8th March 2021

Covid 19 Testing at College

Year 2 & Level 2 students

TEST 2 - Monday 8th

TEST 3 - Thursday 11th

Year 1 students

TEST 1 - Friday 12th (NO LESSONS)

TEST 2 - Monday 15th (NO LESSON)

TEST 3 - Thursday 17th

Tutorials this week

Level 2 groups:

Progression Interviews

Year 1 groups:

Post-18 Choices (Unifrog)

Year 2 groups:

1:1s with your personal tutor (Check your My Varndean home page)

College updates


Spring Card Reports available now on My Varndean (Learning Tab)

Parents Consultation Evenings Year 1 and Level 2 students:

Surnames A-K Weds 17th March

Surnames L-Z Thurs 25th March

5.30-8.00pm 10 min slots via google meet

Online or On-site?

Year 1 students


Year 2 & Level 2 students

ON SITE (Friday 12th - ONLINE)

Student Union Elections 2021

Your Student Union - Your Voice

What happens next?

  • Hustings on Tuesday 9 March and Thursday 11 March

The google meet link to the Hustings can be found on sites her


  • Voting between Monday 15 March and Thursday 25 March

  • Results will be announced on Friday 26 March at 16:00

Varndean Rocks Podcast

Here is a brilliant recording produced by Varndean College SU Students who were talking to Andrew Wright about their times during lockdown and how they have coped and what small things have helped them to get through...

International Women's Day: Women, Crime and Justice

Monday 8th March 16:00 - 17:30

We celebrate International Women's Day by delving deeper into women's rights, crime, and the justice system. The series of mini-lectures from our specialist guest speakers aim to give students an insight into the different professional areas. It is an opportunity for young women, and men, to learn about the progress towards equality within the criminal justice system. The talks will be followed by a panel, giving an opportunity to ask questions to our speakers.


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

Story Telling Society

This week's storyteller, Amy Sutton tells the story of the first non binary Goddess/Goddex/God. The telling will be in the form of a film, Amy will be there to answer questions.

This is an ancient story and reminds us that non-binary culture is no new phenomenon.

12pm Thursday, Rm 13 and Streamed Online, get Meet Code from Varndean College Events Calendar on the Website.

Here a trailer to get you in the mood.

Varndean Ethnicity & Identity Group

Wk 6 E&IdDG
Programme for early spring 2021

Did you miss Joshua Crisp's Oedipus the King Story? Here is a recording of it... OEDIPUS The KING


Our wellbeing team are available on: wellbeingzone@varndean.ac.uk if you’d like someone to contact you.

C Cards and Free Condoms can be collected from the Welfare office (Tutorial block) at lunchtimes. Any questions, email the welfare officer Daniela dss@varndean.ac.uk


Careers appointments can be booked via My Varndean homepage or can be requested by email

Any enquiries email: careers@varndean.ac.uk

Pioneer Childcare run Breakfast and Afterschool clubs in the Brighton & Hove area and have a long tradition of supporting college and university students with part time roles. We have some vacancies at our Brighton settings which have historically been ideal jobs to dovetail with college studies, and I wonder if you have a job shop platform which I may post them on.

A link to our career page can be found here https://www.pioneerchildcare.co.uk/our-jobs/

Plumpton College




You can register here https://events.plumpton.ac.uk/

The Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences are aimed at Year 12 students (or equivalent) in the UK who are studying for their A Levels/IB (or equivalent) and are beginning to consider their options for study beyond sixth form.

The conferences offer:

  • Webinars on applying to Oxford and Cambridge (including Student Experience)

  • Opportunities to chat live with course academics and current undergraduate students

  • Videos of current undergraduate students from your region talking about their experiences of applying, settling into life at both Universities and their course of study

  • Information for teachers and HE advisors

Our aim is for students to have the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into what living and studying at Oxford and Cambridge is like, an understanding of how both universities assess applications and the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

View the full schedule for the Student Conferences, including timings for our live sessions.

Admission is FREE but by ticket only and all bookings should be made online.

How to book

Tickets to attend the virtual conferences are free but you do need to register in advance for an e-ticket. Students and teachers can book themselves on to the conferences.

To book your place, please complete the online booking form.


We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to the library. We will be open for you to study in on the weeks you are scheduled to be in college, with COVID health and safety arrangements similar to the ones in place last term. You will need to wear a mask at all times in the library, and you will need to sign in at the Help Desk when you come in, for track and trace purposes. If you want to borrow any library resources you can use our Click and Collect service, or ask at the Help Desk and we can sort out some supervised book shelf browsing for you.

Here is a reminder of our opening hours:
Monday: 8.15am - 6.00pm
Tuesday: 8.15am - 7.00pm
Wednesday: 8.15am - 7.00pm
Thursday: 8.15am - 7.00pm
Friday: 8.15am - 5.30pm

We hope to see you in the library soon!



Vincent Van Gogh
Doctor Zhivago
Study and Revise for GCSE: An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
Study and Revise for GCSE: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
London in Contemporary British Fiction: The City beyond the City
Geographical Structures: An Introductory Field Guide


Teen Killers: Life without Parole In the United States more than 2,500 people are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were 17 or younger. In this film, five of them, all convicted for first degree murder, tell their stories. (12A)

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned; however, his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (12A)

Inside Chernobyl with Ben Fogle Ben Fogle spends a week living alone inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, gaining privileged access to the doomed Control Room 4 where the disaster first began to unfold back in 1986. (PG)

The Color Purple
This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900s. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 and pregnant by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life through this compelling film. (15)


If you would like some help with research for a project, why not book a one to one session with one of our subject librarians? We can still do these during lockdown either over the phone or online, and can help you choose the best resources for your research. Contact us on library@varndean.ac.uk to arrange one.


The Library Moodle page is your one-stop portal to all our amazing resources, including ebooks, magazines, TV programmes, films, research databases, helpful resource lists and more - all accessible on all devices.


Follow us on Instagram for our most up-to-date information on new resources and other news: @varndeancollegelibrary

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do all we can to help. Contact us by email on library@varndean.ac.uk. If you have any items out on loan that are due back soon, please don't worry about them at present - we don't expect you to return your books until it is safe to do so and we will be renewing all student loans to cover the entire college closure period.