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 100% pass rate at GCSE including 86% of students achieving grades 9-6 in English Literature and 80% in English Language. At A-level, 100% of English Literature and English Language students passed with 91% in Literature and 83% in Language achieving top grades A *- B. In Film Studies, all students passed and an impressive 86% 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

61%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

86%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

100%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

06Feb '23

We would like to congratulate Vivien (#WKGSY7) who has just completed 3 weekends at County Swimming Championships. She achieved medal positions in 15 races + 1 gold and 3 silvers in team relays together with Anya (Y7). Overall, she claimed 2nd place for girls (age 12 category). https://t.co/XcruywnNm0

01Feb '23

There are still a final few tickets available for the forthcoming production of Grease. Performances are on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February at 7:00pm. The matinee performance is at 2:30pm on Saturday 11th February. ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… #greaseistheword https://t.co/IPakwlb3JB

28Jan '23

We were delighted for our #WKGS Eco-committee this week when they were awarded the Eco-schools Global Citizens award in an online ceremony; our students show real passion about environmental and sustainability issues and we are really proud of them for achieving this award. https://t.co/XxzuKscQV4

27Jan '23

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24Jan '23

I just uploaded “West Kirby Grammar School - Global Citizenship Award.MOV” to #Vimeo: vimeo.com/792179445

20Jan '23

We are pleased to announce that our #WKGS Robotics Club is up and running with our first session taking place today. Lots of exciting projects using BBC Microbit, Servo Boards and Move Motor kits. Friday at 1:30 in C3 (D&T Block). All welcome. #STEM #Robotics #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/S6lCsCXI5D

20Jan '23

Well done and good luck everyone. A record number of students have qualified this year. twitter.com/WKGS_Computing…

19Jan '23

Limited Grease tickets still available! We are pleased to offer a fully licensed bar service, along with soft drinks, sweets and confectionery. The bar will be open before the performance and during the interval with cashless payment available. Book now: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/WlM7brfQTM

18Jan '23

Our #WKGSCommunity have celebrated #ChineseNewYear2023 this week in their assemblies with Mr Vane. Special thanks to Claudia, Melissa, Georgina and Isabella in their fantastic efforts at restoring our Chinese lion at Model Club, ready in time for the assemblies. https://t.co/JoKzYdz3R4

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Receptionist who will also work as the First Aid Lead for the school, supporting the work of the Front Office and Administration staff, with immediate effect. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/jsnKRbfBeG

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Attendance Officer /Administration Assistant for Years 7 – 11 to support the work of the Pastoral and Administration teams. Prior experience in a similar role is desirable but not essential. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/Fwmt5chDg9

16Jan '23

Congratulations to the #WKGS Eco-subcommittee for becoming Eco-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year award winners for their outstanding work on the environmental concerns of fast fashion and the benefits of upcycled clothing. (Details on p20-21) c-6.net/virtualdocs/ec… https://t.co/0mGqXBe30X

16Jan '23

Eco-schools Global Citizenship School of the Year award

We are delighted that our Eco-Subcommittee has received the award from Keep Britain Tidy of Eco-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year. Their work on the Wirral-wide TexPop26 event - a music and design competition which raises awareness about the environmental damage fast-fashion causes across the world and the promotion of the benefits of upcycled clothing has been outstanding. The school also won two awards at the Wirral event in the Future Yard: school band ‘The Room’ were named ‘Best Performing Group’, and the creators of their upcycled stage-clothes won the ‘Best Upcycled Clothing’ award. Eco-Schools is the world’s largest schools’ environmental programme and students taking part can learn about everything from litter and biodiversity to energy and global citizenship. We are proud to have been accredited with the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

13Jan '23

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available to purchase for the #WKGS production of Grease via the link below. Performances take place between Wednesday 8th February and Saturday 11th February (7pm Wed-Fri and 2.30pm Sat). ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/IkFLpcGBtA

10Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, committed individual to be join our Careers team, offering advice to students in Year 10-13, and co-ordinating Work Experience placements for students in Years 10 and 12. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/EETtK0aX4X