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…

03Jun '20

Get listening to the radio adaption of @BernardineEvari's incredible 'Girl, Woman, Other'. There are currently 3 episodes available and a new episode every day until June 12th. 📖📚📻 @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00…

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

(1/2) Many of you will have been watching the news coming out of America this past week. It is important to remember that so much social, and racial, injustice stems from ignorance. In one very simple form, this could come from... https://t.co/5mUyAPR6Fn

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…