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Parents attending a Making the Grade workshop

Making the Grade

Learn the pathway to academic success.

Our "Making the Grade" events are designed to strengthen links between families and the school to help each and every one of our students reach their full potential.

The evenings were devised to support Year 11 parents but their success encouraged us to offer similar targeted events for all year groups at Varndean School.

The evenings provide an opportunity to hear from a variety of subjects to find out how to support your child's learning at home.

They offer help and advice on upcoming exams, useful revision tips and guidance on how to work with your child at home . The sessions will allow you and your child to speak to subject staff and to find out how students can supplement their learning at home in order to reach their target grades.

Invitation letters are sent home to parents and carers of the relevant year group shortly before the event.

The parental effect on test results is around five times more powerful than the influence of pupils’ schooling, it was revealed.

Year 7 

Year 8 

Making the Grade Events

Options Evening Thursday 12th January 2017, 4.30-7.30pm

Please refer to our Options page for full information about the options process.

Presentations from Previous Events

October 2015

Year 9 

Making the Grade Events

Thursday 15th June, 6.15-8.30pm

Presentations from Previous Events

Welcome presentation

Curriculum and Assessments




Year 10 

Making the Grade Events 

Thursday 13th October, 6.15-8.30pm

Reviewing options subjects, advice for families on how to best support students with the new curriculum and revision techniques.

Presentations from this event



Design Technology - Textiles
Resistant Materials - Graphics
Travel and Tourism BTEC

Presentations from Previous Events

Introductory presentation
How to achieve the best grade
Mathematics presentation
Revision tips for English
Revision tips for Mathematics
Revision tips for Science
General revision tips

Year 11 

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