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Open Evening & Mornings 2021

Open evening 2021 - for September 2022 admissions

Varndean open evening Thursday 23rd September 2021, 5:00-8:00pm. 

Thank you for your interest in our school and we do hope you will be able to join us in person on 23rd September as you seek to find all the information you need to decide which secondary school will be best for your child. 

If you are joining us on 23rd please note the following:

  • This is a drop in event, so no need to book, simply come along at a time that suits you and stay as long as you like
  • The early part of the evening tends to be the busiest, if you are anxious about crowds or wish to avoid excessive mixing then please arrive after 6:30pm
  • Mrs Baker, our Headteacher, will make four speeches at 5:15, 6:00, 6:45 and 7:30pm. Space is limited in the hall and so each family will be allocated a ticket for a specific speech on arrival
  • The first speech will be recorded and posted on our website so that families who wish to avoid the crowd of the main hall can still hear what has been said
  • Given that the main hall will entail lots of families mixing in an indoor space and social distancing will not be possible, adults are asked to wear a face covering during the speeches if they are able to
  • We would also be grateful if visiting adults could take a lateral flow test within 48 hours prior to the event. This will help reduce the risk of Covid-19 being present on the evening
  • The rest of the school will be open for the whole of the evening and there will be plenty of opportunity to meet staff and students, take part in activities and ask questions about life at Varndean
  • There are usually members of the Brighton and Hove admissions team present to answer your questions about applications to secondary school and how this works
  • There will be no car parking available on site for visitors and parking around the school is extremely scarce, please try to avoid coming by car and if it is unavoidable please do park thoughtfully
  • There will be an opportunity for families to visit the school during the day on our open mornings. These will take place between 9:15-10:30am on Thursday 30th September, Thursday 7th October and Thursday 14th October. Please contact reception on 01273 561281 or to book a place.