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!”