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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 

Making the Grade Events 

Thursday 25th January 2018 

Making the Grade Business Studies 

Making the Grade Computer Science 

Making the Grade Dance 

Making the Grade Drama 

Making the Grade History 

Making the Grade PE 

Making the Grade Health and Fitness 

Making the Grade Health and Social Care 

Making the Grade Music 

Making the Grade DT

Making the Grade RS 

Making the Grade Art 

Thursday 14th Septemeber 2017, 6.15-8.30pm

This Making the Grade was focusing on preparing students for their examinations in the core subjects: English, Maths and Science. Students also had a chance to find out about college applications and meet staff from the different local colleges. Presentations can be found below:.

Making the Grade top tips

College information

English Exam information

Science Exam Information

Science Handout

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 6.15-8.30pm

The last making the Grade evening for Year 11, this will provide an opportunity for families to attend options workshops looking at what to revise for the upcoming Pre-public exams. You can find timetables for the PPEs and the public exams on our exams page.
Presentations can be found below:

English Literature
Year 11 handout

Thursday 15th September 2016 6.15-8.30pm

The evening provided an opportunity to hear from the English, Mathematics and Science departments, to find out about the upcoming exams, receive guidance on how to work with your child at home during the revision process and to learn about key dates for Year 11.

There were representatives from the local colleges to attend and support with the application process and to answer any questions. 

Please find copies of the presentations from the evening below.

English paper 2 insert


Presentations from Previous Events 

Parent Preparation - April 14th
Top revision tips - 14th April
Health and Social Care
BTEC Travel and Tourism
Travel and Tourism Customer Service role play
Religious Studies
History revision
Resistant Materials and Graphics
Spanish and German
BTEC Sport revision
PE Making the Grade
PE Example Paper 1
PE Topics on a page revision
Parent Preparation
Introduction and overview
Art and Design
English revision tips
iGCSE English

Blank revision timetable