Vision and Ethos

Our vision is simple: Morton Academy will be a great school in everything it does.

We want our students to benefit from excellent learning, from an interesting, aspirational curriculum delivered with enthusiasm and skill. We want our students to benefit from excellent assessments that diagnose misconceptions which then are addressed for the long term. We want to have the best pastoral support to develop our students’ characters to make them the leaders of the future. We want the best facilities and rewards underpinned by high expectations and standards.

Our vision comes to life in 3 strands for students:

The Morton Learner – alongside our rich curriculum we want to develop education with character. We want our students to be resilient, showing independence, organisation skills and never giving up on difficult tasks. We want them to be confident, asking questions, sharing their own views and working hard to achieve success. We encourage aspiration, our students to set lofty goals for themselves and be lifelong learners. We develop respect, being thoughtful and caring, showing empathy for others and building effective relationships. We want them to be enthusiastic, getting involved in a range of opportunities.  Finally, we want our students to be scholarly, to be reflective, self-evaluate and make changes to improve.

Morton Behaviour – we have high expectations of our students. We believe that every child has the right to disruption free learning every lesson, every day. We are relentless in pursuing this. We expect our students to be smartly dressed and well organised.

The Morton Pledge – we offer our students a wide range of activities and experiences. These are best encapsulated in our Morton Milestones. Each year our students take part in extra-curricular activities that stretch their skills beyond the classroom. Whether it is the Year 7 Speech Showcase, Year 8 Community Project, Year 9 Enterprise Programme, Year 10 50 Mile Walk or the Year 11 Interview Day, our students’ characters are developed. We want our students to represent the academy in sporting activities, to perform in our drama and musical performances and to be an active part of our Student Council.

Our staff have access to a wide range of professional development opportunities from our membership of United Learning. This includes professional qualifications, support from National Subject Advisors and the everyday support you can access from large number and variety of schools which make up the group. We take the safeguarding of our students incredibly seriously and all staff undergo rigorous training in a variety of areas to ensure they are up to date with the latest legislation and guidance.  Our staff are encouraged to share good practice, research new ideas and support students to achieve their goals. We believe that quality teaching is the key to unlocking potential.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

Morton Academy has a very clear ethos in terms of the way in which we treat ourselves and each other. We aim to ensure:

  • That everyone connected with the Academy is aware of our values and principles.
  • A consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and the general life of the Academy. 
  • That we offer positive and realistic examples and role models for our students to follow.
  • That all subject areas provide opportunities to contribute to the personal development of the students.
  • Students take responsibility for their behaviour and impact on others in and out of the classroom.
  • Students recognise the value and richness of the cultural diversity in Britain by giving them opportunities to meet different people, visit different places and discuss different belief structures and faiths.
  • Issues regarding extremist views must not be limited to one or two curriculum areas but must be studied in all areas of the
  • Academy in order to enhance understanding, foster tolerance and encourage respect.
  • Religious Education aims to develop an understanding of the ‘broadly Christian’ nature of British society, as well as offering an insight into other religions and cultures in contemporary Britain. 
  • Students are encouraged to ask and answer questions in PSHCE and not be afraid to touch on controversial issues.

The Academy offers students a variety of leadership opportunities. Examples of this can be seen through ‘student voice’ school council. Representatives for these bodies, as well as roles of Head Boy and Head Girl, are elected by an application and interview process. Democracy in action within the life of the school is a superb promotion of British Values.


United Learning comprises: United Learning Ltd (Registered in England No: 00018582. Charity No. 313999) UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

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