Testimonials

Quotes from our students parents

and the community


Dear Ms Kent,

I wanted to send a quick email to say thank you for the support you showed **** and myself yesterday and the things you have put in place for her so quickly. It was really reassuring to hear a school be able to identify the trauma she has experienced, how this is impacting on her and put in help for her so quickly, which is just amazing and above my expectation of the outcome of the meeting yesterday….

A Parent

February 2022


A lady called Mrs Bourne kindly called the school on Wednesday 2nd February to compliment and praise several STS students. Unfortunately, she has no names.

Our students were waiting at the Guildhall bus stop on Wednesday afternoon, Mrs Bourne disembarked at this point and asked our students to help a blind lady with a guide dog who had remained on the bus. The driver was being most unhelpful. Students were asked to ensure that the blind lady was told when the bus reached Ash.

Mrs Bourne has said that the students were kind and courteous and she was confident that the students would comply with her request.

February 2022


Dear Mr Beale.

Thank you so much for your email. I am delighted that **** is showing some passion within PE. He has already been rewarded for his efforts and to encourage him to keep up the good work. 

This has also included him looking into doing something more challenging physically outside of school, such as Army Cadets. He was wanting to pursue a career in the military or Police Force (Follow step fathers Navy footsteps). Unfortunately, as he suffered a stroke age 7, this is something he could not achieve. But since doing PE with you ****, its reignited a passion within him regarding Sport and Science. I know he is partially enjoying the orienteering side recently. So, he has started looking into what he COULD achieve. As well as wanting to become fitter and healthier. 

So thank you, for being such an awesome teacher.

Kind regards 

A Parent

February 2022


Dear Mrs Savage

Thank you very much for your email regarding *******’s attendance. It is lovely to receive acknowledgement in this way. 

I also want to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to yourself and your team for making such a positive impact on **** at the start of her secondary school journey. With the pandemic stopping so many important steps in the transition from primary to secondary, there was a worry that **** would struggle with the change, but, thanks to you and your excellent staff, **** has had a superb transition so far and is actually enjoying the new challenges secondary school has to offer. We are very pleased with her progress and attitude to school. 

Please could you pass this on to your team, especially Ms Lawson, ****’s form tutor who has played a key part in *****'s transition. 

Thank you again. 

Wishing you and all your staff a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

December 2021


Good evening Ms Savage,

Thank you for your email.

**** has received a wonderful school report and the parent/teacher consultation was brilliant! I could not ask for more from him. 

Merry Christmas 

A Parent

December 2021


Thank you for your email, we're extremely proud of how well **** is doing at STS, and am thankful for the acknowledgement 

May I just take this opportunity to thank you & all your staff for their valiant efforts with everything going on at present with the whole Covid situation.

Kind regards,

A Parent

December 2021


Good morning.

We would like to thank you for acknowledging ***** attendance, as parents we are so impressed with how well ****seems to have settled into secondary school, this was an anxious transition for me as her mum, always used to walking her to school just a few minutes from home, and now she uses public transport independently! 

However, so far, getting to school has been without too many problems. We love to hear feedback from ***** teachers and **** is really pleased each time she is awarded a certificate for achievements.

Have a very merry Christmas and a well-earned rest. 

Thanks once again. 

A Parent

December 2021


Good morning could you please pass on my thanks to your PE department and management team for letting your team of footballers be a part of the Myas cup football tournament at Dover Christ Church academy yesterday, it was a fantastic tournament and well organised all teams from all schools played brilliantly and in such good spirits. Her parents were blown away with the turnout. so, thank you kindly.

Regards

A family friend

November 2021


Dear Tracey

We wanted to say a huge thanks for taking the time to write this email. We are super proud of **** and how she has taken on the new challenge of starting secondary especially when many of her friends went to a different school.  

We really enjoyed the parents evening and it was lovely to finally see the school! We have been so impressed with how welcoming and positive everyone has been. We know that it has been a really challenging time for you and your staff these last few years. Thank you for all you do. Have a restful half term! 

November 2021


I also have to state I am massively impressed with the communication and commitment to supporting your pupils that I am experiencing, also massively grateful.

Many thanks again. 

 November 2021


Hi Andy Rachael and Kerry

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for hosting **** PEP meeting this morning, it was such a positive meeting. It is very clear that Sandwich-Tech school know her very well already and are supporting her well, myself and her social worker were very impressed.

October 2021


Dear Mrs Savage,

I would just like to extend our thanks, for a very well executed open evening last week. We appreciate how much times it takes to organise such events and we were very impressed with every member of staff and students that we had contact with. Our guide **** was courteous and informative throughout. She was a real credit to the school. Our son, ****, was very keen to see the sports and science facilities. He was really pleased with what he saw. 

Please accept my apologies, if you have been inundated with thanks, but we felt it appropriate to acknowledge our appreciation.

Kindest regards

October 2021


Dear Mrs Savage,

I would like to thank Mr Cadby for his time and support with **** during the very short time he was in Year 11. He is a superb teacher and demonstrated all the qualities and actions I would hope to see from a Head of Year.

