Exams are on the horizon.  The mock exams, which start on Monday 8th December, are a really important part of the preparation for the GCSE exams and we would encourage all students to be revising for at least one hour a day. This document provides some revision tips and strategies.



As we enter the winter period we would like to share information about how we communicate with parents in the event of poor weather particularly heavy snow that disrupts travel.

Our priority at all times is to keep students safe and to keep school open, if it is safe to do so. Many students travel to school by public transport, particularly buses, and there are occasions when some of the roads they travel on are made very hazardous by heavy snow and ice. On such occasions we are usually advised by the bus companies that their buses cannot transport students safely, we are then obliged to consider whether we can open the school knowing that students and staff are unlikely to be able to access the sites. In the event of extremely poor weather that decision will always be made at the earliest opportunity.

Information about school closure will always be posted on our school website. If the website is down we will then post information on our school facebook page.



The 2016 ski trip will be held over the February half term, Friday February 12th – Saturday February 20th 2016 and is open to all abilities. We plan to return to Hinterglemm in Austria. This will be Imberhorne's 33rd visit to the valley and it has always been a successful choice. The trip is open to current year 7, 8 and 11's and the deadline to sign up is 30th November 2014. For full details see this letter.



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Financial Support from the school

The school receives dedicated additional funding to support the education and welfare of disadvantaged and vulnerable students.

Some of this funding is used to provide additional staffing that supports the learning, progress and wellbeing of these students.

The funding is also used to provide a range of financial support that may include:

  • Help to meet the cost of school trips
  • Help to meet the cost of learning resources, such as revision guides and text books
  • Help to meet the cost of uniform
  • Help to meet the cost of different types of tuition (music tuition, learning support etc.)

Largely the funding is directed towards students in receipt of free school meals, or those who have previously been eligible for free school meals. We do however look at each case or request independently.

If you think you need such support please contact us in confidence. In the first instance please contact our school Bursar, Mrs J Cooper either by telephone, through the main school switchboard, or by email – jcooper@imberhorne.co.uk



We value open communication with parents and use a range of different methods to communicate as effectively as we can.  This website contains detailed information about the school and its operations, generally most information will be posted here, including all letters that are sent home.

All formal communication about events, trips and activities are communicated in writing; this information will either be posted or sent home with students.  In addition we also email the content of these letters to parents.

Finally we use Twitter and Facebook to post urgent information, knowing that Facebook content is actively ‘pushed out’ to subscribers means we can usually be confident that such messages are disseminated quickly.  Facebook is particularly well suited to celebrating achievements, we therefore also use it to share images of school events, trips and activities, we find that this is much appreciated by students and parents.

For full details of our communications policy see this link.



Our aim is to ensure the personal, social and educational integration of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) so that they receive a broad and balanced curriculum. We address the needs of all students in order for them to achieve their full potential.  There is therefore a need to provide a curriculum and support appropriate for all. 

Please see the attached document here to find out more about SEN provision in the school.



Please note that the school entrance from Dorset Avenue is only intended for pedestrian access.  We cannot accommodate cars being parked in this road since it causes real congestion and has a significant impact on local residents.

We are requesting that our community police officer visits Dorset Avenue at the beginning and end of the school day to help ensure that the entrance is kept free of congestion.


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The Year 10 School Leaver booster/Meningitis C vaccination in School Programme will be taking place on Wednesday 3rd December at Imberhorne Lane.

Please ensure that your son/daughter has returned the necessary form to the KS4 office by Monday 24th November 2014. When attending the session please ensure they have breakfast on the morning of the vaccination programme.

Catch up sessions for missing students will be undertaken at the Community Health clinic.



A reminder that the next Inset Day falls on Monday 1st December. Students do not attend school on that day.



This will be on Thursday 4th December from 3 till 7.30pm at Windmill Lane

The school day will be compressed with five shortened lessons and finish at 1.15pm. Bus companies have been notified of these changes.

Appointments should be arranged between staff and your son/daughter, using the Appointment Sheet, which they will receive from their Form Tutor.

Traffic congestion outside the school is a problem. If you are able to walk to the school this would be preferable. If you do drive, we would be grateful for your co-operation in making sure that the traffic moves smoothly along Windmill Lane by approaching the school from the London Road end and exiting via Highfield Road.

Please enter the school through the Main Door at the front of the school and sign in at the desk with the students on duty.

Students should attend with their parents. They should be in full school uniform.

For full details see this letter.



Former Imberhorne School teacher Heather Richardson sadly died on Monday 3rd November after a prolonged period of illness.

