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New Year 7 students start at Varndean School at 8:45am on Thursday 3rd September and those returning join us on Friday 4th September for another fun packed year of learning.

For those starting in Year 7 on Thursday September 3rd, as on the taster day, we will meet pupils on the hard courts from 8.30 ready for an 8.45 start.  The day will finish at 3.05.

Years 8 – 11 should register in their form rooms at 8:45am on Friday…. [more]

Posted on September 1st, 2015

Post-exam Results Service

Last Thursday we celebrated some excellent exam results and spoke to many students and parents about their exciting next steps. If you have a query regarding exam results, including if you wish to enquire about how to go about an appeal, please contact the exam officer solvistafford@varndean.co.uk and she will discuss with you the possible options. If you have questions regarding College places then please contact alisonbrowning@varndean.co.uk or timclarke@varndean.co.uk and staff will get back to you on their return next week.


Posted on August 25th, 2015


It is with great sadness that we remember former students Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt who died tragically at the weekend in the Shoreham Air Show crash. They left Varndean School in 2008 and are fondly remembered by staff as considerate and kind young men. Jacob’s father, Bob Schilt, was a teacher at the school from 1989-2009 and is remembered affectionately by staff who knew him. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two young men at this very sad time.


Posted on August 24th, 2015

GCSE Results 2015

Students get their results

Varndean is delighted to report a substantial increase of 10% in our 5 A*- C (inc English and maths). The provisional figure is 58%.

There has been a substantial increase in the amount of progress that students make, especially those making 4 and 5 levels of progress – well above the national average.

In many significant categories, Varndean’s results this year have been the best ever – and continue the upward trend in the school’s results that we have seen over the last five years.


Posted on August 20th, 2015

Exam results day 20th August 2015

School will be open on Thursday 20th August for students to collect their exam results. The library will be open from 9:30-10:30am for year 11 leavers.

Staff will be on hand to celebrate success, advise and support students on the day with regard to college places if required.

If your child is unable to collect their results in person, they may be collected on their behalf.  The person collecting must have a signed note from the student agreeing for them to collect the results on their behalf and provide photo identification to prove that they are the person who has been authorised to collect the results.


Posted on July 23rd, 2015

News for Varndean Families

Our termly newsletter, the Varndean Eye, has just been published – please take a look
For those starting in Year 7 in September, on Thursday September 3rd, as on the taster day, we will meet pupils on the hard courts from 8.30 ready for an 8.45 start.  The day will finish at 3.05.
Please check the school website in September for any additional info.

We appreciate your support in ensuring that they are all in correct uniform and they have a set of writing equipment including pen, … [more]

Posted on July 20th, 2015

African proverb - 'It takes a village to raise a child' I offer you a very warm welcome to Varndean School and thank you for taking the time to find out more about us. Varndean School is a place where people matter. We believe that individuality is very much an internal quality that we foster and encourage through the widest variety of learning experiences. Our staff get to know the whole young person and their families, and we pride ourselves in tailoring the learning to suit the needs of the student. We aim to get the very best out of every student. Through planning engaging learning, assessment, support and intervention students know where they are in their learning and how to improve. Thinking about their futures, we encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and well-being. This includes work-related learning and enterprise, as well as having the highest number of students who successfully complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the area. William Deighan Headteacher