Meet the team:
Mr Graham Frammingham (Assistant Principal and Head of English)
Mrs. Elanor Westbury (Assistant Principal)
Ms. Diane Scoles (Director of Literacy)
Miss Katherine Poll
Ms. Charlotte Barber
Mrs Cindy McLeish (HLTA for English)
Miss Emma Webber (HLTA for English)
Mrs Sianead Goodson
Mrs Liz Espiner
Mrs Julie Wilson
Mrs Kim Bowles (librarian)
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum replicates an age-appropriate version of the GCSE content students will begin in year 9. The curriculum is designed to interest students and to generate a passion for reading; students are encouraged to develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills in preparation for key stage 4. Students study a combination of language and literature, exploring a range of classic, challenging literature and engaging modern texts.
Additionally, students have a reading/library lesson each week where they are encouraged to read for pleasure as well as working on basic spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. Homework is set regularly with all students undertaking regular spelling and reading homework. Reading is a fundamental key to success and at KLA students participate in the Accelerated Reader programme, in order to ensure steady reading age growth, throughout KS3.
Students are assessed regularly using simplified literature and language questions in the style of the GCSE and provided by the exam board (AQA). This allows us to track and monitor progress and provide appropriate intervention if required.
Key Stage 4
Our Key Stage 4 begins in year 9 with a foundation year. During this time students will focus more explicitly on the exam skills, without actually studying the set texts. This allows us to increase the level of challenge without students having to retain content for 3 years.
Students will usually have 2 teachers and study discrete language and literature units, building on the skills they acquired at KS3.
The assessments remain in the same format as KS3 for year 9 and past GCSE papers for years 10 and 11.
More details about the GCSE courses can be found at:
English Curriculum Overview 2017/18
Our Values –
- To promote a love of reading, writing, and communication
- To be expose students to a range of texts, from different literary and non-literary genres
- To empower students thinking through their knowledge and use of language
- To show the relevance of English in the real world, at work and beyond
- To thoroughly prepare students for the demands of exams
English at KLA is a varied and dynamic subject. We provide a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. The department actively supports the house system with a spelling bee and a variety of writing competitions, linking with our University of East Anglia connections. We take every opportunity to encourage students to write for ‘real’ audiences and have been successful in having the work of several students published.