Curriculum Intent

Words, stories and poems (Language and Literature) allow us to open the door to the past, the future, different worlds and other cultures. Through these lenses we are able to explore and test our own beliefs, to wonder and to make lifelong connections to the ideas and characters we are introduced to. It is our pleasure to share these experiences with the students we teach.

The writing we love also gives us a rich and vibrant vocabulary with which to communicate. It is from this that a love of language is born – working with words and structures to create an image for a given audience. To be able to engage an audience when speaking, to skillfully convince and passionately voice an opinion in writing or in speech are skills that will see you through life at every stage.

The objective of the English Department’s curriculum is to ensure that, by the end of their compulsory education our students are able to articulate their ideas and opinions thoughtfully and with confidence. Their time with us will also mean that they are able to successfully navigate their way through a variety of texts and mediums. Students will be able to express themselves both creatively and factually when writing, taking care to adhere to common spelling, punctuation and grammar rules.

While adhering to the national curriculum and demands of examination courses, we also work towards a curriculum which is relevant, varied and enjoyable. Therefore, English lessons should be engaging and inclusive to enable all students to feel safe in contributing and working to the best of their ability in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Staff Information

NamePosition / ResponsibilityE-Mail
Miss H JacksonAssistant Headteacher - Leader of Learning for Englishhjackson [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss C SalisburyActing KS3 Leader for Englishcsalisbury [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs A JonesKS4 Leader for Englishajones [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs G StedrakKS5 Leader for Englishgstedrak [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs E BestSenior Assistant Headteacher (KS3) & English Teacherebest [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs L BurchellEnglish Interventionlburchell [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Ms S CostelloeEnglish, SEN & Media Teacherscostelloe [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss J HannamEnglish Teacherjhannam [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss S HardwickEnglish Teachershardwick [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss Sarah HarrisEnglish Teachersharris [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss K MarlboroughEnglish Teacher and Deputy Headteacherkmarlborough [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs E NewnhamEnglish & Media Teacherenewnham [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss E SandersonEnglish Teacheresanderson [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss K TattersallEnglish Teacherktattersall [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss K WebbEnglish Teacherkwebb [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk


How can I support my child in English?

Encourage reading of all types of texts and talk about reading with your child. Look at the written tasks your child completes, and ask if they have proofread before you read it!

How are students grouped in English?

Students are taught  in mixed ability groups across the school, teachers carefully differentiate work to ensure all students make very good progress.  This is carefully monitored and tracked.

Will there be support if my child experiences particular difficulty in areas of English?

There are a range of interventions provided in English throughout the Key Stages. We monitor progress carefully and at certain times of the year, we can offer extra support for students who we think will benefit.