English allows students to appreciate and question the world around them.

The English Department at Morton Academy aims to inspire, engage and encourage students to develop their imagination through the reading, studying and writing of a wide variety and type of texts. Our academy is committed to the promotion of reading and literacy for all. We have our own literacy co-ordinator and all students will, from September, be reading each day during their tutor time.

Our curriculum provides students with the opportunity to master key skills related to English: reading, writing, analysis, interpretation and oracy. 

English lessons at Morton Academy include the study of a variety of interesting and engaging topics which are relevant to today’s context. Our curriculum is built upon the key concepts of power and conflict which are threaded through each key stage. Students will study texts which consider the power of nature and humanity and the conflict between nature and/or humanity. By focussing on these themes and ideas, our students can develop the skills to transition effectively from KS3 to KS4, and onto a successful completion of their GSCE course, and beyond.

Students at Key Stage Three will be given the opportunity to practise and revise their literacy skills in a bespoke literacy lesson each week. We aim to provide students with useable and transferrable literacy skills that can be taken into the workplace and the wider world. We also work closely with our SEND department to provide specifically tailored support for students to ensure that all of their learning needs are met.

We also teach and promote the key skill of oracy through a tailored spoken language unit in each year group to instil in our students the confidence and skills to become successful orators. Our aim is that every student will develop confidence in the spoken word and be able to demonstrate high level communication, both for their studies and their future careers.

We believe that it is important for students in English to consider their own and other cultures as well as enriching their experience of literature. The texts we study highlight aspects of emotional well-being, cultural identity and heritage.

The English Department recognise and value the importance of Careers Education. Within each of our topics studied, different careers and opportunities are explored and identified. We develop our learners to be prepared and qualified for any future choices they make, both at college, university or in the workplace. Our previous students have followed a wide range of career paths including Tourism, Teaching, Event Management and Law.

Liz Craig - Subject Leader

Rebecca Taylor - Second in Department

Linda Fitzgerald - English Teacher

Lara Martyn - English Teacher

Rebecca Miller - English Teacher

Victoria Sewell - English Teacher

Hannah McVittie - English Teacher

Samantha Rudd - English Teacher & KS3 Co-ordinator

Carrie Mulholland - Librarian

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