School life

Greater freedom, greater responsibilities

As a Sixth Form student at Victoria College, we understand and respect that you’re ready to be more independent and trusted. We therefore offer our Sixth Form students greater liberties and privileges. Sixth Formers can wear their own choice of business suit and benefit from the use of their own Sixth Form Learning Centre and spacious common room area.

In turn, we naturally expect you to exercise greater responsibility in terms of your study and school life. This means being independently motivated and very much assuming the driving seat in your learning – with our support, of course.

Sixth Formers set the standard for the school – you are seen as prominent role models by our younger students – so there are also more opportunities for you to play a positive and active role in College activities, often in leadership roles that can help you develop valuable skills.

Years 12 and 13 are an important transition time as you move towards university or work. We give you the chance to be more than just another school student; you could take on the role of School or House Prefect, representing Victoria College and helping to run school events and competitions. You could lead in sport or the Combined Cadet Forces or you could help in a more pastoral role as a Peer Mentor or Peer Educator. If you’re interested in excelling in specific subjects, you could also develop leadership skills by assisting the teaching staff in delivering academic enrichment activities or less formal societies and clubs.

Whatever your interest, we will help you develop personally as well as academically in preparing you for the future. All these roles allow you to learn more about yourself and develop the people or soft skills highly valued by employers and universities.

As a Sixth Former, Victoria College offers you a truly enhanced educational experience, where you’re encouraged and supported to take up all learning and leadership opportunities on offer – gathering great experiences, building friendships and building yourself a successful future.

 

 

Our Prefects

In the Sixth Form, you can apply to become a Prefect. In this unique position, you are a highly visible role model for all the students in the school and will represent Victoria College. Prefects have the privilege of wearing the traditional ceremonial robes to official school events and when escorting distinguished guests.

The Prefects’ main duty is to maintain an atmosphere of friendly co-operation, peace, discipline and unity in the school. They are expected to model the school values and are trusted and respected. They are often sought for input and assistance by the Senior Leadership Team to help organise and represent the student body.

Our Head Prefect (Head Boy) Ben Wiseman and our Deputy Head Boy Sammy Cooil.  Sammy heads up the House Prefects:

  • Braithwaite: Josh Brown, Leo Olsson (House Captain) and Jared Toudic
  • Bruce: Aidan Boyle (House Captain) and Joshua Lawrenson
  • Diarmid: Dylan Kotedia (House Captain) and Sammy Cooil (Deputy Head Boy)
  • Dunlop: Umar Hamid (House Captain), Joshua Stuart, Aidan Stride and Oliver Wilderspin
  • Sartorius: Oliver Cawley (House Captain), Robbie Forrest (Sports Prefect), Patrick Gouge and Ben Wiseman (Head Boy)

Head Prefect 2019/2020 Sam Moore says

‘"My journey started when I joined in Year 7 from another primary school, and when I first came here 

I could not have imagined  I would be Head Prefect one day."

I wrote my message at what has been the end of a very unusual year and not an outcome for my time at Victoria College that I think any of us could have predicted.  However, even with the unfortunate and abrupt end to my time at College due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been the best of my school years and an absolute honour to serve my year at College as Head Boy.

Being a student who didn’t come up through VCP I can truly say that the community of the College was exceptionally welcoming. The abundance of opportunities and activities available made it easy to transition and I have thoroughly enjoyed all the experiences provided by Victoria College.

Sport has also played a large part in my life at College, providing me with a wide range of options, each testing my abilities. Over my seven years at Victoria College I believe that there isn’t a sport I haven’t been able to try, even being taught all forms of football from Gaelic to Aussie rules! Taking part in the college sport teams has been a privilege, leaving me with memories of local matches and off island tournaments, such as the Surrey School Rugby Sevens tournament last year at Richmond Park where we had the opportunity to play Harrow, Kings College and Rugby School. The final sporting highlight has to be my 75km run with Mr O’Hare through the night in lockdown as part of Challenge75.  I will always be grateful for his camaraderie and the endless support from teachers and pupils who came to support us throughout the ordeal, showing the true spirit of College.

The tightly-knit house system has enabled me to easily make friends and flourish as a person through the endless house events covering sporting, academic and co-curricular activities. The past couple of years have seen an impressive increase in the number of academic and non-sporting activities on offer by the College including Chess, Cooking and Scuba-diving, broadening further the experiences available. Through College I have also been able to complete my Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, take part in multiple Maths Challenges, the Chemistry Olympiad and inter-school quizzes, which have provided their own individual experiences and memories.

In between all the extra-curricular activities I have been lucky enough to experience excellent academic and pastoral support from the teachers that benefits all students, providing us with the ability to positively embrace future opportunities.

I feel extremely privileged to have been Head Boy and I have been able to utilise and build upon a wide range of skills, ranging from individual communication to teamwork, through the associated responsibilities and organisation of school events that take place throughout the year. It has been a pleasure to work alongside an amazing prefect team and brilliant staff. The strong sense of community that we all feel at this stage of Victoria College will, I am sure, keep us in close contact within the years to come and I look forward to OV events in the future too.

