7th November 2017 — Sandroyd is one of only eight boarding schools in the country to have been shortlisted, and, impressively, the only prep school to be selected.
“This is a significant achievement for Sandroyd and is a fitting acknowledgement of the excellence of our boarding offering,” says Headmaster Alastair Speers. “It is a real accolade to be the only prep school sharing a stage with large senior boarding schools such as Wellington College, Benenden School, Harrogate Ladies College and Sherborne Girls School.”
These prestigious national awards, organised by The Times Educational Supplement (TES), showcase and celebrate excellence in independent schools across the whole of the UK and, indeed, the world. The School merits its place in the final as a result of its combined successes in the classroom (its high academic results and, more importantly, the strong value added both inside and outside the classroom), as well as its ongoing development of boarding - notably its new pastoral care initiatives, and its commitment to providing a full and varied range of engaging boarding opportunities.
The awards are based on evidence and data submitted for the year 2016/17. “It has been wonderful to build on Sandroyd’s excellence, from both an academic perspective and in our boarding offering too,” continues Alastair. “This shortlisting is a great reflection of the whole Sandroyd community working together to be ambitious for both the School and children - our governors and staff, as well as the pupils and parents.”
Alastair concludes: “Over the last year I’ve been delighted to see our pupils collect so many accolades and successes both in and outside the classroom. Our pupil numbers and waiting lists have grown this year and our scholarship and common entrance results last year were outstanding. However, to be recognised on a national platform is a real honour which both reflects and rewards the hard work and expertise of our close-knit community of teachers and staff.”
The school now has to wait until the winner of the award is announced at a ceremony, to be held in London, in February 2018.