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Parents attending a Making the Grade workshop

Wellbeing and Progress

Learn the pathway to academic success.

Our wellbeing and progress events are designed to strengthen links between families and the school to help each and every one of our students reach their full potential.

The evenings were devised to support Year 11 parents but their success encouraged us to offer similar targeted events for all year groups at Varndean School.

The evenings provide an opportunity to hear from a variety of subjects to find out how to support your child's learning at home.

They offer help and advice on upcoming exams, useful revision tips and guidance on how to work with your child at home . The sessions will allow you and your child to speak to subject staff and to find out how students can supplement their learning at home in order to reach their target grades.

Invitation letters are sent home to parents and carers of the relevant year group shortly before the event.

The parental effect on test results is around five times more powerful than the influence of pupils’ schooling, it was revealed.

Year 7 

Year 8 

27th January 2022

Webinar Recording

Invitation letter

25th November 2021

Webinar recording

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17th September 2020

Presentation slides: 


Webinar recording:

Year 9

4th November 2021 - KS4
Anxiety and exams webinar recording

14th October 2021

Webinar recording
Slides from the event
Invitation letter

23rd September 2020

Option subjects presentations:
Option subject recordings

Webinar Recording:

Year 10 

4th November - KS4

Anxiety and exams webinar recording

14th October 2021

Webinar recording
Slides from the event
Invitation letter

30th September 2020

Click here to watch our Year 10 Making the Grade: Supporting Wellbeing and Progress webinar (30th September 2020)

Year 11 

2nd December 2021
Webinar recording:

To accompany the webinar and in addition to the videos we have created a document for each option subject - simply click on the green subject name to view these. (Please refer to the September recording for core subjects) We will be adding to the video list so please check back.

Art slides
Art video 

Asdan slides

Computer Science slides

Creative iMedia slides

Dance BTEC slides
Dance GCSE slides

Drama slides
Drama video

Design Technology slides

Enterprise slides

Film Studies slides
Film Studies video

Food slides

Geography slides
Geography video

Health and Social Care slides

History slides
History video

Media Studies slides
Media Studies video

MFL slides
MFL video

Music BTEC slides

Music GCSE slides

PE slides

Sociology slides
Sociology video

4th November 2021 - KS4

Anxiety and exams webinar recording


16th September 2021, 6:15pm

Be prepared and supported for the year ahead

Recording of the event:

Slides from the event:

Letter to parents about the event 10.9.21


18th March 2021

For Year 11 Grading Process March - May 2021, click here.


Year 11 Assessment Schedule:


Webinar recording:


10th September 2020

Presentation slides:


Webinar recording:


10th November 2020

Link to the upcoming webinar below:


Webinar recording:  


Making the Grade subject recordings:


For Art click here

For Asdan click here

For Computing click here 

For Creative iMedia click here

For Dance click here

For Design Technology click here

For Drama click here

For Enterprise click here

For Film Studies click here

For Food Technology click here 

For Geography click here 

For Health & Social Care click here

For History click here

For Languages click here

For Media Studies click here

For Music BTEC click here 

For Music GCSE click here

For P.E. click here 

For Religious Studies click here

For Sociology click here 

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