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
What we’ve been up to…
We are delighted with the response to last week's Wirral Walk and the money raised for the charity we support in Malawi. We are especially grateful to Moreton based company, @Typhoo_tea who made a very generous donation. Typhoo source a lot of their tea from suppliers in Malawi. https://t.co/dcZ6cABlrP
School is an opportunity to broaden your horizons, learn skills, and develop your talents. Please make sure your child is attending every day of term to ensure they have the bright future they deserve. #EveryDayCounts #WKGS https://t.co/vPk2ejLi2a
Jump Back Up July - Day 4: Find something to look forward to today. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/rTVbPsDbl7
Jump Back Up July - Day 3: Be willing to ask for help when you need it. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/3c9PNMBa7U
Jump back up July - Day 2: Create a growth mindset. Change 'I can't' into 'I can't yet'. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/uQDdXkDaUQ
Next week will be Activities Week for years 7-10. For Monday, the dress code will be the following... https://t.co/pwrSQMAdof
Accio Brain! Impressive knowledge of spells, potions and Hogwarts on display from competitors in our Tri-wizard Tournament. Congratulations to all who took part - mischief managed! https://t.co/W0K0Fbqm1E
Jump back up July - Day 1: Make a list of the joys in your life. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/UsWNR755D6
Joyful June - Day 30: Make a list of the joys in your life. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing https://t.co/3ngxal9Bmb
Wirral Walk...4/4 https://t.co/rvMOZ4rhKj
Wirral Walk...3/4 https://t.co/8ljgVNtT1F
Wirral Walk...2/4 https://t.co/TkGPETkSer
Well done to all our #WKGSCommunity who took part in today's Wirral Walk, completing the 12 mile round trip from West Kirby to Heswall to raise money for development projects in the Karonga District of northern Malawi. £1400 has been raised so far. Amazing efforts all round. https://t.co/4eQW2AMrkC
Wirral Way Walk – our school community together helping others
Congratulations to our WKGS Community who came together to complete the 12 mile walk along the Wirral Way from West Kirby to Heswall and back, to raise money for development projects in the Karonga District of northern Malawi. Since 2003 our sponsored walks, has raised money for our special overseas project - school building work, making a difference in over five rural schools in China, building two from scratch in very poor rural areas. Several hundred students from WKGS have now been to China to see where the money was spent. We have moved our fundraising to support new projects in rural Malawi. Funds have been sent to Malawi to help child education and female empowerment. We have funded the building of new sanitation blocks and water supplies for three maternity centres where before there were none and pregnant women had to go to the toilet in a nearby field. This work is directly linked to development concepts that all students have studied at all key stages of the geography curriculum.
Joyful June - Day 29: Share a friendly smile with people you meet today. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing https://t.co/kDgOKYYRV8