Race for Life
Congratulations to our members of staff who completed the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK – they have raised over £1000 to date! A fantastic achievement!
Visit to Queen Elizabeth Law Courts, Liverpool
Year 12 Bar Mock Trial finalists visited the Queen Elizabeth Law Courts, Liverpool, where they were able to observe how a courtroom operates and see a range of remand and sentence cases. It was an excellent opportunity for these students, who aspire to a career in Law, to increase their knowledge and understanding of our judicial system.
U13 Wirral SFA Cup winners!
Congratulations to our brilliant U13 football team who have won the Wirral Schools’ FA Cup 6 – 1 at Prenton Park – home of Tranmere Rovers.
Year 10 fieldtrip to the Lake District & Upper Teesdale
Year 10 Geographers experienced some learning outside of the classroom on a packed three day fieldtrip to the Lake District and Upper Teesdale which included a visit to the magnificent High Force waterfall. They were shown around Cockermouth to see the issues surrounding the recent flooding and undertook some ecosystems work at a Forestry Commission location. After staying overnight at Ambleside Youth Hostel the group travelled to Upper Teeside to discover the source of the River Tees towards the sea. They were inspired to follow the route taken by a sixth former, Elliot Brown, in the Channel 4 educational TV programme about rivers. On the final day they returned to the Lake District to Grasmere and Keswick to study Human geography.
National Theatre Connections Festival - HUNT
Congratulations to all our Drama students who were involved in the production of ‘Hunt’ for the National Theatre Connections Festival. Each year, the National commissions ten established writers to write ten new plays for schools, colleges and youth groups to rehearse and present. WKGS students were honoured to perform at the Lowry Theatre, Salford.
Year 8 Cambridge Physics Experience
Some of our Y8 Physicists were given the opportunity to go to the University of Cambridge for a day of Physics activities on the theme of the Mars rover. The day included a hands-on practical session based around themes in physics/engineering which could be relevant to the journey, landing and operation of a Mars rover.
European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Hungary
We are so proud of Rebekah (Y13) who was awarded a Bronze medal representing the UK in the EGMO in Hungary – she had an amazing experience which she will never forget. Well done Rebekah!
Over 150 students and staff enjoyed a Music Department trip to the Empire Theatre, Liverpool to watch a production of Mamma Mia!
Wales National Netball Academy
Congratulations to Sienna (Y12) who has been accepted into the Wales National Netball Academy – an excellent achievement after a lot of hard work!
Wirral Book Award 2022
Some of our Year 8 students were offered the fabulous opportunity to vote at the Wirral Book Award 2022 held at the Co-op Academy, Beblngton and were honoured to meet the winner Cynthia Murphy for Last One to Die
11+ Familiarisation sessions
Thank you to a group of our Sixth Form students who have planned and delivered 11+ Familiarisation sessions across three weekends to Year 5 pupils.
European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad
Congratulations to Rebekah (Y13) who has been selected to represent the UK at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad which takes place in Hungary. We wish her luck as she prepares at the UKMT IMO training camp at Trinity College, Cambridge.
European Youth Parliament Regional Competition winners!
Our Sixth Form students are to be congratulated on their success in winning the regional EYP competition and are now through to the national finals! They were all very impressive in their debates at Merchant Taylor’s School and Liverpool Town Hall for the European Youth Parliament competition. Working as a team, the students had to prepare for the competition by independently researching the resolutions in their booklets and evaluating their potential impact. They also needed to develop a good knowledge of European affairs.
Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies visit to London
Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies students experienced a cultural visit to London visiting the Western Marble Arch Synagogue and the Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust exhibition, along with a night at the theatre to see a live performance of The Lion King. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" – telling the story of triumph of good over evil.
Year 8 Rugby session with Sale Sharks Women Rugby Team
Former WKGS student and Sales Sharks Women team member, Scarlett, visited the school with a couple of team mates to provide rugby coaching for Year 8. A beautiful day to be training and an enjoyable, fantastic opportunity for all the students involved – thank you Scarlett and the team!
