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Senior Students and Student Voice

Group photo of Senior Students 2021-2022Student leadership, democracy and student voice are central to the way our school works.

We provide opportunities for our students to develop all their varied talents and mature into confident young adults.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Senior Students 

Senior Students are a vital part of the school and work with the senior leadership team and teachers to make improvements to the learning environment of their peers. They apply and are interviewed for a wide range of posts.

Senior Student Roles - Whole School 2021-2022

Student Headteachers

Izzy

Student Headteacher - Vision

Arthur

Student Headteacher - Standards

Josh

Deputy Student Headteacher - Student Voice

 
 

Emily

Student Head of Angelou - Teaching & Learning

Rosie

Student Head of Russell - Climate Change

Tom

Student Head of Turing - Enrichment & Extra-curricular

 

Evie

Student Head of Ellis - Mental Health & Community

Wiktoria

Transition

Max

Finance & Operations

Daisy

Equalities

Alice

Rewards & Community

Xhesika

Kindness

 

The Senior Student team (seen left, in the Varndean Globe amphitheatre) are a very active body, organising events such as the Leavers' Prom and the yearbook, numerous charity events and representing students' issues. 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Cabinet
 

Information from the Student Cabinet

The student cabinet is made up of representatives from all year groups across Varndean School and they meet to express views of the entire student body. The cabinet is led by the Senior Students who then report to the issues raised and any changes requested to the Senior Leadership of the school. This is a chance for students to get their voices heard and influence the direction of their school.

School Committees 

Varndean School has a host of committees who meet to address a range of issues that affect our school community.

Equalities Committee

Promoting equality is a major focus at our school, and this is why student Equalities Group was introduced in March 2015. Open to students from all year groups, the group meets every Wednesday to discuss what can be done to celebrate the diversity in our school and tackle any prejudice and discrimination present in our community. So far, we have:

  • Created guidelines for assemblies to make sure that a variety of people are represented in the presentations.

  • Talked with representatives from Allsorts Youth Project (which offers support and runs activities for young people who identify as LGBT*U) about what we can do to help students who identify as such if they want advice or are experiencing issues.

  • Taken an assembly in which we explained what the protected characteristics are as defined by the Equality Act 2010 (disability, sex, sexual orientation etc.), why it is important to embrace our differences, the negative impact that discriminatory actions and language can have and what we as a group are doing and plan to do.

  • Put together information on sexuality and on gender, outlining different aspects and definitions associated with these characteristics.

  • Set up the ‘Equalities Allies’ - staff and students who have volunteered to be people that anyone experiencing discrimination-related issues or wanting information linked to the protected characteristics can talk to and get support from. (We have Sexuality and Gender Allies, Disability and Impairment Allies, Race and Religion Allies, Feminism Allies and overall Equality Allies.)

  • Worked on creating cards to attach to the lanyards that members of staff carry giving examples of phrases that they can use to challenge and question offensive and discriminatory language if they hear it being used.

  • Created diplays about groups that students experiencing equality-related issues can go to for support

This year we plan on continuing our link with Allsorts, as well as giving students more information on areas relating to the protected characteristics and strengthening our Equalities Allies scheme. There is always more we can do to promote equality in our school, and we can’t afford to be complacent; with the student body changing every year, there are always going to be new obstacles for us to overcome. It is our job to face these challenges when they come our way, and to continue to stand up for equality.

Eco Committee

The Eco Committee work to maintain Varndean's Green Flag gold status and make our school a more sustainable community through energy reduction, solar programmes, recycling schemes, improvements to the school grounds and biodiversity

To maximise the use of our beautiful campus, Varndean School was successful in securing funding from Brighton and Hove City Council’s Wellbeing Innovation Fund to develop a community garden classroom. The benefits to young people’s wellbeing and development from learning outside the classroom are well documented with a recent coined phrase “nature deficit disorder” being discussed widely in the media.

In developing our garden classroom we aimed to develop an intergenerational skill sharing project where members of the older community with horticultural knowledge and skills can support the planning and growing of suitable plants and foods. Students will learn from their expertise and in exchange our young people will share their IT knowledge of Facebook, FaceTime, skype and email with the community volunteers to help combat the loneliness which can be experienced by older people whose families live further away.

We worked with Dorothy Stringer School, in collaboration with Balfour Primary and Varndean College, to increase the biodiversity on campus thought the development of new Butterfly Havens on each of our sites. These chalk habits have been planted with native wildflowers to encourage a wider range of bug life to the campus.

Amnesty Group

The Amnesty Group support human rights both here and abroad.

Charity Committees

Our five school Charity Committees work to raise funds and awareness of causes of concern to our student groups. Please see the charities page for further information.