Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Trial Expedition 2023
86 WKGS students spent the weekend in Wales completing their trial expedition for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. With such beautiful weather a good time was had by all learning essential skills for survival in the open air!
The Spanish Department resumed 2019’s successful student exchange with our partner secondary school, IES Garcilaso de la Vega a mixed secondary school located in Torrelavega, a town in Cantabria in northern Spain: The Spanish Exchange presents students with a unique opportunity to improve their spoken Spanish and see Spanish daily life at first hand. Students from Calday Grammar School collaborated with us and students were accompanied by teaching staff from West Kirby Grammar School and Calday Grange Grammar School. The Spanish students hosted their English partners and a programme of events was organised during the school day for the visiting students. The students visited Santander, experienced a day at the Altamira Museum, an exact replica of the Altamira Caves with Palaeolithic cave paintings. They took part in a workshop in which they learned how to make and throw spears to hunt deer and bison. This was followed by a visit to Santillana del Mar. During their visit they also visited El Soplao, a site of great geographical importance, and the beautiful Santillana del Mar and the Parque Naturaleza de Carbaceno.
Year 12 North West Regional Forum European Youth Parliament at L
The North West European Forum 2023 is one of the fourteen regional EYP forums which take place in the UK, with many more taking place in other countries. There were a number of debates throughout the day. The forum gave students an opportunity to debate a range of topics affecting young people across Europe. Two schools were selected at this regional forum and to also send a team of eight students over the age of sixteen to either the Summer or Autumn National Selection Conference, held at Liverpool Hope University for a long weekend in July 2023. Big well done to both of our EYP teams who performed at a consistently high standard throughout the debates. Special congratulations to our 2nd team who made it through to the national finals in July!
Drama visit to Paris
Students from our GCSE Drama group visited Paris to see a theatre production and take part in a Drama workshop. They also had the fantastic opportunity to experience a guided backstage tour of the Opera Garnier, the inspiration for Phantom of the Oprea. The visit included a guided tour of Paris exploring the sights and shops; they saw a production of the Lion King – The Musical at Théâtre Mogador and enjoyed a day in Disneyland Paris.
Interview about the Toxteth riots with Lord Heseltine
Two Sixth Form students were selected to travel to Banbury, Oxford to interview Lord Heseltine as part of an initiative organised by the Drama and History departments, focused on gathering oral testimonies from people who played a role in the events which unfolded in Toxteth in the summer of 1981. Lord Heseltine was made ‘Minister for Liverpool’ in the aftermath of the uprising and was responsible for developing the Albert Dock and the Garden Festival. This was a fantastic opportunity, and we feel hugely grateful that Lord Heseltine for giving some of his time to contribute to this project. This project focuses on developing relationships across young and old people in Merseyside as they share their experiences on race and issues they have faced. It will develop understanding and empathy across the community and help them to build future positive, strong relationships. We have the opportunity to hear from the people of Toxteth as they talk about what happened in 1981 and make links to today. Places/spaces will be improved as areas will be more inclusive and understanding of each other and open to inclusion and an understanding how they can encourage a diverse audience. Young people will develop life skills that will help them in the future to achieve their potential, they will have a greater sense of their local community and how racial issues have impacted in the past and how they can help to avoid this in the future.
The German Exchange programme between West Kirby Grammar School and the Freiherr vom Stein School in Gladenbach has been running for over 40 years, established in 1980 and took place annually until the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of WKGS students from Year 10, together with a group from Calday Grammar School, travelled to Gladenbach, to experience life with German students, in their homes and in school. A programme was organised which gave students a taste of life in Germany including attendance in lessons, and visits to local places of interest such as Grimmwelt to learn about the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and the historic, university town of Marburg. The return visit by the German school will take place in June when the German students will be hosted by their UK partners and a programme of events will be organised during the school day for the visiting students.
Year 12 Geography Fieldtrip to Snowdonia
The aim of this day trip was to understand the formation of the spectacular glacial landscapes seen at Cwm Idwal, Llyn Ogwen and Nant Ffrancon in Snowdonia. Management issues in this relict landscape were also considered to give a deeper understanding of the Glacial Unit (2A) of the Year 12 A level course. The GCSE Geology group also benefited from the trip.
A-Level Religious Studies study day to Cambridge University
The Religious Studies department took a group of Year 12 students to Cambridge University to attend an A Level Religious Studies Study Day at the Faculty of Divinity. The guest speaker, Libby Ahluwalia, is a teacher, a syllabus developer, an examiner trainer and author of several acclaimed GCSE and A level textbooks. The event provided advice and support for students with an interest in theology, religion, and philosophy of religion who may be considering studying these subjects at university, particularly being beneficial for students aiming for high (A/A*) grades.
European Conference in Germany 2023
Year 12 students were invited to participate in the conference organised by Europaschule in Gladenbach, Germany. The theme of the conference was ‘myths and legends'. Students discussed and presented ideas from their own country’s perspective and shared experiences with students from other countries across Europe. The students had an excellent opportunity to experience and compare different cultures as well as to practise speaking different languages.
