Welcome to Vandyke Upper School and Community College
Vandyke has a supportive and caring ethos where ‘Everyone Matters’ and within which you will find guidance and support throughout your time in the Sixth Form.We have an ethos that values your contribution to the Sixth Form as an individual, yet that provides a clear framework of high expectations about working hard, doing your best, contributing to the life of the Sixth Form and the whole school, and providing positive role models for younger students. Mr T. Carroll, Headteacher Mr S Downey, Head of Sixth Form Mrs A. Gomersall MBE, Chair of GovernorsAdmissions PolicyYou will require the academic qualifications for the courses you are planning to study. All students new to the school will be interviewed.School InformationAge Range 13-18Total Number of Registered Pupils 930Total number in Sixth Form 270 Authorised Absences 7.3% Unauthorised Absences 0.8%
Vandyke has been designated as a Specialist Sports College since September 2005. This has provided opportunities and significant additional resources to benefit our students in the areas of sport and dance.Vandyke holds the Government's Charter Mark for excellence in public service which was awarded for our commitment to our ‘customers' (students and their parents) as evidenced by our strong links between home and school.Partnerships and LinksWe have a strong bond with the county Music School, which is based at Vandyke.We have school links with schools and towns in many countries and, in particular, the Sixth Form experience is enhanced by our visiting Swedish students who undertake a three-month study programme at Vandyke living with local families.Exciting recent developments in our curriculum have included new courses operated together with local partners, including Cedars Upper School.
In addition to classroom facilities, the school has an enviable range of specialist facilities including: A Theatre, a Drama Studio and Dance Studio (all recently refurbished) A full suite of Music Rooms Ten Science laboratories Studios for Art, Design and Technology Six Computer network rooms A Sports Hall A large newly refurbished Library and Resources Centre Sixth Form Study Centre , also newly refurbished and including common room and study centre. Eight pitches and six tennis courts, cricket nets and separate jumping area A floodlit artificial turf sports pitch.
We try to give you enough support to enable you to become more independent in your learning and to manage your own time efficiently. You will have a tutor, who will get to know you well, because they teach you for 5 hours a fortnight. As well as individual action planning and tutor time activites, you will cover the AS General Studies course in your tutor group in Year 12. The pastoral programme will help you organise your time and find out about careers and higher education. You will be given a planner which includes targets, action planning and time management. You will also have progress checks every 6-8 weeks and access to the library and study centre whenever you are not in lessons. Aim Higher activities will give you guidance and information about future opportunities. These include a day out at a university, the opportunity to go to HE fairs, visitis by universities to the school and visits from former student currently at university. Connexions also runs information about Modern Apprenticeships and work based training.Providing for Special NeedsVandyke prides itself on producing a balanced curriculum, guidance and support to meet the needs of all students, including the most able and those with special needs.Providing for Religious EducationReligious Education and the Collective Act of Worship are non-denominational in character. Should parents wish to withdraw their child from Religious Education and collective worship they must put their request in writing to the Headteacher.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Vandyke Upper School and Community College directly.