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Headteacher's Welcome

Richard Rose Morton Academy joined United Learning in September 2014.

The Academy moved into purpose built £27m premises in 2011. 

“We are a rapidly improving school for Carlisle families that helps students fulfil their potential and prepare for adult working life in the 21st century. The school has been “under new leadership” since February 2014. Since then we have achieved the Academy’s best ever GCSE results in 2015, with the percentage of students achieving 5A*-C including English and maths rising 13% in one year. In October 2015 the Academy was removed from an Ofsted category, with inspectors commenting positively on the “Dynamic leadership” of the Academy, the rising outcomes and the excellent behaviour of our students.”

As the Academy’s Headteacher, I can genuinely say that it is a pleasure and privilege to come to work. Every day, my colleagues and I have the opportunity to make an actual, positive difference to the life chances and futures of young people.

We benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment which allows us to offer a student centred, dynamic and exciting school experience that supports the highest standards of academic, vocational and personal achievement.  We are becoming the school of choice for many more students in our community, and have a strong and stable leadership team and staff who are taking the school forward at pace.

We are committed to offering every student in our care a happy and supportive education so that each develops, learns and achieves with confidence and enthusiasm. As part of United Learning, we share an ethos summed up in the aim to bring out the best in everyone. And, at Richard Rose Morton Academy, that is exactly what we are looking to do; give every student the skills, education and ambition to be the very best they can be.

We would be delighted to welcome you to our Academy.


Our student centred, dynamic and exciting learning environment supports the highest standards in academic, vocational and personal achievements so that all our students surpass their individual potential and are prepared for adult and working life in the 21st Century.

We encourage our students to be aspirational and to make informed decisions about their path in life by providing a supportive and personalised structure for them to develop within. We take time to know each of our students and through our community ethos are able to build strong relationships which positively impact on the future of our students. Achievement and positive attitudes are celebrated and rewarded. We strive to create a happy, harmonious and hard-working Academy in which all students are able to develop and achieve.

All of our staff at the Academy share in the vision and believe that each individual child has the right to be the best version of themselves they can be. We do this by creating quality teaching and learning, positive life experiences, a fair and firm approach to discipline and a wide range of enrichment opportunities so that all children can experience success. The staff share a dedication and commitment to motivate and inspire students to achieve beyond their expectations. We ensure our staff have access to a varied and comprehensive professional development programme to enable us to share good practise, celebrate outstanding teaching achievements and ensure the best in terms of quality of teaching and learning for the students.

We are proud to be at the heart of our community and have a passionate group of parents who work with us to create an Academy where parents and carers are valued and their voices are heard. Our Parent Voice group meet regularly and are consulted about Academy business, their input is truly valued. Our goal is to enable our students to reach their aspirations by working in partnership with all stakeholders. We are proud to be a part of what is ‘made in Morton’.


  • Richard Rose Morton Academy has taught me to push and challenge myself. I chose Richard Rose Morton Academy because the teachers believe in you and push you to the best of your ability so you are able to excel and achieve the grades you need for your dreams to come true.

    Rachel Lacey Year 11 2015

  • I chose Richard Rose Morton Academy because they provide the best support available to students, especially during the exam period and they help you to make progress in any way possible.  All the staff want the best for every student and you can see this in the way they teach and help everyone.  Personally, I feel that I have made lots of progress in my grades and with personal achievements since coming to Richard Rose Morton Academy, some of which include achieving Head Girl and being chosen to represent the Academy in competitions.

    Zoe Dixon Year 11 2015

  • I chose Richard Rose Morton Academy as I thought it offered the best opportunities for me to continue my education. The school is very supportive and has offered constant help throughout the examination period. Personally, I believe that the Academy has helped me to progress in my abilities and I think that it is an excellent Academy.

    Caitlin Singleton Year 11 2015


  • When studying my University degree I got back in touch with an old teacher from the school that I attended, Morton School. This teacher arranged for me to come back in to my school of five years to gain some experience of being in the classroom as a teacher and paired me up with numerous staff who would help my development and provide me with career advice of how to proceed.

    It was through returning to my old school that I gained a place on a GTP teaching programme which enabled me to continue working at Morton Academy for my first year of the job. At the end of the year I was offered a full time contract which I accepted immediately.

    Since then I have continued to grow in my role as a teacher, becoming Head of Year 10 then progressed to Year 11. The Head of Year has been a tremendous role to take on early in my teaching career and has provided me with added confidence with the faith people have placed in my ability.

    I will shortly be moving in to my fourth year as a Morton Academy teacher and I plan to have many more years in my hometown school.

    Michael McClelland, Teacher of ICT and Head of Year

  • As a trainee, you will always be given the chance to explore strategies, experiment with activities and reflect on your own teaching practice.  When I was informed that I would be carrying out part of my training at Richard Rose Morton Academy, the first thing I did was to search on Google what type of school it is.  For obvious reasons, the first point of reference is Ofsted, whose report assessed the school as ‘inadequate’.

    You worry when you know that you will be sent to a school with such an assessment.  You wonder what the behaviour is like, what the expectations will be, what the teachers commitment is.  You even toy with the idea of asking to be sent to a different school.

    I got an email from Mark Evans, Assistant Head of the school, arranging for me to come and visit them, meet the staff and the pupils and ultimately to have a general idea of the school. It was a sunny Monday and once I saw the place I first thought what a lovely building they have. But anyway, one thing is the box, another thing what is in it.

    And what was in it? Well, lovely pupils and very friendly staff. I saw a community who deserves a better grade. Behaviour is exceptional, learning attitude is really admirable and teaching commitment is exemplary. I was looking forward to two weeks of placement at Richard Rose.

    Those two weeks were a really enriching experience for me. I had strong support from Lara, the Spanish teacher who arranged all the details for my placement. Mark always spared a moment if I needed it, despite his busy agenda. And Mr Bird’s commitment as Head of the school is simply humbling - always available for staff and pupils. They work hard, they know what they want. They know they deserve much better than an ‘inadequate’.

    ‘So why have you been scored a 4?’ I asked. Results – that is it. The predicted grades for this year are really good. I know they will get their targets. I also know they will be inspected and they will be awarded a better score. In the eyes of a trainee and an outsider, I know that Richard Rose is way beyond a good school. Way beyond.

    Felix Castrillon, Trainee Teacher


Core Benefits

  • A contributory pension scheme, relevant to your role (including access to Teacher and Local Government Schemes);
  • Occupational sick pay;
  • Independent school fee reduction scheme for your children;
  • Tailored Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through the United Learning Institute.

Flexible Benefits

  • Childcare vouchers;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Dining card;
  • Gym membership;
  • Health screening;
  • Retail savings.


United Learning

By joining Central Academy you will also become part of United Learning - a unique group of independent and state schools working together to bring out the ‘best in everyone’. Our vision is to provide excellent education, which prepares all young people to progress in their learning and to make a success of their lives.

United Learning focuses sharply on the evidence of what makes it more likely that young people will progress and succeed, applying that to classroom practice and allowing schools to continue to learn and develop. It is a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that every child receives an excellent experience. The approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere.

The development programmes offer access to tailor-made training no matter your career stage, alongside unrivalled opportunities for your career development across both the maintained and independent sectors. Our Performance and Development Reviews (PDR) encompass personal aspiration, impact on pupil achievement and identification of continuous professional development and training that is right for you and your future. For more information please visit our dedicated careers site.

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