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About

We are a co-education state maintained comprehensive school for 11-16 year olds offering a modern and diverse curriculum. We give students the opportunity to explore their interests, achieve academic success and develop well-rounded characters to go forth into the world and make a valuable contribution to all our futures.

Varndean School was built in 1926, on its current site looking out to sea, due to the determination of a forward thinking headmistress. Miss Ethel Ellis worked hard to secure the new site for our school and ensure it was built with the idea of providing academic excellence alongside the development of students' characters, fostering a passion for art, culture, science and sport. At Varndean school we still adhere to those aspirations for our students.
More Varndean School history.

We give students the opportunity to explore their interests, achieve academic success and develop well rounded characters to go forth into the world and make a valuable contribution to all our futures.

We have a four school pastoral system that fosters smaller caring communities, who learn and develop together, in the context of a larger school with shared facilities and activities. These schools focus on charity, community and competition and we ask our students to be positive, polite and prepared in all they do. 
More on the four school system.

Our school motto is Challenge and Pride, we seek to challenge ourselves and take pride in our achievements.