Head of Department
Mr B Douthwaite

KS4 Specification - OCR

The Computing department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of two specialist staff with both academic and industry experience in the subject. Computing lessons take place in modern, well-equipped computer suites, which make use of iTV interactive whiteboard technology.

At Key Stage 3, all pupils study Computing for one lesson per week. Topics include designing and interpreting algorithms, programming using the ‘Python’ programming language, data representation, website development, computer hardware, networks and mobile app development. 

The department provides a good variety of extra-curricular activities such as a BBC Micro:bit programming club, lunchtime subject support drop in sessions and a Cyber Security club who take part in a national cyber security competition annually.

At Key Stage 4, pupils may study GCSE Computer Science. The subject covers areas such as cyber security, data structures and algorithms, computer networks, programming, computer architecture and the legal/moral/ethical issues in Computing.

The department has an excellent record of results with GCSE students achieving 67% 9-7 and 82% 9-6, while A-level students achieved 86% A*-A and 100% A*-B.

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examination results

67%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

82%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

97%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

01Feb '23

There are still a final few tickets available for the forthcoming production of Grease. Performances are on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February at 7:00pm. The matinee performance is at 2:30pm on Saturday 11th February. ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… #greaseistheword https://t.co/IPakwlb3JB

28Jan '23

We were delighted for our #WKGS Eco-committee this week when they were awarded the Eco-schools Global Citizens award in an online ceremony; our students show real passion about environmental and sustainability issues and we are really proud of them for achieving this award. https://t.co/XxzuKscQV4

27Jan '23

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24Jan '23

I just uploaded “West Kirby Grammar School - Global Citizenship Award.MOV” to #Vimeo: vimeo.com/792179445

20Jan '23

We are pleased to announce that our #WKGS Robotics Club is up and running with our first session taking place today. Lots of exciting projects using BBC Microbit, Servo Boards and Move Motor kits. Friday at 1:30 in C3 (D&T Block). All welcome. #STEM #Robotics #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/S6lCsCXI5D

20Jan '23

Well done and good luck everyone. A record number of students have qualified this year. twitter.com/WKGS_Computing…

19Jan '23

Limited Grease tickets still available! We are pleased to offer a fully licensed bar service, along with soft drinks, sweets and confectionery. The bar will be open before the performance and during the interval with cashless payment available. Book now: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/WlM7brfQTM

18Jan '23

Our #WKGSCommunity have celebrated #ChineseNewYear2023 this week in their assemblies with Mr Vane. Special thanks to Claudia, Melissa, Georgina and Isabella in their fantastic efforts at restoring our Chinese lion at Model Club, ready in time for the assemblies. https://t.co/JoKzYdz3R4

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Receptionist who will also work as the First Aid Lead for the school, supporting the work of the Front Office and Administration staff, with immediate effect. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/jsnKRbfBeG

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Attendance Officer /Administration Assistant for Years 7 – 11 to support the work of the Pastoral and Administration teams. Prior experience in a similar role is desirable but not essential. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/Fwmt5chDg9

16Jan '23

Congratulations to the #WKGS Eco-subcommittee for becoming Eco-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year award winners for their outstanding work on the environmental concerns of fast fashion and the benefits of upcycled clothing. (Details on p20-21) c-6.net/virtualdocs/ec… https://t.co/0mGqXBe30X

16Jan '23

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.

13Jan '23

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available to purchase for the #WKGS production of Grease via the link below. Performances take place between Wednesday 8th February and Saturday 11th February (7pm Wed-Fri and 2.30pm Sat). ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/IkFLpcGBtA

10Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, committed individual to be join our Careers team, offering advice to students in Year 10-13, and co-ordinating Work Experience placements for students in Years 10 and 12. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/EETtK0aX4X

10Jan '23

The Governors wish to appoint a well-qualified and enthusiastic Head of Biology for April or September 2023. The post is full-time and is a permanent post. The ability to teach GCSE and A-level Biology is essential. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/4VmXmK4PnL