Sincerely

October 2021


Dear Mr Shenton, 

Thank you for the feedback which is very helpful. I have contacted Psicon who have sent me some forms to complete, they have also advised that they will approach the school directly for feedback as part of their process, I believe this happens a bit down the line after I have submitted all my forms to them.

I am glad that ****  feels happy to ask for help when she needs it. From our perspective she seems to be happy at Sandwich and is enjoying the routine of school again. Many thanks to you and your colleagues for helping **** to have such a positive start to sixth form. 

Best regards 

October 2021


Dear Mr Sharples,

… thanks so much for the year 11 evening 2 weeks ago I found it incredibly helpful and reassuring.

September 2021


Dear Ms Stone,

Thank you so much for taking the time to call me this evening to let me know how **** is settling in.

She is enjoying school in a way that I have never seen so, as her parents, we are delighted and hope it continues to be the right place for her.

Have a lovely weekend

September 2021

Quotes from 2020/21

Dear Mrs Savage,

My son is in year 7 and I wanted to thank you for all the excellent communication during this difficult time. I have appreciated the updates and being kept informed.

Kind regards

Parent

October 2020


Dear Mrs Savage,

You and your staff have done an absolutely wonderful job these last nine months, through such unprecedented times and still you keep going!

Wishing you all a peaceful and restful Christmas.

Kind regards

A Parent

October 2020


Hi

I Just wanted to say, I appreciate you staying open- my son is in year 13 and I am thankful he is still able to access school in these times, I think you are doing a great job despite these circumstances.

Well done all of you, it’s a thankless task sometimes.

October 2020


Dear whom it may concern,

Thank you for your email regarding the welfare of all children in year 7. You are doing an amazing job of keeping our children and the community safe. I appreciate the continual up to date emails and keeping us parents informed at all times. I understand your decisions are not taken lightly when it comes to the welfare of the children in your care.

Kind regards

Year 7 Parent

October 2020


Thank u very much xx also a little message to say how well sandwich tech have done with the covid thing xxxx I think you’ve all done a great job xx

October 2020


Dear Mrs Savage,

Please would you pass on my thanks to all the Year 9 teachers who have uploaded lessons to the google drive.  The difference in my daughter's anxiety compared to the last lockdown is amazing. She is following her timetable, watching the teacher's video and happily completing her work.  I appreciate how much work has gone into setting all of this work and please pass on to the teachers, it was worth it!

I would also like to pass on my appreciation to all your school staff for continuing to teach my daughter during these exceptional circumstances and understand the extra work load that they have had to make this happen.

Kind regards

A Parent

October 2020


Dear Mrs Savage

I am writing to you to thank you and your staff, cleaners, admin, caretakers, dinner ladies/men etc..etc... for the outstanding support and care that you have shown our children over the last few months in unprecedented times. I feel that it needs to be said as too often you guys get taken for granted and are unappreciated for all that you do.

As a Foster Carer to one child in year10 , who by the way, has thrived in your school since moving 18 months ago from another school and for my own child in year 7 who positively loves it, it's important to give you that feedback. It must be so hard and extremely challenging to get it right but in light of recent data I feel you have made the right decision. And this must have been an extremely difficult decision to make. I know foremost on your minds must have been the children's education and the importance of continuing that for the sake of their futures, I would not have wanted to be in your "shoes". I think overall my point is to thank you all and just to say keep up the good work as it may not feel like it at times but it really is appreciated by so many of us.

Keep safe and hope to see you all again soon

Kind Regards

A Parent

October 2020


Just wanted to say how organised the sending home of year 7 was this morning when picking up my son.

Kind regards

A Parent

October 2020


Good evening,

Many thanks for your email today. I worked on a site in London where Covid19 had infected several of its site staff, one of the supervisors I was working in close proximity to, tested positive. I had to self-isolate because of this, but am lucky enough to have access to fast testing. Fortunately enough I tested negative and was able to return to work. This turn of events definitely influenced my decision today to keep my daughter off school, however, I greatly appreciate the content of the email sent today and am happy for her to return to school tomorrow.

I would also like to express my admiration and gratitude to all staff at Sandwich Technology School, particularly during these uncertain and trying times.

Kind Regards,

A Parent

October 2020


You as a school are doing a fab job xx my daughter is loving school x

I would like to say Thank you to all of the staff. I hope you all have a well-deserved restful half term.

Kind regards

A Parent

October 2020


Good afternoon,

We love and value the way the school has been.

I would like to thank you for making my daughter settled and for the excellent professional manner that the school run's itself. I have been more than happy with her development, I love the app as it give a great influence on being part of her development and enables me to encourage and check in with any shortfall.

Thank you again

Kind Regards

A Parent

November 2020


Thank you for your excellent advice.

My oldest daughter, who is at uni, has had Covid-19 and her only symptoms were a headache and feeling sick.  Only on day six did she lose her sense of smell.  All seven people in the house caught it and only one had a slight cough, the others all felt sick.  My daughter is an asthmatic who always has a cough.  Not with Covid though. 

