August 15, 2019

Another Year of Exam Success for Varndean College


Read individual student success stories here.

Varndean College in Brighton is once again delighted with the success of its students who have yet again achieved an impressive record of A Level and Vocational exam results.

  • 1229 A Level exams were taken
  • Overall pass rate at A level was 98% with almost 50% achieving A*-B and 71% achieving A*-C grades
  • All vocational courses had a 100% pass rate.
  • Visual Arts courses (Art, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Textiles and Photography) were once again extremely impressive. Out of the 254 entries, 94% of students achieved A*- C grades, with 22% achieving the prestigious A* grade.

Our English, Humanities, Law and Film continue to be outstanding. A level Law students gained 100% pass rate with 63% getting the very highest grades of A*-B, Film Studies had 100% pass rate with 64% getting the top grades, Government and Politics students achieved a 100% pass rate with the majority of students gaining A*-C.

Varndean College also offers a comprehensive programme of A Level equivalent vocational courses, which many students take either as standalone courses or in combination with traditional A Levels. These results are equally impressive with many students moving on to higher education courses or direct into apprenticeships/employment.


Principal, Phil Harland, said; “We are extremely proud of the excellent results achieved by our students again this year, particularly with the A Level linear format being reintroduced recently. This has made the exams even more challenging; and students and staff have worked tirelessly over the last two years in order to deserve the success they have achieved. I would like to thank my entire staff for their hard work and enthusiasm over this past year and for giving our students the drive and passion to achieve the best they can.”

This A Level exam success follows on from Varndean’s successful International Baccalaureate results earlier in July, when 50 IB Diploma students averaged 36 points, the equivalent to three A grades at A Level, with nine students gaining an impressive 40 points or above (equivalent to 3 A* grades), placing them in the top 3% of students worldwide.

Anya Rehman-Wood (ex Downlands School), whose near-perfect score of 44 points placed her in the top 1% of 169,000 IB students worldwide, will study Medicine at University College London. Dylan Ponsford (ex Lewes Priory), with 42 points, will read Mathematics at the University of Warwick, while the 41 points achieved by Cardinal Newman’s Sophia Stamoulis and ex-Dorothy Stringer duo Freya Clarke and Ella Remande-Guyarde put all three of them in the top 2.5% of students worldwide. Ella will read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of York.

For further information, please contact:

Phil Harland, Principal, 01273 508011,
Jackie Francis, Marketing Manager, 01273 546611,

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