Sixth Form

Welcome to the Sixth Form at Vandyke

Vandyke Sixth Form is a place where students can aspire and are supported to achieve their full potential.  The success of the sixth form at Vandyke is based on a number of important ingredients:  high expectations, excellent teaching, high quality support and guidance and rigorous monitoring are very important.  However, just as important is our ethos which is based on a number of important values and attitudes that we support our students to develop.  We expect them to be ambitious, self-motivated, to be resilient, have integrity, be respectful and aim for personal and academic excellence.  During the sixth form at Vandyke we want, and indeed expect students to ASPIRE and aim high.

Please use the links on the right for more Sixth Form information.

ETHOS AND VALUES 

Ambition

We want our students to be ambitious academically and to develop other important skills and attributes. We expect them to aim high whether that is to university or employment. We expect them to be ambitious for our school and the Sixth Form in particular and play their part in building further on the excellent reputation of Vandyke Upper School. We want them to take every opportunity through the curriculum and enrichment opportunities to become the very best that they can be.

Self-motivation

We expect our students to develop independent learning skills and use their own initiative, taking responsibility for themselves and their learning and progress. As a minimum, students must be spending 5 hours per subject each week on independent work outside lessons if they are to achieve their potential. This will increase during examination periods and when coursework is being completed. We want them to be proactive in securing opportunities to develop their social, personal and employability skills; to develop networks that may prove helpful in their future.

Perseverance

We expect our students to work hard both within lessons and in personal study time. We expect them to meet challenges and be resilient: to be able to ‘bounce back’ after disappointments or setbacks. There is no place for such phrases as “I can’t do this”. It needs to be, “I can’t do this yet, but with help and perseverance I will soon!”

Integrity

We expect honesty at all times. The truth matters! We expect our students to be reliable and trustworthy; to do what is right even if it is unpopular with their peers. This sets an example to younger students and supports sixth form students in becoming positive role models.

Respect

We want them to have self -respect and be respectful to all members of the school and wider community. This goes hand-in-hand with integrity. To demonstrate that respect by how they choose to dress, attend, be punctual, meet deadlines, volunteer and show care for others, whether that be by becoming a mentor for younger students or supporting our charity fund-raising activities. To respect their environment, look after it and challenge others to do the same.

Excellence

We want them to aim for excellence in everything they do. Not to settle for mediocrity or second best but to develop into successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. To be the best they can be!

THE SIXTH FORM MANAGEMENT TEAM

 “The leadership and management of the sixth form are good” (OFSTED 2015)

Director of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher 

Mr Sean Downey

Email: downeys@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk

Tel: 01525 636709

Head of Year 12

Miss Maurlayne Hamilton

Email: hamiltonm@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk

Tel: 01525 636722

Head of Year 13

Miss Robyn Silkstone

Email: silkstoner@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk

Tel: 01525 636728

 

Sixth Form Manager

Mrs Clare Fahy

Email: fahyc@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk

Tel: 01525 636713

“(Sixth Form) teaching is consistently effective in ensuring that students make good progress over time….teachers have high expectations, and plan interesting activities drawing upon their secure subject knowledge. Teachers use a wide range of teaching styles, equipping students with the skills to work independently and to engage confidently in group work and discussion” (OFSTED 2015)

STUDENT OUTCOMES

We are proud of the examination achievement of our students. For the past 2 years A2 results have been graded as significantly positive by the DFE. This means that students are making outstanding progress compared to their peers across the country. Standards in attainment are improving every year and the table below illustrates this.

  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Average points per entry

33.5

-

30.72

221

-

214

-

192

-

191

% A* - E 100 99 100 98 99
% A* - B 50 52 45 33 27

 

2017 A level results are here.

As is the case with the majority of schools nationally, Vandyke uses the ALPS system to measure the progress and achievement of students against their potential, which is based on their GCSE prior attainment. ALPS grades the value added performance of schools on a 1-9 scale. 

  2017 2016 2015 2014
AS ALPS grade n/a 2 3 2
A2 ALPS grade 3 3 2 4
BTEC ALPS grade 2 3 1 2

 

We are proud of the high quality and consistency of these ALPS outcomes as they indicate that students of all abilities are consistently performing in the top 10-20% of all students nationally and their outcomes are at least excellent and often outstanding.  What is most important about these outcomes, however, is that they support the majority of our sixth form students to secure places on a range of university courses, with increasing numbers attending the most prestigious universities such as Cambridge, Durham and others belonging to the Russell Group.  As well as this, students choosing alternative routes after sixth form have secured places with some of the top employers in the country such as Ernst and Young, VW, Vauxhall, BE Aerospace and many more.

ALPS grade 1 better or equal to the best score achieved in the country Outstanding
ALPS grade 2 scoring between the 90th and 99th percentile Outstanding
ALPS grade 3 scoring between the 75th and 89th percentile Excellent
ALPS grade 4 scroring between the 60th and 74th percentile Very good
ALPS grade 5 scoring between the 40th and 59th percentile Satisfactory to good
ALPS grade 6 scoring between the 25th and 39th percentile Below average
ALPS grade 7 scoring between the 10th and 24th percentile Less than satisfactory
ALPS grade 8 scoring between the 1st and 9th percentile Relatively poor
ALPS grade 9 scoring below the lowest score achieved in the indicator Poor

 

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