Heather taught at Imberhorne between 1974 and 2013, in that time she influenced the lives and the learning of huge numbers of young people, she was a loyal, committed and caring professional. Heather always worked hard to meet the needs of her students and was versatile enough to be able to also support different teaching teams at different times in the school. Departmental colleagues wish to make the following tributes to her professionalism and support.

Heather was a valued member of the English department for many years. She had a real passion for literature and she taught her subject with great enthusiasm, drawing on her extensive subject knowledge. We remember the thought and care she gave to her students, particularly those who may have found aspects of school life difficult. Heather could always see the potential in her students and she was always prepared to take on an individual who had proved challenging to manage for other members of staff. Her calm and supportive approach often made a difference. What underlay her successful relationships with her students was her kindness. This was something that we appreciated as a department as well. Heather would always be on hand to help out if any of us had problems to deal with. Heather cared about others and she demonstrated this in the ways that she taught and in the relationships she had with the staff she worked with.

Heather also had a significant and formative role within the vocational department from the earliest stages of course development. When gaining accreditation as a school to deliver these vocational courses, Heather worked extremely long hours in an effort to ensure that the correct qualifications were available to all levels. Heather was always consistent in her approach to students and made herself available for those who needed extra help and support, finding ways to cajole work out of even the most reluctant students. Heather remained passionate about the entitlement of these students striving to provide an appropriate curriculum for them, running the vocational Business level 2 and 3 courses with a high level of success. Many students have left Imberhorne well informed and exceptionally well prepared for further academic studies or work placements. They continue to speak very highly and gratefully of Heather's time, patience and determination for them to succeed.



The second session will take place at Windmill Lane on Wednesday 16th April 2015.

When attending this programme please ensure that your daughter has had breakfast that morning and any missed session will be caught up at the Community Health Clinic.



Lessons are available on a wide variety of instruments during the school day at Imberhorne. For drums, piano, and guitar lessons fill out the school application form and for singing, brass, woodwind, strings and guitar go through the West Sussex Music. Please note that guitar is taught both by our school teacher and through county.
If you would like your son or daughter to have lessons see this letter for full details.

Saturday, 29th November
09:00 -  Young Enterprise Trade Fair
Monday, 1st December
Tuesday, 2nd December
09:45 -  Splendid Theatre Drama Production - Years 10-13
Student Council p.1 and p.2
Wednesday, 3rd December
Year 9 P, G & T workshops - Soft Technology
Year 11 Science ISAs (Band a only)
09:00 -  Year 8 HPV vaccination programme session 2
Thursday, 4th December
Year 11 Science ISAs (Band b only)
Year 7 Consultation (CPD opportunity for support staff at IL)
Friday, 5th December
Year 11 Science ISAs (Band c only)
6th form Design Technology trip - provisional
Jazz Band at Gatwick Airport


Tuesday 2nd December
U16 Basketball at Warden Park
Year 7 Rugby v Angmering (A) 2.30 start County Cup
Wednesday 3rd
U16 Basketball v Sackvlle (H)
U12 (L) Girls Football at 9 v 9 Downlands 3pm start
KS3 Badminton at Warden Park
Thursday 4th
KS4 Badminton at Warden Park



If you have any unwanted football boots or trainers the KS3 P.E. Department would be very grateful for them.



Autumn Term 2014
Thursday 4th September - Friday 19th December
INSET Day: Wednesday 24th September
Half term: Monday 27th October - Friday 31st October
INSET Day: Monday 1st December

Spring Term 2015
Monday 5th January - Friday 27th March
INSET Day: Friday 13th February
Half term: Monday 16th February - Friday 20th February

Summer Term 2015
Monday 13th April - Wednesday 22nd July
INSET Day: Monday 20th April
Half term: Monday 25th May - Friday 29th May



If you wish to enquire about the hire of our facilities please contact Jan Kirby by email, on jkirby@imberhorne.co.uk, by telephone on  01342 310982 or in person on a Monday between 8am and 3pm or Wednesday between 8am and 4pm.
Alternatively, contact can be made on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, between 9am and 10am only, on 01342 310982.  Term Time only.



The ‘Doddle’ website provides curriculum resources to students in all Key Stages.
You can find a link to it under the 'Students' tab above.



Use this CEOP link if you are:

a student suffering cyberbullying or on-line exploitation
a parent/carer or teacher wanting information and resources
anyone needing to report abuse.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and On-line Protection), is the country's leading organisation dealing with child exploitation and on-line bullying.



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