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Ms N Sumner - Head of Department

Welcome to the English Department

We endeavour to foster and build students’ skill and confidence in all areas of English study and we recognise that reading, writing and communication skills are essential for young people to reach their potential in school and fulfilling opportunities throughout life. Therefore, the English curriculum is built around development of these core areas, and every opportunity is explored to promote the highest standards. Consistency and creativity are the key principles which underpin every aspect of our practice.

Meet the English Department

The department team consists of ten members of staff. These are:

Name Title
Ms N Sumner Head of Department 
Ms S Parnaby Assistant Head of Department
Mrs J Bradley Teacher of English
Miss K Greenhalgh Teacher of English
Miss S Warburton Teacher of English
Mrs A Tayub Teacher of English
Mrs S Crossley Teacher of English
Mrs L Hirst Teacher of English
Miss C Murray Teacher of English & Drama
Mr S Marron Teacher of English

English Overview

At Altrincham College, students will study a wide and varied range of literary and non-literary texts, including: novels, poems, plays, newspapers, websites, advertisements and letters.

Our aim is to enable all students to:

  • Develop an appreciation and love of reading,
  • Read increasingly challenging material,
  • Understand increasingly challenging texts,
  • Read critically,
  • Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information,
  • Plan, draft, edit and proof read,
  • Consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and speak confidently and effectively.

In order to facilitate this, we expect students to have a full set of equipment (pen, pencil, ruler, and eraser) for every lesson.