Schools are really up against the impossible and I would like to thank you for keeping us informed.

Let’s hope people stay home if they are unwell.

Kind regards

A Parent

November 2020


Dear Mrs Savage,

My son is in year 7 and I wanted to thank you for all the excellent communication during this difficult time. I have appreciated the updates and being kept informed.

Kind regards

Parent

November 2020


Dear Mrs Savage,

You and your staff have done an absolutely wonderful job these last nine months, through such unprecedented times and still you keep going!

Wishing you all a peaceful and restful Christmas.

December 2020


Morning Mr Sharples,

Thank you so much for your very prompt reply to my sons email, and your encouraging words.

We have always been so proud of him, but the way that he has coped with the trials & tribulations of the past year, makes us even more proud of him than ever.

Can I just take this opportunity to thank the school as a whole for the support that they given him during the whole home schooling situation.

Your advice has definitely helped my son come to his decision, which he seems very happy with.

Thank you again for all you & your colleagues continue to do for our children.

Kind regards, 

A Parent

January 2021


Hello

I just wanted to send our thanks over for all the help given at the school HPV session on Weds 17th March. Getting 220 children vaccinated in under 4 hours was a massive logistical ask from us to you and you absolutely did not disappoint. From ensuring a steady flow of children to the mad dash to get the last few before the school bus pick up you were absolutely invaluable. Thank you so much for all your help and please pass on to everybody that was involved. We look forward to seeing you very soon to do it all again.

Many Thanks

Louise King

Immunisation Nurse

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

March 2021


Hi Anna,

I just wanted to say thank you to all the teachers who have supported him. Despite one difficult year, I forget which one! He actually has been settled, for the time he has spent in school since year 10 (realise that amounts to only a few months!) He has struggled but fingers crossed he gets suitable grades to do his level 2 mechanics at college. He is determined to be a mechanic so I hope this works out for him.

Apologies to all those teachers I have driven mad over the years.

My son said he didn’t get chance to say bye to some of his teachers and therefore I have copied the names I remember into this email. Also, his TA, whose name I have forgotten, he actually got on well with her in the end and appreciated her support in English particularly.  Maybe this could be passed on, but my son would hate it if he knew I had written this Email. It’s good though that he used to come home and talk about his day, especially over the last couple of months.

Thank you.

A Parent

May 2021


Good morning Mrs Savage,

We would just like to say how fantastic Miss Stone has been with our foster daughter since she started at STS. Miss Stone always goes above and beyond when working with her who has already built up a good relationship of trust with her. She is also very understanding of any concerns we have and always responds to any emails we send quickly and efficiently. 

Kind regards,

Mr & Mrs Parent

May 2021


Good afternoon, 

Yes my daughter will be attending the leavers party. 

Can I just take this opportunity to thank you for all you’ve done for the kids this year. I can only imagine how stressful it’s been, I wouldn’t have wanted to do your job. 

Have a lovely half term

Kind regards 

A Parent


Good afternoon 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work and trying to teach and support ** under difficult circumstances. 

I'm confident he will recognise the effort from you and some others as he matures. I certainly do.

Enjoy your half term.

Kindest regards

****

May 2021 


Hi Anna

Just to say ** is planning to attend the party on the 9th & I give consent. He doesn't want parents there so we're not planning on attending.

I also wanted to thank you for your support over the past years. Secondary school has definitely not been a smooth ride for ** & there are things I'd change if I could, but I very much appreciate all that you did looking out for him and trying to help him make better choices. Here's hoping the next chapter is a smoother one!

Thanks for all that you do, have a lovely summer,

Best wishes

****

May 2021 


I just wanted to send my greatest thanks to yourself and everyone that has supported ** this last year. Throughout our worst times, I have found the school very supportive and willing to work with us to enable ** to continue schooling from home when everyone else was returning to school, so he could continue protecting his dad. And for the support we received when ** passed away, I cannot thank you enough!

Please pass on my thanks to all concerned!

Thanks and kind regards,

****

June 2021


Dear Mr Shenton,

I know I have thanked you several times (sometimes whilst crying!) but I just wanted to put in writing how grateful ** and I are for the support that you and the rest of the staff have shown us during the recent difficult times with his health. It has made the worry so much less knowing that you were all behind us and your regular phone calls checking up on us have been so welcome.

I know that ** has enjoyed his years at STS, he has learned so much from some amazing teachers. Who knows, maybe one day when he is a famous astrophysicist he will come and do a talk to future science students! 

Sending my very best wishes to you all.

June 2021


Good morning,

I just wanted to say thank you to each of you for all of your help, understanding and effort you have given ** during her time at sixth form.  I know in the first year she wasn’t overly enthusiastic and lockdown didn’t help, but in the last year she has matured so much and having Liverpool uni in her sights seems to have made all the difference. She told me of her award yesterday and was in tears as she was so happy. So again thank you all so much for being there for my daughter and seeing her through this stage of her life.

