Victoria College 维多利亚中学
St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands JE1 4HT.
Tel: 01534 638200 Fax: 01534 727448
• BOYS, 7–19, Day
• Pupils 900, Upper sixth 74
• Termly fees £1150
• HMC, IAPS
• Enquiries/application to the Head Master
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Founded in 1852 it has an impressive site on a spur overlooking the town of St
Helier with fine views over the bay to the south. There are parkland, gardens
and playing fields. The original Victorian buildings (including the Great Hall)
are still used, and there have been numerous modern additions. The prep school
is sited at the south end of the college lawn. A well-run school, it has high
academic standards and gets good examination results. By sharing expertise with
Jersey College for Girls, the sixth-form curriculum is broad and flexible,
enabling pupils to build up their own programmes. It is strong in music, drama
and art. A wide variety of sports and games is available and high standards are
achieved (representatives at county and national level). The college has a
flourishing CCF and a large number of students take part in a wide range of
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 7–19; 900 day boys. Senior department
11–19, 650 boys.
Entrance: Main entry ages 7, 11 and 16. Common Entrance and own exam
used. No special skills or religious requirements. 35% of senior intake from
state schools (plus small number at 16); majority of pupils from own prep
(enquiries to the Victoria College Preparatory School, Pleasant Street, Jersey
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Bursaries up to 50% of fees (or full
fees in some cases). Parents not expected to buy textbooks; £200 pa maximum
Head & staff
Head Master: Robert Cook, appointed in 2000. Educated at Barry Grammar
School, and at Bretton Hall (music), Cardiff University and Liverpool University
(philosophy, education). Previously Headmaster at St Augustine’s College,
Trowbridge, and Deputy Head of St Gregory’s High School, Warrington. Also Ofsted
Teaching staff: 48 full time, 5 part time. Annual turnover 7%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 90 pupils in upper fifth: 88% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 61 (57 over 5 years).
A-levels: 76 in upper sixth: 92% passed in 4+ subjects; 1% in 3 subjects.
Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 396.
University & college entrance 85% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree
course (22% after a gap year). 3% took courses in medicine, dentistry &
veterinary science, 30% in science & engineering, 38% in humanities & social
sciences, 10% in arts subjects,18% in other vocational subjects eg education,
business, finance, journalism, sport science, marketing, hotel management.
Others typically go onto foundation courses or employment locally.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and
A-levels: 23 subjects offered.
Sixth form: 42% take science A-levels; 50% arts/humanities; 8% both.
AS-level general studies offered.
Vocational: Work experience available (compulsory for 16-year olds).
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level.
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject for GCSE IT (taken by 70% of pupils)
and across the curriculum – IT is found to be a highly motivating factor. 240
computers for pupil use (8+ hours a day), all networked and with internet access
through school intranet on Wide Area Network.
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Numerous musical groups including brass, woodwind, chamber
ensembles, bands, choirs. Several members of Jersey Youth Orchestra, National
Youth Orchestra, Jersey Youth Wind Band and Channel Islands Youth Orchestra.
Drama: Offered at GCSE and A-level theatre studies may be taken. Many
pupils are involved in school productions and majority in house/other
Art & design: On average, 50 take GCSE, 35 A-level. Design also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Football, hockey, athletics, swimming compulsory. Optional:
tennis, squash, fencing, cricket, rugby, cross-country, shooting, sailing, golf.
GCSE and RYA exams may be taken. Regular Hampshire hockey representatives,
several Jersey rugby reps; 4 in English Schools cross-country team; very strong
in swimming, sailing, golf, shooting (recent successes at Bisley, including 1st
in cadet nationals). Sports tours to UK and further afield.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF at age 14 (very popular and a BTEC qualification offered via CCF).
Community service compulsory in sixth form. Various expeditions (CCF, World
Challenge). Up to 30 clubs, eg music, drama, sailing, flying, chess,
photography, theatre, computer, DTP, choir, sports, shooting.
Uniform: School uniform worn to Year 10; business suits in Year 11
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy, head of house
and house prefects – appointed by senior staff. School Council.
Religion: Daily Christian assembly.
Social: Jersey Youth Orchestra and Theatre, local Eisteddfod; annual
dramatic productions. Regular exchanges; sports tours to different countries as
boys progress through school (France, South Africa, UK); expeditions eg World
Challenge to Andalucia, CCF to Tanzania. Pupils allowed to bring own car, bike
or motorbike to school. Meals self-service in college bistro. School shops
(newly-new uniform). No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Alumni association The Old Victorians Association, c/o Victoria
Former pupils Kenneth More (actor); Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael
Alcock; Ambassadors Sir Martin Le Quesne and Sir Arthur De La Mare; Sir William
Haley (former Editor, The Times); Sir Peter Crill (former Bailiff of Jersey); Dr
A E Mourant FRS; Colonel John Blashford-Snell; John McRirrick (racing