Varndean College rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

A Brighton sixth form college has been rated ‘good’ by the education watchdog in an inspection published last week (November 30).

Inspectors found that Varndean College has a ‘highly-inclusive culture’ which allows students to thrive, and that teachers know their students well.

Varndean College, Brighton

Varndean College, Brighton

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The Ofsted report said students enjoy their learning, produce work of a high standard, and that ‘nearly all progress onto their first-choice university’.

Varndean College, Brighton

Varndean College, Brighton

It did say careers advice for those who do not want to go to university could be improved.

Inspectors also found that ‘a minority of students lack a secure understanding of the risks associated with radicalisation and extremism’.

But it did say safeguarding measures at the school are effective.

Phil Harland, Varndean College principal, said: “I am once again delighted with the Ofsted report which its inspectors have returned.

Varndean College, Brighton

Varndean College, Brighton

“Again, it has identified that Varndean College is a highly inclusive college with a culture that allows its students to develop and thrive as individuals, encouraging them to progress and achieve in whichever direction they choose.

“Progression is not just about developing academically, but also emotionally and socially, and at Varndean College students are supported in every way possible.

“Students and tutors pride themselves in working well together and I praise my staff for their dedication. I know that the students who come to Varndean are happy students and happy students make successful students.”

Janice Robinson, the chair of governors said: “Staff and students have yet again shown what a good college Varndean is. My congratulations and thanks go to everyone for their hard work.”

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