Curriculum principles and provision

Young people leave Vandyke as confident and socially responsible, world-ready citizens with the skills, knowledge and courage to thrive.

You will find full information on the curriculum for each subject, including curriculum maps for each year group, by clicking on the subject links at the bottom of this page.

Curriculum Intent

Vandyke delivers an ambitious curriculum with high expectations of learners from all starting points to inspire students to become life-long learners.  Our curriculum promotes resilience to deal with the changing world in which we live.

The curriculum is broad and balanced keeping options open and creating paths through to further and higher education, training and employment.  It reflects our “Vandyke Values” promoting respect for self and others, and developing transferable skills of leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication.  Modern British values are also reflected in the curriculum which is flexible to adapt to changing demands of current issues.  The people whose names are used in our well-developed house system epitomise these values.

The curriculum is inclusive.  We do not operate “pathways” so that, for example, all students can access study of a modern foreign language to GCSE and separate GCSE sciences of biology, chemistry and physics.  All but a very small number of students take a humanities subject through to GCSE and for KS4 all students make three option choices from a wide range of courses including the visual and performing arts, technology, PE and business.

You can read our full Curriculum Statement here.

You will find full information on the curriculum for each subject, including curriculum maps for each year group, by clicking on the subject links below. If you have any questions or require any further information about the curriculum at Vandyke Upper School, please contact Mr Paul Phillips via office@vandyke.cbeds.co.uk

Curriculum by subject

Sixth Form subjects

Whilst Vandyke Upper School offers most subjects at both GCSE and A-Level, there are a small number of subjects which are only offered in our Sixth Form. You will find further information on these subjects by clicking the buttons below.

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