National Reading Champions Quiz
Congratulations to our students who took part in the North West heat of the National Reading Champions Quiz held at Wirral Grammar School for Girls. This fun event provides a fantastic opportunity for students to enjoy a book quiz with their peers and compete with other schools in their region.
Geography and Geology fieldtrip to Iceland
Our GCSE and A-level Geography and Geology students gained a fantastic insight into the topics covered by both subjects with a fieldtrip to Iceland for 7 days in February half term. Examples included glaciation, hydrology, volcanoes and plate tectonics. This trip provided a fabulous opportunity to understand the landscape and tectonic background of this beautiful island. Click for more information:
Year 9 Spanish Trip to Andalucía
Year 9 Spanish students visited the Andalucia region of Spain during February half term. The trip aimed to introduce students to Spanish life and culture and give them confidence speaking the language. Andalucía, in south Spain, is an area rich in tradition and history. Students visited the Mezquita and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos in Córdoba, Málaga, including the cathedral, the old town and the Picasso Museum, Mijas and Bioparc in Fuengirola. They stayed in the seaside resort of Benalmádena to experience Spanish life, as well as doing quite a lot of shopping!
Congratulations to our amazingly talented students and staff who were involved in the showstopping, school production of Grease! We are so proud of them all for the incredible amount of work they have put in to produce such a fantastic show!
Visit to CERN, Geneva
Our Year 12 Physics students experienced an amazing visit to CERN, the site of the Large Hadron Collider. They also had a sightseeing tour of Geneva, visiting the UN Office at the Place of Nations. At CERN, they probe the fundamental structure of particles that make up everything around us. They do so using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments. In 2012 physicists found evidence for the most elusive fundamental particle, the Higg’s Boson Experiments and they continue to probe the secrets of particle physics and the origins of our Universe. On this visit, the students found out what is involved in this research and how the experiments are being developed, as well as gaining an insight into what it is like to work in a multinational collaborative experiment of this scale.
Sixth Form French Exchange
We are delighted to welcome our French exchange students and teachers from Lycée Bellevue in Albi to West Kirby and hope they will have a lovely time exploring the area, getting to know their exchange partners, before they meet again when our students visit France next month.
Eco-schools Global Citizenship School of the Year award
We are delighted that our Eco-Subcommittee has received the award from Keep Britain Tidy of Eco-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year. Their work on the Wirral-wide TexPop26 event - a music and design competition which raises awareness about the environmental damage fast-fashion causes across the world and the promotion of the benefits of upcycled clothing has been outstanding. The school also won two awards at the Wirral event in the Future Yard: school band ‘The Room’ were named ‘Best Performing Group’, and the creators of their upcycled stage-clothes won the ‘Best Upcycled Clothing’ award. Eco-Schools is the world’s largest schools’ environmental programme and students taking part can learn about everything from litter and biodiversity to energy and global citizenship. We are proud to have been accredited with the Eco-Schools Green Flag.
Christmas is a particularly busy time in school, especially for the Music Department! The Junior Choir, the Chamber Choir, the Woodwind Ensemble, the Staff Choir, the Chamber Orchestra and the whole of Year 7 have all been rehearsing hard for performances at St Andrew’s Church, Westhaven Nursing Home, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and St George’s Hall. There have also been visits to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime Red Riding Hood at the Everyman, a day out to the Trafford Centre and a cinema trip – all organised by our dedicated staff!
Psychology tour to London
Our A Level Psychology students and staff had a fabulous time on the annual visit to London; taking part in the Jack the Ripper Walking Tour, riding on the London Eye and visiting the London Dungeons. They also toured both the Freud Museum and the Bethlem Museum of the Mind and took part in a Hypnosis session and workshop.
Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal
Thanks, once again, to the generosity of our students, the Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal was well supported. The scheme provides gifts for children and families in Eastern Europe, who live in very poor circumstances. Thank you to all those who spent time filling the boxes with such wonderful donations. The collection of the boxes coincided with Children in Need Day when students also made donations to that charity for a Non-Uniform Day!
Ogden Trust Science Fair at St George’s Primary School
Well done to our Year 11 students and Science Department teachers who took part in a Science Fair at St George’s Primary School in Wallasey. The Science Fair was a free event, launching the Wallasey Ogden Schools’ Partnership. The partnership of seven local schools (four primary, three secondary) promotes Science in their schools in a number of exciting projects funded by the Ogden Trust. At the Science Fair, the students demonstrated fun experiments to children and families and explained the science to them. This is called Science busking and is a great way to involve our students in sharing their enjoyment of science with others. Following on from this event, the Year 11 students now have the opportunity to run a Science Club at WKGS for Year 3 and 4 students for the Spring Term offering the primary school children the chance to earn a Science Crest Superstar Award.
