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nodata0042Mrs Hocking
Head of English

Mrs Hocking grew up in the china clay community - one reason why she is delighted to be teaching at Brannel. After graduating from Cardiff University with a Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Religious Studies, she became an English teacher and has been teaching in Cornwall for 12 years. She is passionate about her subject and believes that studying English can enrich the lives of young people. Beyond the simple entertainment of a good story, they stand to gain compassion for a wide range of people across cultures and time periods.

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
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.


Miss Woudberg
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.

Miss Chapman
Teacher of English

Miss Chapman went to primary and secondary school in Cornwall. After gaining a BA(Hons) at Southampton Solent University she returned to Cornwall where she worked in marketing as a Production Assistant. She worked at Brannel School first as a volunteer which inspired her to gain her teaching qualification. She joined Brannel as a qualified teacher in 2016. Her goal is to share her passion for English language and literature, and the importance of its role within our culture, with the next generation.



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. Texts studied include nineteenth century fiction, Shakespeare, Romantic poetry and a modern play or novel. All classes will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and a range of writing styles, with an aim to encouraging student engagement and enjoyment of the subject, as well as preparing them for further education and employment. Students in Year 11 will be assessed through a one hundred percent terminal examination


In addition to their English lessons, all students have a literacy lesson, which supports their literacy across the curriculum. In these lessons, students will learn differentiated spellings and work through a series of punctuation and grammar skills, working from being able to identify to being able to apply these accurately and for effect. There are also regular opportunities for students to develop their extended writing skills through the use of personal writing journals.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Throughout the year the department runs various trips to see theatre and other productions at venues across the country. In addition, we are an RSC partner school, which means that our students have the opportunity to take part in RSC workshops and to see performances that are brought to the school. We are involved in the Kernow Youth Book Awards and students will present their nomination at the awards ceremony at the Eden Project. In addition, we have links with KEAP and have been able to give students the opportunity to visit the ‘Writer’s Block’ and work with professional writers.