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

18Nov '22

As part of #UKParliamentWeek we held a Mock Election at #WKGS. We would also like to thank Eliza and Evan (#WKGSY12) for the assemblies they have presented on #UKParliamentWeek to all year groups. https://t.co/p3Gdg6Rpdt

18Nov '22

As part of #UKParliamentWeek we were delighted to welcome MP for Wirral West Margaret Greenwood who hosted a Q&A session with students. She provided valuable insights into the world of politics and an overview of current key issues. Many thanks to @MGreenwoodWW joining us today. https://t.co/OHQnd03l52

18Nov '22

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!

17Nov '22

Diwali celebrations took place this lunchtime in the Small Hall with food, henna tattoos and traditional dance. Amazing effort by the students who organised the celebrations. https://t.co/epCetvfFoV

16Nov '22

Well done everyone. Over 300 students have participated so far. Don't forget, Years 10-13 who do not study Computing are welcome to take part. Please check your emails for your log in details and further information about the competition. twitter.com/WKGS_Computing…

16Nov '22

#WKGSY7 students hard at work today competing in our annual Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge run by Oxford University (also a house competition) https://t.co/EBSRiYO0TN

15Nov '22

Thanks to everyone who attended our #WKGS6thForm Open Evening. We are pleased to announce that applications for places in September are now open to EXTERNAL applicants using the following link: wkgs.org/sixth-form-onl… https://t.co/zYGcpxH2MC

11Nov '22

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10Nov '22

We would like to remind students and staff about tomorrow's big fixture! £2 a ticket (pay on entry) with all proceeds going towards #WKGSY13 prom. Good luck to all staff and students who will be playing tomorrow and special thanks to the 6th Form Prom Committee for organising. https://t.co/mvotKSTjhs

10Nov '22

Friday 18th will be a non-uniform day for #ChildreninNeed. Everyone is also encouraged to support #OddSocksDay too as part of #AntiBullyingWeek https://t.co/uUKLcfLHCO

10Nov '22

We are delighted to announce that our #WKGS fundraising total for the year has just passed £10,000! This includes £2,326.03 for our two school charities; @ClatterbridgeCC and @WWACA_refuge along with collections for Ukraine and @ctmbirkenhead. Thanks to all who have contributed. https://t.co/AvMWaxiteN

08Nov '22

#WKGSY13 Enrichment Walking Group, in the rain at West Kirby Marine Lake with Mr V. https://t.co/L7SFvdGBYf

06Nov '22

We would like to share news of one of our former #WKGS students, Oisin. Sadly while at Sixth Form, Oisin's mum, Mary passed away after battling with breast cancer. Oisin created a short film about Mary and this is due to air on BBC 4 at 22:25 tonight. liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool… https://t.co/VTeeTWLL4y

05Nov '22

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.

04Nov '22

Students who travel to #WKGS by train, please be aware of the industrial action next week. For more information please visit: merseyrail.org/plan-your-jour… https://t.co/oqPpgAj8HT