Students in Year 9 receive careers advice prior to making option choices for Key Stage 4. Careers lessons are timetabled for Year 11 and 12 students. All Year 11 and 12 students are offered interviews to help them decide their future, and County Careers Officers regularly visit the school. Careers Officers attend parents‘ evenings to advise on the choice of options. Students are encouraged to use the extensive Careers and Connexions Library and to consult Careers Staff; parents are welcome by arrangement.
Religious Studies, Assemblies and Collective Worship
Sandringham is a community with shared values and a clearly identified ethos. These values are essentially Christian in nature, but we welcome students from any religious background. Religious Studies is delivered as a discrete subject at Key Stages 3 and 4 and through Extended Learning Days in the upper school and Sixth Form.
Each year group has regular assemblies, which reflect the religious calendar, celebratory occasions and special events in the life of the school. During registration each morning there is a theme of the week and connected Thoughts for the Day. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the RS programme and collective worship provided.
A co-ordinated programme of sex education, both formal and informal, is delivered to all students as and when appropriate. It is related to the age and gender of students and to their identified needs. It is dealt with in a sympathetic and sensitive manner, with group discussions taking place in an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect and confidence. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour and moral viewpoint. A full policy is available from the school office.
Key factors to the students‘ success is the outstanding quality of teaching and learning and the high quality academic guidance that they receive.