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Bertrand Russell painting by students in Enrichment week 2016
Bertrand Russell painting by students in Enrichment week 2016

Our school is named after British philosopher Bertrand Russell and unique to Russell School, we adopt Philosophy for Children (P4C) enquiries in some of our tutor sessions. Students participate in discussion over ‘big ideas’ and develop the confidence to speak out and share their views. It is our philosophy that students need to learn how to think critically and creatively so that what and how they learn at Varndean is future-proof in an ever changing, fast paced 21st Century.

Varndean School is truly different – from the moment you step through the doors, the vibrancy and energy of the people in it can be felt.  There is a hunger for learning from both students and adults, making it a fantastic place to work.


Head of Russell School - Gareth Hughes 


Deputy Head of Russell School  - Miss A Holder

 Hello, my name is Miss Holder and I am the Deputy Head of Russell School.

 I joined Varndean in September 2016 and my career has always been based around supporting children and young adults whilst at school.

 My role at Varndean is to ensure that each student has a positive and   rewarding experience during their time at Varndean School. I am here to   not only support, guide and advise each and every student within Russell   School, but also be a member of staff that parents can contact whenever   they need to discuss an issue. 

School Leader - Charlotte Drake 

Hello , my name is Miss Drake and I am the school leader at Russell school

I recently moved from another department within varndean and I'm thrilled to be taking on a role as rewarding as school leader .

I aim to bring support and guidance to our students and to ensure that they have a positive and enriching time whilst learning and growing .

I am particularly passionate about our students happiness and well being and I am always ready to listen to any issue ..big or small .

My support also extends to parents and carers wishing to seek advice regarding issues surrounding all aspects of the students schooling such as attendance , uniform , behaviour and well being

Head Student - Evie O'Kane

Since starting at Varndean it had always been in my mind that I wanted to become a Senior Student to allow me to be involved with decision making. I want to leave something behind me which shows the value of my time at the school. This year I am part of a great senior student team both within Russell and around the whole school, I am privileged to be working with those students to achieve new things in Varndean.
Within our school there have always been so many things to participate in as a student. In my role I would like to bring the communities around Brighton and Hove closer to our school, making this happen through events and projects which will invite the people around our city to mix with the students and create lasting partnerships.

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