Cross Country Race
Well done to Isla and Annabelle Y7 who represented Merseyside schools in a Cross Country race against Cheshire. Isla was the overall winner of the race and Annabelle was 22nd – an excellent achievement.
Years 7 and 8 Football Teams
Congratulations to our Year 7 and 8 Football teams in their matches at Weatherhead High School. Both teams showed their excellent playing skills – a fabulous win for Year 8 and a hard fought and close loss for Year 7.
Debating at The Athenaeum, Liverpool
Well done to our young debating team at The Athenaeum. They had to prepare for the event to debate with other Merseyside schools on a range of current affairs topics. Although the debates are non-competitive, they are excellent preparation for future debating competitions in which the school has had past success. In the afternoon, students were privileged to take a tour of the Athenaeum library and access some of the special collections, seeing the rare books collection held.
Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad
Congratulations to our Year 13 Chemists who competed in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Olympiad. This involved a three hour examination of Chemistry problems which stretches and challenges students far beyond the A Level specifications.
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training
A fabulous expedition training day delivered by Wirral and West Cheshire Expedition Committee Operating Authority for our Bronze DofE participants. Sessions included: route planning, mountain safety, first aid, food and equipment, rucksack packing.
Congratulations to our group of Y10 students who participated in the Maths Feast competition organised by AMSP - Advanced Mathematics Support Programme. The AMSP is a Department of Education funded project which aims to increase participation in advanced Maths and improve the teaching of Level 3 qualifications. The students worked as a team to tackle challenging Maths problems.
Year 8 Information Evening 15 March 2022
Please click here for a link to the recording of the Year 8 Information Evening 2022
The Queen’s Green Canopy
West Kirby Grammar School has been added to The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) map for planting 250 Beech trees to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year in 2022.
Donations for Ukraine
Once again the outstanding generosity of the WKGS Community, supported by the local Morrison’s supermarket staff, has been able to help those less fortunate than ourselves. A packed minibus and car left school on Friday 4 March 2022 to deliver our donations to the collection point in Kirkby to send to Poland for the people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training
WKGS Silver DofE teams successfully completed their expedition training this weekend helped by Wirral and West Cheshire Expedition Committee Operating Authority, who arranged an outstanding range of sessions – congratulations to all who participated!
Shirley Hughes 1927 - 2022
The school community wishes to pay tribute to our former student, acclaimed author and illustrator Shirley Hughes who has died aged 94. Shirley attended the school from 1935 to 1943. Her novel ‘Whistling in the Dark’ was inspired by her time here and growing up on the Wirral. She lived directly behind the school on Meols Drive in Easedale House, which was gifted by the family to the school in the early 1980s and is now a Sixth Form Centre. Her work and success continues to be an inspiration to students today many of whom grew up loving her stories.
Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland
Despite Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin delaying the start of the Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland, three foot of snow upon arrival and having to push their coach out of the drifts, our students had a fantastic time, even seeing the Northern Lights before arrival from the plane! They enjoyed many excursions around the island to geysers, glaciers and volcanos, visiting to the Snaefellsjokull National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Hellisheiŏi, a tour of Reykjavik and finishing the week with a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Plus having a lot of fun in the snow!
The Chinese Year of the Tiger
School is once again decorated to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Tiger. The Tiger symbolises bravery and strength – a time to challenge yourself and boost self-awareness. Students learnt more about Chinese New Year, including the pronunciation of celebratory phrases and Karaoke, during an assembly organised by Mr Vane, Head of Geography, and all received a fortune cookie to mark the event!
Drama trip to London
Year 11 and Sixth Form Drama students travelled to London were they enjoyed a Woman in Black theatre workshop with theatre professionals before watching ‘The Trouble in Mind’ production at the National Theatre. The following day they took part in a theatre tour of The Globe before travelling to the Fortune Theatre for a matinée performance of The Woman in Black.
We are delighted to announce that the following students have received Oxbridge offers - Rebekah (Maths); Lucia (Biology); Izzy (Medicine); Grace (Veterinary Medicine); Sofia (Natural Sciences) and Smruthi (Medicine). Congratulations to them all!
