Ellis School's desire to focus on sporting, artistic and cultural education alongside academic success, was born from the inspiration of our visionary namesake and former Headteacher, Ethel Ellis. Ethel valued individuality as,
one of the greatest things in the world, upon which the fineness and quality of which so much depends.
Head of Ellis School - Miss J Meloni
Deputy Head of School - Ms S Knights
School Leader - Miss C Ball
I started working at Varndean in 1998 and worked in a number of different administration roles before starting as the Ellis School Leader in September 2012.
I am the first point of contact for students, parents and staff to come to for enquiries and concerns covering a wide range of issues including uniform, behaviour and attendance.
Student Manager - Ms F Hall
Head Student of Ellis - Hamish Hare
Head Student of Ellis - Precious Tenawe
Ellis News and Events
Hot Chocolate with the Head Nominations for March
Friday 2nd March
Students from 7SJC - Jess/Hallie & Honey
Friday 9th March
Students from 7ASH - Jess/Dylan & Esme
Friday 16th March
Friday 23rd March
Good luck to all the Ellis students who are taking part in the school production of 'My Fair Lady'
Hot Choc with the Head for the first half term
9th Feb - Cody (7SJC)
2nd Feb - Keeva (8SJA)
26th Jan - Joshua (7CST) & Charlotte (9KXC)
Friday 19th Jan - Dominic (11TES)
Friday 5th Jan - Betty (7CST)
A big well done to Betty for winning a prize outside of school in the First National Open Art Children's Exhibition. Betty was awarded a surprise prize of a bespoke whole class art Workshop at Chessington World of Adventure.
Betty will also have ''Hot Choc with the Head on Friday 5th Jan'
Good Luck to the following Ellis students who are taking part in the Brighton & Hove Schools Cross Country Championships today
We hope the following Y9 & Y10 students enjoyed the Brilliant Club launch on Tuesday 7th November
Toby Jermy 9NJW
Holly Rutter 10TCW
Camelia Passauer Saavedra 9KCO
Scarlet Treweek Ord 9NJW
Ruby Fitzpatrick 9NJW
Good luck to the following Ellis students who are taking part in a County Cup fixture in Eastbourne on Thursday 9th November.
Joel Bishop 8SJA
Evan Gourley 8SJA
Jake Krug 8SJA
Hot Chocolate with the Head
Friday 3rd November Camelia Passauer Saavedra
Friday 10th November Jamal Barrow
Good luck to Lauren Sayers 8GLM and Eadie Suffolk 8SJA who are competing in the Brighton Schools Indoor Athletics on Wednesday 8th November.
Good luck to the following Ellis students who are competing in the Brighton Schools Indoor Athletics Competition on Thursday 2nd November.
Adam Booth 7CST
Cosmo Raphael 7SJC
Nathan Dunleavey 7CST
Eden Shewell 7SJC
Jessica Bottrell 7SJC
Emily Fowler 7SJC
Hannah Newman 7SJC
Mica Ricketts 7SJC
Amira Visvalingam 7ASH
Interschool Dance Competition - Results are in!
Well done to Charlotte Fowler and Ella Stodart 9KCO for winning the competition.
A big congratulations also to Hannah Newman (7SJC) for being a joint runner up and a big shout out to all the other Ellis Students who entered the competition - Hannah Ward (7SJC), Mica Ricketts (7SJC), Amira Visvalingham (7ASH), Leila Miller Jones (7ASH) & Evie Thompson Ford (7ASH).
Hot Chocolate in Ellis Base - Monday 6th November
Well done to the following students who have obtained the highest achievement points. They will all have Hot Chocolate with the Ellis Base staff on Monday 6th November.
Delilah Banks 9NJW
Lundy MacKenzie 9KCO
Camelia Passauer Saavedra 9KCO
Ash Harkness 10TCW
Hallie Finn 7SJC
Alice Green 7ASH
Conor Clark 7ASH
Violet Brewerton 7SJC
The Music Department held the first Inter-school competition of the new school year and the winner came from Ellis. A big well done to Hannah Ward (7SJC).
Well done and thank you to all the excellent Ellis tour guides that have helped out at Open Evening and all the Open Mornings this term.
Senior Student Team
We are pleased to announce the new Senior Student Team in Ellis Base. Congratulations to the following students on their dedication to the school and in the way they approached their interviews with myself and Sandra. They really did do themselves proud and were a pleasure to sit and listen to.
They have all made it through to be on the Ellis Senior Student Committee.
Head Students - Hamish Hare and Precious Tenawe
We also have a number of other senior students whose roles are yet to be confirmed within subject areas and across the school.
We have an excellent team that are more than capable of following in the footsteps of our outstanding team this year and continuing then excellent work of Ellis Senior Students.
We look forward to an exciting year working with another excellent group.
Miss Jo Meloni - Head of School
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