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 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.

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examination results

66%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

83%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

26Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 26: Find a new perspective on a problem you face. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/QWBwqc4gir

25Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 25: Use one of your strengths in a new or creative way. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/E3lxxj5GTu

24Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 24: Share with a friend something you found helpful recently. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/nCGcPbv7Ug

24Nov '21

KS4&5 students, here’s some excellent recommended reads! 📖📚 twitter.com/costabookaward…

23Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a time to pursue an activity you love. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/wc4Y90luwp

22Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/FOlalutolA

22Nov '21

#WKGSY8 students showcasing their Christmas Pyjama designs produced during @WKGS_DesignTech Textiles lessons today. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/gXX3Z9zNFq

22Nov '21

We are pleased to announce that #WKGS will be hosting a Book Fair in the Lower Library from Mon 29th-Mon 6th December. All pupils are welcome to come and browse before school or at break/lunchtime. This will be a cashless fair, all payments to be made on Scopay (more to follow). https://t.co/XtjZwjfKPj

21Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill with a friend or share one of yours with them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/wYpYT6iUKF

20Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 20: Make a meal with a recipe or ingredient you've not used before. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/svdDkiwJGQ

19Nov '21

Our #WKGSCommunity has so far raised a fantastic £1182 so far for #ChildreninNeed with our non-uniform day. We also marked the end of #AntiBullyingWeek with #OddSocksDay celebrate difference and individuality in our school community. Please donate online if you have not already. https://t.co/SbN1iC2tTR

19Nov '21

I just uploaded “6th Form Open Evening 2021” to #Vimeo: vimeo.com/647641913

19Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 19: Broaden your perspective, read a different paper, magazine or site. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/lsV1VJ76wd

18Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 18: Connect with someone from a different generation. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/AyZohlxIKf

17Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 17: Try a new way to practice self care and be kind to yourself. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/h3gUWNRmMn