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Head’s Welcome & Ethos


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Varndean School is a place where people matter. We believe that individuality is very much an internal quality that we foster and encourage through the widest variety of learning experiences.

Our broad curriculum promotes academic rigour so that our students can stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers nationally.

School badge winners pose on the entrance steps with Headteacher Mr DeighanWe have the highest aspirations for all of our students supported by highly trained and motivated experts in their fields. Our students go on to study at prestigious universities, colleges and excel in the world of work. 

Our opportunities for extended learning are second to none with our arts provision, successful sports teams, the largest cohorts of DofE in the south east as well as our extensive enrichment and entitlement curriculum.

Student leadership, democracy and student voice are central to the way our school works. We believe that developing leadership skills in all students will help us nurture young adults who, in turn, will become good parents, partners and citizens.

 It takes a village to raise a child. 

We all have a role to play in this work and we value the good relationships that we have with families in helping shape the lives of our future leaders.

We have a really happy school where student relationships, with each other and staff, are excellent. We have a well established smaller school system each with their own identity; Lennox, Angelou, Russell, Turing and Ellis.

We are beautifully situated at the top of a learning campus with views across Brighton and Hove to the English Channel that inspire great thinking for a great school. We work closely with our primary and secondary partners to ensure the sharing of best practice.

Varndean is a great place to learn and develop, in friendly, smaller and supportive environments.

Mr. W. Deighan