I encourage you all to embrace the many opportunities on offer at College as you never know how you may benefit and grow from them.

The House system

Our five Houses – Braithwaite, Bruce, Diarmid, Dunlop and Sartorius – are named after Old Victorians who served in the world wars and were honoured with the Victoria Cross for distinguished military service.

Today, the House system continues traditions that promote teamwork, leadership opportunities, competition, celebration and community. Boys from all year groups mix in the House rooms and get to know one another as they put together House teams for events.  

The Housemasters are pivotal in the success of this aspect of College life. They coordinate House activities including volunteering and competitions in sport, music, drama and other areas.

 

 

The Housemaster is responsible for:

  • The development of a culture of celebration and achievement
  • The enhancement of a House spirit and "can-do" culture
  • The smooth running of the weekly House Assembly
  • Supporting the allocation of House Tutors with the Assistant Head - Pastoral
  • The organisation of all House events
  • Attendance at and support of House events
  • Maintaining high standards of behaviour within the House and school
  • Annual House charity events

The Housemasters are:

  • Braithwaite: Aaron O'Hare,Tom Smith, Head of Geography
  • Bruce: Joe Crill, Teacher of Sport
  • Diarmid: Sam Habin, Second in Sports Department
  • Dunlop: Sam Coe, Teacher of Chemistry
  • Sartorius: Andy Royle, Teacher of Sport

The Tutor system

Each year group has five classes, each with a dedicated Form Tutor who monitors the academic progress, behaviour and welfare of each student. This teacher is the main point of contact for the boys in his class and sees them twice a day for registration. They are also the first and central point of contact for parents and other staff.

 

Braithwaite

Bruce

Diarmid

Dunlop

Sartorius

Year 12

Mr A O'Hare
a.ohare@vcj.sch.je

Dr J Richardson
j.richardson@vcj.sch.je 

Mr G Bloor
g.bloor@vcj.sch.je
Mr K Baker
k.baker@vcj.sch.je
Ms H Ryan
h.ryan@vcj.sch.je
Year 13 Mrs L De Gruchy
l.degruchy@vcj.sch.je
Mr R Picot
r.picot@vcj.sch.je
Miss M Adams
m.adams@vcj.sch.je
Mr M Widdop
m.widdop@vcj.sch.je
Dr S Cooke
s.cooke@vcj.sch.je

Student Council

We encourage our students to participate fully in their school life and community. The Student Council allows boys to have their voices heard, to explore issues and solutions and make a meaningful contribution to the development and direction of their school.

At the start of the academic year, each form group or class elects a Form Rep whose role is to represent the views of their peers at House Council meetings and Whole School Council meetings. School Council representatives also take their proposals to the Headmaster and the Senior Leadership Team, so this role provides valuable leadership experience for the boys.

Contact: Tom Fallon - School Council Coordinator
email: t.fallon@vcj.sch.je

Bistro Victoria

A healthy, nutritious diet is essential for growing and active young people. Bistro Victoria provides hot and cold meals and light refreshment to the staff and students of Victoria College and our Preparatory School. Bistro Victoria is managed by Capsicum Contract Catering, part of JP Restaurants Ltd. Parents can pre-order meals online from a set menu, as well as purchase and load up Wisepay smart cards for College boys to choose and pay for their own food and drink on the day.

For Bistro and food related queries, contact: Anthony Lister, General Manager - Capsicum Catering on 07797 710 594, or email: anthony@jprestaurants
 

Flags and ties

Our flags and unique ties add to the sense of community here and the spirit of healthy inter-House competition.

The House flag flying proudly on the east tower of the main College building celebrates something different and special each month:

  • September - Winner of the Blomfield Trophy
  • October - Winner of the Knight's Shield
  • November - Winner of House Drama
  • December - House that raised the most funds for their House charity during the previous academic year
  • January - House with the most reward points in the Autumn term
  • February - Leading House in the Blomfield (as at 31 January)
  • March - Winner of House Music
  • April - Winner of House Art
  • May - Overall winner of the Cross Country
  • June - Winner of the Landick Cup
  • July - Newly appointed Head Boy's House
  • August - Winner of Sports Day

Award Ties

The following ties are awarded to boys who go the extra mile and stand out in specific areas:

  • Ten Clubs: For students who gain 10 or more A or A* grades in their GCSE
  • Arts Colours: For contribution to the artistic life of the College
  • Music Colours: For contribution to the musical life of the College
  • Junior Sports Colours: For team commitment or outstanding performance in Years 7 and 8 College sport
  • Colts Sports Colours: For team commitment or outstanding performance in Years 9 and 10 College sport
  • Senior Sports Colours: For team commitment or outstanding performance in Years 11-13 College sport
  • Co-curricular Colours: For showing leadership, personal endeavour and work in the community, outside the curriculum or in the student's own time
  • Braithwaite/ Bruce/ Diarmid/ Dunlop and Sartorius Colours: For significant contribution to the life of their House in Years 11-13