The Governors of Varndean College



The purpose of this governance section is to give an account of the role and responsibilities of the Governors at Varndean College.  We believe that it is right and proper to be open and transparent about our activities and to place in the public domain as much information as is possible subject to rules of confidentiality.

The governing Body of Varndean College is an independent Corporation formed under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and comprises 17 members who are selected as follows: 10 Community Governors, the Principal (ex officio), 2 Staff Governors, 2 Parent Governors, 2 Student Governors.  The Corporation operates within the Instruments and Articles of Government which detail the Governing Body’s powers, rules and regulations.

On this page, we include information about the Governing Body including details of its various Committees and standing orders.

  1. Instrument and Articles
  2. Critical Incident Plan (incorporating Disaster Recovery)
  3. Code of Conduct (for Gifts & Hospitality please refer to App. 5 on page 11)
  4. Corporation Standing Orders
  5. Corporation Committee Structure and Procedures
  6. Financial Statements 2017
  7. Financial Statements 2018
  8. Health and Safety Policy
  9. Risk Management Policy
  10. Scheme of Delegation
  11. Latest Ofsted Inspection Report
  12. Confidentiality Statement
  13. Committee Membership 2018-19
  14. Schedule of Meetings 2019
  15. Cycle of Business 2017-18
  16. Governance Committee Structure Chart
  17. Varndean College Students Union Constitution
  18. Arrangements for obtaining the views of Staff and Students
  19. Minutes of Governing Body Meetings
  20. Varndean College STEM Building: Feasibility Study

For further finance information including Business Procedures, Risk Register and Financial regulations click here

For further information about the Governing Body or becoming a Governor, please contact us using the Governance Contact Form.

Louise Pennington, Clerk to the Governors


“I was very impressed by the number and variety of courses available at the College, as well as the facilities and the grounds. The vibe here is very welcoming and inspiring, with both the teachers and the students being friendly and helpful.”


“Since the first time I came to an Open Evening, I loved the ambience of the College. It is very friendly and warm. It offered the IB, which I wanted to do.”


“As everyone says (and rightly so) the atmosphere at Varndean College simply felt the most welcoming to me, with its open green spaces and strong sense of Art.”


“I loved the campus and the atmosphere, the teachers are all so friendly and the College itself makes you feel at home. I have had a fabulous two years.”