Visit to Normandy
Our annual MFL visit to Normandy resumed again for the first time for a couple of years with lucky students travelling to France by ferry initially visiting the beautiful harbour town of Honfleur for lunch. The base for the stay was the fabulous Château du Baffy, an 18th century Château. Excursions included: a trip to Bayeux to visit the world-famous tapestry and cathedral; a call at Arromanches to see the Mulberry Harbour in the bay of the 1944 British landing beaches and a visit the excellent 360 museum; lunch at the beautiful abbey and island of Mont-St-Michel. Students enjoyed themselves soaking up some French culture and practising their language skills.
Harvest Festival donations
Once again WKGS students and staff have excelled themselves with their generosity by making donations to our Harvest Festival collection for Charles Thompson’s Mission. Since 1892, the Mission has been dedicated to providing care and support, food and clothes, to those across the Wirral who are living in poverty. As a charity they rely on donations from individuals and businesses, as well as the tireless effort from their volunteers.
Girls Belong Here – AstraZeneca Challenge
WKGS students from Year 9 - 13 took part in the 'Girls Belong Here' challenge run by AstraZeneca. They spent the day working in two teams completing an innovation challenge and the two teams from WKGS finished 1st and 2nd overall. International Day of the Girl was first recognised 10 years ago to celebrate the power of girls and shine a light on the obstacles they face. It was created to tear down barriers of discrimination and prejudice that continue to hold girls back. Through this annual campaign, girls occupy spaces of leadership and decision making, showing that they have the right to be there. Through initiatives like 'Girls Belong Here', girls and business leaders can address key issues and work towards a more equitable future. Congratulations to everyone who took part and thank you to AstraZeneca for hosting the challenge.
Year 12 Teambuilding event – PGL Boreatton Park
Year 12 had a fabulous time at their residential teambuilding event at Boreatton Park. During the visit students were given the opportunity to take part in a range of activities such as kayaking, orienteering, archery and climbing.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Students and staff have once again been baking to provide donations for the Macmillan Coffee Morning – supporting a very worthy cause with the added bonus of cake consumption!
Year 10 GCSE Geography Fieldwork
Year 10 Geographers undertook a three-day fieldtrip initially in the Lake District at Ambleside. They looked at flood prevention techniques in Cockermouth and also woodland ecosystems. On day two they moved onto the top of the Pennines into County Durham to follow the course of the River Tees as far as Barnard Castle, including a visit to the High Force waterfall. The third day included human geography fieldwork in Grasmere and Keswick. They also had the opportunity to watch and learn some traditional South Asian Bhangra dances from the dancers and singers of Parkinson lane Primary School in Halifax!
Self-Esteem speaker and singer/songwriter – Bronnie
A very exciting day for WKGS students when singer/song-writer and motivational speaker, Bronnie, visited the school. Along with performing many of her hits, the former student ran workshops with students in Years 7 -12, focussing on self-esteem. Topics covered during each 50 minute workshop included body image, confidence building, resilience and managing relationships. Students also had an opportunity for open discussion during each session.
Year 13 A-level Biology Ecology Trip
Year 13 Biologists travelled to Crowden in the Peak District National Park to undertake Moorland Ecology. The aim of the fieldwork was to collect data from two different hillsides, comparing the differing environments between the top and bottom of the slope and the effect this has on the variety of different species present.
A-Level Religious Studies trip to London
Year 13 RS A-Level students travelled to London to see the brand new innovative exhibition at the British Museum entitled ‘Feminine Power: From the Divine to the Demonic’; a ground-breaking exhibition and relevant for the Gender Theology unit of A-Level RS. They also saw the new West End musical ‘The LIfe of Pi’ which has won 5 Olivier awards and is a philosophical journey of hope and belief, again relevant for the Year 13 course.
WKGS Student Podcast
We are excited to announce our WKGS Student Podcast will be launched this term. Our podcast team are currently planning their first episode which will be released later this term. In the meantime, they met with Dr Alex Owen (Parent and Governor) who shared advice and tips with the team about podcasting and the students interviewed her, asking questions of their own.
Sixth Form Information Evening 2022
Please visit the link below to watch a recording of our Year 12 Information Evening which includes a Parent Seminar provided by Elevate Education: This is "Y12 Information Evening 2022" by wkgs on Vimeo
GCSE Congratulations 2022
Well done to all our Year 11 students for their hard work and achievements this year and their excellent GCSE results. We look forward to welcoming many of them back to our Sixth Form in September along with all our new Sixth Form students
A Level Congratulations 2022
We wish to congratulate all of our A Level students on their fantastic results. We are so proud of how hard you have worked and everything you have achieved after two very difficult years. We wish you success and happiness for your future.
Year 10 Drama visit to London
Year 10 Drama students enjoyed a visit to London in a sweltering July heatwave; taking part in a practical workshop, led by professional practitioners, on performance skills and approaches to text. The same evening they watched 'Jack Absolute Flies Again’, a production at the National Theatre starring Caroline Quentin and Kelvin Fletcher. The following morning they took part in a guided tour of the National Theatre, seeing backstage, before travelling to the Fortune Theatre, near Drury Lane to see the matinee production of ‘Woman in Black’ - all were suitably scared!
