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Maya Angelou painting by students in Enrichment week 2016
Maya Angelou painting by students in Enrichment week 2016


The incredible work of Maya Angelou is an inspiration and sets the tone for the ethos that we aim to instil within our students. 

We promote and celebrate growth mindset within the school and as Maya Angelou said,

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Head of Angelou School- Vicky Thorn 

Deputy Head of Angelou School - Ms J Marshall-Fraser

I am proud to be the Deputy Head of Angelou School and delighted to be a member of the Angelou school team. I had the privilege of joining Varndean School in September 2012 as a Religious Studies teacher, I still teach Religious Studies and Philosophy and Ethics as well as being the lead Able and Talented coordinator. 

After having two beautiful daughters, I gained my BA Hons Education at Brighton University and I also attended secondary school and college in Brighton. It brings me great joy to work in a school in our vibrant, diverse and distinctive city. As my degree suggests I am passionate about education and this passion has led me  to going back to university to do an MA in Education. I have a particular enthusiasm for ensuring that students have access to equal opportunities within the education system and my academic specialism is restorative practice. It is wonderful to see students being offered such an inclusive and positive experience at Varndean. Within my role as Deputy Head of Angelou School I am able to offer students the support and encouragement that they sometimes need.

Being named after the great Maya Angelou means our school aspires to be successful and passionate in all areas of school life, Maya Angelou is a inspirational role model for both the students and I. She was a brave, determined, creative, expressive, passionate, successful woman who  strived to make a difference to our world. These are values that we would like every Angelou student to adopt and learn from. We have high expectations of the students in Angelou school and rightly so as they are amazing individuals. I see it as my job to provide our students with a platform to be confident and happy within their learning environment so that they achieve their full potential.

School Leader/Safeguarding Officer- Natalie Miller 

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