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A Student's Perspective on the Festival of Education

Festival of Education

Year 10 student Beth attended the recent Festival of Education and wrote the following about her experiences of the day.

Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the Festival of Education at Wellington College. The day was full of plenty of exciting and interesting opportunities such as being present during a Q&A by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State. Nicky was asked a range of questions regarding the change in schools and GCSEs and also A Levels by primary school children and adults in the audience.


Posted on July 3rd, 2015

Joining us in September?

Then don’t forget to check out our Year 7 Intake page with lots of information and events for new families.

If you weren’t able to make it to our parent workshop yesterday please see the Making the Most of Transition presentation for some helpful tips.


Posted on July 2nd, 2015

Let’s Talk Languages

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A small group of Year 9 and 10 Varndean School students went to the University of Sussex to take part in a languages activity day.

After a talk about the University, Language Studies and International Marketing, students were split into groups for workshops. Year 9s tackled beginner Italian while Year 10s tested out their French skills. Students were introduced to a range of languages that could be used in creating their own advertisements for a range of culturally specific items.


Posted on July 2nd, 2015

Languages Lunch

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Language Club students chose a restaurant trip as their end of year cultural experience. Students involved have committed a lot of time and effort to promoting language learning and cultural diversity throughout the year, so this was a well-earned enrichment and reward opportunity. Language teachers Mr Waite and Ms Corken took 24 students to Al Duomo restaurant in town where they enjoyed a lovely Italian meal. Our wonderful language ambassadors got to sample a range of Italian specialities and picked up a few Italian phrases!.The staff were wonderful,


Posted on July 2nd, 2015

BTEC Hospitality Lunch


Our Year 10 BTEC Hospitality students donned their chef-whites as staff were treated to a three-course meal as part of their Unit 6 assignment on Thursday and Friday last week.

Students were split into two groups; each designed, planned and prepared a nutritious meal from scratch, distributing the tasks involved between them, as well as setting up a dining area.

Under the watchful eye of Mr Desborough and Director of Catering Mark Hancock the students whisked,


Posted on June 30th, 2015

Super 6 Athletics Competition


On Monday afternoon 6 boys and 6 girls from Year 7 were selected to represent Varndean School in the Year 7 Super 6’s Athletics Competition at Withdean Stadium.

The students were required to participate in one track event, one field event and one relay in order to score as many points as they possibly could for the school.

Out of the 7 schools that participated in the event, Varndean School finished in 3rd place,… [more]

Posted on June 30th, 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