RHS Tatton Park Flower Show
We are very excited to be part of the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show with an exhibit as part of the RHS School Allotment Show. The plot has been specially designed by our Gardening Club as a bee-friendly pollinator garden and is open to the public from 21 to 24 July 2022
Year 12 Geography Fieldtrip to the Lake District
Year 12 Geographers spent 3 days in the Lake District on a fieldtrip, visiting Cockermouth to map the sea defences, Honister Pass and Buttermere, looking at glacial landforms.
World Reimagined Globe Project
It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to be part of the World Reimagined Globe project, our students working alongside professional artists to produce a stunning globe highlighting the impact of the transatlantic slave trade.
Activities Week July 2022
Great to be back doing our traditional fun events for Activities Week this year! Whilst Years 10 and 12 took the opportunity to undertake some work experience, Years 7 and 8 enjoyed a two day residential visit to PGL Boreatton Park, trying their hands on a number of daring activities from climbing, to raft building and the ‘giant swing’! Year 9 visited Alton Towers for some nail-biting excitement! Activities in school ranged from viewing the Sky Lab to painting the World Reimagined Globe and full Year 7 concert performance.
Wirral Way Walk – our school community together helping others
Congratulations to our WKGS Community who came together to complete the 12 mile walk along the Wirral Way from West Kirby to Heswall and back, to raise money for development projects in the Karonga District of northern Malawi. Since 2003 our sponsored walks, has raised money for our special overseas project - school building work, making a difference in over five rural schools in China, building two from scratch in very poor rural areas. Several hundred students from WKGS have now been to China to see where the money was spent. We have moved our fundraising to support new projects in rural Malawi. Funds have been sent to Malawi to help child education and female empowerment. We have funded the building of new sanitation blocks and water supplies for three maternity centres where before there were none and pregnant women had to go to the toilet in a nearby field. This work is directly linked to development concepts that all students have studied at all key stages of the geography curriculum.
Year 12 visit to the Liverpool UCAS fair and Edge Hill Universit
As part of their Summer Programme, for Year 12, visited the UCAS fair at Liverpool Exhibition Centre followed by a trip to Edge Hill University to get a snapshot of life at a campus university. The UCAS fair gave students the opportunity to visit different University stalls to discuss open days and the courses they offer. At Edge Hill students were given a campus tour, attended a taster lecture and chatted to current students about Higher Education and student life. An informative and enjoyable day for all!
Year 7 enjoyed a visit Royden Park to watch the incredible production of The Tempest, performed by the excellent Hillbark Players, at their ‘theatre in the woods’. The Assistant Director for the production is our amazingly talented Head of French, Mrs Stenhouse, Caliban, the monster, was fabulously portrayed by Mr Riley from our Examinations team and Ferdinand, son of the King of Naples, was played by our former Head Prefect, Conor! Well done to all involved-the whole show was mesmerising
Year 8 visit to Big Bang Fair, NEC Birmingham
Our Year 8 science students were given the opportunity to visit the Big Bang Fair at the Birmingham NEC which was packed full of exciting, interactive activities and designed specifically for 11 to 14 year olds to provide careers inspiration and advice. There was also an opportunity to meet with scientists and engineers, as well as plenty of hands-on activities throughout the day for our students who enjoy science, technology or maths.
WKGS Psychology Department welcomed Dr Guy Sutton to school for our ‘One Day Introductory Tutorial in Neuroscience’ for our A Level Psychology students. Students were introduced to the latest studies in neuroscience and gained an insight into the current and exciting area of brain research. The day was planned and designed by Dr Sutton, Director of Medical Biology Interactive and Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Medical School. Dr Sutton's primary areas of interest are the genetics of neurodevelopment and neuropathology and the interactive nature of genetic, biological and behavioural factors in chronic disease processes. It was a fascinating day for all our students.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Expedition
Our Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award participants have completed their qualifying expedition in the Clwyds. An excellent achievement and congratulations to all involved
Race for Life
Congratulations to our members of staff who completed the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK – they have raised over £1000 to date! A fantastic achievement!
Visit to Queen Elizabeth Law Courts, Liverpool
Year 12 Bar Mock Trial finalists visited the Queen Elizabeth Law Courts, Liverpool, where they were able to observe how a courtroom operates and see a range of remand and sentence cases. It was an excellent opportunity for these students, who aspire to a career in Law, to increase their knowledge and understanding of our judicial system.
U13 Wirral SFA Cup winners!
Congratulations to our brilliant U13 football team who have won the Wirral Schools’ FA Cup 6 – 1 at Prenton Park – home of Tranmere Rovers.