Kindest regards

June 2021


Dear Maria,

It’s been a long time and I wanted to catch up. I’ve completed my foundation year at uni and I am currently averaging at 70/100. Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity, I am looking forward to year one! Obviously meeting new friends has been difficult during this time, but ** and I are together on the film course so I was happy to have someone I knew, and have met a couple of friends through her. I also met my girlfriend the year before and we are very happy together, I’m even going to be a dad!! Things are all looking up from this path, thank you so much for always being there and seeing potential. I hope you’re doing okay? How’s Andy and Rebecca? Mum and dad say hi too :)

All the best,

****

June 2021


Good morning 

We would like to pass on our thanks to both Ms Carroll and Ms Nash for the way they have dealt with, and continue to deal with our daughter **.

Her blood levels were high today and the communication given to us and care given to ** was extremely helpful and prompt as always. 

We have dealt with both members of staff a few times before and they are always professional and caring. 

We would be very grateful if you could pass on our thanks to them. 

Kind regards 

June 2021


Dear Mrs Savage

I am quite emotional writing this after a tough tough week. Miss Bowden suspected ** had self harmed , alerted Mrs Clewes and Mrs Parker and I received a call from Dom. One of the worst calls I have ever received and the panic, fear and just wanting to get to ** as soon as possible I cannot express my thanks enough the response was phenomenal and the love and support that ** has received and referral and access to counsellor so promptly, communication from Dom to me It’s been a heavy week many tears have been shed and much chocolate has been ate.

You have an utterly amazing team and I can’t express my gratitude enough that you responded, cared and intervened so quickly Thank you, thank you, thank you

**

June 2021


Thank you so much for this email with all the really useful links and advice for **. I must say I’m so impressed with the way you are helping him to feel so excited and comfortable despite there being no transition day! Much appreciated!! 

Many thanks

** 

July 2021


Dear Mrs Parker

I just wanted to follow up on our chat on Friday with a quick thank you.

When I spoke to you on Friday I was still in shock and trying to take in what had happened and make sense of the situation. I have now had time to process everything and talk to ** a bit more about what happened. I have spent most of the weekend worrying/over thinking everything but that just sums parenting up!

I have to say that I have been very impressed by how maturely ** has handled it all. Thank you for giving her the time and opportunity to sit and write that letter to us.

Anyway I just wanted to make sure that I expressed my sincere thanks to both you and Ms Clewes for all you did for ** on Friday. Your care, concern, support and actions were very much appreciated by us all. You both went above and beyond and for that and your understanding we will always be very grateful.

Kind regards,

****

July 2021


Hi Sam,

I just wanted to send a little message as there is only 1 day left of school. 

I am incredibly proud of STS and I cannot thank you enough for all that has been done during this academic year. I am grateful to all the staff for their constant support in home learning and creating engaging material, which has been brilliant for us.  

This academic year has been testing in more ways than one, I truly feel you’ve always had the children’s well-being at the front of every decision made, ones that can’t have been easy. 

I would especially like to send my thanks to Miss Hood, ** is very fond of her and is constantly saying how amazing she is, she really listens to him and explains things in a way he gets. I can say first hand how teachers shape children and that I have fond memories of some of my teachers. So, thank you very much. 

Have a wonderful, restful summer, you all deserve it. 

July 2021


Hi

Before the madness of tomorrow takes over, I wanted to just drop a very quick line to thank you both for your support this year especially with ** and please extend this also to Lucy Wanstall.

It has been the strangest year and this summer break up really is nutty, 

Here is to a much better year in all ways from September and to what I hope is going to be a nice hot summer

Thank you again 

**

July 2021

Quotes from 2019/20

Dear Mrs. Savage,

We are writing to say a big thank you to the school as a whole for all the support and encouragement you have provided ** & ** with since their journey began with you back in Year 7.
We have seen them grow, become more confident and show a real interest in their learning.
We are so grateful to all the teachers who helped make their journey through secondary school a success and would like to thank them all, as well as all other staff that supported them day to day. 
It is wonderful to experience a team of teaching staff that work so hard and give so much of their time to support the students.

Many thanks,

Mr & Mrs. **.

September 2019


Dear Mrs Savage

I should have sent this a week or so ago when ** received her GCSE results. However due to 6th Form clothes and other school shopping expeditions it’s a little late!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the teachers that ** has had over the past year. They played a big part in giving her the confidence, knowledge and encouragement to succeed as well as she did, we are so proud of all the hard work she put in and although this was down to ** it is also due to the amazing teachers you have that helped her along the way, sometimes giving up their own time to sit with her to explain when she wasn't sure. The biggest thank you goes to Mr Sykes.

** was only predicted a grade 2 in year 10, unfortunately maths has always been her weakness and she was certain she would fail. Mr Sykes has, in just one year, managed to turn her marks around and gave her the confidence that she could pass and I'm pleased to say she did! He was truly amazing and never gave up on her, a trait that all of **'s teachers have.

