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Varndean College IB Students Shine Once Again

Maria Gureeva (below) was one of the stars of Varndean College’s outstanding International Baccalaureate Diploma results this summer. Maria, who lives in Burgess Hill and went to Downlands School, studied her native Russian language on the way to achieving almost full marks in this demanding international qualification. Her score of 44 points has put her in the top 1% of over 90,000 IB students worldwide. Maria, who is going to study Economics at Warwick University, shared top spot with ex-Steyning Grammar pupil Naomi Crisp from Shoreham.

Reading Ahead Challenge 2017

For the third year running, students from Varndean College have participated in the Reading Ahead Challenge.  This is a programme run by the UK Reading Agency in which it challenges students to choose six reads (such as books and magazines) then read and review them in a diary provided.

The scheme is for anyone who would like to read more and encourages reading for pleasure and on a regular basis.  

Pictured here are just some of the participating students receiving their prizes and certificates from College Principal, Phil Harland, today.

Photography students Mia and Esme win the Varndean College’s first Anne Howard Award

Photography students Mia and Esme win the Varndean College’s first Anne Howard Award

Five A Level Photography students at Varndean College were recently nominated for the college’s first Anne Howard Award in recognition of their outstanding work throughout the year.

Mia Waghorn, Esme Whitehead, Luke Waring, Oscar Hardman and Kitty Fabry were the five nominees, with Mia and Esme being awarded joint winners and ‘highly commended’ going to Luke, Oscar and Kitty.

Brighton & Hove’s most exciting art gallery supports award winning students.

Highly talented Varndean College Art A level student Poppy Pearce receives a cash award, and will have her work exhibited alongside national and international artists at The Kellie Miller Gallery in Market Street, Brighton.

Kellie Miller of The Kellie Miller Gallery presents the annual award at the Varndean College Summer Art Exhibition. Showcasing two hundred and fifty of the most exciting Art, Design, Textiles and Photography students in the city, the exhibition in Surrenden Road is attracts high numbers of visitors.

Varndean College’s Visual Arts Department Public Summer Exhibition

Varndean IB student is youngest ever person to present at BNMS Conference

It’s not often that a sixth form student gets invited to present a poster at a national conference for a major medical organisation but that’s exactly what Portia Smith, a first year IB student at Varndean College, was asked to do.  She took part in this year’s British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) annual Spring Meeting which was held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on 20 May and set a record by being the youngest person ever to present at a BNMS Conference.


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