This is our first Sandprint of the new year, and I am already wondering what our last one of 2021 will be saying. Let’s hope that it is something along the lines of, “this time last year we were in the midst of a pandemic, and here we are now back to a more normal way of living”. I suppose time will tell!

We start the year back to where we were last March, with staff using our Virtual Learning Curriculum (VLC) to deliver education remotely to students. This is not ideal; however we have to accept the current restrictions and work within them to the best of our ability. In addition, Year 11 and 13 students know that they will not be sitting examinations this summer, and that their outcomes will be determined by teachers’ assessment of performance up to a point in the year, as yet to be determined by exam boards. This is likely to be around May. We have written separately to all Year 11 and 13 about this. Schools are now waiting for detailed guidance from the DfE on BTEC qualifications, and also the process we need to use in order to generate grades for each student at GCSE and A-level. As soon as we know we will inform you of this.

The VLC has improved since last March, and our review of the first week is that the majority of lessons have been ’live’ with teachers delivering in real time for about 50 minutes. This is deliberate, to allow for change over between remote lessons and time for students to take a short break from working at a screen before their next lesson begins. Staff have new software tools to use which should make teaching even more effective and exciting. Some of these help staff to assess the progress of students through set assignments on line, and tests. This is important because we need to monitor progress to ensure our work is having an impact on learning. Each day we monitor engagement and where we feel a student is struggling, there will be some form of intervention. The vast majority of our students seem to be very self-sufficient and are accessing the VLC well. We do also rely on students and parents to let us know if there are issues accessing the VLC so please do get in touch if this is the case.

As you can see from the picture above, our amazing Science Technicians, Support Staff, and Sandpit Theatre Team have already been busy getting our theatre ready for mass testing as and when the school is fully back open again. So far they have tested 50 of the students and staff who are currently on site and they are also busy collating all of the consent forms so that everything is in place for when we need it. If you haven't already completed the consent form (even if it is to not give consent) please could you do so as soon as possible. Thank you to those who have replied already and to everyone involved in getting the mammoth task ready so quickly. 

I will try to focus on a different faculty each week and, for this first Sandprint, it is our wonderful PE Faculty. They reviewed their delivery of virtual lessons from the last lockdown and decided to make a change. For now, they are delivering live Physical Education lessons which can mean they are working out up to 5 hours each day with the students. I know they are all incredibly fit, but this is going above and beyond to ensure that all our students maximise their PE time, so I think we should all say a very big thank you to our PE staff and hope that they get a good rest over the weekend. Thank you.

Finally, this week we have launched our entry to the Sixth Form programme to Year 11 students, either from Sandringham or elsewhere. Being unable to hold a Sixth Form Open Evening physically means that everything is virtual, however our school web site is now populated with all of the information students require to learn about the ethos and opportunities the Sixth Form has to offer. I am sure there will be a significant interest once again in joining Sandringham Sixth – and I look forward to meeting our new class of 2021 later in the year.

I hope this half term goes really well for everyone.

Best wishes,

Mr A Gray

Upcoming Dates

11th Jan - Year 11 PTC - Virtual
14th Jan - 6:30 PM Into the Sixth Virtual Presentation
05th Feb - 6th Form Application Deadline

Word of the Week

F is for… furtively [adverb]

Definition: In a way that attempts to avoid notice or attention; secretively.

Example: I furtively glanced over at my father to see his reaction.

Synonyms: Covertly, Stealthily, Surreptitiously

Antonyms: Publically, Openly

Etymology: Its root is the Latin ‘fur’ meaning thief

Absence Line

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Mr S Kemp
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School News


Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

All instrumental and vocal lessons will switch to online delivery during this period of school closure. This worked very well indeed last year and our priority is continuity for all students and high quality provision. If your child is having lessons from a Hertfordshire Music Service teacher then you will be contacted directly by their teacher and lessons will be taught via their own online system ‘Music Tutors’. For students of Laura Bookbinder, Oliver Buckingham and Boris Peck, an email was sent out on Tuesday 5th January instructing you to fill out a very short google form to enable us to set up your online lessons. Please do check your emails if you have not responded so that we can begin virtual lessons as soon as possible.

Mrs E Beaton


Happy New Year everyone. We hope that you are well. If you are making New Year's Resolutions, perhaps reading more books could be one of them?

