29th March 2021


The Easter break starts on Good Friday the 2nd April and the summer term starts on Monday the 19th April.

After Easter, we are all back to face-to-face lessons INCLUDING TUTORIALS.

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

Covid 19 Testing

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


Please collect your second home test kits for use over the Easter break. You will need to do this during your last face to face week before we break up. You can collect them every day at break time and lunchtime from today from the Student Common Room (next to the canteen).

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.

Let's make Varndean more sustainable

We are gathering student opinions on sustainability, and what you think the college should do to become more sustainable. So it would help us enormously if you could complete this short survey: Varndean College Sustainability Survey

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.

The course dates are:

STARTS: 19th April 2021

ENDS: Jan 2022

TO ENROL ON THE COURSE, EMAIL registry@varndean.ac.uk

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

Programme for early spring 2021
Wk 10 E&IdDG
Alex Phil Soc Poster accelerationism


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

email: careers@varndean.ac.uk

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.

University of Hertfordshire

Take a look at what we've got coming up!

To find out more and book your place visit



Our latest competition, which focuses on Film, Media & Performing Arts, launches on

1 April 2021

There are arts vouchers for the top three entries, the winning entry getting £100 and second and third places getting £50 and £25 respectively – so it’s definitely worth taking part!


Gap Year Work Opportunity

to find out more

Email: careers@varndean.ac.uk

DE: Direct Employment

Careers Team Mock Interviews - 29th & 30th & 31st March

If you would like the chance to practise a few interview questions and get some feedback please email cvd@varndean.ac.uk and put 'INTERVIEW' as the email subject. The careers team will then send you a google form so you can choose your time slot.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Become a HR Apprentice. You’ll create better collaboration between the different business lines in HR support offerings and drive value add through consistent HR guidance for our UK based client groups.

Close date: 9 April 2021

Start date: September 2021

Location: London

Global Technology or Operations Apprenticeship

Close date: 1 April 2021

Start date: September 2021

Location: Horsham, West Sussex

Job opportunities Job Hunters!

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



Please note the library will be closed during the Easter holidays this year. We will re-open on Monday 19 April and look forward to seeing you then - Happy Easter everyone!



Head start to A Level Biology
Head start to A Level Chemistry
The Communist Manifesto
Shakespeare's Shakespeare: How the Plays were made
The Great Artists: Vincent Van Gogh
BFI Film Classics: Gone with the Wind


The Shawshank Redemption Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (15)

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson The story of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. (12A)

Misery After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the "care" he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (15)

My Feral Heart Luke, an independent young man with Down's syndrome stumbles upon a wild and life changing friendship. (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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