Varndean School is a co-education state maintained comprehensive school for 11-16 year olds offering a modern and diverse curriculum. We give students the opportunity to explore their interests, achieve academic success and develop well-rounded characters to go forth into the world and make a valuable contribution to all our futures.
Varndean School was built in 1926, on its current site looking out to sea, due to the determination of a forward thinking headmistress. Miss Ethel Ellis worked hard to secure the new site for our school and ensure it was built with the idea of providing academic excellence alongside the development of students' characters, fostering a passion for art, culture, science and sport. At Varndean school we still adhere to those aspirations for our students.
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We give students the opportunity to explore their interests, achieve academic success and develop well rounded characters to go forth into the world and make a valuable contribution to all our futures.
We have a five school pastoral system that fosters smaller caring communities, who learn and develop together, in the context of a larger school with shared facilities and activities. These schools focus on charity, community and competition and we ask our students to be positive, polite and prepared in all they do.
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Our school motto is Challenge and Pride, we seek to challenge ourselves and take pride in our achievements.
Contact and Access
Contact our reception team, Jo and Karen 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
SENCO Contact: Judith Ford
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.
Bus routes 24, 26 and 46 will bring you from Churchill Square in the city centre to Varndean School.