House values: Strength, Inspiration, Dedication
Head of House: Miss Beckwith
Who is Ellie Simmonds?
Ellie Simmonds is a Paralympian who competed in the pool at three different Paralympics. Aged 13, she competed for Great Britain and has won five gold medals in a range of swimming events. Ellie has a condition called Achondroplasia, which is a genetic disorder whose primary feature is dwarfism. However she did not let this get in the way of her aspirations for sporting glory.
What does Simmonds represent?
Ellie Simmonds represents the values of strength, inspiration and dedication and the academic principles of physical activity.
Painting of Ellie Simmonds created by the Year 9 Art Club.
An introduction from Miss Beckwith – Head of Simmonds, Teacher of Music
I have loved music from a very young age. I have been involved in outside music and drama clubs since I was 8 years old and have been singing since I was 5. I have had amazing opportunities singing around the world in places such as Moscow and I have been in different bands where I have performed with other British artists.
I am now beginning my third year at Vandyke, and I am excited to take on a new challenge. In my spare time I like to run and have recently completed the Race for Life, as well as going on walks with my puppy Pumpkin.
As Head of House, I am excited to join a strong team and be associated with such an inspiring person who lends her name to our house. Ellie Simmonds is an influential Paralympian whose passion and strength has driven her not only push boundaries in swimming but to also throw herself into her love of music and dancing by competing in Strictly Come Dancing.