English
Part of the 'Express' Wing

 


nodata0042Mrs Hocking
Head of English

After graduating from Cardiff University with a Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Religious Studies, Mrs Hocking became an English teacher and has been teaching in Cornwall for 12 years. She is passionate about her subject and think that teaching is the best job in the world. Mrs Hocking grew up in the clay area and has always been keen to give something to the community, so the opportunity to work at Brannel School really appeals to her.

 


nodata0107Mrs Berry
Head of House & Teacher of English

Mrs Berry studied her English degree through the Open University whilst living in Wales. Following this, she moved to Cornwall in 2012 to undertake her teacher training with Cornwall SCITT. Her first teaching role started at Brannel in 2013 and she is now Head of Halviggan and the Whole School Literacy Coordinator.

 


Mrs BurnettMrs Burnett
Teacher of English

Mrs Burnett joined the school in September 2012. She achieved a degree in English Language and Communication from Cardiff University. After travelling around the world for 6 months she completed her PGCE at Southampton University in 2006. She moved to Cornwall from Southampton where she used to teach at a Secondary School in Winchester. She enjoys reading Agatha Christie and watching Southampton FC.

 


nodata0084Mrs Ireland
Teacher of English

Mrs Ireland was born and raised in Cornwall. She studied with The Learning Institute at Callington Community College where she completed a PGCE in Drama and English.
Mrs Ireland loves teaching - particularly in a rural school like Brannel where the staff are extremely supportive and have very high expectations that help students be the best that they can be.


nodata0056Mrs Neethling
Teacher of English

Mrs Neethling joined Brannel School in 2005 as a teacher of English after attending the school a few years before as a pupil. She studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts. She has a PGCE in English and most recently has enjoyed teaching Media GCSE.

 


Mrs WherryMrs Wherry
Head of House & Teacher of English

Mrs Wherry began teaching at Brannel in September 2009. She achieved a first class Honours degree in English Literature through the Open University. She trained through SCITT with placements at Falmouth and The Roseland schools. She has also taught English at Penryn College. She is thoroughly enjoying being Head of House. Her favourite authors are Alan Bennett, Roald Dahl and Sylvia Plath.

 


nodata0099Miss Woudberg
Head of House & Teacher of English

Miss Woudberg studied with Cornwall SCITT. At Brannel she teaches Media as well as English and took on the role of Head of House in 2014. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her young family.

 


nodata0079Mrs Harrison
Teacher of English

After completing her degree in English Literature at the University of Exeter, Tremough Campus Mrs Harrison worked in sales for a local oil company for a couple of years.  She trained to be an English teacher with Cornwall SCITT, and has worked at Liskeard School and Community College teaching English up to A Level.  Mrs Harrison teaches English and Media at Brannel.


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Mrs Ross
Higher Level Teaching Assistant English

Mrs Ross has taught English within several secondary schools across the country since 2001 and is now happy to be working in a supporting role as English HLTA at Brannel. She has a degree in Archaeology which she achieved in 1994 at Cardiff University.

 

 


Key Stage Three

In English at Key Stage Three we follow the National Curriculum requirements for English and, with their guidance, have produced a wide range of programmes for study. These take the form of units of work. At the heart of each of these units will be a study of a particular theme, often based upon extracts taken from works of fiction/ non-fiction. Built into the unit will be tasks requiring reading, writing, speaking and listening and, at all times, the highest possible level of performance in each of these aspects will be sought for. Attention will focus on every element of language development according to your child's needs, from the basic skills of handwriting and sentence construction to the higher levels of investigative reporting and literary criticism. All of these units of work form a foundation for study at GCSE. During Key Stage Three there will be opportunities to increase Information Technology skills, study aspects of the media, participate in role-play activities and visit places and events to witness language in action. If you would like to see our units of work, please contact Mrs Hocking (Head of Department).

Key Stage Four

At KS4 within English we offer GCSE qualifications in English, English Language & Literature and Media Studies. Students in Year 11 will be assessed through a combination of controlled assessment and examination, whilst Year 10 prepare for one hundred percent terminal examination. All classes will study a range of literature texts and writing styles, with an aim to encouraging student engagement and enjoyment of the subject, as well as preparing them for further education and employment.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Throughout the year the department runs various trips to see theatre and other productions at venues across the country. Last year, together with Drama, we ran a joint visit to London, which took in the Harry Potter Studios, Shrek the Musical and BBC Television Centre. In addition, each year we run whole school competitions including the Spelling Bee, Balloon Debate and Shakespeare Showdown.