Hope you've had a lovely Easter break!

All lessons are face-to-face INCLUDING TUTORIALS.

Covid 19 Testing

You should continue testing at twice a week (3-4 days apart)


Classrooms for breaks and lunchbreaks!

room 11, 13, 14.1, 14.3, 16

101, 104, 105,106,107,110




maths room S10

Tutorial hut rooms 61-63 except Thurs & Fris

Meet the new SU!

Congratulations to all of the students who took part in our SU elections. It was a very close competition and a brilliant campaign. All of the results are here but particular congratulations to our two Presidents Jack Pattison and Robyn Read.

Peer Mentors & Mental Health First Aiders for 2021-22

We are looking to recruit and train 15 volunteer Peer Mentors/Mental Health First Aiders for 2021-22.

You will join the team of Peer Mentors where you will work with new students helping them settle into college and provide support throughout the academic year.

You must be willing to commit to attending monthly meetings, organising half-termly mental health events and supporting the Wellbeing Team.

You will be trained in Mentoring Skills and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

We welcome applications from resilient students who have excellent listening, communication and organisation skills.

If you are interested, please apply by writing a covering letter and answering the following five questions:

a) Provide three reasons why Varndean College will benefit from having Peer Mentors and Mental Health First Aiders.

b) What three skills do you have to be a good Peer Mentor/Mental Health First Aider?

c) Suggest three ideas that could be used to help promote and raise awareness of positive mental health at Varndean College.

d) Respecting confidentiality, describe a time when you have helped someone. Explain what a difference it made to them.

e) Please include any other relevant information that demonstrates your suitability to the role.

Send your letter of application to Helen Chong hjc@varndean.ac.uk by midday Monday 26 April.

CLUBS & SOCIETIES - What's on this week

Please see the link to see what societies are currently running and email the lead person if you are interested in finding more about it or joining to receive a google classroom link

Google links for E&D discussion group, philosophy society and storytelling society are all ON THE COLLEGE CALENDAR. You can join google classrooms for EXTRA RESOURCES.

Wk 10 E&IdDG


Please email the Careers team to book an appointment or if you have any enquiry

email: careers@varndean.ac.uk

DSA Seminar 28th April

This talk is for students who think they may need additional additional support while they are at university, whether that is financial support and they may be eligible for DSA or, extra technology - access to their own laptop or specific software etc. If you want to hear the talk please email Jack Dine in the college Additional Support team on jad@varndean.ac.uk for the link.

UCAS DAYS 20th & 21st April

University. Apprenticeships. Gap years.

There are so many different paths your students can take after school or college. But discovering the right option for them takes research.

Multi-uni event 22nd April.pdf

Summer School

The Reading University is launching their Brilliant Club Summer School! This event will be free to attend and delivered virtually. It will give you the opportunity to:

  • develop academic skills with the support of PhD students and academic tutors

  • find out more about subjects they can study at university

  • meet like-minded students from across the country

  • benefit from a £1000 bursary if they complete their assignment for a high standard and apply to Reading subsequently

Spaces are limited to 50 students this year. The deadline for applications is 3rd May 2021 and you can apply using this application form.

Job opportunities for Job Hunters!

Remember that the maximum number of hours per week should be 10hrs otherwise it will affect your learning at college!



We hope you all had a great Easter holiday. Over the next few weeks we will be running our library annual student survey. We always appreciate your feedback about our services, and it would be really helpful if you could complete this short 5 min survey: Library Student Survey

Thank you!



The Analects
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
The Communist Manifesto
Shakespeare's Shakespeare: How the Plays were made
The Great Artists: Vincent Van Gogh
BFI Film Classics: Gone with the Wind


Black Power: A British Story of Resistance An examination of the Black Power movement in the late 1960s in the UK, surveying both the individuals and the cultural forces that defined the era. (15)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Against all the odds, a thirteen-year-old boy from Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. (PG)

Labyrinth Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth. (U)

Mary Magdalene Free-spirited Mary Magdalene finds refuge in a radical new movement led by Jesus. The only woman, Mary defies the prejudices of a patriarchal society, finding herself at the center of an Earth-shaking historical moment. (12A)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email on library@varndean.ac.uk and we will do all we can to help.

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