Having had our two older children attend Sir Roger Manwood’s and having attended a Grammar School myself, I will admit I was rather sceptical about ** attending Sandwich Technology, however, I can hand on heart say that I would recommend your school and the teachers to anyone. We could see from attending parent's evenings that all of **'s teachers actually love what they do and it’s not just about the high achievers it’s about giving all the children’s confidence to succeed and the support that they need to do it.

** will be returning Thursday to start 6th Form which she is looking forward to and hopefully will continue, with the help and support of her teachers, to work hard and succeed in her 'A' levels and go on to university. (A first for our children!)

Once again thank you to Mr Sykes, Mr Stroud, Mrs Collins, Mrs Cox, Mr Powell and Mr Wakeley with your help and encouragement ** has made us very proud parents and you should all be very proud of yourselves!

Kind regards

Mrs **

September 2019


I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the staff who have helped my son settle into Year 7 and my daughter settle into the sixth form. My son really struggled with primary school but he has loved every minute so far at Sandwich. My daughter was very nervous about transferring from Manwood's but says it was absolutely the best decision and her teachers are amazing at Sandwich.

** has started year 10 and he has only good things to say too about your school!

Thank you!

September 2019


Hey Maria,

I hope you’re well! So today I had my first day at uni!!! It was amazing, ** is on my course from sixth form and I saw ** around campus too. It was amazing to experience just a glimpse of this new life and it’s all thanks to you! I hope to see you soon and thank you again!!!

All the best,

**

September 2019


Dear Mr Cadby,

I would like to thank you and all of the year 11 teachers for providing an informative, structured and supportive environment throughout the GCSE process. ** has successfully achieved the results he required to move on to his chosen path and couldn't be happier.

The immersion sessions that were organised through the exam period were invaluable and really helped consolidate the revision process and personal touches such as providing bananas to aid concentration, were very appreciated.

This level of support given by the school really added to the support that we were able to give at home which made for a smooth process throughout the GCSE exam process for which we are very grateful.

** has enjoyed his time at Sandwich Technology School and as parents, we are very happy with the schools performance and would recommend it to other students.

Please pass on our appreciation as necessary.

Kind Regards,

**

September 2019


Open Event feedback comments from prospective parents:

  • “I loved every minute of it”
  • “Absolutely wonderful staff”
  • “The food was great and our tour guide was so helpful he made the visit really nice”
  • “The activities were really interesting and we were happy with everything”
  • “We really enjoyed it and found out everything that we needed to know.  Thank you”
  • “There were many highlights – our tour guide, enthusiastic teachers, clean environment”
  • “It was very informative and doesn’t need improving – excellent”
  • “I was amazed by the different lessons and some of the things the pupils had made in class.  The teachers were all so enthusiastic, friendly and helpful”
  • “I can’t see any way you could improve”
  • “We were very impressed.  Thank you!”
  • “The students were proud of their school.  Staff were very approachable and friendly, despite the long day!”
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed it all.  It had a really positive, friendly ethos.  We saw a lot of classrooms and were really impressed by the attentiveness and manners of the children”
  • “The Year 7s speaking and the Headteacher’s talk were a highlight”

September 2019


Dear Mr Cadby, 

I would like to reach out and thank you from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for the support, kindness and patience that you show to **. 

The action you take, the time spent makes ** feel supported and SAFE. Over the past couple of years school has been so very hard, ** feeling misunderstood and unsupported by many teachers. I have fought getting him to attend, to believe in himself and know that everything will be bright in his future. 

** is frightened and anxious about loosing people he loves BUT YOU make that every day task of going to school easier- he knows you care. 

You should know how much you do for the children in your care, thank you again for ** not just being a number or another student. 

Best wishes 

***

September 2019 


Mrs Tracey Savage

I would like to bring to your attention the selfless action of one of your pupils to whilst in Deal today, Saturday, **, a lady passed out & badly cut/cracked her head as she landed on the pavement, without hesitation ** & his friend immediately called 999, ** managed to get through first & relayed the situation whilst members of the public were attending to the lady, the call took some 15 minutes for ** to go through the details required, whilst we were waiting for an ambulance the two lads went off to try and find something to cover the lady & managed to come back with a towel, not happy with that they went off again to see if they could find something more suitable, I cannot praise the action of these 2 young lads enough as they also stayed until the Paramedics arrived & the lady was being taken care of. 

Their parents should be very proud of them & what a fine example of the younger generation & also Sandwich Technology School, I am also sending a copy of this to his friends school & I trust you will pass on this well deserved praise.

Kind regards

***

October 2019


Hi Tracey,

I took my daughter (who's currently in y5) and my husband to look around STS this evening and wanted to share their feedback. Chloe is already familiar with our wonderful English department but she hadn't seen the rest of the school before... she was so excited by all that is on offer, particularly the technology and art rooms. She also said Kev's food is 'better than Gordon Ramsey'!

My husband said our school is 'very impressive'. He was also complimentary of the students; all polite and enthusiastic.

I felt great pride showing them STS!

Dee Macmillan (STS English teacher)

October 2019


To: Luke Wakeley
Subject: Re: Hampers....

