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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 

Year 9

23rd September 2020

Option subjects presentations:
Option subject recordings

Webinar Recording:

Year 10 

30th September 2020

6.15-7.15pm - this will be a virtual event and more details will be sent via email nearer the time.

Click here to watch our Year 10 Making the Grade: Supporting Wellbeing and Progress webinar (30th September 2020)

Year 11 

18th March 2021

For Year 11 Grading Process March - May 2021, click here.


Year 11 Assessment Schedule:


Webinar recording:


10th September 2020

Presentation slides:


Webinar recording:


10th November 2020

Link to the upcoming webinar below:


Webinar recording:  


Making the Grade subject recordings:


For Art click here

For Asdan click here

For Computing click here 

For Creative iMedia click here

For Dance click here

For Design Technology click here

For Drama click here

For Enterprise click here

For Film Studies click here

For Food Technology click here 

For Geography click here 

For Health & Social Care click here

For History click here

For Languages click here

For Media Studies click here

For Music BTEC click here 

For Music GCSE click here

For P.E. click here 

For Religious Studies click here

For Sociology click here 

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