Head of Department
Mr B Douthwaite

KS4 Specification - OCR

The Computing department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of two specialist staff with both academic and industry experience in the subject. Computing lessons take place in modern, well-equipped computer suites, which make use of iTV interactive whiteboard technology.

At Key Stage 3, all pupils study Computing for one lesson per week. Topics include designing and interpreting algorithms, programming using the ‘Python’ programming language, data representation, website development, computer hardware, networks and mobile app development. 

The department provides a good variety of extra-curricular activities such as a BBC Micro:bit programming club, lunchtime subject support drop in sessions and a Cyber Security club who take part in a national cyber security competition annually.

At Key Stage 4, pupils may study GCSE Computer Science. The subject covers areas such as cyber security, data structures and algorithms, computer networks, programming, computer architecture and the legal/moral/ethical issues in Computing.

The department has an excellent record of results with GCSE students achieving 56% 9-7 and 80% 9-6, while A-level students achieved 57% A*-A and 100% A*-C.

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examination results

56%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

80%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

96%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

25Jan '22

Happier January - Day 25: Decide to lift people up rather than put them down. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/XZa2Skp5NU

24Jan '22

Happier January - Day 24: Take a small step towards an important goal. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/JbY7hieKFj

23Jan '22

Happier January - Day 23: Put away digital devices and focus on the moment. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/sBriKR1Qeu

22Jan '22

Happier January - Day 22: Plan something new and invite others to join you. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/CHFpXymaWv

21Jan '22

Our #WKGSY8 students took part in an inter form debate this week which was live streamed for parents to watch. Well done to all students who took part. https://t.co/HBjQgqeqRC

21Jan '22

We are delighted that two #WKGSY10 students were announced as joint winners of the One West Kirby competition to create their vision for the town's future Rukshitha (Art Category) 10S Tatum (Design Technology Category) 10W @WKGS_Art @WKGS_DesignTech wirralglobe.co.uk/news/19862358.… https://t.co/6RUi6qzbYA

21Jan '22

Happier January - Day 21: Try out something new to get out of your comfort zone. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/kiMy1wZjEx

20Jan '22

Happier January - Day 20: Go to bed in good time and allow yourself to recharge. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/iSsA6vKjAE

19Jan '22

Happier January - Day 19: Focus on what's good, even if today feels tough. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/Z3zyuaFwVM

18Jan '22

Happier January - Day 18: Get in touch with an old friend. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/yHPr0xJOiO

17Jan '22

Happier January - Day 17: Be gentle with yourself when you make mistakes. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/7FbsQI5qWQ

16Jan '22

Happier January - Day 16: Contribute positively to your local community. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/JeBu4NlHux

15Jan '22

Happier January - Day 15: Go outside and notice beautiful things.. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/VgB6cd0jMU

15Jan '22

Happier January - Day 14: Try a new food today. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/BI3AjHlSsM

14Jan '22

Happier January - Day 13: Try a new food today. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/bV8oImzLRl