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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 

Presentations from Previous Events

Welcome presentation

Curriculum and Assessments

Science

English

Mathematics

Thursday 5th March 2020

Making the Grade

English 

Maths

Science

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


Science

Music 

Art
Design Technology - Textiles
Drama
English
Geography
History
ICT GCSE
Mathematics
Philosophy
Resistant Materials - Graphics
Travel and Tourism BTEC

Thursday 7th March 2019

Maths 

English 

Welcome 

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 

January 2020 

Making the Grade PE

Making the Grade RS 

Making the Grade Additional Maths  

Making the Grade MFL 

Making the Grade Music 

Making the Grade Drama

Making the Grade ASDAN 

Heath and Social Care 

Making the Grade DT

Making the Grade Music 

Making the Grade Creative Media 

Making the Grade History 

Thursday 27th September 

Making the Grade Science 

Making the Grade Maths 

Making the Grade English. English Language Hand out . English Literature hand out

Making the Grade Drama

Making the Grade Business

Main presentation 

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 Health and Fitness 

Making the Grade Health and Social Care 

Making the Grade Music 

Making the Grade DT

Making the Grade RS 

 

Thursday 25th January 2019  

Making the Grade Drama 

Making the Grade Art 

Making the Grade Computer Science 

Making the Grade Health and Fitness 

Making the Grade Maths 

Making the Grade Workshop

Making the Grade Workshop

Making the Grade History 

Stress First Aid 

Thursday 19th September 

Making the Grade English 

Making the Grade

Making the Grade Final 2019 


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
Computing
Drama
Geography
History revision
Music
Resistant Materials and Graphics
French
Spanish and German
BTEC Sport revision
PE Example Paper 1
Parent Preparation
Introduction and overview
Maths
English
Art and Design
English revision tips
iGCSE English
Music
Psychology
Sociology

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