Imberhorne School

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Imberhorne Lane
East Grinstead
RH19 1QY
11 - 18
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Imberhorne School is a larger-than-average-sized mixed comprehensive school. It has a large sixth form. The school is on a split site with Years 7 to 9 based in the lower school, a mile away from the upper school. The proportions of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are below the national average. A below-average proportion of pupils with SEND attend the school. The number of Inspection report: Imberhorne School, 5 to 6 March 2019 Page 9 of 12 pupils who are disadvantaged is also below the national average. One pupil currently attends alternative provision at Crawley College.

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Imberhorne School Reviews

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“Surpassed my expectations”
"> I have two children at this school, both who are high achievers. One of my daughters also has some additional needs and it has blown me away, the level of support and understanding she has received. The school is very much focused on the whole child and that helps the children feel important and listened to. They are regularly included in decision making and given lots of leadership opportunities. They run a variety of clubs, many of which they do very well in and often succeed over the local private schools (debating team for instance). If you find yourself in the position I was in and you are torn between grammar and a comprehensive school, then Imberhorne is a prime example of why it’s important to view the school. They have a gifted programme and support those who want to stretch themselves, pretty much as far as they want to go. Equally for children who are willing but need the support to achieve, I have watched one of my daughters flourish, after being told in primary that she was “not the academic type, but the arty type”. She has steadily climbed from the bottom sets, to the top and that is partly due to the commitment by the teaching team and the way they have helped build my daughters confidence. One of the things I looked for most when selecting secondary education, was communication on progress. Imberhorne has an outstanding approach and along with an app, where I can see everything from what class they have next, to the homework they have due. I can also see their achievement points and what food they have selected every day. In addition every single teachers email address is made available and I have always been made to feel invited to get in touch. If bullying is something that worries you, then I think it is important to know that Imberhorne runs cashless catering and everything is paid for using their fingerprint. I believe this helps eliminate a lot of problems associated with carrying money to school. Finally if the uniform puts you off, they have the arrival of their new uniform in September 2018 and it is moving to a much smarter v neck grey jumper, with blue piping and a pleated skirt.
“Truly great school”
"> Really fabulous school. I have one son who left last year and another one there at the moment. It's a split site school which brings the feel of it being two small schools which can feel very nurturing. When children start, emphasis is placed on having a strong family-school relationship and I've always found staff very helpful and always willing to talk. Academic expectations are high whilst focus is also placed on the children being well-rounded individuals. Great opportunities for the academically gifted and brilliant pastoral support. Honestly cannot fault it.
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