Vandyke Upper School

Name Vandyke Upper School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 March 2015
Address Vandyke Road, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 3DY
Phone Number 01525636700
Type Academy
Age Range 13-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 930 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.7
Academy Sponsor Vandyke Upper School
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 8.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.6%
Persisitent Absence 9.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Vandyke Upper School and Community College is an average–sized secondary school. A large majority of students come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for looked-after children and students known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is broadly average. The academy does not currently use any alternative provision. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The effective leadership of the headteacher and his senior team has brought about steady improvement since the last inspection. Students achieve well in a wide range of subjects at Key Stage 4. The overall progress that different groups of students make between their starting points when they enter the academy in Year 9 and the end of Key Stage 4 is good and accelerating. Students in the sixth form make good progress and achieve well. A clear focus on the quality of teaching by leaders and governors has ensured that teaching is good and improving. Teachers provide effective feedback which helps students understand how to improve their work. Students are very proud of their academy. They behave well and display highly constructive attitudes to their learning. Students feel safe at the academy and they learn how to keep themselves safe. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportion of students who make greater than expected progress is not higher than average. Students who are capable of achieving more than expected progress are not always pushed to do so. The agreed academy approach to improving literacy is not applied with equal thoroughness in every subject. Teaching assistants are not always deployed as effectively as they could be in every class. Attendance is below the national average.