KS4 Specification - WJEC
The English Department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of ten teachers, who are all subject specialists. At Key Stage 3, the curriculum provides students with four English lessons a week in order to effectively develop their key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. They will read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, which may include popular choices such as ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Wolf Hollow’ and ‘Blood Brothers’. Students will also study at least two Shakespeare plays. The topics and literature studied at Key Stage 3 ensure progression and schemes of work are carefully constructed to develop the necessary skills for Key Stage 4. As a core department, we provide two courses at GCSE: English Language and English Literature, which all students study. English Language and English Literature are also popular A-level courses. In addition, we offer Film Studies at A-level.
The department boasts excellent public examination results with 99% pass rate at GCSE including 83% of students achieving grades 9-6 in English Literature and 81% in English Language. At A-level, 100% of English Literature and English Language students passed with 71% in Literature and 95% in Language achieving top grades A *- B. In Film Studies, all students passed and an impressive 88% achieved A* - B.
We are proud of the opportunities we offer our students to enrich their learning including workshops with visiting authors, regular theatre visits, competitions such as Poetry by Heart and the competition for Wirral’s Young Poet Laureate. As well as holding an internal Spelling Bee competition for Year 7 pupils, we also compete in the Kid’s Lit Quiz.
Many extra-curricular activities are offered by the department, such as creative writing club, Harry Potter reading club and the Carnegie Medal awards. Sixth Form students have also had the sought after experience of meeting experts in their A-level subjects, such as celebrated linguist David Crystal.
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4
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Jump Back July - Day 3: Adopt a growth mindset. Change 'I can't' into 'I can't'...yet'. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/2nvqdp1tc6
Jump Back July - Day 2: Make a list of things you are looking forward to. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/aQoA03bq6w
Jump Back July - Day 1: Be willing to ask for help when you need it today (and always). #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/IyTKlkusa2
As July begins and we look forward to the future join us for #JumpBackJuly and find ways to be more resilient in challenging times. #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EGaDQZ2oRk
▶️Year 7 Transition Thread◀️ Welcome!!😊 We are so glad that you've chosen to join our #WKGSCommunity & that you are now taking the first steps towards starting with us in September. (1/3) https://t.co/1cdDXgMhwV
Joyful June - Day 30: Make a list of the joys in your life (and keep adding to them) #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/VqrM6Nqkco
Joyful June - Day 29: Take time to do something that makes you happy today. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing #westkirbygs https://t.co/gJnFkimsVK
Joyful June - Day 28: Create a playlist of your favourite songs and enjoy them. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/gJUdW4GQvE
Joyful June - Day 27: Watch something funny and enjoy how it feels to laugh. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/X5lyg5pS6F
Joyful June - Day 26: See the upside in a difficult situation you learnt from. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/c8H9C188x4
Joyful June - Day 25: Eat food that makes you feel good and really savour it. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/HfUKUADHvu
Joyful June - Day 24: Thank a friend for the joy they bring into your life. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing #friends @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/q4nfvUyGPT
Joyful June - Day 23: Find something to be thankful for where you least expect it. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/gFwkSZ5itK
WKGS #Wellbeing 💙😊 Many of us are struggling with our motivation as we have been at home for what seems like forever! It is easy to lose sight of why we are doing something and to forget that we have goals to achieve. (1/3) https://t.co/AEqxyZ1ngz