Year 10 fieldtrip to the Lake District & Upper Teesdale
Year 10 Geographers experienced some learning outside of the classroom on a packed three day fieldtrip to the Lake District and Upper Teesdale which included a visit to the magnificent High Force waterfall. They were shown around Cockermouth to see the issues surrounding the recent flooding and undertook some ecosystems work at a Forestry Commission location. After staying overnight at Ambleside Youth Hostel the group travelled to Upper Teeside to discover the source of the River Tees towards the sea. They were inspired to follow the route taken by a sixth former, Elliot Brown, in the Channel 4 educational TV programme about rivers. On the final day they returned to the Lake District to Grasmere and Keswick to study Human geography.
National Theatre Connections Festival - HUNT
Congratulations to all our Drama students who were involved in the production of ‘Hunt’ for the National Theatre Connections Festival. Each year, the National commissions ten established writers to write ten new plays for schools, colleges and youth groups to rehearse and present. WKGS students were honoured to perform at the Lowry Theatre, Salford.
Year 8 Cambridge Physics Experience
Some of our Y8 Physicists were given the opportunity to go to the University of Cambridge for a day of Physics activities on the theme of the Mars rover. The day included a hands-on practical session based around themes in physics/engineering which could be relevant to the journey, landing and operation of a Mars rover.
European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Hungary
We are so proud of Rebekah (Y13) who was awarded a Bronze medal representing the UK in the EGMO in Hungary – she had an amazing experience which she will never forget. Well done Rebekah!
Over 150 students and staff enjoyed a Music Department trip to the Empire Theatre, Liverpool to watch a production of Mamma Mia!
Wales National Netball Academy
Congratulations to Sienna (Y12) who has been accepted into the Wales National Netball Academy – an excellent achievement after a lot of hard work!
Wirral Book Award 2022
Some of our Year 8 students were offered the fabulous opportunity to vote at the Wirral Book Award 2022 held at the Co-op Academy, Beblngton and were honoured to meet the winner Cynthia Murphy for Last One to Die
11+ Familiarisation sessions
Thank you to a group of our Sixth Form students who have planned and delivered 11+ Familiarisation sessions across three weekends to Year 5 pupils.
European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad
Congratulations to Rebekah (Y13) who has been selected to represent the UK at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad which takes place in Hungary. We wish her luck as she prepares at the UKMT IMO training camp at Trinity College, Cambridge.
European Youth Parliament Regional Competition winners!
Our Sixth Form students are to be congratulated on their success in winning the regional EYP competition and are now through to the national finals! They were all very impressive in their debates at Merchant Taylor’s School and Liverpool Town Hall for the European Youth Parliament competition. Working as a team, the students had to prepare for the competition by independently researching the resolutions in their booklets and evaluating their potential impact. They also needed to develop a good knowledge of European affairs.
Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies visit to London
Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies students experienced a cultural visit to London visiting the Western Marble Arch Synagogue and the Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust exhibition, along with a night at the theatre to see a live performance of The Lion King. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" – telling the story of triumph of good over evil.
Year 8 Rugby session with Sale Sharks Women Rugby Team
Former WKGS student and Sales Sharks Women team member, Scarlett, visited the school with a couple of team mates to provide rugby coaching for Year 8. A beautiful day to be training and an enjoyable, fantastic opportunity for all the students involved – thank you Scarlett and the team!
Cross Country Race
Well done to Isla and Annabelle Y7 who represented Merseyside schools in a Cross Country race against Cheshire. Isla was the overall winner of the race and Annabelle was 22nd – an excellent achievement.
Years 7 and 8 Football Teams
Congratulations to our Year 7 and 8 Football teams in their matches at Weatherhead High School. Both teams showed their excellent playing skills – a fabulous win for Year 8 and a hard fought and close loss for Year 7.
Debating at The Athenaeum, Liverpool
Well done to our young debating team at The Athenaeum. They had to prepare for the event to debate with other Merseyside schools on a range of current affairs topics. Although the debates are non-competitive, they are excellent preparation for future debating competitions in which the school has had past success. In the afternoon, students were privileged to take a tour of the Athenaeum library and access some of the special collections, seeing the rare books collection held.
Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad
Congratulations to our Year 13 Chemists who competed in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Olympiad. This involved a three hour examination of Chemistry problems which stretches and challenges students far beyond the A Level specifications.
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training
A fabulous expedition training day delivered by Wirral and West Cheshire Expedition Committee Operating Authority for our Bronze DofE participants. Sessions included: route planning, mountain safety, first aid, food and equipment, rucksack packing.
Congratulations to our group of Y10 students who participated in the Maths Feast competition organised by AMSP - Advanced Mathematics Support Programme. The AMSP is a Department of Education funded project which aims to increase participation in advanced Maths and improve the teaching of Level 3 qualifications. The students worked as a team to tackle challenging Maths problems.
Year 8 Information Evening 15 March 2022
Please click here for a link to the recording of the Year 8 Information Evening 2022
The Queen’s Green Canopy
West Kirby Grammar School has been added to The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) map for planting 250 Beech trees to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year in 2022.