It has been proved statistically that children who read fiction regularly, get a grade higher in their GCSEs across the curriculum. Here at the LRC, we explain to students that the exam will be written in English and they need to understand precisely what is it asks for, and then write (in good English) their answer. We feel that the best thing a student can do to help with their studies and grades, is to read fiction regularly to advance their literacy skills.

Literacy is given a high priority at Sandringham School and therefore we suggest all students in KS3 to read fiction books for about 10 minutes a night or at least 30 minutes a week. This can easily be incorporated into their routine by going to bed 10 minutes earlier and turning off their devices to read. This has the added benefit of removing them from the blue light that affects sleep and helps them to switch off from the worries of the day.

We kindly ask parents to help their children to get into a good routine with this, as their New Year’s Resolution.

Ms J Kirby


Until students can return to school, we are reinstating our Click and Collect system. The LRC will find a book for you, issue it, disinfect it and place it in a clean box. You will then be able to collect the book from Student Services on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9am and 12 noon.  They will email you when to collect it and please practise social distancing & wear a mask when you do.

To reserve a book: Go to MySandSTORM and click on the Accessit Learning Resource Centre link. Log in using your SSO (MySandSTORM) log in. Using the SEARCH bar, find a book you wish to borrow and reserve it.  If you do not know which book to choose, search for a genre e.g. Horror or a favourite author, or try under Quick Lists to see some drop down lists of suggested reads. Or...ask the LRC staff by email and they will suggest a few titles for you. Happy reading! 

Ms J Kirby


Miss Chapman, one of our English teachers, asked Year 7s to take part in a Christmas Card appeal making and signing Christmas cards for care home residents who wouldn’t have any visitors this year due to Covid. She was amazed to receive 183 cards, filled with kind and thoughtful messages to bring cheer to people at this difficult time. Pictured are just a selection of the cards created. What a lovely Year 7 we have! A huge thank you to everyone involved and we are sre they will have brought a lot of joy to the care home residents. 

Miss R Chapman


D8 is named after Emma Willard, an American women's rights activist whose pioneering work in women's education paved the way for high schools for girls, women’s colleges and coeducational universities.

Born in Connecticut in 1787, Emma was the second to last of 17 children and encouraged by her father to acquire an education beyond the ordinary. She was enrolled in her first school in 1802, by 1804 was teaching there and by 1806 was in charge of the whole academy.

Her experience at Westfield Academy at Middlebury (where she mastered the subjects but was not allowed to get a degree as she was female) encouraged her to open the Middlebury Female Seminary in her home in 1814. Her success in showing that women could also study subjects such as Science prompted her to write An Address to the Public; Particularly to the Members of the Legislature of New-York, Proposing a Plan for Improving Female Education in 1819 and this article caught the attention of New York Governor DeWitt Clinton who encouraged her to set up her own establishment.

The Troy Female Seminary, the first establishment where women could receive higher education, opened in September 1821 and was pioneering in the teaching of science, mathematics, and social studies to female students. And it's principal paved the way for more equal opportunities for women in both the content they studied and the qualifications they could acquire. Willard’s later years were filled with travelling, lecturing, and writing. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013 for championing education among women and in 1941, a memorial was erected in Middlebury for her achievements in education. 

"There is no improvement if there is no alteration."

Ms M Holian


As you may have seen on the news, BBC Two will be helping to support secondary students with programming including adaptations of Shakespeare plays alongside science, history and factual titles.

Bitesize Daily Secondary will include two hours of features every day and also be available on demand on iPlayer so you can watch after you have completed the work set in Sandringham's own VLC. 

Please click on the link for more details https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/secondary

Ms M Holian


A huge congratulations to Nico C in 9S who passed his Grade 6 saxophone exam just before Christmas.

Due to the current situation, this was done remotely by submitting a video of his exam performance, so well done to Nico for showing such resilience and commitment during these difficult times to achieve such an impressive grade.  


Ms M Holian


Sopwell Community Trust are continuing to supply food parcels with the help of St Albans and District Foodbank and Herts Fruit & Veg. All diets are covered including halal and they will be providing toiletries with the assistance of The Hygiene Bank Harpenden & St Albans. These packages will be delivered to doorsteps so if you or anyone you know would benefit from this support, please do get in touch via email below.

