KS4 Specification - AQA
The Drama department consists of three staff all of whom are subject specialists with a range of experience in theatre, television and education. In Key Stage 3 students have one lesson of Drama per week. Key Stage 3 focuses on developing specific skills that are useful to the lifelong learner such as confidence building, communication and teamwork, plus we aim to inspire and engage students in a passion and interest in performance arts - from acting to design.
GCSE Drama is a diverse and exciting course. Students comment that they feel challenged yet supported in lessons and they are encouraged to experiment with their ideas and creativity. The department strongly believe that all students can succeed in Drama and staff ensure lessons are targeted to meet the specific needs and interests of all.
A-level Theatre Studies offers students the chance to develop specific interests in performance including acting, design and directing. The course encourages students to consider the value of the arts in society and for them to consider literature, history, politics and psychology in an understanding of the importance of theatre today. Many students continue to study Theatre at university and have had success in a range of fields.
The department has two black box studio spaces, professional lighting rig and sound system. In addition, we also have the use of the School Hall with proscenium arch stage, digital projection and computerised sound system. Each year the department offers students the chance to be involved in a production and performers develop skills and an understanding of a range of theatrical styles. The department offers numerous opportunities for students to visit the theatre both locally and nationally. We have annual residential visits to London and have recently taken shows to the Edinburgh Festival receiving five star reviews.
It is a vibrant, forward thinking department where students and staff enjoy developing their learning together.
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4
What we’ve been up to…
It's been a busy day at #WKGS with our annual House Bake Off competition /#MacmillanCoffeeMorning event. Thanks everyone who baked/donated and also to those who bought cakes raising money for such a fantastic cause. Bake Off winners and total amount raised to be announced soon. https://t.co/gLZGs3GrZE
It's House Bake Off and World's Biggest Coffee Morning today! Thanks to everyone who has entered the competition and donated to this fantastic cause. Cakes have been on sale at break and will be again at lunch. More photos to follow! #WKGSCommunity #MacmillanCoffeeMorning https://t.co/nBsOLCTHHZ
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!
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!
We would like to thank artist (and former #WKGS student) Bronnie who visited this week. Bronnie not only performed for all year groups, but shared her experiences of mental health, body image, relationships and a number of other issues with our students. @BronnieMusic https://t.co/JXsiEM2FeF
Tomorrow will be your last chance to visit the Scolastic Book Fair in the Library. All payments for books on Scopay. All are welcome! #WKGS twitter.com/LibraryWkgs/st…
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.
At #WKGS we encourage all of our students to play a part in the extra-curricular life of the school and offer a range of clubs, societies and activities to all year groups. We are pleased to announce the schedule for our Autumn Term activities.. wkgs.org/files/uploads/… https://t.co/ABZMZnDzW0
Spend time with people who are good for your mental health. #Wellbeing #MentalHealthMatters https://t.co/7AmeTTagaK
We are really looking forward to next Friday 30th September when we will be hosting our annual McMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning / House Bake Off competition. We invite students to get baking/donating to this great cause as well as competing for their house. #WKSGCommunity https://t.co/omEvxK9wT4
We would like to thank everyone who visited us this week for our Open Evening. Special thanks also to our amazing student tour guides and our staff for their efforts in sharing the amazing opportunities we offer at #WKGS Unable to attend? Please visit.. wkgs.org/open-evening-2… https://t.co/IcLIOMdxpb
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.