Head of Department
Mrs L Pinnington

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.

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examination results

66%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

83%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

22May '20

What are you focussing on? #Wellbeing #mentalhealth @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/BBn10IEwii

22May '20

Meaningful May - Day 22: Ask a loved one or colleague what matters most to them and why. #wellbeing #MeaningfulMay

21May '20

And here's our terrific second place entry by #WKGSY12 Literature student, Rohan-Dev. This brilliant poem aims to capture the community spirit of Ramadan amidst the Coronavirus Outbreak! 👏👏👏 @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm #PoetryCommunity #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/WWY9SMswl5

21May '20

The judges were blown away with the entries for the House Poetry Competition. We have some amazing talent at #WKGS 💙😊🙌 Here is #WKGSY10 Hadiza’s poem ‘Humanity’, which was submitted under the category of ‘Community Spirit’ and took First Prize 🥇.... Well done Hadiza! 👏👍 #WKGSCommunity💙 #WKGSHouses #WKGSEnglish #Proud #Inspired #Poetry

21May '20

Meaningful May - Day 21: Share photos of 3 things you find meaningful or memorable. #MeaningfulMay #wellbeing #memories #photography

20May '20

If you are having trouble sleeping this information from the NHS may be beneficial to you. #sleep #wellbeing #mentalhealth nhs.uk/oneyou/every-m…

20May '20

A special CONGRATULATIONS 🏆 to our winning poets: 1st - Hadiza (Y10) 🥇 2nd - Rohan-Dev (Y12) 🥈 3rd - Sofia (Y11) 🥉 We are so proud of everyone who entered! We will be posting a number of your poems over the next few days. @WestKirbyGS Read Hadiza's winning entry below: 💕🌎 https://t.co/aQrR8fv0iw

20May '20

Thank you and congratulations to all the students who participated in our House Poetry competition 🏆 - we were blown away by your talent! The results are: 1st - Furniss 🥇 2nd - Wallis 🥈 3rd - Gonner 🥉 4th - Hudson 5th - Paton 6th - Stewart @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_Pastoral

20May '20

Today is #ThankATeacherDay 👩‍🏫 👨‍🏫 Be sure to thank your teachers, past or present who have inspired, encouraged, supported and motivated you, especially in these trying times. We all miss you! 💙 #WKGSCommunity #BeKind #StaySafe #Teachers #Students #ApartButTogether

20May '20

Mindfulness is useful for many people to improve their wellbeing. This story gives insight on how it could work for you. #Mindfulness #Wellbeing #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/YoungMindsUK/s…

20May '20

Interesting reading about the benefits of being kind. #wellbeing #BeKind #MentalHealthAwareness @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/mentalhealth/s…

20May '20

What are you doing to look after your mental and physical wellbeing. #wellbeing #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/Sport_England/…

20May '20

Meaningful May - Day 20: Reflect on what makes you feel really valued and appreciated. #MeaningfulMay #wellbeing

19May '20

▶️WKGS Alumni◀️ Our next #WKGSAlumni THANK YOU goes to two frontline workers in education, Victoria (Class of 2007) & Natasha (Class of 2008). Both have been taking care of vulnerable children & sending home lots of projects to keep their students engaged & educated. We thank you for your commitment & dedication to your students. #WKGSAlumni #WKGSCommunity #Proud #ThankYou #Inspiration 💙💛🌈👏🙌 If you would like to share your story then please get in touch with office@wkgs.net

19May '20

Let's do all we can to look after our wellbeing during this #MentalHealthAwareness week and help others in these challenging times so that we can build and reinforce skills we can carry forward with us. 💙😊👍 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeKind #Wellbeing #WKGSCommunity💙 @wkgs.wellbeing