Donations for Ukraine
Once again the outstanding generosity of the WKGS Community, supported by the local Morrison’s supermarket staff, has been able to help those less fortunate than ourselves. A packed minibus and car left school on Friday 4 March 2022 to deliver our donations to the collection point in Kirkby to send to Poland for the people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training
WKGS Silver DofE teams successfully completed their expedition training this weekend helped by Wirral and West Cheshire Expedition Committee Operating Authority, who arranged an outstanding range of sessions – congratulations to all who participated!
Shirley Hughes 1927 - 2022
The school community wishes to pay tribute to our former student, acclaimed author and illustrator Shirley Hughes who has died aged 94. Shirley attended the school from 1935 to 1943. Her novel ‘Whistling in the Dark’ was inspired by her time here and growing up on the Wirral. She lived directly behind the school on Meols Drive in Easedale House, which was gifted by the family to the school in the early 1980s and is now a Sixth Form Centre. Her work and success continues to be an inspiration to students today many of whom grew up loving her stories.
Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland
Despite Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin delaying the start of the Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland, three foot of snow upon arrival and having to push their coach out of the drifts, our students had a fantastic time, even seeing the Northern Lights before arrival from the plane! They enjoyed many excursions around the island to geysers, glaciers and volcanos, visiting to the Snaefellsjokull National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Hellisheiŏi, a tour of Reykjavik and finishing the week with a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Plus having a lot of fun in the snow!
The Chinese Year of the Tiger
School is once again decorated to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Tiger. The Tiger symbolises bravery and strength – a time to challenge yourself and boost self-awareness. Students learnt more about Chinese New Year, including the pronunciation of celebratory phrases and Karaoke, during an assembly organised by Mr Vane, Head of Geography, and all received a fortune cookie to mark the event!
Drama trip to London
Year 11 and Sixth Form Drama students travelled to London were they enjoyed a Woman in Black theatre workshop with theatre professionals before watching ‘The Trouble in Mind’ production at the National Theatre. The following day they took part in a theatre tour of The Globe before travelling to the Fortune Theatre for a matinée performance of The Woman in Black.
We are delighted to announce that the following students have received Oxbridge offers - Rebekah (Maths); Lucia (Biology); Izzy (Medicine); Grace (Veterinary Medicine); Sofia (Natural Sciences) and Smruthi (Medicine). Congratulations to them all!
Music Department trip to see Les Misérables
Year 11, 12 and 13 students got the opportunity to watch a fabulous performance of Les Misérables at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, which is being studied at A Level.
Northern Indoors Athletics Championships
Congratulations to Amelia (Y10) who won a silver medal in the U17 triple jump at the Northern Indoors Athletics Championships. A fantastic achievement!
British Physics Olympiad
Congratulations to all our students who took part in the British Physics Olympiad competition and especially well done to Sofia and Rebekah in Year 13 who received Gold and Top Gold rankings respectively. This achievement places them both in the top 16% of all entrants nationally. Rebekah will now go on to compete in the second round of the competition.
Carrols by Candlelight 2021
Please find the link below for the 'Carols by Candlelight service held at St Andrew’s Church, West Kirby on the 16th Dec.
Carol Services at WKGS 2021
We were honoured to be able to hold our Carol Services again for each of our individual year groups in the beautiful surroundings of St Andrew’s Church, West Kirby along with our Year 7 concert and the Carols by Candlelight service. Please click here to see the Year 7 event.
Sunday Times School Guide 2022
We are delighted that West Kirby Grammar School has been named in the top 10 North West state schools and top 100 nationally in the Sunday Times School Guide 2022.
Bebras Challenge 2021
Team WKGS have achieved an amazing 117 Distinction and 107 Merit awards in the Bebras Challenge 2021. 84 students also achieved Gold Award, putting them in the top 10% of scores nationally. We are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements – well done!
Psychology trip to London
A group of our Year 12 Psychology students experienced a two day trip to London visiting the Freud Museum, the Clink Museum and taking part in a Jack the Ripper walking tour on the first day. Followed by a hypnosis session, a trip on the London Eye and a visit to the London Dungeons! Two extremely action packed days and thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Our smart new school minibus has arrived on site-proudly displaying our WKGS logo and painted in our school colours! It will be used extensively especially for Geography fieldtrips and PE Tournaments. Look out for it around and about!
Under 13 Football teams
Well done to our two U13 football teams who were 2nd and 3rd in the Utilita Energy EFL Girls’ Cup Final, narrowly missing out after a last minute goal from the opposition!
BMC Youth Climbing Series success
Congratulations to Jessica (Y9) who was placed 3rd in the Welsh round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series. She will now represent Wales in the finals in Southampton later this month. A marvellous achievement!
Thank you to our wonderful Gardening Club team who have put together this poignant and striking memorial to all those lost in conflict.
Contribution to AQA guide
Congratulations to our former Sixth Form student, Acacia, whose work has been chosen by AQA to demonstrate good technique in practical Science work for their online training course; designed to support Science teachers’ understanding of the assessment and monitoring process.
