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Situated on a beautiful hilltop location with stunning views of Brighton, Varndean College is a highly successful and unique sixth form college offering academic excellence. With an outstanding academic track record, where students become academically accomplished and flourish as part of a welcoming, inspirational and close-knit family, the College offers over 30 traditional A Levels, a diverse range of Vocational Courses and Level 2 courses, as well as the prestigious and internationally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma.

A large percentage of our students progress on to university each year, with many studying at top Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge. Recent HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) statistics show that in 2022, 94.8% of our students studying at Russell Group universities graduated with a First or Upper Second Class honours degree, higher than those students from the independent sector.

With approx 2000 students aged 16-19 years, Varndean College provides a real community ethos with outstanding support, where students thrive, and where we put student happiness at the heart of everything we do. We are in the top 10% of UK schools and sixth-form colleges for value-added, meaning the students who study here achieve much higher than expected of them based on the GCSE grades they arrive with.

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We are the only provider of the prestigious and internationally recognised IB Diploma in Brighton and Hove and our students achieve the highest average Diploma score for a government funded school or sixth form in Sussex.

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STEM Centre Celebratory Opening

Varndean College officially opens its £2.9m STEM Centre. Attended by the Worshipful The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Lizzie Deane and Professor Robert Winston. Watch our promo video and read our news post to find out more.

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Varndean College Building Masterplan

Varndean College invites you to see our development proposals to improve our campus for students. We are looking to enhance our educational facilities.

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Varndean College
Surrenden Road
East Sussex
Tel: 01273 508011
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