May 2018 Newsletter
May 2018
Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s)

Here’s an update and a link to the latest version of Dates for Your Diary (click here)

Examinations and the second half of the summer term
  • Year 2 IB students exams have finished
  • BTEC examinations and Art A level examinations took place throughout May.
  • Year 2 A level and Level 3 BTEC students have their final teaching day on Friday 25th May and A level examinations start in earnest after May half term, though some students may have examinations before this.
  • Pre-advanced students had their final day of teaching on Wednesday 23rd May and the first GCSE examination was on Thursday 24th May.
  • Year 1 Advanced students have completed their internal examinations. Students return to classes on Tuesday 5th June as Monday 4th June is a staff training day.
  • Monday 11 June and Tuesday 12 June, mornings only are for resit sessions, where needed.
  • Thursday 28 & Friday 29 June are subject review and advisory sessions days for Year 1 students and the normal timetable is suspended, but students must attend their sessions.
  • Lessons finish for the summer on Tuesday 17th July.
Learning Agreements
Year 1 students need to sign a new Learning Agreement so we can ensure we have all the correct information to create timetables in September for Year 2. Learning Agreements will be given out in core studies lessons from 5th June onwards for a two week period.

Advanced level courses for year 1 students will carry on in this period and vital work is carried out until the end of the teaching term on Tuesday 17th July 2018.  Please do not take your daughter/son/ward out of College during this time. Students will only be allowed to progress to year 2 if they continue to attend classes during this period.

IB results are available on Thursday 5th July and can be collected from 10.15-11.45.  A Level results are available on Thursday 16th August and can be collected from the hall 9-11. On the same day most vocational (BTEC) certificates will be available for collection. GCSE results are published a week later on 23rd August and will be posted out, or can be collected 9-12 from reception. Advisory sessions run each day during the holiday from 17 to 24 August.

Higher Education Day at Sussex University - Thursday 21st June
We are delighted that Sussex University are again hosting an information day on higher education. We expect all Year 1 students to attend.

In the morning, talks will include choosing courses, student finance, writing personal statements and there will be a tour of the campus to give students an insight into what it would be like to go to university. In the afternoon there will be subject talks already chosen by the students.

Students will be required to make their own way to arrive at Sussex University for registration at 9.15am. Varndean college staff and student ambassadors will be there to greet them. Full details will be given to the students. Please contact the Careers Department if you have any queries. Alison Voas,  or Tel 01273 508011 ext 201

Free College Meals
Students at Sixth Form Colleges from households with qualifying incomes will continue to be able to have a free meal each day in the next academic year. You can apply for this on the same application form as the Discretionary Learning Grant.

Contacting the College
It is my experience that many of the queries that parents have are addressed via the parent portal. However, if there are any unresolved queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at It is possible to contact teachers, via email, directly from your son/ daughter/ward’s timetable on the Parent Portal, but please remember that teachers are busy teaching, preparing lessons and marking and will be unable to respond immediately.

Finally, I hope you and your families manage to find some time over the half term to relax.

Yours faithfully
Phil Harland
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