Overview

At Firth Park Academy, our English department is motivated and driven to help your child succeed.


Through a stimulating, exciting and high calibre curriculum, the teachers within our department strive to provide a scintillating series of lessons that encourage a love of learning. Our curriculum is one of the most diverse in the city, covering not just English authors but writers from Russia, America, Nigeria and Slovakia among others. We are keen to share and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of the Firth Park cohort to ensure plentiful opportunities for pupils to share and celebrate their voices across contexts. We push pupils to engage with a range of challenging and high quality texts usually studied at A-Level: Crime and Punishment, The Great Gatsby and poems from other cultures. The determination and hard work of the teachers within our department has led to English results improving year on year and they are only set to get stronger.

The Curriculum

COMPLETE 5 year curriculum learning journey English.pptx

Meet the team

Ms Bull

Favourite book - My favourite book that I have read recently is 'Difficult Women' by Roxane Gay - she writes beautifully and fiercely about women from a range of backgrounds.

Reason why I love teaching at FPA - I love the diversity and courage of the students at Firth Park: they are focussed, ambitious and bring a smile to my face everyday.

My favourite quotation/motto - My quote is from American educator and Principal, Rita Pierson. She says this quote to all her classes at the start of every lesson!

Ms Lloyd

Favourite book - Shuggie Bain - an emotional story about the reality of growing up in poverty in 1980s Glasgow. Unexpectedly poetic writing with vivid descriptions of the gritty surroundings.

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA - I like teaching at FPA because the students are such a joy to teach!

Ms Spurr

Favourite book - Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA - I love teaching at FPA because the students make me laugh out loud at least once a day!

My favourite quote - ‘No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us’ - Marsha P. Johnson

Ms Saville

Favourite Book- Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. One of the best book series of all time! A rare book which has it all; love, dystopia, heartbreak, racism and terrorism. I could read this book every day!

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA - Everyone at FPA is very welcoming and friendly. The students are remarkable!

My favourite quotation/motto: - "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" - Albus Dumbledore

Ms Hancock

Favourite book - Tess of the D'urbervilles because it's the first book I ever read that made me think about gender inequality and how far society has come since then. It sparked an interest that I still have today!

Reason why I love teaching at FPA - The students make me so incredibly proud every day when they push themselves or demonstrate they've got something that they once really struggled with.

My favourite quotation/motto - 'There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy’

Ms Hinch

Favourite book - The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA - I love teaching at Firth Park because my colleagues are so lovely and supportive and have become great friends. I also love the cultural diversity of the school. I have learned so much about the world from working here. Everyday at Firth Park something makes me smile.

My favourite quote - "Find out who you are and do it on purpose" - Dolly Parton

Mrs Brown

Favourite book- Harry Potter will always have a special place in my heart. Hermione Granger taught a quiet, self conscious girl who adored learning that she could grow up to be smart, brave and that having just a couple of close friends who adore you is fine.

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA - I love the bravery and courage in students at FPA. They never give up and they look out for one another!

My favourite quotation/motto - ‘If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you will have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.’ - Joel Osteen

Ms Sorrell

Favourite Book - My favourite book is Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow for its satirical and dark exploration of the ideas, politics and questions raised through the use of the V-2 bomb in WW2 looking at the line between 'Us' and 'Them'. Its complex and exquisite narration leaves you breathless and unsure which way is up - you can't trust the narrator at all. It is everything you want from a book!

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA -The best thing about teaching at FPA is unquestionably the pupils- lessons are enjoyable and we look forward to seeing each other.

My favourite quotation/motto - “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.”

Mrs Edwards

Favourite Book - Wuthering Heights - It is a staggering piece of work with a brutal storyline, flawed characters and turbulent relationships.

Reason I love being librarian at FPA - I love getting just the right book into the right hands.

My favourite quotation/motto - “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live”- Annie Dillard

Ms Smith

Favourite Book - Me Man. Me Dad. ME. It was fab!

Reason why I love teaching at FPA - I love teaching at FPA because no two days are the same, and the school really encourages staff and students to be themselves.

My favourite quotation/motto - “Nothing worth having, ever came easy” - Theodore Roosevelt - because we all work so hard for our achievements.

Ms Barrett

Favourite book - My favourite books are equally The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Sula by Toni Morrison. The Brothers Karamazov explores spirituality and existentialism but also gets gritty with tales of a secret child made to be a servant in his own father's house. Sula has similar undertones of morality.

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA - I like teaching because of the "blooms". These are the children who have said, "I can't do a whole speech in front of an audience" or "I have never been to a place like this before" or "I am not good at English". These same children win debate competitions, stand among the intelligent to speak at the Cambridge Speech competition and these same children leave English saying "I feel smart"! Those are the "blooms"; the children that find their gifts when they thought they had none.

My favourite quotation/motto - "What God has blessed, no man can curse."

Ms Hill

Favourite book - One of my favourite books is “The Girl on the Train”. It was the basis of my Masters dissertation where I examined Domestic Noir through Text World Theory, with a particular focus on World Replacement and World Repair. I really enjoyed exploring how texts are transformed into “worlds” in a reader’s mind, and how new information and plot twists affect this imagined world.

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA - I like teaching at FPA because I love how richly diverse our school is! I enjoy teaching pupils from such a variety of backgrounds, hearing their stories and learning from them too!

My favourite quote/motto - My favourite quotation is from F.Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past”. It explains the fundamental link between our future hopes, dreams and desires, and our past, which made us who we are

MS Bradley

Favourite book - A Place Called Here by Cecilia Ahern - it's about a secret land where all the people and things that go missing in our world end up, and a missing persons investigator that accidentally finds herself there. I can read it again and again and again and it never bores me.

Reasons why I love teaching at FPA - I'm enjoying teaching at FPA because all of the students have been very welcoming, and I love hearing all their amazing ideas!

My favourite quote/motto - 'How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.' - Anne Frank

Reading and the Library at Firth Park Academy

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) plays a central role in maximising students’ potential in their Firth Park Academy journey. Through the development of independent learning and critical thinking, students are expected to read with skill and volition. Please see the Reading section of our website for more information.


For more information about our LRC please have a look at our Reading Webpage here - LRC

What does good work look like in English at Firth Park Academy?

In English lessons, we write in blue or black pen. The teachers mark the work in red pen and may highlight any spelling mistakes in yellow highlighter. Students then respond and improve their work in green pen.

Have a look at these great examples!

Here, you can see the pupils’ original work in black pen. Then, the teacher marked it in red pen and offered EBI targets (Even Better If…)

The pupil on the left has improved their work in green pen which has then been checked by the teacher.


On the right, you can see an example of success criteria which are used to help support students with longer pieces of writing - it's like an ingredients list to show the pupils what they need to include

Above you can see two pieces of remarkable Year 10 work that have been re-drafted in green pen

KS4 - Year 11

KS4 - Year 10

KS3 - Year 7/8/9

Please contact the English Department’s Director of Learning Ms Bull if you have any questions via kbull@firthparkacademy.org