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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.  He inspires us in many ways, which are most importantly captured by the quote "a good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge".  This reminds us all of the importance of learning and gaining knowledge in a range of subjects so that we can really know about the world around us and how to live our lives. 

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.

But it also places real emphasis on how we treat each other and tells us that we must be inspired by love and should therefore be kind.  Russell students will learn to be good people as well as learning to think critically and creatively ready for the challenges of the 21st century.

Head of Russell School - Mr G Hughes 

It is an absolute pleasure to introduce myself to you as the Head of Russell School, a post I have held since September 2018.  Russell students never cease to amaze me and their commitment in recent years has meant that we have achieved great things, both in and out of school, not least with our wonderful charity work.

I am very proud of what Russell School has come to stand for and the Russell team works hard to embed these values into our students. My role as Head of Russell is to make sure students are kind, hard working, ambitious and have plenty of opportunities to stretch themselves beyond the classroom. Developing these attributes will prepare them for the lives they will go on to lead and I want to make sure each and every one of them can realise their potential and find fulfilment, both now and in the future.

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 - Mrs M Rose

Hello, my name is Mrs Rose and I am a school leader at Russell School Base. 

Throughout my career I have worked in Counter Fraud for various industries, including working abroad, and I joined Varndean in September 2020.

I am the first point of contact for students, parents and staff to come to for enquiries and concerns covering a wide range of issues including uniform, behaviour and attendance as well as supporting students with their wellbeing and pastoral care.

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