Head of Department: Kate Worden

Deputy Head of Department: Vina Vekria (Key Stage 4 Coordinator)/Joanna Clark Key Stage 3 Coordinator

Members of department:

  • Rachel Armitage (teacher)
  • Jo Bailey (Assistant Head & teacher)
  • Joanna Cantwell (Teacher)
  • La Donna Dee (Teacher)
  • Penny Downes (Assistant Headteacher)
  • Isabelle Fox (KS5 Coordinator)
  • Bella Godsil (Head of Year 13)
  • Grainne McNeill (Teacher)
  • Jemima Reilly (Headteacher)
  • David Savage (teacher)
  • Sam Smith (Assistant Head)
  • Laura Worsley (Associate Head)

KS3 curriculum (Years 7-8)

Each year of the new KS3 curriculum offers students the opportunity to study a full novel, a Shakespeare play, and a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts including pre 20thCentury, contemporary and seminal world literature. We help students develop and hone the core skills of reading and writing, including grammar, and spoken language, such as discussing and presenting. Independent reading is promoted and monitored through the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme.

KS4 curriculum (Years 9-11)

The new KS4 curriculum (2015) sees a lot of change in English Literature and Language. Notably, there is no longer any coursework or controlled assessment components Instead, both Literature and Language are assessed by examination only.

Our set texts for GCSE are the Shakespeare play, ‘Macbeth’, the classic Charles Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ and the intriguing 20th century play by J. B. Priestley, ‘An Inspector Calls’. Both the Literature and Language GCSEs will contain unseen texts, and so our new GCSE curriculum focuses on building students’ independent reading and writing skills in Years 9 and 10, before focusing closely on examination skills in Year 11.

Our curriculum offers interesting and challenging texts across the two-year course, to develop students’ confidence and resilience, as well as equip them with the skills they will need to be successful in Key Stage 4 studies and beyond. As a department, we use a wide range of lesson activities and teaching techniques which recognise the importance of quality speaking and listening to develop students’ oracy, as well as literacy.

KS5 curriculum (Years 12-13)

The new KS5 curriculum offers students the chance to study contemporary literature alongside the classical canon. Students study a range of poetry, drama and prose with an opportunity to select individual research areas. Students will be supported in developing their academic writing to a high level. We provide enriching opportunities, such as theatre trips, regular book clubs and other relevant cultural excursions.


Arvon Trip - residential trip for KS3 only, where G&T pupils go to Devon to work with professional writers

Slambassadors - performance poetry regional competition, working with professional poets and competing with other school students.

Absolutely Write - Pupils across the key stages work with a professional writer to produce their own piece of creative writing that is then collated into an anthology.

Theatre trips - We go to the Globe, Poetry Live at the Dominion, and other opportunities

The Globe Theatre Company visit us at Morpeth for KS3 and KS4

Author Visits - Professional authors come in to talk to G&T pupils

Nurture Reading Group with one of our academic coaches

KS5 - Academic mentoring and Book Clubs

Other information relevant to Y6 parents/pupils

Pupils who arrive at Morpeth working at a level 3 or below in English will be given extra support individually, in preparation for a retake of their SATs in Year 7.