Licensed Victuallers' School ,维克特勒中学
London Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 8DR
Tel: 01344 882770 Fax: 01344 890648
• CO-ED, 4_–18 Day, 7–18 Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 839, Upper sixth 54
• Termly fees £1838–£3390 (Day), £4707–£5480 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in London in 1803, the school has enjoyed royal patronage since
1836. It moved to Slough in 1927, and thence in 1989 to new premises on
a 26-acre site at Ascot. The buildings include a self-contained junior
school, sports complex and theatre; extensive outdoor facilities include
a fishing lake. In tune with the founders’ intentions, the underlying
aim is to encourage self-motivation and independence across a wide
ability range – ‘developing caring, confident citizens for the future’.
All subjects in the senior school are taught in groups set according to
ability. There is a wide range of GCSE and A-level and AS-level
subjects, including various vocational A-levels; other sixth-form
courses include general studies as well as enrichment courses such as
culinary arts, foreign languages at work, photography and sports
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4_–18, 839 pupils, 639 day (419 boys, 220
girls), 200 boarding (100 boys, 100 girls). Senior school 11–18, 630
pupils (403 boys, 227 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 5, 7, 11, 13 and 16. No entrance exam: reports
and interviews used; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C. No
special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 35% main
senior, plus 30% sixth form intake. 40% senior intake from own junior
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 36+ pa scholarships, value
£500–£2000: 25 academic, 2 all-rounder, 2 sport, 7+ for art, drama,
music (including 8 at 11, 4 at 13, 20 at 16). Variable number of
bursaries. Parents expected to buy textbooks; approx. £80 extras.
Head & staff
Headteacher: Ian Mullins, in post since 1996. Educated at Nantyglo
Grammar School and Cardiff University (maths). Previously Head of
Clevedon House and Deputy Head and Housemaster at Lindisfarne College.
Teaching staff: 80 full time, 12 part time. Annual turnover 7%.
GCSE: In 2003, 82 pupils in Year 11: 64% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects, 36% in 5+ subjects. Average GCSE score 52 (48 over 5 years).
A-levels: 67 in upper sixth: 7% passed in 4 subjects; 69% passed in 3
subjects; 18% in 2; and 6% in 1 subject. 23 pupils gained 104 points per
candidate in AVCE. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth
University & college entrance 95% of sixth-form leavers go on to a
degree course or HE. 14% took courses in science, 10% in engineering and
technology, 16% in humanities & social sciences, 40% vocational
subjects, 20% in arts. Others typically go on to careers (eg catering,
retailing) or non-degree courses (eg HND courses).
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels, vocational A-levels. 28 AS and
A-level subjects (including PE, technology, computing), 3 Vocational
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
or 1 vocational A-level; general studies exams not taken. Key skills
optional but expected; specialist teaching for exam, portfolio evidence
Vocational: Vocational A-levels in sport & leisure, business & finance.
Work experience available.
Special provision: Special needs unit.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level;
also ‘foreign language at work’ courses. Regular visits (France, Germany
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum, eg DTP,
research. 120 computers for pupil use (11 hours a day), 80 networked and
with email and internet access. Most pupils take Clait in Year 9. Sixth
formers encouraged to have laptops.
Music: Instrumental exams are taken. GCSE and A-level music offered.
Musical groups include orchestra, wind band, 2 choirs.
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE drama and A-level theatre studies may
be taken. Some pupils are involved in school productions and all in
Art & design: On average 25 take GCSE; 10 A-level. Design also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Football, rugby, netball, hockey, swimming, athletics, cricket
compulsory. Optional: tennis, basketball, volleyball. GCSE, AS and
A-level, Certificate of Further Studies exams may be taken. Recent
Activities: Duke of Edinburgh Award. Up to 80 clubs eg computer,
lifesaving, back stage, art, cooking, newspaper, Alpha (Christian
union), sporting; also driving lessons.
Uniform: School uniform worn, smart dress in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, headboy and girl
appointed by the Headteacher.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory for boarders.
Social: Sports fixtures for all sports with local schools. Visits to
Europe. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline School and departmental detentions. Well-established
disciplinary procedures; tight policy on substance abuse.
Boarding Some single accommodation; most in rooms of up to 6. Houses
of 40–60; single-sex for Years 8–11, mixed houses for younger pupils and
sixth form. Resident qualified nurse. 6 exeats per year. Weekend visits
to local town allowed at 13 and over.
Former pupils Lord John Moore; William Brake and brothers (Brake Bros
Frozen Foods); Billy Smart (circus).