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Maya Angelou painting by students in Enrichment week 2016
Maya Angelou painting by students in Enrichment week 2016


The incredible work of Maya Angelou is an inspiration and sets the tone for the ethos that we aim to instil within our students. 

We promote and celebrate growth mindset within the school and as Maya Angelou said,

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Head of Angelou School  -  Mr S Davies

I studied Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Leeds and having grown up in the Brighton area came back to complete my teacher training.  I started my teaching practice in Mid-Sussex and after several years took on a Head of Maths role, continuing this in Norway for a few years and South East London.

My love for the outdoors and seaside lifestyle drew me back to Brighton two years ago, starting at Varndean as Head of Maths and since then progressing to Head of Angelou and Deputy Headteacher.

Being in such a vibrant and diverse city I have continued with my passions for sport and music, recently starting up kite surfing.

Deputy Head of School - Ms J Marshall-Fraser

I am proud to be the Deputy Head of Angelou School and delighted to be a member of the Angelou school team.  I had the privilege of joining Varndean School in September 2012 as a Religious Studies teacher, I still teach Religious Studies and Philosophy and Ethics as well as being the lead Able and Talented coordinator. I have previously been the student democracy coordinator at Varndean and these roles have allowed me to build positive relationships with the students at Varndean throughout all the year groups. Varndean students are fantastic!

After having two beautiful daughters, I gained my BA Hons Education at Brighton University and I also attended secondary school and college in Brighton. It brings me great joy to work in a school in our vibrant, diverse and distinctive city. As my degree suggests I am passionate about education and this passion has led me going back to university to do an MA in Education. I have a particular enthusiasm for ensuring that students have access to equal opportunities within the education system and my academic specialism is restorative practice. It is wonderful to see students being offered such an inclusive and positive experience at Varndean. Within my role as Deputy Head of Angelou School I am able to offer students the support and encouragement that they sometimes need.

Being named after the great Maya Angelou means our school aspires to be successful and passionate in all areas of school life, Maya Angelou is a fantastic role model for both myself and the students. She was a brave, determined, creative, expressive, passionate, successful woman who  strived to make a difference to our world. These are values that we would like every Angelou student to adopt and learn from. We have high expectations of the students in Angelou school and rightly so as they are amazing individuals. I see it as my job to provide our students with a platform to be confident and happy within their learning environment so that they achieve their full potential.

School Leader - Ms C Webber 

I joined Varndean in January 2013, having worked in comparable positions at Priory School, Lewes, for the preceding nine years. My role in Angelou School is to provide a stable and supportive environment in which students can receive help with a wide range of issues; to support the school’s expectations by ensuring that uniform, attendance and punctuality are discussed and challenged where necessary; and to provide a communication link with parents.

School Leader - Mrs N Robins 

Portrait photoI joined Varndean School in January 2015, having worked in a range of schools in London as Head of Years 7 & 8 and Deputy Head of Key Stage 3. I studied Sport Science and Early Childhood Studies BA Hons at Canterbury Christ Church University and continued there to complete my teacher training in PE. After teaching for a few years I became very interested in the pastoral side of schools and became a Head of Year, which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

I have since moved to Brighton from London and have been here for a year, which I have greatly enjoyed. Brighton offers an array of opportunities for all of society and is a great community to be part of. I am enjoying my time here at Varndean School with my role as part of the Angelou team. The students we work with on a daily basis are incredible and it is a joy to be part of their educational experience. 

Angelou News 

Ailsa from10NJR was nominated for the Friday, Hot Chocolate with the Head, last week. 

We are looking forward to another great year in Angelou, working towards further successes to add to our Sports Day win last summer.

The following Angelou students completed their silver D of E award during the summer holidays, a three-day expedition, walking, camping and cooking for themselves in the New Forest: Saskia Van der Vlugt, helen Protheroe, Olivia Hollins Molinero, Cerys O'Hara and Phoenix Lochner-Vye.

Congratulations to the following Angelou students, who successfully completed their Bronze D of E assessed expedition this weekend: Samuel Copeland, Jonah Phillips, Jason Redding. Thom de Visser, Holly Robinson, Caspar Seansena, Max Gnoyke, Louis Ashton and Gabriel Banks.

DofE Camp 2016
DofE camp

Great successes by Angelou students at the Town Sports this week. Congratulations to Darwin Boyle, 1st place, shotput; George Miller, 1st place, 200m; Sul Kamara, 2nd place, discus; Louis Hart, 2nd place, 100m; Riley Atkinson, 2nd place, discus; Grace Botterill, 3rd place, shot put.

Congratulations to Sam Hampson and Bryn Featherstone of 9EFT for succesful completion of their Bronze DofE assessed expedition at the weekend.

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