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Alan Turing painting by students in Enrichment week 2016
GrAlan Turing painting by students in Enrichment week 2016

Turing School is named after Alan Turing the English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist who has become increasingly famous due to the highly successful film "The Imitation Game". Alan Turing displayed tremendous courage, resilience and strength of character during his life and was responsible for building the Bombe which helped decipher the German Enigma machine during the Second World War and is thought to have saved thousands of lives and shortened the war by as much as 2 years.

Turing students are extremely proud of the man behind the naming of our school and try each day to display the same courage, resilience and character that Alan Turing displayed during his life.

Head of School  -   Mr M Sorrell

My role within the school is Deputy Headteacher and Head of Turing School. I was previously Assistant Principal at Harris City Academy, Crystal Palace and enjoyed 5 years there learning how to create and maintain an Outstanding school and this experience is now being implemented here at Varndean School.

I began my teaching career at Cardinal Newman School as a PE teacher and furthered my experience by teaching in Sydney, Australia. Upon my return I moved to London and enjoyed living and working in the City for 11 years. I quickly became a Head of Physical Education and recognised the importance of raising aspirations and opportunities for young people through sport, something that I am still passionate about today.

After many years away I have returned to my home city and relocated with my wife and young family. I love the city and am thoroughly enjoying being back and exploring all that it has to offer with my family.

I want Varndean and Turing students to embrace the opportunities that come their way and grow into valuable members of our community and beyond. Students will be challenged and they will be accountable, but they will also be supported and guided to leave Varndean with all that they need to succeed.

Deputy Head of School     -  Miss L Nicholson

I completed my BEd hons. in Physical Education at The University of Edinburgh and began my teaching career in Scotland at a mixed comprehensive school for students aged 11-18. I relocated to Brighton 4 and a half years ago and spent 4 years working in Hastings. I have gained experience working in a variety of roles including, Head of Physical Education, Leader of Senior Students and Student Democracy and Head of Careers Education.

I came to Varndean School and joined the Turing team in April 2013. I am extremely proud to be the Deputy Head of Turing School and I am looking forward to my first full academic year and the successes that I will be able to share in. I am also committed to driving forward our Learning for Life curriculum and the use of Student Voice across Varndean school.

School Leader - Ms K Tester 

As an ex-pupil of Varndean School I started working here in February 2007. I have worked in various roles, Student Supervisor, Student Services Receptionist & First Aider. Since September 2013 I have enjoyed the role of School Leader, firstly for Angelou School and more recently in Turing School . I am very excited about this role, being one of the first point of calls for students to come to with enquiries, concerns, attendance, uniform issues and so on. I also love to hear about student achievements.

School Leader - Mrs J Pearce

I joined Varndean in September 2015. I have worked with young people for many years in various roles, including mentoring and inclusion. I like the variety and eclectic nature of working with young people and like to hear about students' hobbies and passions. My role as School Leader is supporting students to reach their potential and challenging, when needed, their attendance, punctuality, uniform and behaviour.

Deputy Head Student of Varndean School - Joel

Ever since I began at Varndean, I wanted to be able to make a change on how the school was run, that was why I decided to apply for the Senior Student Voice team, so I could really make a change. As Deputy Head boy of the entire school I work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to make the school as enjoyable as it can be for the students.

Turing News

November 2017

Great turn out from the Year 8 Turing students in the Brighton Indoors Athletics Competition on Wednesday 8th November. 

Keon Adzic

Toby Browning

Sam Orchard

Erin Flux

Lencia Feldman

Kiera Paterson Jewel

Results soon to follow! 

We are happy to announce that 7CSH won the Silver award for Year 7 Accelerated Reader Class Competition with Joe Townsend scoring the highest points

7NGE won the Bronze award for the Year 7 Accelerated Reader Class Competition with Hannah Crunden Hemsley scoring the highest points.

8DJF won the Bronze award for the Year 8 Accelerated Reader Class Competition with Elizabeth Kirby scoring the highest points.


January 2017

Turing School base would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

A very well done to all 143 Turing students who received 30 achievement points for 100% attendance in the Autumn Term 2.

Charity news

The Turing charity we are supporting this year is the Connor Saunders Foundation.

So far, students have organised a Christmas fayre, selling lots of goodies and raffle tickets. 7DJF had a sponsored silence, 9LDE had fun with a bottle flipping competition, guess the number of sweets in the jar and a spooky Halloween selfie booth.

The total raised so far is £521.

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