Christmas Food Hamper Appeal for the Charles Thompson Mission
Our incredibly generous WKGS Community have donated food collected during our Harvest Festival week to the Charles Thompson's Mission Christmas Food Hamper Appeal. Thank you to everyone who contributed and especially to those who helped sort and pack the donations.
House Pumpkin Competition
Well done to all our students who spent so much time and effort making some fabulous creations for our House Pumpkin Competition!
Year 11 GCSE Geography Fieldwork trip to Cumbria, County Durham
As part of their GCSE Geography course Year 11 Geographers enjoyed their fieldtrip to the Lake District, Cumbria looking at flood prevention techniques in Cockermouth and also woodland ecosystems. They then moved on to the Pennines into County Durham to follow the course of the River Tees from source to the sea. Followed by a wonderful set of opportunities to study the coastal landscape of the fast-eroding Holderness coast in Yorkshire, visiting Hornsea and Flamborough Head.
A level Fashion & Textiles Study Day in London
Our A level textiles students had the exciting opportunity of a trip to London to visit the world-renowned Fashion Rooms at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the newly built, highly innovative Design Museum. They particularly enjoyed the Sneakers Unboxed exhibition at the Design Museum!
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
Congratulations to our 34 Year 12 and 13 students who took part in their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in October 2021.
Year 9 GCSE Drama students visit to Liverpool
Year 9 Drama students took part in a visit to the Liverpool Everyman or Playhouse theatres for a backstage tour, a workshop with Tmesis, a Liverpool-based professional theatre company, followed by an evening performance of ‘Dracula’ at the Liverpool Playhouse. It was an excellent opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of theatre, working as a team with other Drama students and, as part of their GCSE course, students need to write about live theatre and watching ‘Dracula’ provided a valuable opportunity to discuss, analyse and evaluate a professional performance.
Folder upcycling project with Viavi Solutions
Well done to all our students who took part in the folder upcycling project with used Viavi branded folders. Rather than waste the folders we asked our students to upcycle and customise the folders with their own creative designs.
Congratulations to our Year 10 student Sophia who has been selected for Merseyside County Schools’ FA U16 squad and the Manchester Thunder U15 Netball pathway! Amazing achievement!
Merseyside Schools’ Cross County Race
Congratulations to all our students who took part in the Merseyside Schools’ Cross Country Race in Arrowe Country Park on Saturday 2 October 2021. The next round for the County is on Wednesday 13 October 2021 at Glasspool Playing Fields and, if successful in this round, the team will progress to the Regional finals on Saturday 13 November 2021! Good luck and well done to all involved!
Wirral schools placed eighth in national ranking
Wirral offers some of the best chances in country for an outstanding school place. The Wirral Globe has published an article, following research from the mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages, which states that new data has revealed that pupils across the Wirral have some of the best chances in the country of securing an outstanding primary or secondary school place. Wirral is placed ninth in the overall rankings for having the best access to outstanding secondary schools. Click here for the link to the full article.
West Kirby Grammar School Open Events 2021/2022
We were delighted to welcome so many prospective new Year 7 students and parents to the school for our Open Evening on Wednesday 22 September 2021 and for our Open Day Tours on Thursday 23 and Wednesday 29 September 2021. If you were unable to attend please click here for a virtual tour of the school:
Guinness World Record title – Heroes Stamp Design Competition
Congratulations to all WKGS Art students who participated in the Heroes Stamp Design Competition – we are now part of a Guinness World Record! We were delighted to take part in the Royal Mail’s Competition in May 2021 which honoured the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.
Year 12 Information Evening 2021
Please click here for the recording from our Year 12 Information Evening.
GCSE Information Evening
We were delighted to see many parents/carers actually in school, at last, for our Year 9 GCSE Information Evening on Wednesday 8 September 2021. The event was also streamed live for parents/carers who were unable to attend. A copy of the event is available by clicking on and opening up this article.
Lateral Flow Asymptomatic Testing at West Kirby Grammar School
We are all set up and prepared once again to start Lateral Flow Asymptomatic testing many of our 1200+ students, twice, for the new school year. We are looking forward to welcoming all the WKGS Community back together for the start of another exciting year!
Well done to all our Year 11 students for their hard work and achievements this year and their excellent GCSE results. We look forward to welcoming many of them back to our Sixth Form in September along with all our new Sixth Form students.
A and AS level success
We wish to congratulate all of our fantastic A & AS level students on their excellent results. We are so proud of how hard you have worked and everything you have achieved under exceptional circumstances. We wish you success and happiness for your future and for this next, exciting stage in your lives.
Virtual 11+ familiarisation
Our Year 12 Further Maths students hosted the first in our series of Virtual 11+ Familiarisation sessions for Year 5 pupils on Saturday 26 June 2021. Thanks to the Maths students and staff for all of their hard work in making this possible. Further events will be held on Saturday 3 July for Verbal Reasoning and Saturday 10 July for English both from 9am until 11.30am - all are welcome - please see: https://wkgs.org/virtual-11-familiarisation-days where you can also revisit the Maths event.
