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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 - Sam Whiteman

Hello, my name is Mr Whiteman and I am the Deputy Head of Angelou School. I studied teaching at the University of Brighton completing a BA (Honours) in Physical Education. After completing my degree, I went on to teaching PE and later introduced the teaching of English as well. I progressed my career on to middle management with a real focus in the pastoral element of school life and have been enjoying this role for the last 7 years.

My vision and ethos is to be firm, fair, consistent and approachable. I want Angelou to be the best school at Varndean and will strive to make this happen. If you have any questions or need any support please either contact me by phone or email on .

School Leader/Safeguarding Officer- Natalie Miller 

I've worked in education with a particular focus on wellbeing since 2000 taking a short break when my children were very young.  I was a safeguarding link governor at a local school for 5 years.  I'm very pleased to have joined Varndean as the community ethos at the heart of learning fully echoes my own values.

School Leader- Fiona Hall 




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