Hi Luke,

Very many thanks from the Dover Outreach Centre and the Winter Night Shelter.

We have added you onto our Facebook page and tagged in your own page as well.  We rely heavily on public donations such as this as we are one of the few homeless charities which do not receive any government support.  You have made a huge difference to our homeless people in Dover.

Thank you again.

Happy Christmas to you all at Sandwich Technology School.

Every blessing,

Vee Bentley

Centre Manager

Dover Outreach Centre


Dear Mr Wakeley

I would like to thank you very much, on behalf of Catching Lives, for the recent donation of hampers.  I understand these were made by some of the students at Sandwich Technology School.   Please pass on our thanks to all who helped in making such fabulous gifts which were very much appreciated by our clients over the Christmas period.  A lot of work went into making these and we appreciate all the donations we receive and they go a long way in supporting the clients who access our Day Centre.

At the moment we are running our Winter Shelter. Using seven halls in the Canterbury area (one each night) this will operate from to the end of March providing a number of beds for rough sleepers to shelter from the cold weather and also work with staff/volunteers to find more permanent housing.

We very much appreciate the support of Sandwich Technology School and your students.

Thank you again.

Yours sincerely

Tricia Bridgeford

Secretary to the Board of Trustees

CatchingLives


Good afternoon Ms Savage,

Happy New Year to you. I would like to take the time to tell you how impressed I have been with members of your staff and to ask you to pass on my thanks.

Mr Cadby as you will know is Head of Year 11 and his support over the past month has been very much appreciated, firstly Mr Cadby has been pro-active in communicating with us due to some concerns over my daughters progress in school and then more recently I informed Mr Cadby that my mother was very sick and ** appeared to be struggling emotionally, Mr Cadby offered emotional support to ** and responded to any correspondence that I made almost immediately, I felt very comforted by his support of **.

I would also like to say that Ms Robson and Mr Sykes both made themselves available to give ** additional support, this support enabled ** to continue in school feeling confident that she had a safe place to go when she felt upset and unable to cope.

Just before end of term during mock exams unfortunately my mother lost her fight with Cancer and on informing Mr Cadby of this news he again made arrangement for ** to have support in school and re-scheduled her exam the morning after mum had passed as she was very emotional but wanted to be in school, and then again on informing him of funeral arrangements.

This has been a very distressing year for ** and one that ended awfully but it has been very refreshing and comforting to have had such support from your team during a very difficult time for us and felt that I wanted to let you know what I am sure you already know that your team are a credit to you and Sandwich Technology school.

Thank you again.

Regards

****

January 2020


Good morning,

Please can you forward this to your heads of Year or pastoral managers responsible for rewarding students?

I have just met four of your students while walking in Eythorne. They were tidying the woods and had collected litter and put it in a concrete bin. They had also got lots of fallen branches and made a log pile.

My husband and I had only that morning been lamenting how much litter there was on our roadsides and hedges, and we were cheered to see your young students taking care of their environment.

I explained I taught at Astor and that if they were my students I would commend them, so please could you reward them for me?

Kind regards,

****

January 2020


Regarding the Year 11 Parents Information Evening)

Good evening Mr Sharples,
Just to say thank you to you and the other teachers and team for this evenings event, it was both informative and inspiring.
Many thanks,

A Parent

January 2020


Dear Lynn,

I have just realised that I must apologise that I failed to thank The School for its collection on behalf of the Children's Society at the Welcome Service.

It was so close to Christmas and the holiday that I did not do it immediately.

On behalf of the Children's Society I would be most grateful if you could pass on our thanks to all those involved in the collection which raised £75.20 for the very valuable work that is done by the Society on behalf of vulnerable children and young people.

We are most grateful for your continuing support

With all good wishes

Yours sincerely

Gill Robertson

February 2020


 

Quotes from 2018/19

Dear Mrs Savage/Mr Sharples,

I am glad you have implemented the mobile phone policy at your school recently and would like to encourage you to stand by the policy and not be deterred by anyone. 

At home we are trying to reduce gaming/screen time to get the right balance. It is difficult, but we are persevering! 

I am the proud father of 3 students who attend Sandwich Tech.

Incidentally, I was blown away when I attended a parental evening, led by Mr Sharples, about my daughter’s trip last term to Belgium/France. Your knowledge and enthusiasm was inspiring. I think also your commitment and care for pupils was self-evident when you talked at my daughter’s option choices evening. 

I know my children are in safe hands. 

Never stop getting better as to a large degree, their welfare and futures are in each of their teacher's hands. Every moment matters and every young person matters. 

Be inspired, be different, be courageous, be persistent! Never give up or lose heart.

September 2018


Good evening,

We have just returned from the open evening and I just wanted to email and say a massive thank you to our wonderful guide who is in year 11. My son was very nervous and shy when we first arrived and our guide was wonderful at putting him at ease and he absolutely loved his first insight into secondary school. The school was incredibly friendly and welcoming and our guide was definitely an example of this.

