Head of Department
Mr M Woods

KS4 Specification - AQA

The chemistry department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of seven teachers, who are all chemistry specialists. At Key Stage 3, students study chemistry for one lesson a week which includes a variety of topics including acids and alkalis, states of matter, chemical reactions, elements, mixtures and compounds and reactivity. Students also have the opportunity to develop their practical and analytical skills, developing their interest and enthusiasm in the Chemistry of all that is around them. All students study separate sciences at GCSE level. 

The department is proud of its public examination results. At GCSE 75% of students achieved grade 9-6 and 39% achieved grades 9-8. At A-level, 65% of students achieved A* - B and 100% achieved A* - E.

The Science Department has 12 fully-equipped laboratories, with state-of-the-art and fully interactive technology. We offer a large number of activities to enrich our curriculum, including the Chemistry Communicators Project (leading to a Gold Crest Award), university workshops, the Chemistry Analyst Competition, Chemistry Olympiad, the Year 7 Science Club, Salters Festival of Chemistry, Café Scientific, support sessions for students in all key stages and Science evening lectures. 

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examination results

61%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

75%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

94%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

03Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 3: Think of three things you are grateful for and write them down. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/R4mlAZNMFa

02Jun '20

7pm tonight Brian Cox talking live from the Cheltenham science festival about black holes! What’s not to like?! @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/cheltfestivals…

02Jun '20

It is important that we all stay safe online. Please ensure you follow published guidance to protect yourself. #internetsafety #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/CEOPUK/status/…

02Jun '20

Music can be great to keep you focussed or to help you relax. #music #relaxation #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/4ZWKppDGhD

02Jun '20

Each new day is a step closer to our school community being back together. @westkirbygs #positivity #BeKind https://t.co/teiuQ6sCP8

02Jun '20

Be honest. Be kind. Be respectful. #PrideMonth2020 #Wellbeing https://t.co/ZfD4CNBk98

02Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 2: Reframe a worry and try to find a positive way to respond 🌈 #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/sRHYY7xxd1

01Jun '20

▶️WKGS IT Issues◀️ Our IT services should all be back in operation now. We apologise for any inconvenience to the start of your week. #WKGSCommunity💙

01Jun '20

Great message about mental health from these young people. If you are struggling and feel you need to talk then please seek support from a trusted adult. #wellbeing #mentalhealth @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/BGT/status/126…

01Jun '20

@wkgs.wellbeing June is here! This month is full of things to make your month joyful, even in these difficult times. #joyfuljune #wellbeing #wkgscommunity💙

01Jun '20

▶️IT Issues◀️ Please accept our apologies but we are experiencing IT issues with our Intranet & Phones. Our IT team is currently working on it. Students can try to log on to Google Classroom via this link & enter their school email address & password (1/2) edu.google.com/products/class…

01Jun '20

Welcome back all our students to another half term of #OnlineLearning via #GoogleClassroom. It’s Week 🅰️ & this weeks @WKGS_Wellbeing day is on Wednesday. #WKGSCommunity #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #StaySafe #WeMissYou 💙💛 https://t.co/wJRSqv5jkP

31May '20

Meaningful May - Day 31: Take some time out of your routine today to relax. #wellbeing

31May '20

The @NHSuk have published a new article on how to support a young person who is struggling with their mental health. Here you can find practical advice on what to do if you’re worried about your child and where you can turn to for support. @WestKirbyGS england.nhs.uk/blog/advice-fo…

30May '20

Meaningful May - Day 30: Look up at the sky and remember we are all part of something bigger. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ia5XcZ2IkK