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.
We have been made aware that some young people have been using a Facebook account inappropriately. This has been reported to Facebook to remove this site. Please remember: Facebook is for over 13 year olds only Monitoring usage is highly recommended Privacy settings need to be in place – the specific sites can provide advice… [more]
Our annual school Sports Day will take place on Thursday 20th June at Withdean Stadium (weather permitting). Students need to be at Withdean by 9.15am, in sports kit if they are competing. All students must bring with them lunch, drink, waterproofs and sun screen. A packed lunch will be provided for those students entitled to… [more]
If you have unwanted school uniform that you’re not sure what to do with, please donate it to your child’s school base! We are especially looking for Year 11 leavers items and blazers of any size, but all items of uniform will be gratefully received and will benefit other students. Alternatively if you wish to… [more]
Friday 14th June is twilight INSET day. This is a half-day at school for students because we are running an INSET training programme for our staff. School will shut for students at 12:45. A cold lunch is available before they leave from the canteen. We thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation.
On Friday 24th May Year 10 art students visited the Tate Modern as part of Varndean’s High Impact day. The students were there to look at Cubist art on display. They are just starting their Cubism Unit which will result in each student producing their own Cubist style painting. During the visit they conducted research, drawing… [more]
Last week our Year 9 students worked with 15 year 5 students from Balfour Primary School when they visited us for the day. The students worked together to produce a Roman mosaic for Balfour Primary School, and you can see the results for yourself.