September 2018

 


To sandwich technology school,

I would just like to say a huge thank you to all for your warm welcome, our tour was amazing with the lovely polite ambassador who told us so much information, we are so grateful, thank you. What stood out for me (the parent) was, the politeness and happiness of all children, it was so lovely to see and hear. The talk with the Headmistress was very good and very clear and I agree with everything that was said, I was very impressed with all students that took centre stage to talk to us too, how very brave but brilliant. I’m very impressed and would be very proud to see my daughter in your school, 

Thank you all again.

October 2018



“My wife and I, along with our daughter attended your open evening in September. We are writing to congratulate you as we were escorted around the school by a very informative guide and an excellent ambassador for your school. Our daughter was a little daunted by the whole secondary school experience but our guide explained her opportunities and experiences at Sandwich Technology School and our daughter seemed to be reassured.”

October 2018


“Good morning,

I wanted to say my son and I attended open day yesterday and it is such a lovely school. He’s very keen to go here.

After the open day my car broke down in the field and four members of staff were very helpful.

The staff whom helped were very generous in that embarrassing time for myself.

Thank you again.”

October 2018


My husband and I are very much looking forward to the Celebration evening this Friday. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the amazing work that you do on a daily basis.

My daughter has thrived being at STS and we are so thankful not only for the education she receives but for the fantastic role modelling that you and your staff provide. Collecting her GCSE results in August was such an emotional experience as we were overwhelmed by the professionalism and commitment of your staff that have enabled her to achieve what she has. We have never tutored our daughter, instead believing that she will come to things in her own time and in her unique way. Alongside this we have always felt confident in you and your staff's expertise. I do hope that you will find a moment in Friday's proceedings to thank and congratulate your staff who have made the successes possible. I look forward to seeing you on Friday and hope that you too allow yourself to bask in the fruits of your labour, I don't think there have ever been such challenging times in education, so for you and your team to achieve what you do in the way that you do it is exceptional! THANK YOU!”

November 2018


Hi Tracey,

I would like to make you aware about some great service from your team.

My daughter’s laptop had stopped working, but she only made me aware after the warranty and insurance had run out.

I emailed your tech team and spoke with a chap called Alex Grant.

Not only did he offer to look at it, he also has got it working again. I’m really pleased with how quick he was in answering my emails and fixing the problem.

Can you let him know to keep up the great service.”

December 2018


Dear Mrs Hadaway

I just wanted to say thank you to you, and all involved, for a wonderful carol concert.

Merry Christmas

December 2018


To Mrs O’Hara,

Thank you for all you have done over the years especially with helping my son and his journey of applying for the army, this is for you and to let you know he is in and goes next year.

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 2018


Some very happy year 13 students today who have just received their Maths and English resit results … direct quote –“ I have thanked my teacher personally .. she is such an incredible and amazing Maths teacher”

January 2019


I am absolutely delighted at the care and support you are giving him. Particularly the extra support in English coming up this Tuesday and following Mondays. I am hoping Maths will be supported also. 

This shows what a good school you are. 

Regards

Year 11 Parent

January 2019


Dear Ms Stone

Just wanted to thank you for everything you did for me and my reference, I got into uni! :)

February 2019


A huge thank you to the teachers who gave up their time to take the children skiing/snowboarding. I’ve messaged them individually but wanted to let the school know those teachers were fab and it’s amazing our children have this opportunity because of them. X

February 2019


Good afternoon,

Thank you very much for feeding back on my son’s progress, he has worked really hard and I think since visiting universities over the last month or so and receiving offers on condition of gaining enough points has really focused him.

Thanks very much for your support and guidance with him. 

Kind regards.

February 2019


Just letting you know I had my interview yesterday and I’ve just seen an email from them... I’ve been accepted!!! I cannot thank you enough for your support and everything you’ve done for me. I miss all of you and just want to say a big thank you to you guys for getting me this far, I couldn’t have done it without you!

Year 13 student

March 2019


Good Afternoon,

I am a former student at the Sandwich Technology and now Primary School Teacher.  I'm sending this e-mail regarding my former Math tutors (Mr Brett and Mr Towlson).

Throughout secondary school, my passion for Maths was always encouraged and supported by Mr Brett and Mr Towlson, who always expressed a belief in my ability, for which has always stuck with me and continued to fuel said passion. Building on this, one of my fondest memories of secondary school life was the yearly Maths Challenge, which took part in Years 10 and 11.

I'd just like to say thank you for being such positive influences on me in secondary school and encouraging me to follow my passion, without that encouragement, I probably wouldn't be a teacher myself now.

March 2019


Dear Mr Sharples

I would just like to say thank you to both the school and the Military for allowing my son to go on the trip to Belgium. He has been having quite a lot of issues the past year and they’ve had such a negative impact on him both emotionally and mentally and this trip was the first thing I’ve seen him enthusiastic about for so long. 

As he has always wanted to join the army I knew he would throw himself into this completely.

He sat and told me all about the cemeteries you visited and the museums and he obviously had a big interest as he had taken so much information on board that it just was so easy for him to recall all that he’d been told.

