For September 2024, Vandyke has an agreed admission number of 360 students for entry in year 9.  The school will accordingly admit up to 360 students in the relevant age group each year if sufficient applications are received.  All applicants will be admitted if 360 or fewer apply.

If the number of applications for admission exceeds the admission number of 360, after the admission of students with an Educational Health and Care Plan where the school is named in the Plan, the criteria in the Admissions Policy 2024 will be applied to decide the order in which places will be allocated.

Details of Vandyke’s admissions in September 2023 were as follows:

Total number of requests for places:  414

Total number of places allocated:  360

Residents of Central Bedfordshire are requested to apply for a place using the online facility.

Applications for places at Vandyke for September 2024 should be made by Tuesday 31 October 2023.

Those applying from elsewhere may not use the online facility and must complete their home local authority application form and send it directly to Schools Admission Service, Central Bedfordshire Council, Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1LF.

For In-year admissions to Vandyke – please complete this form and return it to [email protected]

Vandyke’s Admissions Policies can be found here.

(For applications for September 2025, the criteria in the 2025 Admissions Policy will apply.)


Parents/carers who have not been allocated a place at Vandyke Upper School for their child have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel. The appeals process is conducted by Central Bedfordshire Council, and is explained in detail here.

You will also find more information in the School Admissions Appeals – Guidance for Parents document.

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