirmation that Sandy Upper School is the most improved school in the COUNTRY!
This phenomenal outcome is the result of exceptional results at both GCSE and A Level in August 2014, with 81% of students achieving 5+ A*-C grades (including English and Mathematics) at GCSE and 99% of students achieving a pass at A Level. The achievement of all students is significantly higher than the national average, demonstrating that students have received outstanding support in achieving their targets.
The Performance Tables represent the culmination of a year in which virtually every aspect of the school has been transformed under a new senior leadership team, with a clear and determined focus to create a culture of outstanding achievement for every student.
Principal, Balraj Hare said “We are absolutely delighted to be the most improved school in the country!! Our GCSE results are truly spectacular and all our students now make outstanding progress, regardless of their starting points! At 81% 5+ A*-C including English and Mathematics, our results are significantly above the national average of 53%. We are, by far, the highest performing school in the county this year, and we have achieved the highest results in the history of the school, and the history of Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough schools. 81% places us in the top 5% of schools nationally! The transformation of Sandy Upper School has been achieved in record time and my staff and students are incredibly proud of all they have achieved – THEY have created the ‘Most Improved School in the Country for 2014’ and they are rightly very proud!”
Sandy Upper School continues to go from strength to strength and now offers an outstanding education for all students. The Sandy Upper Sixth Form Open Evening takes place on Thursday 5th February with doors opening at 5.30pm.