Welcome to Ralph Sadleir School.
Thank you for your interest in our school; a school that is proud of the reputation it has built up since its foundation in 1971; a school that is forward looking and dynamic as it adapts to meet the ever changing needs and demands placed upon it by government, society, parents and the pupils within its care.
In order to help us meet these needs and demands, Ralph Sadleir School became an Academy on 1st October 2013. We believe that the changed status and increased flexibilities offered us as an Academy will help us be more flexible and responsive in meeting the needs of our school community and enable us to develop learning experiences which will better equip our young people for the challenges they will face in their futures.
Our reputation is for excellence; excellence in standards of care, education, development of the individual and our preparation of pupils for what lies ahead in the years to come. Everyone connected to the school; pupils, parents, governors, staff and myself are determined to maintain these high standards, indeed to build on them for an even stronger future. We believe in giving children opportunities and experiences which go beyond the classroom enabling them to develop skills and interests we hope will be lifelong.
In 2009 Ofsted judged that Ralph Sadleir is a good school with a number of outstanding features. “The excellent care, guidance and support for the pupils are contributing to their outstanding personal development and good achievement.” This was seen again in March 2012 when inspectors reported; “This is a good school. Pupils achieve well and their progress is improving. Teaching is good and meets the learning needs of pupils well. Pupils’ behaviour is good, they are well cared for and the school ensures they are safe.”
We believe it is important to work closely with other local schools. In 2005, along with Freman College and Edwinstree Middle School, we achieved Specialist College status for Humanities. This served to strengthen the work done between the schools and with other local schools. Close working with our feeder schools, and with Freman College, ensures that pupils joining from within the pyramid, and progressing to Freman College ,do so with as little disruption as possible so their 4 – 19 education is as seamless and well planned as possible. The shared activities between staff and pupils serves to develop expertise as well as create more opportunities for the pupils from which they benefit hugely. At 13 years of age children usually transfer to Freman College Upper School in Buntingford.
Mrs E M Hinton