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…

19Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 19: Set hopeful but realistic goals for the week ahead. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/X926anq1hh

18Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 18: Make a list of things you are looking forward to. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/mgGoNQ63bK

17Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 17: Share your most important goals with people you trust. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/2EUlMvfhBT

16Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 16: Thank yourself for achieving the things you often take for granted. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ayU3G3SpBF

15Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 15: Look out for positive news and reasons to be cheerful today. #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS #OptimisticOctober https://t.co/py4Nqp2Jfs

14Oct '20

▶️#WKGS Update◀️ Please click on the link below⬇️ to access an update from Mr. Clarke regarding Virtual Learning Provision for Students in Isolation. wkgs.org/files/preview/… #WKGSCommunity💙

14Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 14: Do something to overcome an obstacle you are facing. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober https://t.co/fPR2rcEhQr

14Oct '20

We have just added the video of Mr Clarke's Q&A during our Virtual Open Evening & the responses to the additional questions to our website⬇️ wkgs.org/virtual-open-e… These are now ready for you to view! All materials will be available for the rest of the academic year. #WKGS https://t.co/QeL6kSsXSY

14Oct '20

A former student of #WKGS who is a Sergeant in the RAF will be receiving a Commendation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sgt H Rosenthal will receive an Air Officer Commanding Commendation. Congratulations to Sgt Rosenthal from everyone in the #WKGSCommunity #Proud 👏👍🙌

13Oct '20

On Thursday 22nd October, 19:00-20:00 @WestKirbyGS will be holding a Virtual Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers of students in all year groups. Please visit wkgs.org/online-safety-… for more information and to book your place. https://t.co/34EuOUfikK

13Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 13: Put down your To-Do list and let yourself be spontaneous. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/vBpvSvDJzh

13Oct '20

Congratulations to the many students who completed their Silver Award last year! @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY13 https://t.co/6yJfJRx9Y0

12Oct '20

The deadline for achieving the Duke of Edinburgh Certificate of Achievement has been extended until 31st July 2021. You have until you are 25 to convert the certificate into the full award by completing the expedition (and residential for Gold). @WestKirbyGS

12Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 12: Look for the good intentions in people around you today. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/1ryWLUCvSO

11Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 11: Focus on a positive change that you want to see in society. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PUXnl9W9iS