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Varndean College

Varndean College
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Established 1884
Type Sixth form college
Religion Non-denominational
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Phil Harland

Surrenden Road
East Sussex
England Coordinates: 50°51′06″N 0°08′37″W / 50.8516°N 0.1435°W / 50.8516; -0.1435{{#coordinates:50.8516|-0.1435|region:GB_type:edu_dim:100|||||| |primary |name=

DfE URN 130668 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 2400
Gender Coeducational
Ages 16+
Website Varndean College

Varndean College is a sixth form college located in Brighton & Hove that serves the needs of sixth form students and adults.


The college was founded in 1884 in York Place, Brighton, as a boys' Secondary School and moved to its current site (overlooking the city and the sea) in 1932, later attaining grammar school status, becoming Varndean Grammar School for Boys, administered by the Education Committee for the County Borough of Brighton. In 1972 the first girls were admitted to the school (a small number of girls attended A level physics classes at the school in 1970–71), and in 1975 it became a sixth form college under its first principal, David A.G. Turner.[1]

Former Headmasters and Principals

Varndean Grammar School for Boys

  • 1884–1901 Edwin H. Lethbridge (died 1932)
  • 1902–32 William J. Stainer (died 1937)
  • 1932–63 Eric J. Hutchins (died 1972)
  • 1963–70 John E. Mollison
  • 1970–75 David A.G. Turner

Varndean College

  • 1975–88 David A.G. Turner
  • 1988–2006 Alan Jenkins
  • 2006– Dr Philip Harland


Varndean College is situated in Surrenden Road, in the northern part of Brighton. It shares a campus with Balfour Junior School, Balfour Infants School, Dorothy Stringer High School and Varndean Secondary School.

Notable alumni

The Old Varndeanian Association exists to maintain a network between former pupils and students of both the school and college, as well as former pupils of Varndean Girls' School. The association maintains contact with thousands of Old Varndeanians and organises regular reunions and other functions.

Varndean Grammar School for Boys


  1. ^ 'Onward and Upward, York Place to Varndean 1884–1975' by Tony Allt and Brian Robson. Published privately in 1993 by the Old Varndeanian Association.

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