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Alan Turing painting by students in Enrichment week 2016
GrAlan Turing painting by students in Enrichment week 2016

Turing School is named after Alan Turing the English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist who has become increasingly famous due to the highly successful film "The Imitation Game". Alan Turing displayed tremendous courage, resilience and strength of character during his life and was responsible for building the Bombe which helped decipher the German Enigma machine during the Second World War and is thought to have saved thousands of lives and shortened the war by as much as 2 years.

Turing students are extremely proud of the man behind the naming of our school and try each day to display the same courage, resilience and character that Alan Turing displayed during his life.

Head of School  -   Mr M Sorrell

My role within the school is Deputy Headteacher and Head of Turing School. I was previously Assistant Principal at Harris City Academy, Crystal Palace and enjoyed 5 years there learning how to create and maintain an Outstanding school and this experience is now being implemented here at Varndean School.

I began my teaching career at Cardinal Newman School as a PE teacher and furthered my experience by teaching in Sydney, Australia. Upon my return I moved to London and enjoyed living and working in the City for 11 years. I quickly became a Head of Physical Education and recognised the importance of raising aspirations and opportunities for young people through sport, something that I am still passionate about today.

After many years away I have returned to my home city and relocated with my wife and young family. I love the city and am thoroughly enjoying being back and exploring all that it has to offer with my family.

I want Varndean and Turing students to embrace the opportunities that come their way and grow into valuable members of our community and beyond. Students will be challenged and they will be accountable, but they will also be supported and guided to leave Varndean with all that they need to succeed.

Deputy Head of School     -  Andy Roberts

Having lived by the coast in various seaside towns throughout my life, it was inevitable that I would end up settling down in Britain’s best! After studying in London at Roehampton University for four years, I graduated as a Primary School Teacher and taught in Croydon for five years before moving to Varndean School in 2007.

Teaching is something I have a real passion for and initially saw myself as a Primary School Teacher, teaching multiple subjects to one class.  After graduating, I spent two years teaching at a large Junior School before deciding to take a year out to travel the world.  Spending some time in various schools in countries such as Cambodia and Laos gave me a real thirst to return and make the most of the opportunities provided in the education system we have here in England. On my return, to the same school in Croydon, I became Head of Year 6 and the Maths Department Coordinator supporting colleagues in school and across the local authority.

School Leader - Ms K Tester 

As an ex-pupil of Varndean School I started working here in February 2007. I have worked in various roles, Student Supervisor, Student Services Receptionist & First Aider. Since September 2013 I have enjoyed the role of School Leader, firstly for Angelou School and more recently in Turing School . I am very excited about this role, being one of the first point of calls for students to come to with enquiries, concerns, attendance, uniform issues and so on. I also love to hear about student achievements.

School Leader - Mr L Williams

After completing my degree in contemporary art at Sheffield Hallam University I found a passion for education and the opportunities it can bring to young people's lives.

I originally started at Varndean in October 2011 as a teaching assistant with a specialism in English having worked teaching English as an additional language in my previous role, I have since worked across different departments specialising in behaviour management.

My main professional focus has always been to support students to the highest standard during their time at Varndean and create strong links with families to ensure students can leave Varndean feeling ready to take on the next chapter in their life with confidence and pride.

Deputy Head Student of Varndean School - Joel

Ever since I began at Varndean, I wanted to be able to make a change on how the school was run, that was why I decided to apply for the Senior Student Voice team, so I could really make a change. As Deputy Head boy of the entire school I work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to make the school as enjoyable as it can be for the students.

Turing News

February 2018
We would like to congratulate Conrad  on his successful application for the Young Coach Academy 2018, 
Congratulations to Daisy and Romy from 7CSH who came 3rd in the Great Geography Bake Off Interschool Competition today. 


Well done to Ruby & Lencia 8LBU and Maia 7CCH for their entries


Hot Chocolate nomination 2/2/2018 
Well done to Maggie for always working hard and doing the right thing.
Brilliant Club - by Alfie 
Working with the Brilliant Club has been a great experience. Not only has it given me very valuable knowledge about the topic I have been studying, ‘Does society need schools?’, it helped me develop academic skills that I will need when I go to University. I also have a much better idea of what it’s like to study and live at University after being taken on tours around two of the best in the UK, helping me make more informed choices about my future. Learning how to write an essay was very helpful, preparing me for when I have to write my next. The process it assessed, and I was pleased to get a good grade.


Learning Enhancement Day 24th January 2018

Our year 7 Students took part in a Create a Popcorn Container activity for the day.

The object of the acitivity was to:

  • Develop & increase financial awareness through planning and costing a project idea
  • Develop teamwork skills & Communication skills through group discussion and public speaking.

We are pleased to announce that Joe, Sylvie, Leo, Alexi, Curtis & Lily from 7CSH were joint winners.



Erin 8ASJ

For entering and getting through to the finals of the Inter School Spelling Bee Competition.

