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D of E: Varndean a Directly licensed Centre

Varndean is first state school in Brighton and Hove to become a Directly Licensed DofE Centre.

Varndean School was delighted to award 19 Silver and 54 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award certificates to students from Years 10 and 11. The certificates were presented by Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, at the first Varndean DofE awards evening, held on Thursday 10th March 2016 at the school, in place of the previously held Citywide event. The ceremony was also attended by students, parents, staff members, Governors and a representative from DofE South East.

In addition to the certificate presentations, the audience were also treated to short performances from some of our students along with reflections and highlights from the last year from participants and Ms Browning, the school’s DofE Coordinator. 

Varndean School are thrilled to announce as of 1st April 2016 they will become a Directly Licensed Centre for DofE, the first state school in Brighton and Hove to do so. The licence was presented to Headteacher Mr Deighan at the ceremony by Jo Ireland from the South East region’s DofE centre.

Many of the soft skills that employers look for, including communication, decision making, self motivation, leadership, teamwork, problem solving and time management are all skills that students develop over the course of completing their DofE awards. They complete expeditions, learn a new skill, undertake months of physical activity and volunteer in their communities. Mr Deighan, Headteacher, said, “What’s most impressive is giving back to the community. Someone once said a society is judged on how well it treats its most vulnerable. I believe that through this process your leadership will ensure that your generation is perhaps doing a better job of supporting the vulnerable and those of difference than the current generation. I feel very proud of you.”