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Year 10 Making the Grade Presentations (now incl. English)


We hope that you were one of the many families who attended this event last night, if you were unable to make it, or just wish to refresh your memory please find below copies of the presentations.

Introduction and mathematics





Posted on October 9th, 2015

Ellis Extravaganza!

Ellis Extravaganza poster

Wednesday 21st October 6.30-8.30pm. Ellis School are hosting, performing and producing their very own eclectic event!

Produced and directed by and featuring Ellis students to showcase the exceptional talent within Ellis School, however the event is open to all families and students. Tickets on sale now from Mrs Church in the Medical Centre.


Posted on October 9th, 2015

GCSE Exam Certificates - All Subjects

Former Year 11 students can pick up their GCSE exam certificates for all subjects on 12th November between 8.15am-4pm. Art/Design & Technology coursework can also be collected at the same time. Please go straight to the eco-building to collect your exam certificates and course work.


Posted on October 8th, 2015

County Cup Report by Team Captain


Sackville 2-3 Varndean School – County Cup Round 1

Varndean earned a last minute winner as they progressed through to the next round of the County Cup. Varndean started well, dominating the opening minutes of the game however, they found themselves a goal behind completely against the run of play.

Varndean responded well by creating a flurry of chances which were narrowly missed but, when the half was coming to a close,


Posted on October 5th, 2015

Extra-curricular Activities


We are pleased to confirm the extra-curricular timetable is now available to view on the main school calendar.

Keep your eye on this as some clubs change termly. If there’s something you want to do and you can’t see it – ask a teacher to start it up! If there’s enough interest in a new activity we will always try to offer something.

Wondering if something is for you?


Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Next Making the Grade - Year 10 only


Due to high demand for previous events the next scheduled Making the Grade session will now be for Year 10 parents, carers and students only. This takes place on Thursday 8th October and full details will be sent home shortly.

A further event for Year 9 will be scheduled in due course.


Posted on September 29th, 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