Otis 9MI

Taking part in the Entreprise Challenge at the Amex Stadium

Enterprise Challenge at the Amex Stadium


Otis was part of a team of students that took part in a Premier League Enterprise challenge at the AMEX Community Stadium.  They formed two teams, and were asked to create and develop an idea on increasing diversity in attendance at Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.  The two teams worked independently on two different ideas, and presented them to a panel of judges in front of students from 6 other Brighton schools at the AMEX.  

Both teams presented fantastically well, and the judges were very impressed.  They year 8 team placed third, and the year 9 team came first!  Their idea was based around a community day to welcome a greater number of younger and older citizens to the AMEX.  As a result of this success, the Year 9 team (Team Swim on the Left) will go on to represent Brighton and Hove Albion in the regional final of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge at Southampton FC in January!  We wish them lots of luck in the next round!  

Otis  -  Diary of events

On the first day we went to the Amex and did an activity about working together to make a tower of cards using string and an elastic band. After that we were shown a video of Richard Scudamore telling us about what the challenge is. We had to make up an idea to create bigger diversity in attendance at football matches. Then we thought up our idea and went back to school and developed it for the Brighton round.

The next time we went back to the Amex to present our idea to the judges and after the judges made much consideration, decided that we could win and go and represent Brighton and Hove Albion FC in the next round.

The next round took us 2 hours in the mini bus to get to Saint Mary's Stadium where Southampton FC play. When we got there we got shown to our director’s box where we would stay for the day. Then we went to the stage and rehearsed our pitch once through. After that we went back to our room and rehearsed it a few times and went to a workshop about what skills we used and got better at and also took a picture of us in an Instagram outline. Next we went back to the stage and presented our idea to the judges. First to present were Queen's Park Rangers, next were Arsenal FC,  after them it was Varndean, then it was Fulham FC and last was Southampton FC. After that the judges went up to their office to decide who the winner is. In the break we had a tour of the stadium and a presentation from EY, who are the people holding the final of the competition. After that we sat down ready for the results. The leader of the judges said some good comments and some suggestions of improvements for each group. After that they announced the winners and we won! Varndean will be  going to the next round in London at the South Bank. We received the trophy and had a few photos with the Judges and then we went home.

Interschool Hockey Competion

Congratulations to the four Turing students who took part in the Interschool Hockey Competition on Wednesday 24th January,  Well done to Curtis Year 7, Thomas, Charlie & Dexter for coming in 2nd place.

Well done to Erin  who took part in the Interschool Spelling Bee competiton and getting through to the finals. 


Turing School celebrate and encourage student's extra curricular activities 



We are very proud to announce the Turing students who were  successful in their application to become a Language Leader:

Yi Yan 






Language Leaders is a leadership programme: it is based around Languages Teaching and Learning. 

Students will attend meetings / sessions where we will discuss what makes a good teacher / lesson / student and come up with ways to help students best learn in languages lessons.

The students will be planning and teaching lessons. They will also do some sessions with Year 7 students and, their final test, in a Primary School.


We have started the New year with two new members of staff in Turing School.

We would like to welcome Mr Andy Roberts - Deputy Head of Turing School who has replaced Laura Nicholson and Mr Lee Williams - School Leader who has replaced Jenny Pearce.

4 Turing students entered into the  Turing Heat Interschool Spelling Bee Competion today,  15.01.2018.  This was open to year 7 & 8 Students.

  • Aimee  (4 words correct)
  • Erin  (6 words correct)
  • Keon  (4 words correct)
  • Freddy  (1 word correct)

Erin goes through to the Grand Final on Friday.

Following on from our successful fundraising events for the Connor Saunders Foundation last year - bringing home the Charity cup for most money raised, Turing 

students have chosen The Clocktower Sanctuary to support this year.  It is a drop-in service providing support to homeless young people (aged 16 -25) in Brighton &  Hove. 

Suzy Hudson who is a Volunteer visited Varndean School in December to talk to our Turing Students about their services and to collect  the toiletries, food and clothing items that each Turing form group had collected to help the Young People over the Christmas Period.

We are planning a  'Turing's Got Talent'  charity fundraising event which will be taking place on the evening of 7th March - more details to follow. 

Each week the school base nominate a student to have Hot Chocolate with Mr Deighan, Daniel  and Sylvie  and Otis  have been nominated so far this term. 

Sylvie is always keen to join in any extra curricular activities, interschool competitions and Charity events. She also played the piano beautifully in the Christmas assembly.   Sylvie has 100% attendance and 415 achievement points and  0 behviour points. She has had a really positive start at Varndean

Daniel  has the most achievement points in Year 11 Turing  &  100% attendance, he applies himself as a Senior Student extremely well. 

Otis  - For taking part in the Premier League Challenge Programme.

Manisha has been chosen as January's Scientist of the Month - this is for all her efforts in the last term with her revision in each lesson - Mr Adams

Charity news

The Turing charity we are supporting this year is the Connor Saunders Foundation.

So far, students have organised a Christmas fayre, selling lots of goodies and raffle tickets. 7DJF had a sponsored silence, 9LDE had fun with a bottle flipping competition, guess the number of sweets in the jar and a spooky Halloween selfie booth.

The total raised so far is £521.

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