Dates for your diary:

This week:

IB Exams


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: Post 18 Options: Apprenticeship

YEAR 2: Ending Session/ Check out Guide

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

RU-OK? TEAM is visiting college to raise awareness of drugs misuse and festival safety

WHEN: on Monday 15th @ lunchtime

WHERE: in the Canteen

EPQ Information (Year 1 Students)

For more information please come along…


Tues 16 May 12.05-12.30 

Friday 19 May 12.05-12.30


Rm 63 in the tutor block

You must complete an application form by Mon 23 May


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. 


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.



A new careers site has been launched! 

You will also find this website full of careers information and opportunities by going to, click student, click the box careers.


In person work experience

Work Experience with Pioneer means a fun filled time working with kids to offer sports, arts & crafts, and general fun. We are looking for students who love sport, arts, and have an interest in learning and having fun

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. 

Deadline to apply: 9th June 2023.

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

Work experience with Graphite Digital

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

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

In person work experience

Fizzy Fish Stacked.pdf

Work Experience with Fizzy Fish - an independent childcare business in Hove/Portslade, offering high quality flexible childcare.  There is a nursery for children 0-2 and pre-schools for children aged 2-4.

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

Karen Fothergill

To see the website:

In person work experience

Work experience with Sinclair Media Group (sound generation, music publishing and lead generation)

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

David Sinclair 

To see the website: 

In person work experience

Three sixty group provide signage, design, photography, video and CGI services

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

Matt Bridgeman‑Rivett, Studio Administration Manager

In person work experience

rudyard kipling school logo

Rudyard Kipling School and Nursery

Exciting work experience opportunities in education

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

Sarah Kirby, Deputy Headteacher, Rudyard Kipling Primary School and Nursery

In person work experience 

London Firm of Architects - Walters and Cohen

24-28 July 2023 10am-5pm in London

Apply by: 19th May 2023

W&C Work Experience 2023.pdf

To apply: Email Marie Nirmalendran from Walters & Cohen Architects ( to ask for an application form 

Virtual work experience 

Sustainability week - for students.pdf

Virtual work experience in green futures/sustainability and more

Local Authority Virtual Work Experience programme July 2023 - APPLY NOW

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

PwC are delighted to announce that their Virtual Insight Programme is open for applications. 


Open to Year 11 and 12 (Year 12 and 13 in Northern Ireland, S4 and S5 in Scotland) students across the UK, PwC’s Virtual Insight Programme will provide you with an insight into different business areas, including accounting and technology, through interactive online sessions. 

The Virtual Insight Programme will take place 24 - 26 July 2023. Apply here by the deadline on 19 May 2023. 

Virtual work experience in engineering and technology

Would you like virtual work experience in engineering and technology? 

Apply by 14th June (programme runs 19th-30th June)

Click here to find out more >>> Siemens Innovation Virtual Work Experience Link 

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>>>> 


Degree apprenticeship

Civil/Structural Design Engineer

Apply by 12th May 2023


This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual hoping to begin their career as a Structural/Civil Engineer Possible start date 01 August 2023. Requires A level maths.

Degree apprenticeship

Chartered Quantity Surveyor Apprentice

Apply by 14th May 2023


Candidates must therefore be residents of Surrey, or willing to relocate. You will obtain a BSc (Hons) Degree in Quantity Surveying (Level 6 and become a chartered member of per week starting in September 2023. Work is based in Surrey. 

Higher/Level 4 

Construction Site Supervisor Apprentice

Apply by 14th May 2023


Training is at London South Bank University, Southwark Campus. You will attend face-to-face training 1-day per week on day release model.

Find out more >>>> 

Level 2 Engineering

Engineering operative apprenticeship

Apply by 31st May 2023

VOLKS RAILWAY (Brighton Council)

See below an exciting opportunity to join Brighton Council's Economy Environment & Culture team as a Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprentice.  

please contact James via the details on the advert.

 Find out more>>>> 

Current degree apprenticeship vacancies on Find an Apprenticeship website

Current Degree Apprenticeship Vacancies (26-04-23).docx

The following organisations are advertising apprenticeships:

Jaguar LandRover - apply by 26th May 

Volkswagen - apply by 26th May 


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.  


University News...

University of Reading is running the following free subject tasters:

Economics Taster Day - Weds 21 June Click here to register for economics subject taster  

Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Taster Day - Weds 12 July Click here to register for biomedical subject taster 

Zoology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Taster Day - Thurs 13 July Click here to register for taster session 

Geography Taster Day - Weds 19 July Click here for the geography taster day 

Law Taster Day - Tues 25 July Law taster day click here 

Criminology Taster Day - Wed 26 July Criminology taster day 

Psychology and Language Sciences Taster Day - Tues 27 July Psychology and language sciences taser click here 

Open day - 16/17 June

University of Sheffield is running various free subject tasters in science, engineering, arts, humanities, social science and architecture.  Click here to find out more >>>>University of Sheffield taster sessions 


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

Community gardens

Link to Brighton & Hove Food Partnership 

A great starting point is to take a look at Unifrog and learn more about why volunteering matters and how to start.

Click here >>>

Unifrog - volunteering - why it matters and how to start 


Recommended max 10 hours per week

VOTS 1-5-2023.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:


Library closures this week

The library will be closed at the following times for exams to take place:

Thursday 11 May: 1pm - 4.30pm

Friday 12 May: 8am - 1.30pm

Room 27 should be open as usual for you to study in during these times. Sorry for the inconvenience this causes.

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?

Revision time

It's exam time for year 2 students, so the library is currently being used for quiet revision. Please be mindful that some students are unable to study at home and find noise very distracting whilst revising in the library. Please keep your conversations to a minimum and do any socialising outside of the library. Thanks for your cooperation! 


So Long My Son   Two married couples adjust to the vast social and economic changes taking place in China from the 1980s to the present. (PG)Chinese with English Subtitles 
Aids: The Unheard Tapes - Episode 1: Ignorance The first signs of the 'gay plague' appear in London as the Aids epidemic begins. (E)
Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with Iolo Williams Iolo travels with a specialist dive team looking for signs of hope the Great Barrier Reef can survive the threat of global warming. (E)
This Cultural Life: Shirin Neshat The world’s foremost Iranian-born artist, reveals her creative influences and inspirations. 


Pearson Edexcel A Level Politicsby John JefferiesE- book   
AQA A-Level Business Year 2by John Wolinski
Red Memoryby Tania Branigan
The Revenge of Powerby Moises Naim  
The Awakeningby Kate Chopin 
Assemblyby Natasha BrownFiction

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email on and we will do all we can to help. Visit the library website for further information and everything you need to know about using the library.

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