Head of Department
Mrs J Williams

KS4 Specification - Edexcel

The Music department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of two teachers, who are subject specialists plus a visiting team of instrumental tutors who are all experienced and well qualified professionals. There are two teaching rooms, four practice rooms and a recording studio. The teaching rooms include an apple mac suite with access to industry standard technology and equipment.

At Key Stage 3 all students study Music and it can be continued at. Music is also available at A-level. Students in Years 7 - 9 are given a wide musical education which includes singing, performing, original composition, listening and musical appreciation, historical context, basic music theory, music from non-Western cultures, workshop experiences and live performances wherever possible.

At Key Stage 4, GCSE Music students study a broad range of musical genres while also honing their performance and composition skills. Students achieve highly with 55% achieving grade 9-6. A-level Music is an increasingly popular option and in recent years, students have entered degree courses at the universities of Oxford, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Extra Curricular Music

There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after school and are directed by the two music teachers at the school and by our instrumental team. These include Junior Singers, Junior Players, Guitarchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir. We have a regular series of concerts and lunchtime recitals; also competitions, productions and tours abroad.

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examination results

27%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

55%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

91%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

what we've been up to...

04Jul '22

We are delighted with the response to last week's Wirral Walk and the money raised for the charity we support in Malawi. We are especially grateful to Moreton based company, @Typhoo_tea who made a very generous donation. Typhoo source a lot of their tea from suppliers in Malawi. https://t.co/dcZ6cABlrP

04Jul '22

School is an opportunity to broaden your horizons, learn skills, and develop your talents. Please make sure your child is attending every day of term to ensure they have the bright future they deserve. #EveryDayCounts #WKGS https://t.co/vPk2ejLi2a

03Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 4: Find something to look forward to today. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/rTVbPsDbl7

03Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 3: Be willing to ask for help when you need it. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/3c9PNMBa7U

03Jul '22

Jump back up July - Day 2: Create a growth mindset. Change 'I can't' into 'I can't yet'. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/uQDdXkDaUQ

01Jul '22

Next week will be Activities Week for years 7-10. For Monday, the dress code will be the following... https://t.co/pwrSQMAdof

01Jul '22

Jump back up July - Day 1: Make a list of the joys in your life. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/UsWNR755D6

30Jun '22

Joyful June - Day 30: Make a list of the joys in your life. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing https://t.co/3ngxal9Bmb

30Jun '22

Wirral Walk...4/4 https://t.co/rvMOZ4rhKj

30Jun '22

Wirral Walk...3/4 https://t.co/8ljgVNtT1F

30Jun '22

Wirral Walk...2/4 https://t.co/TkGPETkSer

30Jun '22

Well done to all our #WKGSCommunity who took part in today's Wirral Walk, completing the 12 mile round trip from West Kirby to Heswall to raise money for development projects in the Karonga District of northern Malawi. £1400 has been raised so far. Amazing efforts all round. https://t.co/4eQW2AMrkC

30Jun '22

Wirral Way Walk – our school community together helping others

Congratulations to our WKGS Community who came together to complete the 12 mile walk along the Wirral Way from West Kirby to Heswall and back, to raise money for development projects in the Karonga District of northern Malawi. Since 2003 our sponsored walks, has raised money for our special overseas project - school building work, making a difference in over five rural schools in China, building two from scratch in very poor rural areas.  Several hundred students from WKGS have now been to China to see where the money was spent. We have moved our fundraising to support new projects in rural Malawi.  Funds have been sent to Malawi to help child education and female empowerment. We have funded the building of new sanitation blocks and water supplies for three maternity centres where before there were none and pregnant women had to go to the toilet in a nearby field.  This work is directly linked to development concepts that all students have studied at all key stages of the geography curriculum.

29Jun '22

Joyful June - Day 29: Share a friendly smile with people you meet today. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing https://t.co/kDgOKYYRV8

28Jun '22

Year 12 visit to the Liverpool UCAS fair and Edge Hill Universit

As part of their Summer Programme, for Year 12, visited the UCAS fair at Liverpool Exhibition Centre followed by a trip to Edge Hill University to get a snapshot of life at a campus university. The UCAS fair gave students the opportunity to visit different University stalls to discuss open days and the courses they offer. At Edge Hill students were given a campus tour, attended a taster lecture and chatted to current students about Higher Education and student life. An informative and enjoyable day for all!