May 13, 2024

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Box Clever Theatre present Macbeth to Y10 Last week, the English department were delighted to once again welcome Box Clever Theatre, who performed their adaptation of Macbeth and led a workshop for students in Y10. This was a wonderful opportunity to see the play live, and enhance students’ understanding of the text ahead of their […]

May 01, 2024

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Success Congratulations to the 34 Year 11 students who passed their Silver Assessed Expedition in the White Peaks. It was a challenging start to the 3-day expedition with the combination of demanding routes plus very cold and wet weather.  Participants were therefore relieved that the weekend brought sunny spells and predominantly […]

May 01, 2024

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Vandyke achieves Gold Sports Mark Award We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2023/24 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition […]

Apr 19, 2024

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Vandyke Appoints New Headteacher As all Vandyke staff, students and parents/carers will know, our headteacher, Tim Carroll, will be retiring in the Summer after 21 years. We will be sad to see Tim leave and the governing body have been fully engaged in the recruitment of his successor. Governors interviewed five short-listed candidates over two […]

Apr 19, 2024

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Success Congratulations to the 80 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants from Year 10 who undertook and passed their Qualifying Expedition at the end of the Spring Term. Various routes from Leighton Buzzard were walked to the campsite at Town Farm near Ivinghoe on day one. A circuit route was […]

Mar 19, 2024

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  STEM visit: Girls On Track Write-up by Elsa Williams Last term a group of 10 Vandyke girls, mostly from our STEM club, went to Cosworth Engineering in Northampton to join five other schools in an event organised by FIA Girls on Track to encourage more young women into STEM/ motorsports careers. When we arrived, […]

Mar 15, 2024

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Vandyke students create skatepark graffiti Some opportunities are simply too good to turn down. Especially when it involved asking young people to help with the design of the local area. When I was contacted by a council representative with the idea of inviting some of our students down to the skatepark to graffiti the newly […]

Mar 13, 2024

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Sixth Form Apprenticeships & Employment event With a growing number of students aspiring to secure degree apprenticeships with top employers, the Sixth Form hosted an event where students could hear from local employers about their opportunities, and meet our ever-growing alumni of past and present apprentices. The event took place during National Apprenticeships Week, and […]

Mar 13, 2024

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Y11 students visit Poetry Live! event 70 Y11 students had a wonderful day out at the Poetry Live! event at the Emmanuel Centre in London last month. Students had the opportunity to hear from poets Carol Anne Duffy, Simon Armitage and John Agard, among others, and they enjoyed a special feature from playwright Owen Sheers, […]

Mar 06, 2024

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OFSTED: Vandyke remains a ‘good’ school Vandyke Upper School was inspected by OFSTED on 23/24 January.  This was an ungraded Section 8 inspection.  The report has now been published – you can read it in full here. Headteacher Tim Carroll said, ‘Inspections are always memorable moments in the life of a school!  The inspection team […]

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