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 Sandy Upper School Open Evening

Thursday 9th October

Doors Open 5.30pm
We look forward to welcoming you. If you are unable to attend our Open Evening, we would be delighted to welcome you to the school during the mornings of 9th and 13th October

A Message from our Principal

I would like to congratulate our new Year 9 students on the mature way they have approached the start of Year 9. They have adapted well to the transition and look happy and settled after only a few days with us. They tell us that they are loving life here at Sandy Upper School and are enthusiastic about every opportunity.  It is a pleasure to see!

The new term is now securely under way and my visits to classrooms and conversations with our students, highlight that the complete transformation of our learning community is progressing exceptionally well. Our Year 11 students have been practising their Speaking and Listening skills in preparation for their examination in October and many other courses are beginning their final preparations for examination components.  I would like to thank all students and staff for their focus in preparing for these crucial assessments.  It will pay dividends in their results.

The forthcoming weeks will see a focus on Student Leadership and I hope that all students with a passion for learning, achievement and a commitment to their school will take the challenge and apply for one of our positions.  I look forward to working with them after their appointment.

Ms B Hare





A Message from our Principal

It is with great pleasure that I welcomed everyone back this year to a totally transformed Sandy Upper School.  One year ago, I arrived at Sandy and promised staff, students and parents that our transformation to an extraordinary school would be rapid – and it certainly has been!!  We have moved from Special Measures to a high “GOOD” Ofsted rating, achieved the best GCSE results in the whole of Bedfordshire (and many of our surrounding counties) with an amazing 81% of our students achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs,produced  an excellent 99% A level pass rate and some stunning results from Years 9 and 10—and all in record time!

I would like to thank all our staff, parents, guardians and other friends of the school who have contacted me to offer their congratulations – your good wishes have been very much appreciated.

Our transformational journey continues this year, with even higher expectations, refinement of our systems and an even greater focus on achievement and success.  Thank you to everyone for their outstanding support.  I look forward to seeing you all at our Parental Engagement Evenings this month and to continuing our work together.


With best wishes

Ms B Hare








81% 5+ A*-C


Sandy Upper School celebrated today as students achieved the School’s best ever results – a record-breaking 81% including Maths and English - completing a total transformation from the previous fortunes of the school. This figure has never before been seen in Central Bedfordshire, or indeed in neighbouring counties!

In just one year, the school has made a leap of 27% from 54% to 81% - a remarkable achievement which is likely to see Sandy identified as one of the most improved schools in the COUNTRY! This phenomenal result is the culmination of a year in which virtually every aspect of the school has been transformed with the focus at the school firmly on creating a culture of outstanding achievement for every student.

Our remarkable day started with a short assembly celebrating the headline news before nervous students joined their House Leaders to collect their envelopes. Smiles, screams of joy and hugs of congratulation were the order of the day as students realised that they had achieved their dream results - opening the doors to a golden future.

Principal, Balraj Hare said "Our GCSE results this year are truly spectacular and all students have made outstanding progress! I am delighted to say that a remarkable 81% of our students achieved 5+ GCSE including Maths and English, with many students achieving 13+ A*- C GCSE grades. This outstanding outcome is significantly above the national average of 59% (2013) and a massive improvement from last year. These are, by far, the highest results in the history of the school, and the history of Bedfordshire, and many other Eastern region counties. With an improvement of 27% from last year (54% 2013) we will easily be one of the most improved schools in the COUNTRY, if not, THE most improved, this year. My staff and students have worked incredibly hard as one united team and they are thrilled with what they have achieved. We promised a total transformation of Sandy Upper School (which had been underachieving for a number of years) and we have delivered it in record time. Our excellent OFSTED inspection in July, the 99% pass rate for A Levels and these exceptional GCSE outcomes, show that we have now created an exceptional school!”

Top Performing  Students:

Superstar Jessica Dodds achieved 15 A*-C with Danielle Stevenson achieving 14 A*-C. Other remarkable successes included:

Jack Eldridge 13 A*/A
Jessica Dodds 13 A*/A and 2 B
Jessica Young 11 A*/A and 1 B
Preeti Dhillon 10 A*/A and 4 B
Adam Deans 9 A*/A, 3 B and 1 C
Danielle Stevenson 8 A*/A, 4 B and 2 C
Katie Needham 7 A*/A, 4 B and 2 C
Robert Greener 7 A*/A, 4 B and 1 C



 Karen Hayward, Vice Principal with responsibility for achievement said “It has been a pleasure to work with such a committed and talented year group. These results are a fitting reward for all your hard work and effort – I could not be prouder of you!” 

Follow us on Twitter @SandyUpper for pictures from today's results celebrations.