Sancton Wood School was founded in 1976 by the late Mrs Jill Sturdy with the intention of providing an excellent quality of academic and pastoral care for children from a wide range of backgrounds. Thirty-two years on, the school has more than 200 boys and girls aged from 3 to 16, but has jealously guarded its founding ethos of small class sizes (14 in the Infant School, 15 in the Junior School and 16 in the Senior School) and an education offered in a warm and caring environment.
Sancton Wood enjoys first-rate success, almost always achieving a 100% 5 x A*-C GCSE pass-rate (including English and Mathematics), and being ranked 39th in the national tables of independent schools published by The Times in 2007. For such a small school, educational provision is not just deep but wide, with pupils all studying three sciences and three foreign languages from Year 7. At GCSE, the following subjects are offered: English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, ICT, French, Spanish, Latin, History, Geography, RS, Music, Art, Drama, PE and Media Studies. The school unashamedly concentrates on a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science and Languages – pupils begin French and Spanish in Reception Class.
To balance the academic curriculum, the school offers a lively programme of sport, dance, drama and music. The city and universities of Cambridge provide a huge number of opportunities for learning which are fully exploited: the University Cricket Ground at Fenners is used for outdoor PE, Parkside Swimming Pool for swimming, the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre for indoor PE, and the City of Cambridge Rowing Club for rowing. A growing fixture-list is being developed in rugby, football and netball. The school has a close relationship with Anglia Ruskin University and is the recipient of an annual Government grant for research in reading skills and dyslexia.
The school is twinned with Motheong Preparatory School, Atteridgeville, Pretoria, South Africa, where a specialist HIV/AIDS unit is helped financially by Sancton Wood pupils' fundraising.
Our sister schools, founded too by the Sturdy family, are the Cambridge International School in Cherry Hinton Hall, Holme Court School in Biggleswade and the Jill Sturdy 5th Form Centre in Cambridge. Our research project on learning and reading skills relies on a close link with Holme Court School, where children with dyslexia are taught. Sharing sports fixtures and some GCSE subjects with the Cambridge International School provides a happy European dimension to Sancton Wood.
The special history and scale of Sancton Wood enable us to expect impeccable manners and self-discipline from our pupils. Contact between school and home is frequent, regular and friendly. The Headmaster and the three Heads of Department are readily available for consultation. The Parents' Assocation is a mine of activity and good-will. We think that we produce talented, well-balanced, pleasant citizens with good hearts and minds. With pride, we invite you to come and see for yourself.
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