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Our Facilities 

The buildings date from the 1950s and were designed to accommodate a secondary modern school establishment, with additional buildings added over time to reflect the changing nature of the evolving education system.

Outside there is ample playground space and the buildings are located in a uniquely attractive parkland setting with spacious grounds for playing fields and other educational learning opportunities.

The Academy buildings are large with two and three-storey sections linked to the main school hall, a gymnasium and specialist teaching areas. A single-storey section, Dapifer Block, accommodates the Year 5 pupils who are new to the school. The staff and governors are committed to improving the whole site and have made many enhancements to the interior of the building and the external storage accommodation.



The Academy has 20 classrooms, which are equipped with interactive whiteboards which are used to provide high quality teaching and learning with easy access to ICT across the curriculum. In addition, the Academy  has a number of specialised teaching areas. These include 3 ICT suites, 2 technology areas and an art room, a music suite and a drama room.


Science Labs 

At the Academy we have two fully furbished Science laboratories enabling pupils to apply their practical skills in lessons. 


The Academy has its own gymnasium with a sprung floor and a wide range of equipment. It is used for a number of activities as well as gymnastics. These include basketball, volleyball and dancing. It is also used by a number of external sports organisations such as the Karate Club.


Swimming Pool

The Academy has its own heated outdoor swimming pool which is used during the summer term. The pool is 20 metres long by 10 metres wide and ranges in depth from 0.6 metres at the shallow end to 1.2 metres at the deep end. Academy staff are ASA and RLSS lifeguard qualified.


ICT Suites
As well as being a curriculum subject, ICT is seen as a tool to be used by both teachers and pupils as part of their daily routine. The ICT provision has recently been extended enabling all pupils to have access to individual workstations. Two further ICT suites are available moving towards fully embedding ICT within the whole Academy curriculum. The ICT suites are in regular use, both during lessons and out of hours by the various computer clubs. There are also a number of PCs in the Library, Art and Science areas which are available for use by pupils during the day.


The Grounds

Sandye Place is fortunate as an Academy to have such a unique and beautiful setting to enhance children’s learning opportunities. The maintenance and development of the Academy grounds is part of a planned approach to improvement and the Academy has worked with other local environment partners to enhance the provision both for the pupils who attend, and the community who make use of the facilities for local events. There have been major undertakings with tree planting and hedge laying as part of the environmental program. The School Council has been involved in redesigning the playgrounds, and new equipment is proving very popular, enriching the experiences of our children at break times. Planting by pupils of bulbs and shrubs to improve the garden areas is now an established annual event to help enhance our school environment.


The Main Hall
The Main Hall covers an area of 20 square metres and is used for a wide range of activities ranging from Academy assemblies to performances of the Academy's musical productions. The Hall is also used as the dining room. An excellent, healthy menu is prepared daily in the Academy's own kitchens. Pupils can also bring their own packed lunches if they prefer. As with other Academy facilities, the Main Hall is often used by local groups and clubs as a venue for their weekly meetings.


The Library                                                                                                                                                         

 At Sandye Place we are lucky to have a newly designed bright, comfortable, spacious, and well stocked computerised Library  and Resource Centre.

It is open daily and is situated in the Mansion House. Children are encouraged to visit and read for pleasure or find information from the non-fiction area. Our children are expected to borrow books and return them by the date stamped. As well as fiction and non-fiction, there are also magazines to read, daily activites to complete and regular competitions to enter. A team of Junior Librarians helps to manage the Library and ensures that our stock is kept up to date with current, popular authors and titles.

Reading is a vital life skill and providing our pupils with the materials to develop this skill is of prime importance. Our Library is a busy, popular place where children are welcome to browse and work.