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Year 5 Tasters: Varndean Venturers

Varndean Venturers logo

Calling all Year 5 pupils! Varndean Venturers is for you. Read the brochure to find out more or book online today.



Posted on May 6th, 2015

Varndean Links Meeting on Music


Thursday 4th June at 7.15pm

How is music provision in the classroom working for you?

Our new Director of Music, James Cocks, will be at the next meeting discussing with parents and carers the new music lesson provision at Varndean School.

Key features will include: an outline of what’s currently in place, how is it working for parents, and the vision that every year 7 student will be given the experience of learning to play an instrument free of charge within the curriculum.


Posted on May 22nd, 2015

Creativity Competition Results

Fate Show creativity 1

The creativity competition bucked the trend somewhat with our inter-school competitions as, true to its name, it followed a different format as it invited students to nominate their own work, or for students or parents to nominate teachers for their creative work. The results were wide ranging and were judged by fellow students awaiting their senior student interviews.We are thrilled to announce the three students winners are:

Fate Show 9MV, Mabel Lewis 8JAW and Alfie Morgan-Wortham 7LT!


Posted on May 22nd, 2015

A Midsummer Night's Theme


A magical evening of drama, dance, music, poetry recitals and story telling, enveloped by a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ setting! We will be celebrating the talent of students from across the school, in support of the Allsorts Youth Project.

Tickets are available from reception.


Posted on May 19th, 2015

News From ESAA Track and Field Cup

Girls Junior & Intermediate English Schools Athletics Association Track and Field Cup

On Tuesday and Friday a selected group of students from years 7-10 travelled to the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley to participate in the regional round of the ESAA Track and Field Cup. Competing against both public and private sector schools, some of whom have a renowned reputation for athletics, the teams travelled with an open mind in the hope of success.


Posted on May 19th, 2015

IDAHOBIT at Varndean


To mark IDAHOBIT Day on May 17th, staff members at Varndean are wearing Stonewall “Some people are gay. Get over it!” t-shirts in support of our equalities policy and to let our students know that they are all welcome at Varndean School.


Posted on May 18th, 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