English & Drama


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.

English Curriculum Overview 2018/19

Curriculum Overview 2018.19

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 yers.
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 2018/19

Curriculum Overview 2018.19

 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


Extra Curricular

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.



Who We Are

Mr Tom Hodkinson – Teacher of Drama

What We Do

‘Theatre is the art of looking at ourselves’ – Augustas Boal

‘I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being’ – Oscar Wilde

Drama is offered as a GCSE and many students choose to continue aspects of it into Further Education. Our students explore and reflect on society, issues, history, traditions and their own role in the world.

We follow the Edexcel GCSE Drama Specification (5DR03)

Students taking Drama at GCSE can expect a course which is varied and stimulating as well as challenging. The specification tests a number of skills; besides acting ability students must demonstrate that they can research a role topic, work well in a group, manage their time effectively, reflect upon and evaluate their own work and that of others, and analyse performances. Drama is not an easy GCSE, but it is extremely rewarding and students can expect to gain much in terms of self-confidence and teamwork skills, as well as developing their dramatic ability and their understanding of theatre and performance. Universities and employers look favourably upon students who can demonstrate a wide range of skills, and Drama can contribute much towards creating a ‘well-rounded individual’ for those who are prepared to work hard at it.

Extra Curricular Activities

There are many opportunities for students to be involved in Drama outside of the classroom and we encourage participation in whatever capacity a student might enjoy. Asides from whole school productions students have taken part in the National Connections Project; The Shakespeare for Schools Festival ; join The KLA Players; the Flyscript writing project (UEA) or participate in CRE8@KLA – run for all students 7-11 on Wednesday’s 3-4. We run a number of theatre trips each year, making good use of theatres locally in King’s Lynn and a bit further afield in Norwich, Cambridge and London. In addition, every year we invite professional performers to work with students in workshops. Those whose strengths lie in technical elements of Drama can join the Sound and Lighting Team, who are responsible for the technical aspects of performances and the school productions. The Drama Department has a studio with a full lighting rig, supplemented by lighting booms, and a sound system. We are well stocked with props, costumes, masks and staging which is used in lessons and for a wide range of performances. work h