New Head of English, Mrs Murphy, joined Brooke Weston because of its ‘can-do’ attitude and positive ethos. She has enjoyed a varied career spanning 11 years and has worked in a large comprehensive, a state boarding school and a British school in Dubai, becoming head of department there after a year in the job.
Mrs Murphy said: ‘I have always wanted to be a teacher, particularly as I had a very inspiring English teacher who was very creative and inspired me with a love of reading and literature. My philosophy of education is very much that intelligence isn’t fixed, everybody is capable of improving and getting better. I like the can-do attitude of everybody here and the idea that there is always something more that can be done. It is not only about motivation and attitude but also about making students aware of how they learn so they can transfer their learning skills between subjects and those skills will continue for the rest of their lives.’
Mrs Murphy enjoys contemporary fiction by authors such as Will Self, Kate Atkinson, Donna Tartt and Ali Smith. She has also seen renowned poets such as Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage perform.
‘There are some things in English that some people have a misconception about, so it is trying to get people to think about it differently; even if they may not read poetry in their spare time or love literature in the same way that I or my staff do, that there will be something about literature that they can connect with.
‘English is all about communication and what do you do in your life that doesn’t involve having to communicate with somebody? That is why English is so important and why, for me, it is at the heart of the curriculum.’