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Dorothy Stringer School is a secondary school located in Brighton, East Sussex, England. It has around 1,600 pupils and 120 members of staff.Location and historyDorothy Stringer is on the same campus as Balfour Primary School, Varndean Secondary School and Varndean College Sixth Form College. The campus is bounded by Surrenden Road, Loder Road, Balfour Road and Friar Crescent.With the exception of Balfour Primary School, each of the institutions used to exist in a different educational form. Dorothy Stringer was a secondary modern school, whilst Varndean College and Varndean School were the Boys' and Girls' grammar schools respectively.In 2003, the school was the subject of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) program involving several other schools (including neighbouring Varndean Secondary School, Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College and what was the COMART College of Media and Arts) and the construction firm Jarvis. For Dorothy Stringer this involved the construction of a new sports hall and associated facilities, new music suites, art studios and some new ICT suites.Awards and initiativesDorothy Stringer gained the Eco-Schools Green Flag award in 2000. It was the only secondary school in Brighton to hold this award until 2013. In the late 1990s, the school focused on recycling and improving the look of the school grounds. Since 2000 the 'Dorothy Stringer Environmental Partnership' has focused on increasing the bio-diversity of the grounds and solar power. In 2003, a dilapidated classroom building set amongst the woodland was renovated in the Brian Foster Environment Centre. From this base, Dorothy Stringer has become the lead environmental school in Brighton and Hove, forming international links with St Joseph's School in Le Havre for which funding from the Franco-British Council was won, forming local links with neighbouring schools and, within the school, involving a large number of students in educational environmental activities.
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