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Making the Grade - Year 11

Final - Making The Grade Front

The third Making the Grade evening for Year 11 students and their parents and carers will be on Thursday 23rd April 18:45-20:35.


Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hospitality Students Work With the Professionals!


The Grand Brighton and Myhotel both welcomed in Varndean students from the BTEC Hospitality course to interview and observe the hotel staff in their professional roles. They conducted themselves impeccably during their visit and made teachers Tim Speller, Gavin Desborough and Catering Manager Mark Hancock very proud.

Students must write a working skills training manual to complete the unit, as well as be observed showing their newly acquired working skills in a real customer facing situation.


Posted on April 17th, 2015

Bikeability Level 2 Cycle Training


Brighton and Hove City Council are running their Cycle Training – Bikeability course at Varndean. It starts this coming Monday, 20th April 15:15-16:45 and runs for four evenings finishing on Friday 24th April.

It’s the Level 2 course, and students need to have completed Level 1 first.

You need a bike and a helmet to do the course. If you don’t have your own bike the Council are able to loan bikes and helmets to students who need them.


Posted on April 16th, 2015

Glyndebourne: Nothing Auditions This Weekend


Glyndebourne is looking for young singers and instrumentalists aged 14 to 19 to audition for their latest large-scale community opera Nothing, to be performed at Glyndebourne in February 2016.


Glyndebourne has a well established relationship with Varndean through GYO members, work experience and Songs to Share. This is an opportunity for more young singers to taste one of the workshops for free! More details can be found on their website.


Posted on April 15th, 2015

Carnegie Update


Keep up to date with the latest reviews from Varndean’s own Carnegie shadowing group on their blog. The next meeting takes place today so watch out for more thoughts!


Posted on April 15th, 2015

Makey Makey

Makey Makey

Year 8 students were the first to try out the new Makey Makey kits purchased by the Computing Department. Students have been creating their own computer games, testing and revising their games and now have an added level of challenge and creativity. The kits allow students to operate their games and other software in unusual ways. Mrs Hems’ group experimented with random items found around the classroom and using each other as receivers for commands.


Posted on April 14th, 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