Community rallies around Sandy Upper School
Date Added: 10/03/2014
A period of intense action culminated last week with a mass show of support for Sandy Upper School. At recent meetings, over 300 parents, prospective parents, staff, governors, representatives from the Local Authority, the Department for Education and our Member of Parliament came together to demonstrate their support for Sandy Upper School and to reinforce their commitment to delivering the best education for children in the local area.
The students, staff and leadership team were praised for their hard work and dedication. Parents voiced their support, celebrating the rapid turnaround in results, teaching and discipline that has been achieved since the the school’s new leadership was secured. There was unanimous agreement that the Headteacher, Ms Balraj Hare, and her team have been instrumental in delivering these changes at the school.
Richard Banks, Chair of the Governing Body and long-standing Sandy resident, declared “I want to make this the first choice school in this area. The predicted results will be the highest ever achieved by the school to date despite all the disruption. This is a phenomenal transformation.”
Explaining the disruption to the school, Claire Burton, Deputy Director for Academies and Performance at the Department for Education, emphasised that these are exceptionally unusual circumstances that could not have been predicted and that, at every stage, the Governing Body have had the best interests of the children at heart.
Alistair Burt, local MP, added that, because the situation was outside the school’s control, it was the government’s responsibility to ensure that the school has the support that it needs and stated that he had assisted the Governors in securing financial support directly from the Secretary of State for Education.
Parents expressed a wish to offer their support to the Governing Body and the School Leadership and the panel responded by asking parents to continue reinforcing the genuine, positive results and messages about the school in the community; to engage with the Parent Council and to encourage their children to continue their hard work and commitment.
If you have questions about the school they should be directed in the first instance to [email protected]
The Chair of Governors, Sandy Upper School, Engayne Avenue, Sandy, BEDS SG19 3AN.