Head of Department
Miss N Taylor
Assistant Head of Department
Mr J Collins
Teachers of English
Mrs L Daffern (currently on maternity leave)
Mrs N John-Oloni
Ms D Obiorah
Miss Y Bandhoo
Miss F Yasmin
Miss E Weller
Miss H Norris
Mr R Hannan
The English Faculty at The Palmer Catholic Academy is large and has a mixture of experienced and more newly qualified teachers. English is a multi-disciplinary subject encompassing the study of language, drama, speaking and listening, writing, reading, media and ICT work.
We aim to teach a wide range of skills in line with the National Curriculum, whilst offering a stimulating framework which captures the enthusiasm and enjoyment of English for students of all abilities. Our key goal is to support all students in achieving their potential. It is a core subject at the heart of many other academic disciplines; we recognise the importance of literacy skills which allow students to communicate with others, both at school and in their everyday lives.
We believe strongly in the importance of reading, both for enjoyment and to aid academic success. Therefore, all Year 7 students have a timetabled library lesson once a fortnight. We also offer a reading intervention programme for students who require extra support with this extremely important life skill. Independent reading is encouraged at all Key Stages and in Key Stage 3 all English lessons often begin with ten minutes private reading to allow students to enjoy reading their own texts and improve their vocabulary.
We are committed to offering students a variety of extra-curricular activities and consider this a strength of the Department. Recent events have included numerous theatre trips, workshops run by the Globe Theatre, a writing workshop run by a visiting author and a Year group taking part in the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ challenge which aids students with building their public speaking skills.
The academy has nine dedicated English classrooms. All English classrooms are equipped with overhead projectors. The academy library is available for students every break and lunchtime and Year 7 have a dedicated library lesson once a week.