Music Department trip to see Les Misérables
Year 11, 12 and 13 students got the opportunity to watch a fabulous performance of Les Misérables at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, which is being studied at A Level.
Northern Indoors Athletics Championships
Congratulations to Amelia (Y10) who won a silver medal in the U17 triple jump at the Northern Indoors Athletics Championships. A fantastic achievement!
British Physics Olympiad
Congratulations to all our students who took part in the British Physics Olympiad competition and especially well done to Sofia and Rebekah in Year 13 who received Gold and Top Gold rankings respectively. This achievement places them both in the top 16% of all entrants nationally. Rebekah will now go on to compete in the second round of the competition.
Carrols by Candlelight 2021
Please find the link below for the 'Carols by Candlelight service held at St Andrew’s Church, West Kirby on the 16th Dec.
Carol Services at WKGS 2021
We were honoured to be able to hold our Carol Services again for each of our individual year groups in the beautiful surroundings of St Andrew’s Church, West Kirby along with our Year 7 concert and the Carols by Candlelight service. Please click here to see the Year 7 event.
Sunday Times School Guide 2022
We are delighted that West Kirby Grammar School has been named in the top 10 North West state schools and top 100 nationally in the Sunday Times School Guide 2022.
Bebras Challenge 2021
Team WKGS have achieved an amazing 117 Distinction and 107 Merit awards in the Bebras Challenge 2021. 84 students also achieved Gold Award, putting them in the top 10% of scores nationally. We are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements – well done!
Psychology trip to London
A group of our Year 12 Psychology students experienced a two day trip to London visiting the Freud Museum, the Clink Museum and taking part in a Jack the Ripper walking tour on the first day. Followed by a hypnosis session, a trip on the London Eye and a visit to the London Dungeons! Two extremely action packed days and thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Our smart new school minibus has arrived on site-proudly displaying our WKGS logo and painted in our school colours! It will be used extensively especially for Geography fieldtrips and PE Tournaments. Look out for it around and about!
Under 13 Football teams
Well done to our two U13 football teams who were 2nd and 3rd in the Utilita Energy EFL Girls’ Cup Final, narrowly missing out after a last minute goal from the opposition!
BMC Youth Climbing Series success
Congratulations to Jessica (Y9) who was placed 3rd in the Welsh round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series. She will now represent Wales in the finals in Southampton later this month. A marvellous achievement!
Thank you to our wonderful Gardening Club team who have put together this poignant and striking memorial to all those lost in conflict.
Contribution to AQA guide
Congratulations to our former Sixth Form student, Acacia, whose work has been chosen by AQA to demonstrate good technique in practical Science work for their online training course; designed to support Science teachers’ understanding of the assessment and monitoring process.
Christmas Food Hamper Appeal for the Charles Thompson Mission
Our incredibly generous WKGS Community have donated food collected during our Harvest Festival week to the Charles Thompson's Mission Christmas Food Hamper Appeal. Thank you to everyone who contributed and especially to those who helped sort and pack the donations.
House Pumpkin Competition
Well done to all our students who spent so much time and effort making some fabulous creations for our House Pumpkin Competition!
Year 11 GCSE Geography Fieldwork trip to Cumbria, County Durham
As part of their GCSE Geography course Year 11 Geographers enjoyed their fieldtrip to the Lake District, Cumbria looking at flood prevention techniques in Cockermouth and also woodland ecosystems. They then moved on to the Pennines into County Durham to follow the course of the River Tees from source to the sea. Followed by a wonderful set of opportunities to study the coastal landscape of the fast-eroding Holderness coast in Yorkshire, visiting Hornsea and Flamborough Head.
A level Fashion & Textiles Study Day in London
Our A level textiles students had the exciting opportunity of a trip to London to visit the world-renowned Fashion Rooms at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the newly built, highly innovative Design Museum. They particularly enjoyed the Sneakers Unboxed exhibition at the Design Museum!
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
Congratulations to our 34 Year 12 and 13 students who took part in their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in October 2021.