To aid those struggling with homeschooling they have also set up online catch up tutoring sessions, led by qualified teachers from TFF Tutors. If you are facing financial difficulties at this time please contact them to apply for a means tested place. 

They also have a limited number of devices available for free rental and can print documents free of charge. To apply and/or learn more about all of these services email sopwellct@gmail.com

Ms M Holian


If your child is unwell or unable to attend any of the lessons of remote learning on any particular day, please can you email absence@sandringham.herts.sch.uk informing us that they will not be attending lessons, giving a brief reason for their absence.  Please do not call the absence line as it may not be recorded.  It is essential that we receive this information every day before 9.00am so that we can effectively monitor the engagement of students with their learning.

Mr S Kemp


We are now starting the application process for Year 11 to join our Sixth Form in September. Year 11 had an assembly this week to explain the timeline and the website has now been updated with our subject presentations, as well at the application form and lots of other useful information. We recommend that students start to look through this now using the link below. On Thursday next week, 14th January, we have our virtual ‘Year 11 into the Sixth Form’ presentation which will go through all aspects of the Sixth Form. Students and parents should access the link on the school website to watch the presentation at 6.30pm. We are also posting out an application pack to all students to include the prospectus and a hard copy of the application form. We will remain in close contact with students and parents over the next few weeks to help guide them through the process. Please click on the link below for further details https://sandringham.herts.sch.uk/sixth-form-admissions/

Mrs K Mouncey


Every week the Mathematics Faculty publish a puzzle for you to try.  For every entry you will receive 1 housepoint, if you answer correctly you will win 2 housepoints and if you are the fastest person to answer the puzzle correctly then you will win 5 housepoints!  To enter, simply scan the QR code and fill out the google form.  Good luck!

Miss H Fryer


Learning resources (such as exercise books, paper etc.) can be collected from Student Services on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 9am and 12pm.  Please adhere to social distancing rules and wear a mask when you come onto site. 

Mr S Kemp


As a PE Department, we have been incredibly impressed with the engagement of all our KS3 students who have experienced ‘PE with Sandringham’ (our very own version of PE with Joe!). We know that lockdown has made it very easy to become sedentary, with much of our focus upon computer screens / devices, but we want to stress the importance of staying active by doing at least one form of Physical Activity per day.

  • Improvements in concentration
  • Release of ‘feel good endorphins’
  • Improves mental health
  • Reduces the risk of depression
  • Improves overall feeling of wellbeing
  • Numerous physical benefits such as reducing risk of heart disease

Currently KS3 classes will be completing a variety of activities, such as HIIT Training, Circuits and Yoga, all which will be ‘live’ and led by various members of the PE Department. Whilst these are aimed at our classes, we encourage the whole family to get involved and have a break from sitting down and working. The PE Department are all struggling to walk having completed up to 4 ‘sessions’ per day and so we would love to see photos and videos of your exercise efforts!

Mrs H Cracknell


Last summer, local BBC radio stations helped members of the public donate thousands of old laptops and tablets for schoolchildren to use across England. For pupils who were sharing phones at home while learning in lockdown, it made a huge difference.

With schools now closed again, the BBC are once more asking you to help those pupils still in need, if you feel able to. We understand that these are difficult times and the ability to help others will not apply to everyone, but if you received new laptops, tablets or mobiles for Christmas and would like to donate the older devices that you don’t need anymore then this may be something you would like to consider. 

For more details you can click on the link  BBC Laptop Appeal

Ms M Holian


A HUGE thank you to Mr Smith and Mr Cracknell for all of their efforts keeping everyone fit and entertained through the Sandvent initiative throughout December. We hope that you enjoyed joining in with the daily exercises and seeing some of your teachers featuring in Oscar-worthy cameos. They would also like to thank families for all of their engagement, support and kind messages which kept them going throughout.

With the combined efforts of Charity Day- they raised an amazing £3,039 which will all go to FareShare, fighting hunger and food waste in the UK. The Charity helps with redistributing good food to almost 11,000 frontline charities nationwide and your donations, now more than ever, are greatly appreciated and will go a long way towards helping those in need.

If you would still like to donate, the link is https://justgiving.com/fundraising/sandvent

Ms M Holian