So once again, Thank you, I really appreciate the impact this has had on him.

Kind Regards 

Year 10 Parent


Hello Mr Stroud

I have been meaning to email you for a while. Would just like to say thank you for teaching my daughter so well. As you may or may not be aware my daughter struggles sometimes and often comes home upset through not understanding, but she has never had anything but good things to say about you and your teaching, and seems to really enjoy your classes. The stickers that you hand out are fantastic and they have pride of place on my fridge next to her year 2 sisters and she is very proud of them (not that she would admit it!!)
I also never got round to thanking you for my other daughter too, she felt the same about your classes.

Any way just wanted to say thank you and keep up the good work it makes a difference.

Many thanks again

Parent

May 2019


Morning Tracey,

I was driving through Sandwich yesterday at 16.05 while approaching the new pedestrian crossing by the petrol station, I noticed a lady struggling with a gentleman in a wheelchair, at the top of the steps, to the rope/butts walk, one chap walked passed, looked at them and carried on walking.

3, 14/15/16 year old boys from Sandwich Tec, green/yellow and red, crossed the road, took the wheelchair from the lady and brought the gentleman down the steps.

Well done to those boys, they represented the school and showed the public how lovely the youth of today can be.

Made me smile, and so pleased to be involved with the school.

Warm Regards

Parent


‘Ofsted praise’

Dear Mr McAuley,

I would like to say congratulations to all on the fantastic Ofsted result, you as a team must all be thrilled. I personally think the school does really well with regards to ‘Outcomes’ considering many children locally attend Grammar School, it sometimes feels it’s not a level playing field.

A parent

May 2019


‘Ofsted praise’

Dear Tracey, well done on not only surviving the big O but clearly showing them how fab STS is. Enjoy the weekend.

Very best wishes to you all!

Kind regards

Local Headteacher

May 2019


‘Ofsted praise’

Hi Tracey

Really pleased that Ofsted went well.  Nothing less than you all deserve.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Local Headteacher

May 2019


Hi Mrs Stone,

I hope you are well!

I am currently studying Psychology on the Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) Foundation Year at Oxford University and have secured a place to study a Psychology undergraduate degree at Oxford. 

I was wondering whether you would be interested in me coming back to STS to talk to some Sixth Form students about life at University, the Foundation Year, and maybe give guidance about applying to University/Oxford? Or if you know of any students in younger year groups who might be interested in Oxford then that would also be great.

I think there might also be a way of arranging a school visit to LMH in case you’re interested in that. I think there’s a budget so they can pay for about 15 students to come to Oxford for the day.

It would be nice to hear from you again!

Kind regards,

Lauren

June 2019


Voicemail received from a Year 11 parent:

“Thank you so much for an amazing year and amazing school life. My son has had the most wonderful experience with you at Sandwich Technology School. I don’t quite know who to thank because I’ve literally just sent him off every day. He has had the best and most positive experience that a secondary school could have provided so thank you so much.”

June 2019


Regarding a careers event:

Hello Sarah,

I just wanted to say again how great I thought yesterday was. The event was really well organised and structured for both us as exhibitors and for the students. I was also really impressed by the attitude and behaviour of your students. From a professional point of view I think it is the most engaged group I have seen this year. In addition, as a parent of one of your pupils, I am so pleased to see how well the school is managed, how nice the teaching staff are and how much effort is put into to helping students with their options.

Thank you again.

June 2019


Regarding a careers event:

Dear Sarah

I just wanted to say thank you for having me attend your careers event yesterday. I thought it went really well.

The students were all very polite and lovely and interested in the college courses.

Best wishes

June 2019


Dear Tracey

I wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you for sending your pupils to our school with Mr Cadby to help with our sports day. The children were a huge credit to you and the staff at your school. They were helpful, polite and followed our school rules perfectly. 

Having been let down at the last minute by a local school, I contacted other schools to see if anyone could help us. An email I sent ended up with your Head of PE, Chris. He called me straight away to put a plan in place. Later that day he emailed me to confirm 10 students would be coming on the school minibus with Mr Cadby.

The two gentlemen I dealt with were extremely professional, dedicated and proactive in helping us. Mr Cadby took time to get to know the little boy who is starting at Sandwich Tech in September. Which was lovely for our pupil, he expressed his delight in starting his secondary school with Mr Cadby. The day wouldn't have been successful if it hadn't have been for the support from your staff and pupils. We had several parents comment on how grown up the pupils were and asked which school they were from. Chris and Alan took the time to prepare everything, speak to parents and went above and beyond for us. Please would you send on my sincerest thanks and share my email with them.

Once again, thank you for allowing your students to help us. We would love to continue with this and hope that you may be available on our Sports Day next year. 

Best wishes

Assistant Head Teacher

Local Primary School

July 2019


Hi Mr Sharples,

Sincere apologies for having to leave this evenings meeting early. I was very much enjoying the informative and interesting presentation (great history lesson!). 

Thomas is very much looking forward to the battlefields trip and revisiting some of the places we all went to as a family in 2017.

A parent

July 2019