Student & Parent Testimonials
A big congratulations to John! His excellent teaching is a big reason why I went on to study chemistry at university - I'm coming into the final year of my chemistry PhD now :)
Jasmine Lightfoot, ex-student
On John Luton winning the IOM3's Sir Colin Humphreys Education Award
John deserves that and more. He is the most inspirational teacher who ever taught me.
Mark Steele, ex-student
On John Luton winning the IOM3's Sir Colin Humphreys Education Award
My English Literature classes were delightful! Thank you so much to Cathy for being so welcoming and kind ...that was so important for me. I was really amazed by this college; all the activities that were available like the clubs, the societies, the poetry day that was celebrated; how wonderful and important all these things were. I also found the relationship between student and teacher amazing. My impression was that it was really human to human and very different from how it is here in Switzerland.
Natalia Vonlanthen, International Student
I wanted to say a massive thank you for all your support and hard work over the last 2 years! Doing the Childcare and Education course has genuinely been one of the best decisions and it has really helped me grow and make progress in lots of different ways. I have gained confidence and realised that I am actually quite good at some things! I have learnt to make my voice heard and contribute my opinion to discussions (before starting college this was something I never did and didn't feel at all confident to do). I have acquired practical skills through my time spent on placement and feel I now have the knowledge to back it up. I have also developed my writing skills significantly. Overall, the course has confirmed my passion for working with young children and I am so excited about what's to come. I am very appreciative for all the support and encouragement you gave me. Thank you for believing in me and helping me to achieve so much even at times when I wasn't so sure I could. Thank you lots and lots!
Ilyanna Erikson, studied at Varndean College, 2018-2020, now going on to study Childhood and Youth at University of Sussex
What can we say! Ilyanna’s result is an absolute triumph. She’s gone from 5/6s at GCSE to the equivalent of 3 A*s at A level. You two must be doing something right with your teaching! Thank you so much for all your support and understanding over the last 2 years. Ilyanna’s emotional and learning difficulties are not the easiest to provide for, proving that your support has been exceptional. We can’t thank you enough. This has done the world of good for her confidence, we are so happy for her. We cannot thank you enough for this brilliant teaching and a fantastic learning experience at Varndean College.
Parents, Helen and Matt Erikson
From my first days at Varndean, I felt I was in the right place where I could enlarge my potential. All the lessons and methods of teaching are excellent and they let the student develop a huge amount of academic skills. Varndean staff have always been very helpful, kind and ready to point out my strengths and work on my weaknesses. Visually, the college is amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better place to study. I say that Varndean has been the perfect academic dream for my year abroad. I have loved every single lesson and would recommend the college to anyone who really wants to expand their potential and grow.
Sofia Foletto, International Student from Italy
I will always highly recommend Varndean College to any student looking to achieve academic excellence in the heart of Brighton and Hove.
Alex Curry, now studying Business & Management, University of Surrey
I have never met a group of tutors so wonderfully charismatic, so brilliantly inspiring and so utterly devoted to helping their students. Truly the best the education system has to offer.
Sebastian Le Huec, now studying Literature & Creative Writing, University of Chichester
Varndean was one of the best times of my life. Without the support and inspiration the teachers gave, I would not be where I am today. Thank you Varndean for opening me to education and career opportunities I never knew were possible.
Hannah Lewin, now studying International Development with Anthropology, UEA
Studying the IB was one of the best choices I've made. It is quite a demanding programme but the teachers were excellent and so enthusiastic and I am constantly drawing on the things that I learnt, even in my final year of university. Varndean College is a special place to study because the campus is pretty and spacious and you really do feel part of one supportive and caring community.
Caroline Banerjee, now studying English, University of Cambridge
If it wasn't for the staff at Varndean, I wouldn't have had the support I needed to make it out of the hole I had made myself. I believe that Varndean also holds the friendliest students in all of Sussex. The friends I met there are still some of my closest friends I hold dear. In short, if you want a place that can give you the freedom to make mistakes, to grow from them and become who you’re truly meant to be, with the friendliest staff and students that will carry you through what might well be the most important years of your life, go to Varndean, you won’t regret it.
Michael Strong – now studying Computer Science, London South Bank University
I really enjoyed my time at Varndean college, not only do you get a first-class education but you also get so much support from the teaching staff who consistently strive to help you achieve your best possible grade. I don’t think I would be where I am today without the help and support from Varndean College.
Megan Williamson, now studying Psychology with counselling and psychotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University
My tutors were so genuine and supportive and I felt I was doing them proud with every step of the progress I made. There was so much support available and I'm glad I made good use of it.
Barney Rudkins-Stow, now studying BA Music Production, BIMM
My Politics tutor was called Avril, she was amazing, can't thank her enough for the top quality teaching! Maggie my personal tutor was also incredibly supportive and helpful.
Claudia Holdsworth, now studying Business Management with Law, University of Sussex
What an amazing educational institution Varndean College is. I can't praise you high enough for the incredible teaching my daughter received when she did her A Levels with you. She was Inspired and encouraged by some extraordinary teachers (special mention to your Classics department). Thank you for all you do.
Parent of ex-student
Thanks to you, your faith & your vision. Thanks to all the fantastic tutors, they completely embody everything that makes a ‘great teacher’. Over the past 5 years both our boys found Varndean College to be the perfect fit & a good distance in style/approach from other local colleges. Even when our son might not have been the right shaped peg, the team found the right slot for him & pulled him towards it. Now about to commence his 3rd year in Architecture at UWE, he couldn’t be more settled due in a large part to the guidance he received at Varndean.
Parent of two ex-student
Varndean College was an amazing college for me they helped me so much the whole time I was there, I have dyslexia and they gave me the support I needed and more. It is an amazing college and I would highly recommend it.
Beth Shingfield, now employed as a Health Care Assistant, Royal Sussex County Hospital
I chose Varndean because I was looking for something that would give me an edge in my dental school applications and I found that the extremely successful IB course was something that could offer this. When it came to my application, the university interviewers definitely took an interest in the IB as its breadth indicated that I could handle a university workload. Varndean also runs a dedicated group for prospective medical, dental and veterinary students which I found to be invaluable.
David Cobbett, Dentistry at the University of Newcastle
Varndean is a great college environment to bring out each individual personality. Each tutor cares and considers each student equally and aims to bring out the best in them. I wish I could go back to my college days and do it all over again.
Lily-Alice Glynn, Events Management, Bournemouth