“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book”

J K Rowling

English instils in students an ability to appreciate, analyse and question the world around them, allowing them to develop socially, emotionally and academically through their studies.  As English teachers we believe that the imagination is a prime human faculty and that its development is of the utmost importance in the growth of the individual.  Imagination is understood in its widest sense to include sympathy, empathy, sensitivity, responsiveness and an urge to understand, communicate and participate.  In English lessons at Morton Academy students are encouraged to develop their imaginations.  They will gain an appreciation of the power of the written word and will explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts which will inspire, inform and challenge them. In English, students will learn to become critical readers, accurate writers and will have the opportunity to communicate ideas with others during discussion and debate. 

At Morton Academy we aim:

  • To provide students with a set of useable and transferable literacy skills that can be taken into the workplace and the wider world.
  • To foster an enjoyment of literature in all its forms.
  • To provide students with the skills to decode the texts they are exposed to on a daily basis.
  • To help develop the confidence of students to talk effectively in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.
  • To provide students with the opportunities to gain appropriate and useful qualifications.

Who works in the English Department?

We are proud to say that we are a fully staffed department consisting of well qualified English specialists:

  • Liz Craig - Subject Leader
  • Richard McGuire – Principal/English Teacher
  • Rebecca Miller – English Teacher/SENCo
  • Linda Fitzgerald – English Teacher
  • Victoria Graham - English Teacher
  • Ciaran Warner - English Teacher
  • Thomas McBride - United Teaching Trainee English Teacher
  • Carrie Mulholland - Librarian

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, all students receive five lessons of English per week. Our curriculum ensures that students secure a solid foundation for GCSE English. All students have the opportunity to study Shakespeare, 19thcentury texts, poetry and a wide range of media and non-fiction texts. Students are also taught to write successfully for a range of audiences, genres and purposes. 

In Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE courses for English Language and English Literature.  Our curriculum meets the needs of the new GCSE requirements set out in 2015.  The key points of the new GCSE courses are as follows:

Grading scale
A grading scale of 9 to 1 is used, with 9 being the top grade.

Assessment entirely by exam
Assessment is by examination at the end of the course; all students sit the same examination papers. 

Students are required to sit 2 GCSE English Language papers and 2 GCSE English Literature papers. 

Demanding content
Students must now study a 19th century novel, a Shakespeare play, a modern drama and a range of poetry pre-selected by the exam board, as well as a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century non-fiction. 

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