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The Goats get their own Pivotal Podcast

Check out the goats' perspectives on living in a school and the benefits they bring to us all. Listen to the mp3 at the bottom of this page. 

Goat Walking

New for Summer 2017 - We offering the chance to meet & walk with the famous Varndean Goats! 

To raise money to our goat, rabbit and visiting alpaca programme,  we are now offering the chance for goat fans to book a 20 minute walk with the goat or goats of your choice. Accompanied by two of our Goat Leaders, goat walks are available most evenings after school between 3.30pm and 5.00pm. You will be able to walk a goat around the Varndean School grounds (weather permitting), and ask any questions you have of our expert student Goat Leaders. 

Goat walks are £5 per person (children under 11 must be accompanied by a non-paying adult). If you would like to book a goat walk, please email to arrange a suitable date. Monday to Friday during term time only.

All proceeds will go towards our animal therapy programme to support the cost of keeping our wonderful animals.

We're also hoping to have a chance to offer alpaca walks later this term too, so keep an eye out for more details.


in April 2017, we were delighted to welcome two new arrivals to the GoatQuad. Challenge and Pride the mini-lop rabbits came to live with us and have settled in really well. Our students were keen to learn about all things bunny, so we have now appointed a team of Rabbit Rangers who are busy learning how to care for the rabbits and keep our little friends healthy and safe.

Challenge & Pride the rabbits:

About Us:

Varndean's 5 pygmy goats Alan, Ethel, Maya, Bertrand and William have well and truly settled in. The goats are named after each of our four School namesakes; Maya Angelou, Bertrand Russell, Alan Turing and Ethel Ellis. The fifth goat, William, just happens to share his name with our Headteacher!

This is Alan, Turing School's very nosey and friendly goat.

Staff and students spend time with the goats every lunchtime at Goat Club, where they can come along and meet the goats, learn how to feed and care for them and maybe even take them for walks around the school grounds. We are firm believers in the power of animal therapy in supporting students in stressful times, and the power of nurture is a proven tool in the practice of mindfulness and wellbeing. 



If any parents or friends of the school are interested in helping out in any way, with donations, advice or goat friendly stuff, please tweet us @varndeangoats or email

Parents can also donate to our Goat Fund when they log into Wisepay to pay for school dinners. To donate, just click on the goat picture, then select the amount you'd like to donate, then make a payment in the normal way.

All donations go towards paying for the food, care and medical costs for the goats. All of the goat carers' time is given completely voluntarily. The goats will also play their part in our Eco pledge by volunteering to eat any used fruit and vegetables from our school canteen.

This is Ethel, Ellis School's pampered mascot. Ethel is a quiet shy goat but with a steely determination to get to the front of the dinner queue. Ethel is the star of her own Day In The Life movie.

If you have any great ideas about how we can use the goats in our work with students, or to support learning, then we would love to hear from you and the goats would love to join in!

Here are Bertrand and Maya, the two babies, although they've been growing fast since they joined us - upwards as well as outwards! 

The Varndean Site and Network team work incredibly hard keeping the courtyard safe and clean, and are now experts in all things goaty. Risk assessments are done, we're registered with DEFRA and we are officially a registered goat-holding site!

Our dedicated support staff look after the goats in the holidays and at weekends, and even checking up on them remotely by Goatcam! We are members of the British Goat Society and the Pygmy Goat Club to keep up to date on the latest information and goaty care guidance to make sure we take the very best care of them. 

And finally, meet William, the head of the herd. named after our illustrious headteacher Mr Deighan, William rules the GoatQuad with a hoof of steel. 


Keep watching our web page and twitter accounts for more information on our 5 new friends.