Varndean College

Name Varndean College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 30 October 2018
Address Surrenden Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6WQ
Phone Number 01273508011
Type Sixth Form College
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Brighton and Hove
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

Varndean College is an inclusive sixth-form college providing academic and general vocational study programmes at levels 2 and 3, for students aged 16 to 19. As part of its academic study programme, it also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. The very large majority of students take academic study programmes, some with a mix of academic and vocational courses. A very small minority take purely vocational courses. The college is in the north of Brighton and Hove on a single campus shared with four schools. The college also provides adult education courses in the evening, as well as family and community learning at outreach centres in the local community. The college recruits from the immediate area and across East and West Sussex, as well as from independent schools and from overseas.

Summary of key findings

This is a good provider Governors, leaders and managers have developed a highly inclusive culture that allows staff and students to thrive. Teachers know their students well. They have high expectations and use their own experiences and expertise to motivate students to achieve. Students benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum that meets their individual needs. Students enjoy their learning, maintain excellent behaviour and are highly cooperative. The vast majority of students produce work of a high standard. Students on the International Baccalaureate produce work of exceptional quality. Students with high needs receive very good support and make good progress. They achieve their qualifications and move to the next stage of learning or to employment. The vast majority of students make good progress and achieve well. Nearly all progress onto their first-choice university or to their chosen next step. A high proportion of students who resit GCSE English and mathematics qualifications successfully gain grades 4 to 9. Too few students on vocational programmes have external work placements to develop their understanding of the areas in which they wish to work. Careers guidance is insufficiently comprehensive for students who do not want to go to university. Too few students continue to develop their literacy and numeracy skills once they have achieved GCSE English and mathematics grade 4 to 9. A minority of students lack a secure understanding of the risks associated with radicalisation and extremism.