Head of Department
Mr J Ford

KS4 Specification - AQA

Our aim is to produce young designers who are skilled and ready to take their place in an ever-changing technology-driven society. We strive to create a distinctive and dynamic partnership between students and staff in the department through our level of care, concern and professionalism.

To achieve our aims, we ensure:

  • We don’t teach students or children, we teach young designers
  • Creativity and problem solving are at the heart of everything that we do
  • Our curriculum allows students to become more resilient, well rounded, independent, open minded and confident
  • Our curriculum adapts to meet changes to style, trend and technology whilst providing exciting and enjoyable experiences.

At Key Stage 3, students study Design and Technology for two lessons a week and rotate between the different subject areas: Product Design, Textiles Technology and Food & Health Eating. We offer GCSE courses in: Product Design, Food and Nutrition and Textiles. We also offer A-levels in Product Design, Textiles Technology and Food Science and Nutrition.

The Design and Technology department is housed in a purpose built building consisting of six specialist subject rooms. The building has two industrial kitchens, two Product Design workshops and one Textiles suite. We are delighted to have recently opened a fantastic new CAD/CAM/ICT suite complete with 3D Printing and Laser cutting facilities, which is providing cutting-edge technology to offer students industry-standard experiences.

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examination results

57%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

82%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

98%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we've been up to...

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…

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

03Nov '22

Bebras Computing Challenge takes place next week. Everyone is welcome to take part (not just Computing students). Solve some problems and earn points for your house! twitter.com/WKGS_Computing…