Year 9 GCSE Drama students visit to Liverpool
Year 9 Drama students took part in a visit to the Liverpool Everyman or Playhouse theatres for a backstage tour, a workshop with Tmesis, a Liverpool-based professional theatre company, followed by an evening performance of ‘Dracula’ at the Liverpool Playhouse. It was an excellent opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of theatre, working as a team with other Drama students and, as part of their GCSE course, students need to write about live theatre and watching ‘Dracula’ provided a valuable opportunity to discuss, analyse and evaluate a professional performance.
Folder upcycling project with Viavi Solutions
Well done to all our students who took part in the folder upcycling project with used Viavi branded folders. Rather than waste the folders we asked our students to upcycle and customise the folders with their own creative designs.
Congratulations to our Year 10 student Sophia who has been selected for Merseyside County Schools’ FA U16 squad and the Manchester Thunder U15 Netball pathway! Amazing achievement!
Merseyside Schools’ Cross County Race
Congratulations to all our students who took part in the Merseyside Schools’ Cross Country Race in Arrowe Country Park on Saturday 2 October 2021. The next round for the County is on Wednesday 13 October 2021 at Glasspool Playing Fields and, if successful in this round, the team will progress to the Regional finals on Saturday 13 November 2021! Good luck and well done to all involved!
Wirral schools placed eighth in national ranking
Wirral offers some of the best chances in country for an outstanding school place. The Wirral Globe has published an article, following research from the mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages, which states that new data has revealed that pupils across the Wirral have some of the best chances in the country of securing an outstanding primary or secondary school place. Wirral is placed ninth in the overall rankings for having the best access to outstanding secondary schools. Click here for the link to the full article.
West Kirby Grammar School Open Events 2021/2022
We were delighted to welcome so many prospective new Year 7 students and parents to the school for our Open Evening on Wednesday 22 September 2021 and for our Open Day Tours on Thursday 23 and Wednesday 29 September 2021. If you were unable to attend please click here for a virtual tour of the school:
Guinness World Record title – Heroes Stamp Design Competition
Congratulations to all WKGS Art students who participated in the Heroes Stamp Design Competition – we are now part of a Guinness World Record! We were delighted to take part in the Royal Mail’s Competition in May 2021 which honoured the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.
Year 12 Information Evening 2021
Please click here for the recording from our Year 12 Information Evening.
GCSE Information Evening
We were delighted to see many parents/carers actually in school, at last, for our Year 9 GCSE Information Evening on Wednesday 8 September 2021. The event was also streamed live for parents/carers who were unable to attend. A copy of the event is available by clicking on and opening up this article.
Lateral Flow Asymptomatic Testing at West Kirby Grammar School
We are all set up and prepared once again to start Lateral Flow Asymptomatic testing many of our 1200+ students, twice, for the new school year. We are looking forward to welcoming all the WKGS Community back together for the start of another exciting year!
Well done to all our Year 11 students for their hard work and achievements this year and their excellent GCSE results. We look forward to welcoming many of them back to our Sixth Form in September along with all our new Sixth Form students.
A and AS level success
We wish to congratulate all of our fantastic A & AS level students on their excellent results. We are so proud of how hard you have worked and everything you have achieved under exceptional circumstances. We wish you success and happiness for your future and for this next, exciting stage in your lives.
Virtual 11+ familiarisation
Our Year 12 Further Maths students hosted the first in our series of Virtual 11+ Familiarisation sessions for Year 5 pupils on Saturday 26 June 2021. Thanks to the Maths students and staff for all of their hard work in making this possible. Further events will be held on Saturday 3 July for Verbal Reasoning and Saturday 10 July for English both from 9am until 11.30am - all are welcome - please see: https://wkgs.org/virtual-11-familiarisation-days where you can also revisit the Maths event.
BASE Competition National Finalists
Congratulations also go to Soraya, Heather, Lucy and Daria in Year 12 as they have achieved a place in the National Finals of the BASE Competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Business Language Champions ‘Operation Language'
Well done to our Year 12 linguists in French, German and Spanish who took part in the Business Language Champions ‘Operation Language’ challenge last week. They used their language skills to great effect in this national event, working on a World Health Organisation theme.
