Learning

Academic success and so much more

Established in 1852 to educate Jersey’s most willing and able boys, Victoria College continues to serve its original intended purpose, providing a route to the best universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and to stimulating careers.

We are an academically successful school and we care about results. However, we also firmly believe that education is about far more than grades: it is about cultivating independent thought and developing individual young adults who have the confidence to think creatively, explore new ideas and act compassionately. 

Most of all, it is about students developing a lifelong appetite for learning, nurtured by inspirational teachers in a supportive environment.

We encourage boys to take greater responsibility for their own education, however we appreciate that each boy will reach this level of responsibility at different times according to their maturity and motivation.

Victoria College takes part in the Government's Jersey Premium programme which support certain students. Victoria College: Jersey Premium Evaluation 2020 can be viewed here..  To find out more, please contact Mr Patrick Crossley, Deputy Headteacher p.crossley@vcj.sch.je

Victoria College is a school where students can thrive academically and make the most of the many opportunities on offer.

We encourage boys to develop their talents, discover new interests and prepare themselves for the world beyond school.   Maintaining good academic progress is important, and every student is closely monitored by his Form Tutor as well as the Academic Head of Year.

The Academic Head of Year works with the five Form Tutors in each Year. Their role is to:

  • Raise expectations and instil confidence in students
  • Improve individual performance
  • Keep students and parents informed about progress and anticipated grades
  • Identify and underperformance and provide support

The Form Tutor looks after a specific class and is their specific point of contact every day. The Form Tutor is usually the teacher best placed to monitor personal or academic issues.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Students follow the Jersey Curriculum with the addition of Food Technology and two hours a week of sport. A comprehensive programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is also part of the curriculum and covers a range of wellbeing areas such as relationships, self-esteem and personal safety alongside citizenship and study of Jersey’s unique political system and local government.

Year

Academic Head of Year

Email

7 Mrs Lucy Ogg l.ogg@vcj.sch.je
8 Miss Jacqueline Bryan j.bryan@vcj.sch.je
9 Mrs Orla Priestley o.priestley@vcj.sch.je

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Students study mandatory core subjects: English, mathematics, religious education, a modern foreign language and at least two sciences. All students also have lessons in PE, careers and PSHE. Alongside these subjects, students can choose to study six Options of their choice. Many subjects offer extra-curricular activities that provide support and extension work to students who show particular interest in the area.

Year

Academic Head of Year

Email

10 Miss Olivia Varney o.varney@vcj.sch.je
11 Miss Olivia Varney o.varney@vcj.sch.je
The vast majority of our Year 11 students stay on with us through to Years 12 and 13, the Sixth Form, to study A-levels and prepare for university or work. Find out more about our Sixth Form here, or contact our Head of Sixth Form, Alan Falle: a.falle@vcj.sch.je

Curriculum and Subjects

Our curriculum is a rich and stimulating mixture of subjects, designed to meet the diverse needs of our students and challenge them to reach their full potential. For subject information, read the GCSE Options Guide 2021. For a curriculum overview please click on the subject titles below.

Academic Reporting

Your son’s teachers will set him targets and monitor his progress to ensure that he is on track. We will keep you informed of your son’s progress in several ways throughout the year:

  • Parents' Information Evening
  • Subject specific Parents' Evening
  • Progress Reviews which provide a summary of a student’s effort, achievement and any areas of concern
  • Comprehensive written report with grades and comments from each of your son’s teachers

If at any time, you are concerned or have a question regarding your son’s academic progress, contact us straight away so that we can support him as needed. Your first port of call is his Form Tutor.

Exams

Victoria College is an academically strong and successful school. Exams are an integral and routine part of the teaching and learning process, and we provide our boys with the knowledge, support and practice opportunities so that they may approach each exam calmly and with confidence.  It is important to be well-prepared for exams and this is a team as well as an individual effort, with student, teachers and parents each having a vital role to play.

Two types of exam are held at Victoria College:

Internal: entrance exams, mock exams and summer exams at the end of the academic year.

External: GCSEs in Year 11 and A-levels in Year 13, plus other exams that are assessed by external Boards.

The following documents and links will help you and your son better understand the exams in Years 7 to 11:

For more information about exams in Years 12 and 13, see our Sixth Form Learning page.

If you have any questions regarding your son’s exam performance, contact his Academic Head of Year, as listed above. 

For general exam queries contact Examinations Officer, Liz Smith: l.smith@vcj.sch.je

Special Educational Needs

Should your son face challenges, our learning support team are here to help identify the issues and put support in place. They are found in our Study Centre, a central base for our learning and wellbeing support that is accessible to boys throughout the school day. 

The team includes a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and an Inclusion Coordinator, who aim to:

  • Anticipate and meet the needs of pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities
  • Ensure all students experience a fully inclusive education
  • Help students learn the social, emotional and behavioural skills needed in order to sustain positive relationships with others
  • Ensure that all teachers are aware of each pupil’s needs – it is the shared responsibility

The role of the SENCO is to identify and coordinate the special provisions needed by those boys who:

  • Have specific learning difficulties or complex visual or physical needs
  • Are High Potential Learners

For SEN queries, contact our SENCO, Orla Priestley: o.priestley@vcj.sch.je

The role of the Inclusion Coordinator is to:

  • Coordinate the special provisions needed by boys who have specific mental health, social, emotional, wellbeing and behavioural needs
  • Work with staff, parents and outside agencies, if needed, to ensure that every boy has, as much as possible, equal opportunity to attend school punctually and consistently, to learn and perform well in both their lessons and exams 

For Inclusion or accessibility queries, contact Inclusion Coordinator, Sue Watkins: s.watkins@vcj.sch.je

The Library

The De Quetteville Library, The Median and the Learning Resource Centre are welcoming and thriving learning spaces that combine technology, to facilitate modern education, and the charm and atmosphere of a traditional library. The oldest section was an integral part of the original school teaching room when it was established in 1852, it was refurbished in 1905, with carved oak shelving donated by the De Quetteville family.   All students are welcome to use the library spaces pre-school, break and lunchtime to study, research and read, and they can play games, take part in club activities or socialise with their friends.  The extensive College archive, with material throughout its history is now situated within the Library.  The library entrance hall, The Curam, is used for rolling display sourced from the archive.

The Library plays a central role in supporting teacher and learning across the curriculum and aims to develop in the boys' lifelong enjoyment of reading, it provides:

  • Library induction sessions for new students
  • It hosts the Homework Club during the term time
  • 12,000 fiction and non-fiction books
  • 30 PCs and 23 iPads
  • Password access to online subscription resources and databases
  • Newspapers online and a large variety of paper magazines and journals
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning facilities
  • Audio books and course-complimentary DVDs
  • Graphic novels and associated media
  • A careers section and university prospectuses
  • Changing displays promoting literary schemes, competitions, school information, archive materials, local history, quizzes, visual artists, poetry, general knowledge and an object of the week

 For Library queries, contact Librarian, James Wooldridge j.wooldridge@vcj.sch.je