BASE Competition National Finalists
Congratulations also go to Soraya, Heather, Lucy and Daria in Year 12 as they have achieved a place in the National Finals of the BASE Competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Business Language Champions ‘Operation Language'
Well done to our Year 12 linguists in French, German and Spanish who took part in the Business Language Champions ‘Operation Language’ challenge last week. They used their language skills to great effect in this national event, working on a World Health Organisation theme.
WKGS shepherdess stars on Steph’s Packed Lunch
Year 8 student Esther appeared on ‘Steph’s Packed Lunch’ on Channel 4 with Steph McGovern on Tuesday 27 April 2021 talking about her passion and responsibility for with her flock of rare breed sheep Greyface Dartmoors.
Perse Coding Competition
Congratulations to our Year 11 students Hannah, Emily and Hadiza who recently represented the school in round 2 of the Perse Coding competition. The team performed superbly, gaining a Certificate of Merit each. Well done!
Meet the Professions
We have held another fantastic 'Meet the Professionals' session with Lucy Sibbick, an award-winning special effects make-up artist. She is best known for her work on the film Darkest Hour for which she was awarded, with Kazuhiro Tsuji and David Malinowski, the BAFTA award in 2017 and the Academy Award in 2018 for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Sixth Form Enrichment Programme activities during Lockdown
Despite the constraints and challenges of another lockdown, we have persevered this term with our diverse Sixth Form Enrichment Programme:
Meet the Professions
We hosted another ‘Meet the Professionals’ event with Celyn Jones, the critically acclaimed and award-winning actor and screenwriter, who provided a fascinating talk which was greatly enjoyed by our students. Well done to all who attended and a massive thank you to Celyn for the time, support, inspiration and advice. WKGS film company may be on its way!
Duke of Edinburgh Awards volunteering
We are very proud of our students who are undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award training for contributing to 5863 hours of voluntary service to the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vitality Netball Super League
Natalie (Year 10) has been selected for the Severn Stars U17 National Performance League squad. Severn Stars play in the Vitality Netball Super League. Our congratulations to Natalie on a fantastic achievement!
Meet the Professionals
WKGS Drama department hosted another Meet the Professionals session this week with Eli Randle from Tmesis Theatre. It was brilliant to hear about the work of a director and theatre-maker. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and asked some fantastic questions. A huge thank you to Eli for her time and expertise.
UKMT Mathematics challenge
Well done to Year 12 student Rebekah for achieving a distinction in the recently completed an Olympiad challenge as part of the UKMT Mathematics challenge. She has also been selected as the reserve for the UK team in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad taking place in April. We are all incredibly proud and very impressed about how far she has progressed in the competition.
Meet the Professionals
WKGS Drama department hosted another Meet the Professionals session this week with one of our Year 7 fathers - Dan Taylor.
Meet the Professionals
WKGS Drama department are holding a series of talks from professionals in the performing arts who have agreed to speak, virtually, about their work and to take part in a live Q&A session.
Medicine in Action Conference
Potential Medics Conference: WKGS Year 12 students were given the opportunity to take part in an online conference aimed at those wishing to study medicine at the next stage of their education. Twenty three students attended the virtual event on Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 9.30am until 12.30pm
WKGS donations to Wirral Foodbank
Our generous WKGS community has once again made a collection of items to donate to Wirral Foodbank.
The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide
We are delighted to announce that in The Sunday Times Parent Power ‘Schools of the Decade’, West Kirby Grammar School has been ranked 87th. We are also the only Wirral school in the Top 100.
We are delighted to announce that West Kirby Grammar School has recently invested in GCSEPod the award-winning digital content & revision provider.
Bebras Computing Challenge 2020
Bebras Computing Challenge results - congratulations to WKGS Year 7!
GCSE Results 2019
The dedication of staff and students at West Kirby Grammar School has paid off once again, as results continue to soar.
A-level Results 2019
West Kirby Grammar School is celebrating; yet again results are outstanding with more than 70% of all grades awarded being A*-B or equivalent.
iDEA - Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards at WKGS
Liverpool Docks Regeneration Trip
As part of the A-level Human Geography regeneration project, Year 12 students took a trip to Liverpool to see first-hand regeneration in action along the Liverpool waterfront.
WKGS reach UK Space Design Competition National Finals
In November, 12 students from Years 10 -13 won the North-West Regional Heat of the UK Space Design Competition at the University of Liverpool.
Spanish Exchange 2018
Fifteen Year 11 GCSE Spanish students spent the last week of September with their Spanish exchange partners in Torrelavega in Cantabria in the North of Spain.
GCSE Results - 2018
West Kirby Grammar School is celebrating exceptional performance in the new more rigorous GCSE examinations, reflecting once again, the hard work and dedication of students and staff.
A-Level Results - 2018
Students at West Kirby Grammar School are once again celebrating outstanding A-level results.