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Staff Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in vacancies at Varndean School. We shall look forward to receiving an application from you in due course if you feel inspired by the opportunities provided by working at our Good (Ofsted 2022) school. 

Do you want to work at a successful and forward thinking school? Be part of an excellent team and work to inspire the best in all students? We are one of the largest schools in the Brighton and Hove area and have approximately 1500 students on roll in Years 7 to 11. We place high regard on recruiting and retaining excellent staff to ensure all students achieve their potential.

We take pride in our efforts to challenge and engage all students. We strongly believe in recruiting and developing the highest quality of staff. To succeed at Varndean School you will be passionate about your teaching, reflective in your practice and committed to improving. In return, staff benefit from tailored professional development opportunities and programmes, to enable them to realise their own potential and achieve their personal career ambitions. These include opportunities to join the comprehensive Middle Leader Development Programme, enrolment on the Outstanding Leadership Programme as well as being part of an internal professional study group working alongside like-minded professionals to ensure high quality learning and teaching for all students.

If you are an Early Career Teacher we offer a fantastic CPD programme to support you through your first year.

If successful we look forward to welcoming you in person. 

The school reserves the right to interview suitable candidates in advance of interview dates where appropriate.


Co-opted Governor Opportunity

Job Title

Co-Opted Governor - Volunteer

Closing date

3pm Thursday 18th January

Varndean Governors are seeking committed individuals to join their effective cohesive team of people to hold the school to account, to shape the vision of the school and to set the strategic direction.

At Varndean School we firmly believe that our Governing Body should reflect the rich diversity of our community, that we proudly serve. We are committed to creating an exclusive school and to provide diverse role models for our young people.

To uphold this commitment we have collected a range of diversity data from the current Board membership to inform our recruitment process. We will also collect data from anyone applying to be a Governor to ensure that we have an array of perspectives and skills around the governing table.

Varndean School is a truly exciting school to be involved in as a governor. Our aim is that all our students should leave us equipped to achieve their full potential – in whatever field they choose. Underpinning this vision is our rich and varied curriculum, our stimulating range of out of school activities and our unique schools within a school structure. This structure creates a caring community in which students can thrive and is frequently mentioned by parents as one of the key reasons they choose Varndean.

Our governors have a wide range of experience, but all share a commitment to helping the school’s dedicated staff deliver this vision.

Although governors are volunteers, excellent support and development opportunities are provided through an induction process and full programme of training both face-to-face and online to suit individual needs. There are also opportunities to volunteer alongside experienced governors and to take on a responsibility for an area of the school improvement plan. We don’t expect you to be an expert in education and welcome governors from all walks of life to bring different perspectives and views. You just need to be committed to supporting our vision for the school community and the educational outcomes of our students.

Our school is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our care and you will be expected to share this commitment. All Governors will be subject to an enhanced DBS check on appointment.

All expressions of interest can be submitted using the proforma below.

Please forward your expression of interest by email to: teresadee@varndean.co.uk by 3pm on 18th January 2024.

The Board has a selection and induction process for appointment of Governor. This will include a meeting with suitable candidates before a recommendation to appoint is made to the Board. It is an expectation that following induction each governor will take on a lead responsibility , undertaking appropriate training for their lead role in addition to the governance induction training.