Establishment Varndean School

URN: 114579

Community school

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Balfour Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6NP
Local authority:
Brighton and Hove (846)
Mr William Deighan
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11 to 16
Phase of education:
School type:
Community school
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URN: 114579, DfE number: 846/4012
UKPRN: 10015965
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Ofsted rating:
Good (Last inspection: 05 July 2017)
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No boarders
Nursery provision:
No Nursery Classes
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Does not have a sixth form
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Not recorded
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Special classes:
Has Special Classes
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Not recorded
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Alex Marsh Appointed by GB/board 06/06/2019 06/06/2021


Name Appointed by From To
Jon Dee Appointed by GB/board 20/06/2020 19/09/2024
Julian Benkel Appointed by GB/board 20/06/2020 19/09/2024
Emma McCrea Appointed by GB/board 02/10/2019 02/10/2023
Judith Ford Elected by school staff 10/03/2019 10/03/2023
Giovanni Franceschi Appointed by GB/board 15/09/2018 15/09/2022
Hope McAdam Appointed by GB/board 07/06/2018 06/06/2022
Simon Bowes Elected by parents 08/03/2018 07/03/2022
Emma Warde-Robinson Elected by parents 24/03/2017 23/03/2021
Ian Rodgers Appointed by GB/board 01/12/2016 30/11/2020
William Deighan Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/01/2009 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Rob Reed Governor Appointed by GB/board 17/03/2016 02/10/2019
RSC Region:
South-East England and South London
Government Office Region:
South East
Brighton and Hove
Parliamentary Constituency:
Brighton, Pavilion
Urban/Rural Description:
Urban city and town
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Middle Super Output Area (MSOA):
Brighton and Hove 004
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA):
Brighton and Hove 004C

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