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Contact Us and Access

Main entrance to Varndean School

Varndean School

Contact our reception team, Jackie, Caroline and Molly who will endeavour to assist you or redirect your enquiry appropriately. Alternatively you can complete the contact form.

Balfour Road, Brighton, BN1 6NP
Telephone: 01273 561 281

Please provide 24 hours’ notice for specific access support: contact our Site Manager on 07951 072336.


There are three main access routes into school. The main car park entrance (Ditchling Road) which is for staff and visitor parking, the delivery entrance (Ditchling Road) providing access for deliveries and student access in the morning until 9am, and the main entrance (Balfour Road) which leads to the school’s main reception. There are limited car park spaces at the front of the main reception, this access route is mainly for student and staff access to the school. As well as these three main routes there are also a number of other pedestrian access routes to the school via Balfour Road, Stringer Way and the Surrenden Campus playing fields.

Disabled Access

The main driveway leading to reception (Balfour Road entrance) has a number of level access entry points as well as ramped entry points into the buildings. 
There is a Stannah stair lift adjacent to the main hall for main hall access, i.e. assemblies, events etc. Access is gained via the deliveries entrance (Ditchling Road) through the canteen (level access point) and then to the back of the main hall.
There are lifts located in the Ditchling, Friar and Balfour Buildings.
Once in the main Ditchling building, there is ramped access to our Amphitheatre situated in our North Quad.

Future Plans

The school aim to provide a welcoming and accessible site for all its stakeholders and visitors and will be working towards the provision of those aims over the forthcoming months.
There will also be a review of the current Accessibility Plan to ensure that all forms of physical impairment are considered, not just those involving wheelchair use.