Please be aware if a student is off school with sickness and diarrhoea, they may not return back to school for 48 hours, so as to prevent the infection of other students. If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Karen Church in the medical office.
Relationship and Sex Education
At Varndean School we recognise the challenges of growing up and making positive and healthy decisions about relationships. Working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Council and our local NHS provider, Sussex Community Trust, we provide a comprehensive Learning for Life programme in line with local directives.
As part of our Learning for Life delivery, we will be offering sessions to Year 11 students on local support services and the National Chlamydia Screening Programme in Partnership with our local NHS Provider, Sussex Community Trust. All sessions are delivered in context and explore readiness for sex, keeping safe and the fact that most young people are not having sex under the age of 16. These sessions will offer students the opportunity to partake in free and confidential Chlamydia screening through the national programme. This is provided as part of wider education supporting students to look after their health and develop positive skills and attitudes related to accessing services and routine health checks, is entirely optional and takes place outside of lesson times.
Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the relationship and sex education provided at school except for those parts included in the statutory Science National Curriculum. Parents and carers who wish to exercise this right should talk with the Learning for Life Co-ordinator, Tim Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org). The issue of withdrawal will be handled as sensitively as possible and alternative arrangements will be made for any child withdrawn from this aspect of the curriculum.
Substance Abuse – Parents and Students concerned about substance abuse may wish to speak to the student’s tutor, Head of School or Safeguarding Officer in the first instance.
Talking to your Teens
Throughout the academic year there are a series of parent/carer workshops held in collaboration with Brighton and Hove City Council and Dorothy Stringer High School. Please find below some of the presentations from the latest event including some recommended websites and Government guidance for schools.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.
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Your Daughter's Future
This is an information leaflet produced by The Government Equalities Office about women in work. Your daughter’s future.
If you have any safeguarding concerns around a child you can contact us directly.
Vicky Thorn. Kerry Tester
Designated Safeguarding Lead. Safeguarding Officer