Sandford School



Here at Sandford Primary School, we follow:

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage program in Nursery and Reception
  • The English National Curriculum (ENC) for English, Maths and Science Years 1-6
  • The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for all other subjects Years 1-6
  • The Ethiopian Amharic Language Curriculum for national students

Three years ago, we completed our expansion to three-form entry, and, as demand for places at the school continues to grow, we are now in the initial stages of expansion to four-form entry.

Specialist subjects

We have specialist teachers for PE, Dance, French, Amharic, ICT, Music and a dedicated Librarian.

Teachers and Learning Assistants

Each class has a fully trained and qualified teacher. Our teachers come from the UK, Ireland, Australia, the US, India, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada. Each class has an Ethiopian Learning Assistant; all of our Learning Assistants have Ethiopian teaching qualifications. Many have Masters Degrees and multiple years’ experience of working in schools.

Our Primary Vision

Our Primary Curriculum aims to prepare children for the changing world they will inherit. Our goal is to help our children develop qualities which will help them play an active, constructive role as future citizens of the world. We work towards developing students who, while developing pride and confidence in their own culture, will value, appreciate and respect all peoples and will work towards co-operation and understanding. They learn to recognize the need to share, to preserve limited resources and maintain the safety and sustainability of our planet for all.

Our Curriculum

We follow the English National Curriculum (ENC) for English, Maths and Science. At the end of their Primary schooling, all Year 6 children working at levels 3-5 sit the externally-marked UK SATs.

We follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in all other subjects. The IPC extends knowledge, skills and understanding, develops personal attributes and supports an international perspective in a way that responds to current ideas about learning. This trans-disciplinary curriculum is relevant, challenging and engaging for learners with strong international roots.

We celebrate the fact that we are an international school and we aim to make a significant contribution to developing students with an international perspective. We allow children to build on natural curiosity and to develop enquiring minds. We encourage a love of learning that will continue throughout life. We encourage our students to become thinkers and communicators, who can express themselves confidently and clearly in more than one language.

The IPC Personal Goals underpin the individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. There are 8 IPC Personal Goals – enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability. Opportunities to experience and practise the Personal Goals are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work and they are discussed regularly by teachers and children.

Later at Sandford your children will have the opportunity to study a variety of subjects at IGCSE level and then to go on to study for the International Baccalaureate programme. The IPC and ENC will help your child develop the skills, attitudes and understanding that will not only make a significant contribution to their present education but will lay the foundations for their future education in the senior school.

Learning Support

We strive towards continuous progression and excellence, whilst meeting the educational needs of the different educational backgrounds and experiences of the children who enter our school. We are fortunate to be supported in our endeavors by a capable learning support team. This team of 9, including one EAL specialist, provides extra help to both able children and those who have learning difficulties or have had a disrupted educational background. In addition to their excellent work in this area, they also meet the needs of pupils who need additional help to acquire the level of English required to cope with the mainstream program. Learning Support may take place in lessons, in small withdrawal groups, or on a one-to-one basis.

Sandford’s work in the wider community

It is important to us that we make links with the wider community and learn about the culture of our host nation. An integral part of this program is the emphasis we place on sharing and respecting the variety of cultures, beliefs and expertise of the families that make up our school community. We are committed to voluntary and charity work. Each year, we organize fund-raising activities and donate the money raised to local NGOs or schools.

Assessment for Learning

The Primary team works closely together to plan and evaluate our curriculum. Ongoing self, formative and summative assessment is an essential tool in this process. Through the constructive use of continual assessment, we analyze our children’s development and educational needs. We identify strengths and areas for improvement. This facilitates our constant effort to provide the best possible education for the children entrusted to our care.