Head of Department
Ms J Halliday

KS4 Specification - AQA

The Drama department consists of three staff all of whom are subject specialists with a range of experience in theatre, television and education. In Key Stage 3 students have one lesson of Drama per week. Key Stage 3 focuses on developing specific skills that are useful to the lifelong learner such as confidence building, communication and teamwork, plus we aim to inspire and engage students in a passion and interest in performance arts - from acting to design.

GCSE Drama is a diverse and exciting course. Students comment that they feel challenged yet supported in lessons and they are encouraged to experiment with their ideas and creativity. The department strongly believe that all students can succeed in Drama and staff ensure lessons are targeted to meet the specific needs and interests of all. 

A-level Theatre Studies offers students the chance to develop specific interests in performance including acting, design and directing. The course encourages students to consider the value of the arts in society and for them to consider literature, history, politics and psychology in an understanding of the importance of theatre today. Many students continue to study Theatre at university and have had success in a range of fields.

The department has two black box studio spaces, professional lighting rig and sound system. In addition, we also have the use of the School Hall with proscenium arch stage, digital projection and computerised sound system. Each year the department offers students the chance to be involved in a production and performers develop skills and an understanding of a range of theatrical styles. The department offers numerous opportunities for students to visit the theatre both locally and nationally. We have annual residential visits to London and have recently taken shows to the Edinburgh Festival receiving five star reviews.

It is a vibrant, forward thinking department where students and staff enjoy developing their learning together.

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examination results

79%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

100%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

22May '20

More fantastic images from our Year 9 Blood Brothers costume task. Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnstone! Well done to all who contributed and thank you to those who took part. @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_Theatre #CostumeDesign https://t.co/Wu9ksWHHOe

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

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

The Drama department are looking forward to watching this tonight! #theatreonline #NationalTheatreAtHome twitter.com/NationalTheatr…

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

#WKGSY8 are also busy dressing up and describing their costume designs from famous films. Can you guess what characters they are? Great work Sophie, Honor , Sophie L and a special thanks to all the grown ups getting involved! #drama #costume @WKGS_Theatre @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/Su3U36yDku

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