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We Are Unique


A notable feature of our school is its location on Rock Barracks, home to 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment.  The estate community is mixed, with service and civilian families. Most of our children live on the barracks, but we are also very pleased to have children who live in surrounding villages and towns. Some of our children have lived overseas and we have several children originally from different commonwealth countries. We are pleased to share and celebrate the range of cultures and beliefs within our school community. 

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The local nursery is also on the barracks, just opposite the school, so we are able to have strong links with them to support the children as they move from nursery into the school. We also work well with other schools locally to take part in exciting joint projects.

Our school is more spacious than many other schools, with great facilities, so we are able provide a very good environment for learning. We have five large, well-resourced class bases, a book room, arts room, nurture room, computer suite, teaching kitchen and large hall, as well as a wide corridor with different resource areas. We also have a kitchen on the premises and our cook provides us with delicious, freshly cooked meals each lunchtime. Outside, in our extensive grounds, we have two playgrounds, astro turf, playing fields, a school garden and the wonderful Early Years woodland garden.

And, of course, most important of all, our school is unique because each of our children is unique. We value every child and their individual personality and talents.


Sandlings is a unique school for many reasons.  First has to be the outstanding local area in which our school is situated. We are able to use our great location as a resource for teaching and often make visits to the nearby forest, heathland and river, as well as to the coast which is just a short drive from the school. Several sites of historical interest are also close-by, such as Sutton Hoo, Orford Castle and Framlingham Castle (featured in Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle on the Hill’) so we are able to make use of these to support learning. We are pleased to have a school mini-bus which makes it easier to make these visits.


Due to its location, our school has a very high percentage of service families compared to other schools - the highest in Suffolk and amongst the highest nationally. 

Having such strong links to the armed forces benefits all children and provides many opportunities for children and soldiers to work together. This has included cooking, fundraising events, assault courses and outdoor and adventurous activities, as well as attendance at the remembrance service. These links also mean that we are able to access additional funding which we have used to buy our mini-bus, I-pads, kindles, mini- laptops, sewing machines, gardening equipment, guitars and resources for reading and the maths library.

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