Varndean College

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Varndean College
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Surrenden Road

East Sussex

Coordinates50°51′06″N 0°08′37″W / 50.8516°N 0.1435°W / 50.8516; -0.1435Coordinates: 50°51′06″N 0°08′37″W / 50.8516°N 0.1435°W / 50.8516; -0.1435
TypeSixth form college
Department for Education URN130668 Tables
PrincipalPhil Harland

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


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


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[edit]

Varndean Grammar School for Boys

  • 1884–1901 Edwin H. Lethbridge (died 1932)
  • 1902–1932 William J. Stainer (died 1937)
  • 1932–1963 Eric J. Hutchins (died 1972)
  • 1963–1970 John E. Mollison
  • 1970–1975 David A.G. Turner

Varndean College

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

Notable alumni[edit]

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[edit]


  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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