Welcome to Sands School, Ashburton; The alternative face of education... Our school is so different from the mainstream that it is hard know where to start! It looks different – there is no uniform or even a dress-code for students. It sounds different – there are no clanging bells or unnatural quietness. But mainly it feels different – there is no “us and them” division between staff and students. This all stems from Sands being a democratic school: students and staff run the school and make decisions together in a spirit of equality and mutual respect. There is no head teacher, no one is called ‘sir’ or ‘miss’, a student chairs the School Meeting and the student council sorts out the day-to-day niggles of school life.
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