Perse Coding Competition
Congratulations to our Year 11 students Hannah, Emily and Hadiza who recently represented the school in round 2 of the Perse Coding competition. The team performed superbly, gaining a Certificate of Merit each. Well done!
Meet the Professions
We have held another fantastic 'Meet the Professionals' session with Lucy Sibbick, an award-winning special effects make-up artist. She is best known for her work on the film Darkest Hour for which she was awarded, with Kazuhiro Tsuji and David Malinowski, the BAFTA award in 2017 and the Academy Award in 2018 for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Sixth Form Enrichment Programme activities during Lockdown
Despite the constraints and challenges of another lockdown, we have persevered this term with our diverse Sixth Form Enrichment Programme:
Meet the Professions
We hosted another ‘Meet the Professionals’ event with Celyn Jones, the critically acclaimed and award-winning actor and screenwriter, who provided a fascinating talk which was greatly enjoyed by our students. Well done to all who attended and a massive thank you to Celyn for the time, support, inspiration and advice. WKGS film company may be on its way!
Duke of Edinburgh Awards volunteering
We are very proud of our students who are undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award training for contributing to 5863 hours of voluntary service to the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vitality Netball Super League
Natalie (Year 10) has been selected for the Severn Stars U17 National Performance League squad. Severn Stars play in the Vitality Netball Super League. Our congratulations to Natalie on a fantastic achievement!
Meet the Professionals
WKGS Drama department hosted another Meet the Professionals session this week with Eli Randle from Tmesis Theatre. It was brilliant to hear about the work of a director and theatre-maker. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and asked some fantastic questions. A huge thank you to Eli for her time and expertise.
UKMT Mathematics challenge
Well done to Year 12 student Rebekah for achieving a distinction in the recently completed an Olympiad challenge as part of the UKMT Mathematics challenge. She has also been selected as the reserve for the UK team in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad taking place in April. We are all incredibly proud and very impressed about how far she has progressed in the competition.
Meet the Professionals
WKGS Drama department hosted another Meet the Professionals session this week with one of our Year 7 fathers - Dan Taylor.
Meet the Professionals
WKGS Drama department are holding a series of talks from professionals in the performing arts who have agreed to speak, virtually, about their work and to take part in a live Q&A session.
Medicine in Action Conference
Potential Medics Conference: WKGS Year 12 students were given the opportunity to take part in an online conference aimed at those wishing to study medicine at the next stage of their education. Twenty three students attended the virtual event on Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 9.30am until 12.30pm
WKGS donations to Wirral Foodbank
Our generous WKGS community has once again made a collection of items to donate to Wirral Foodbank.
The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide
We are delighted to announce that in The Sunday Times Parent Power ‘Schools of the Decade’, West Kirby Grammar School has been ranked 87th. We are also the only Wirral school in the Top 100.
We are delighted to announce that West Kirby Grammar School has recently invested in GCSEPod the award-winning digital content & revision provider.
Bebras Computing Challenge 2020
Bebras Computing Challenge results - congratulations to WKGS Year 7!
GCSE Results 2019
The dedication of staff and students at West Kirby Grammar School has paid off once again, as results continue to soar.
A-level Results 2019
West Kirby Grammar School is celebrating; yet again results are outstanding with more than 70% of all grades awarded being A*-B or equivalent.
iDEA - Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards at WKGS
Liverpool Docks Regeneration Trip
As part of the A-level Human Geography regeneration project, Year 12 students took a trip to Liverpool to see first-hand regeneration in action along the Liverpool waterfront.
WKGS reach UK Space Design Competition National Finals
In November, 12 students from Years 10 -13 won the North-West Regional Heat of the UK Space Design Competition at the University of Liverpool.
Spanish Exchange 2018
Fifteen Year 11 GCSE Spanish students spent the last week of September with their Spanish exchange partners in Torrelavega in Cantabria in the North of Spain.
GCSE Results - 2018
West Kirby Grammar School is celebrating exceptional performance in the new more rigorous GCSE examinations, reflecting once again, the hard work and dedication of students and staff.
A-Level Results - 2018
Students at West Kirby Grammar School are once again celebrating outstanding A-level results.