Sandy Upper School

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Coordinates: 52°08′13″N 0°17′24″W / 52.137°N 0.290°W / 52.137; -0.290

Sandy Upper School
Type Foundation school
Principal Karen Hayward
Location Engayne Avenue
SG19 1BL
DfE number 823/4078
DfE URN 109669 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 13–18

Sandy Upper School is a coeducational upper school, located in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.[1]

The school educates 13–16 year-olds, mainly from the town of Sandy, Great Barford, Potton and the surrounding villages. In addition, the school offers further education for 16–18 year-olds through its sixth form department.[2]

Sandy Upper School was designated as a specialist Sports College in 2003. As a result of this, the school improved its sporting facilities and hired specialized and dedicated sports teaching staff.[3]

Pupils at Sandy Upper School protesting about changes to their GCSE choices.

The school received a 'Excellent' inspection rating from Ofsted at the start of 2013. In January 2013 the Governing Body of Sandy Upper School voted not to enter into advanced negotiations with the Barnfield Federation, with the intention of Sandy Upper School becoming a sponsored academy.[4] Preparations for the academy conversion were controversial with pupils and students including a requirement for year 10 students to drop one of their GCSE courses.[5] The move to academy status was cancelled after financial irregularities were uncovered at the Barnfield Federation.[6]


  1. ^ [1] Ofsted Sandy Upper School
  2. ^ [2] Newspaper report on Status as member of Barnfield Federation
  3. ^ [3] Sandy Upper School Sports Specialist Status
  4. ^ [4] Sandy Upper School Press Release
  5. ^ "Sandy Upper School in chaos over last minute takeover". Bedfordshire News. 
  6. ^ [5] : Ministers have ordered a school to cut its links to the Barnfield Federation

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