Varndean Work with Citizens UK to Launch Citizens Manifesto

March 20th 2023

On Friday 17th March Varndean students came together with an alliance of schools, colleges, universities, faith groups and community organisations to launch the Citizens Manifesto in the run up to the May 2023 local elections. At 120 strong, the group met with the key candidates running for office in May to share with them what they feel they should focus on. 

Brighton and Hove Citizens is affiliated with Citizens UK, a national organisation working together and within communities across the country. 

You can read the manifesto here:

Brighton & Hove Citizens Manifesto May 2023

Headteacher Shelley Baker spoke at the event and also with the BBC South East news team:

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The Manifesto Launch was also reported by local news:

The Argus - Brighton campaigners call for action from election candidates

The students involved are also our first to be awarded our new Community badges in recognition of their work and commitment to this project. 

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Safer Spaces Campaign

Varndean students collaborated with Brighton and Hove Citizens, students from other schools across the city and parents to highlight the importance of lighting in feeling safe when we move around our city parks. You can read more about this news in the following The Argus article:


The Argus: Children demand city parks must be better lit - but council say bats are priority