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Vandyke Upper School

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 3DY recruitment@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk http://www.vandyke.beds.sch.uk/
Location: Leighton Buzzard
Phase: Secondary
Headteacher/Principal: Mr Tim Carroll
Gender: Mixed
Last Ofsted: Thursday 3rd May, 2018
Age range: 13 - 18 years
No. of pupils: 930

Vandyke Upper School

About Vandyke Upper School

'Everyone Matters' 

Staff feel well supported and are supportive of one another*

*Source Annual School Survey Jan 2021

  • Vandyke is a good place to work, with high expectations and a caring ethos. 

  • The support and opportunities for professional development we enjoy at Vandyke is recognised in the award of Investors in People.   We often find that competition for posts at Vandyke is strong and the experience colleagues’ gain here can be a stepping stone to further promotion.

  • The ethos of Vandyke is based on strong, positive relationships between staff and students.  The atmosphere is of a “college” whereby we seek to allow students autonomy and independence.  Students respond very well to this creating a “special” atmosphere around school often commented upon by visitors.  Staff go out of their way to provide great teaching and support and additional learning opportunities for students.  Parents and carers are supportive of the school and feedback from parents and carers is always that the school is welcoming and friendly.


  • Vandyke is a thriving school, with a growing reputation for excellent teaching and achievement, innovative and inclusive practice, and excellent leadership and management that puts students and learning at the centre.

  • We are pleased to hold Sportsmark and Artsmark (Platinum) awards in recognition of our commitment to Sport/PE and our outstanding programme of extra-curricular sport and performing arts activities.  Over 160 students take part in the DoE award scheme each year.

  • Facilities at Vandyke are excellent and include a theatre, drama studio, dance studio, sports hall, sports activity area, specialist athletics jumping facility, floodlit netball centre, floodlit astro-turf pitch, music suite, café and extensive library/study facilities.  Construction of a 3G pitch is due to begin shortly to add to the impressive facilities
  • Facilities for staff include a generous and well-equipped staff room, free and plentiful parking and the ground breaking Vandyke Café that brings the high street café culture into school.

In September 2020 we opened a new teaching block comprising 12 new science labs, 10 new maths classrooms, Sixth Form centre including Sixth Form café and accommodation for staff.  


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School Information

Location: Leighton Buzzard
Phase: Secondary
Headteacher/Principal: Mr Tim Carroll
Gender: Mixed
Last Ofsted: Thursday 3rd May, 2018
Age range: 13 - 18 years
No. of pupils: 930
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 3DY recruitment@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk http://www.vandyke.beds.sch.uk/

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