Dates for your diary:

This week:

2nd May- Industrial Action

If you need a warm, productive space to be, our library and study spaces will be open.  If this is the case please email: in order for us to make arrangements.  


8th May - Bank Holidays

22nd May - Year 2 Exam Leave

26th June - University Information Day - All year 1 visiting Sussex University

26-29 June - Progression Week

28th June - Varndean Internship Programme Day

29th June - Leavers Event (Year 2 and Leaving students)

Lunchtime space Tutorials this week:

YEAR 1: Recording Placement & Sexual Health

YEAR 2: 1:1s ONLY

LEVEL 2: 1:1s ONLY

A monthly round up of local, national and international issues that relate to the environment, sustainability and climate change. HERE


Come to the focus group on 

Friday 5th May @ 12.05-12.45 in room 61 to share your experience in tutorials. 




This month, we have contributions from Flora Burleigh who is an IB student taking higher level Spanish, Psychology, Biology and English Literature & World Literature. She has written an interesting feature article on the environmental benefits of spirulina, a blue-green algae that many may have heard of in the context of a food supplement. 

EPQ Information (Year 1 Students)

For more information please come along…

Tues 16 May 12.05-12.30 (Rm 63 in the tutor block)

Friday 19 May 12.05-12.30 (Rm 63 in the tutor block)

You must complete an application form by Mon 23 May


Congratulations to the new SU Reps!

Cizzie McGuiness - President 

Lulu Alkardi - Charity officer

Ruby Nunns - Environment

Hattie Byford - Enrichment

Alba Braham - Communications

Clement Nugent - Democracy

Aisha Al-Najjar - President

Elisa Oakes - Communications

Flora Burleigh - Wellbeing

Mila Redpath-Cole - Social media

Jess Tamsett - Graphic design

Clara Machado - EDI


For any general queries, please email For any enquiry relating to a specific SU member, please see above emails.


Sidley - International Law Firm Bursary 

Programme for Year 13 who hold an offer to study law.  Apply for this bursary by 19/5/23 (eligibility criteria apply)


In person work experience

Prioneer Childcare

In person Work Experience with Pioneer means a fun filled time working with kids to offer sports, arts & crafts, and general fun.  

If you are interested in this placement please contact Teresa Hoyles or pop in to Varndean College Careers Department (14.3)

More Info>>  Apply via email with a letter of introduction and your CV to: 

In person work experience

The Grand Hotel is offering in person placements in Concierge, Reception, Lounge and People teams for 27th – 30th June 2023. 

If you are interested in any of these placements please contact Teresa Hoyles or pop in to Varndean College Careers Department (14.3)

Deadline to apply: 9th June 2023.

More Info>> Apply via email with a letter of introduction and your CV to:

Work experience with Graphite

Graphite WEX 2023 - Schools Info Deck (1) (3).pdf

Virtual work experience 

Sustainability week - for students.pdf

Virtual work experience

Local Authority Virtual Work Experience programme July 2023 - APPLY NOW

Your City, Your Future - Careers at Brighton & Hove City Council

Interested in work experience linked to sustainability? the economy? governance?

Apply now for a fantastic virtual work experience opportunity with Brighton and Hove Council.

Click here>>>> 

Are you looking to develop your digital skills? Take a look at this internship with BIMA.  Apply by 14th May 2023.


Are you interested in becoming an Apprentice Civil/Structural Design Engineer? Apply for this Level 6 Degree apprenticeship Level 6 by 12th May 2023


This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual hoping to begin their career as a Structural/Civil Engineer in the construction industry, within a multi-disciplinary consultancy. We work on a variety of projects including multi-million pound residential and commercial developments, roads, bridges, sports stadiums, piers and much more. Possible start date 01 August 2023. Requires A level maths.

Click here to apply >>> 

Current degree apprenticeship vacancies on Find an Apprenticeship website

Current Degree Apprenticeship Vacancies (18-04-23).docx

Are you interested in working in the Plumbing & Heating industry?

 Steve Willis Training Centres have an employer who are looking to take on a 16-18 year old based in Brighton.  If you would like to apply, please send your CV and covering letter to: Colleen Willis at Steve Willis Training Centre, Gilbert House (Unit F2), Sheddingdean Industrial Estate, Marchants Way, Burgess Hill, West sussex, RH15 8QY.  



The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership puts food at the heart of all we do. Growing food, cooking and eating are great ways to improve people’s lives.

Cooking for fun

We want to inspire everyone to cook more from scratch – from beginners to experienced cooks. We can help you learn new recipes and techniques, or just brush up on your culinary skills. Anyone can discover the satisfaction of preparing a tasty meal from simple ingredients at our new Community Kitchen on Queens Road.

Community gardens

Join a community garden to make friends and get fitter – we help people get involved with community fruit and veg gardens around Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas.  Spending time outside, enjoying fresh air, watching things grow and spending time with others enhances well being, mental health as well as physical health.

Link to Brighton & Hove Food Partnership 


Recommended max 10 hours per week

Would you like to train as a swimming teacher?

Crest swim school is looking to train up some people as swimming teachers. The next course is in June (theory is run online and the practical take place just outside Haywards Heath) and they are looking to help people to gain experience before the course to help them to pass.

If you would like to find out more, please email Kelly Illingworth -

VOTS 24-4-2023.doc

To book a Careers appointment, please go to 'My Varndean', click on Next Steps and book an appointment. 

If you have any enquiry, email:


Revision Flashcards

Got exams soon? These new revision flashcards and more are available for you to borrow from the library today. They cover the required content of your courses and help you consolidate your knowledge and test yourself.

Why not take a look?

Online Resource of the Week

Massolit - if you haven't used it before it's a really great online collection of video lectures from leading academics. Perfect for revision, the subjects covered are Classics, English Language, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology and Government & Politics. You will need to set up your own account via this link, using your Varndean email address.You can then download the app to stream lectures anytime, anywhere, or download courses to watch offline.

University of Sussex Library

Are you wanting to study outside of Varndean College library hours? Why not sign up for a membership to the University of Sussex's a great place to study and is open 24hrs a day 7 days a week!  The membership will allow you to study in the library and use the books (but not borrow any). Download a membership form then bring it to us and we'll sign it for you. 


Herself  Young mother Sandra escapes her abusive husband and fights back against a broken housing system. (15)
Parole - episode 1: Colin and David    Revealing, introducing the convicted person, explaining why they're in prison, and shows the outcome of the parole hearing. (PG) 
Chris Packham: In Search of the Lost Girl  Chris searches for a tribal girl he met in 1998 whose jungle home is under threat.  (E)
In Our Time: A Room of One's Own Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Virginia Woolf's highly influential essay on women and literature. (E)


The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Mathsby Tori Latge 
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industryby Jon Ronson
The Narrow Cornerby W Somerset Maugham
The Familiarsby Stacey Halls Fiction
The Narrow Road to the Deep Northby Richard FlanaganFiction  
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Deathby Maggie O'FarellFiction

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