Head of Department
Ms J Halliday

KS4 Specification - AQA

The Drama department consists of three staff all of whom are subject specialists with a range of experience in theatre, television and education. In Key Stage 3 students have one lesson of Drama per week. Key Stage 3 focuses on developing specific skills that are useful to the lifelong learner such as confidence building, communication and teamwork, plus we aim to inspire and engage students in a passion and interest in performance arts - from acting to design.

GCSE Drama is a diverse and exciting course. Students comment that they feel challenged yet supported in lessons and they are encouraged to experiment with their ideas and creativity. The department strongly believe that all students can succeed in Drama and staff ensure lessons are targeted to meet the specific needs and interests of all. 

A-level Theatre Studies offers students the chance to develop specific interests in performance including acting, design and directing. The course encourages students to consider the value of the arts in society and for them to consider literature, history, politics and psychology in an understanding of the importance of theatre today. Many students continue to study Theatre at university and have had success in a range of fields.

The department has two black box studio spaces, professional lighting rig and sound system. In addition, we also have the use of the School Hall with proscenium arch stage, digital projection and computerised sound system. Each year the department offers students the chance to be involved in a production and performers develop skills and an understanding of a range of theatrical styles. The department offers numerous opportunities for students to visit the theatre both locally and nationally. We have annual residential visits to London and have recently taken shows to the Edinburgh Festival receiving five star reviews.

It is a vibrant, forward thinking department where students and staff enjoy developing their learning together.

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examination results

79%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

100%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

22May '20

More fantastic images from our Year 9 Blood Brothers costume task. Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnstone! Well done to all who contributed and thank you to those who took part. @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_Theatre #CostumeDesign https://t.co/Wu9ksWHHOe

22May '20

What are you focussing on? #Wellbeing #mentalhealth @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/BBn10IEwii

21May '20

The judges were blown away with the entries for the House Poetry Competition. We have some amazing talent at #WKGS 💙😊🙌 Here is #WKGSY10 Hadiza’s poem ‘Humanity’, which was submitted under the category of ‘Community Spirit’ and took First Prize 🥇.... Well done Hadiza! 👏👍 #WKGSCommunity💙 #WKGSHouses #WKGSEnglish #Proud #Inspired #Poetry

21May '20

The Drama department are looking forward to watching this tonight! #theatreonline #NationalTheatreAtHome twitter.com/NationalTheatr…

20May '20

If you are having trouble sleeping this information from the NHS may be beneficial to you. #sleep #wellbeing #mentalhealth nhs.uk/oneyou/every-m…

20May '20

Today is #ThankATeacherDay 👩‍🏫 👨‍🏫 Be sure to thank your teachers, past or present who have inspired, encouraged, supported and motivated you, especially in these trying times. We all miss you! 💙 #WKGSCommunity #BeKind #StaySafe #Teachers #Students #ApartButTogether

20May '20

Mindfulness is useful for many people to improve their wellbeing. This story gives insight on how it could work for you. #Mindfulness #Wellbeing #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/YoungMindsUK/s…

20May '20

Interesting reading about the benefits of being kind. #wellbeing #BeKind #MentalHealthAwareness @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/mentalhealth/s…

20May '20

What are you doing to look after your mental and physical wellbeing. #wellbeing #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/Sport_England/…

19May '20

▶️WKGS Alumni◀️ Our next #WKGSAlumni THANK YOU goes to two frontline workers in education, Victoria (Class of 2007) & Natasha (Class of 2008). Both have been taking care of vulnerable children & sending home lots of projects to keep their students engaged & educated. We thank you for your commitment & dedication to your students. #WKGSAlumni #WKGSCommunity #Proud #ThankYou #Inspiration 💙💛🌈👏🙌 If you would like to share your story then please get in touch with office@wkgs.net

19May '20

Let's do all we can to look after our wellbeing during this #MentalHealthAwareness week and help others in these challenging times so that we can build and reinforce skills we can carry forward with us. 💙😊👍 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeKind #Wellbeing #WKGSCommunity💙 @wkgs.wellbeing

19May '20

Let's do all we can to look after our wellbeing during this Mental Health Awareness week and help others in these challenging times so that we can build and reinforce skills we can carry forward with us 💕 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeKind #wellbeing https://t.co/2TyaAg99bu

18May '20

▶️Duke of Edinburgh Award Update◀️ This year only, all participants who have completed their Physical, Skills & Volunteering will be awarded a new accolade: the 2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement – a formal recognition of their dedication, resilience and accomplishments in these extraordinary circumstances. Participants who receive the certificate can still go on to achieve the DofE award. The expedition is a hugely valuable experience that develops vital skills and character. We hope that most participants will still have the opportunity to complete it when it is safe to do so For participants who won’t be able to complete an expedition & want to progress from Bronze to Silver, we’ll introduce 2 temporary rule changes: 1.Bronze participants who achieve the 2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement will be treated as if they have completed the Bronze Award 2. Participants who do this will be able to use their Silver practice expedition as their qualifying expedition at Bronze, enabling them to achieve both their Bronze and Silver Awards. For more information follow the #WKGS Duke of Edinburgh Twitter feed (@WKGS_DofE) or visit the website below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/achievement-for-all/ #WKGSDofE #WKGSCommunity #DofEAwards #dofewithadifference 🥇🥈🥉

18May '20

▶️WKGS Alumni◀️ THANK YOU to Jemma (Class of 2004). She is now a paediatric doctor working in North Wales/Merseyside. Jemma has also been making scrubs with the ‘Chester Scrubeteers’ group in her spare time, including making this scrub top in the picture (@craftyjem on Instagram). #WKGSAlumni #WKGSCommunity #Proud #ThankYou #Inspiration 💙💛🌈👏🙌 If you would like to share your story then please get in touch with office@wkgs.net

18May '20

Have you started a whole new skill or physical activity from home? Or have you changed your volunteering to help your community during lockdown? Let us know on social media using #DofEWithADifference.