Head of Department
Mrs L Pinnington

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…

01Apr '20

Let's look for positive ways to look after ourselves and each other as we face this crisis together 🌎💞 Use this calendar to find ways to keep calm, stay wise & be kind. @actionhappiness @WestKirbyGS actionforhappiness.org/active-coping-… #ActiveCopingApril https://t.co/tBhtVfU5fQ

27Mar '20

AND AND AND.... The Royal Shakespeare Company are also showing six of their amazing past productions including Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Much Ado and The Merchant of Venice! 💕👏📺🎭 @WestKirbyGS #CultureinQuarantine #GetWatching #IsolationStation twitter.com/TheRSC/status/…

27Mar '20

The incredible @NationalTheatre are streaming some of their amazing productions for us to watch from home every week. So, how about you get the family together at 7pm every Thursday night and enjoy the shows? 🎭🎟️🙌💻 @WestKirbyGS #NationalTheatreAtHome #IsolationStation twitter.com/NationalTheatr…

27Mar '20

Happy Friday. Have you completed your 5 @thebodycoach sessions this week? Never underestimate the power of exercise to boost your mental wellbeing. #wellbeing #positivity 🙌💪 m.youtube.com/user/thebodyco…

27Mar '20

Good morning everyone! I've posted a link below to Chester Zoo. They are doing a live, virtual tour of the zoo today, starting at 10am. 🐯🦓🦌🐒🦁🐍🐘 https://t.co/GhXwoererG @WestKirbyGS #wellbeing twitter.com/chesterzoo/sta…

27Mar '20

Hi everyone, I hope we’re all doing good and #stayingsafe I’d like you all to welcome @wkgs.wellbeing to Instagram! The page has been set up by our Wellbeing Manager Debbie. The page is for you the students of #WKGS to get information, guidance and support, if and when you need it during these troubled times. Please be sure to follow the page and get in touch with @wkgs.wellbeing if there is anything specific you would like support with! #WKGSCommunity #Wellbeing #WKGSGotThis #BeSafe

27Mar '20

The weather is beautiful today, stay positive folks! #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PGD5nDTUaD

26Mar '20

If you love animals you may wish to use this link to access various zoos where you can live stream and watch animals. countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/co…

26Mar '20

Disruption to our normal everyday routines can cause feelings of increased anxiety, worry, and stress. Here are some tips to help manage your stress levels. #HeadsTogether #Wellbeing https://t.co/NdtXNccHgM

25Mar '20

Lunch has become instantly more constructive thanks to Miss Higham’s socially distanced rounders! ⁦@WKGS_PE⁩ https://t.co/b7XUQphI3o

25Mar '20

I don't think The Orwell Youth Prize could have chosen a more appropriate theme. I'm sure plenty of you are at home considering the future you want - Here's your opportunity to read, write and really consider how you'd like our world to change for the better @WestKirbyGS 🌎💕 twitter.com/OrwellYouthPri…

24Mar '20

Another comforting thought twitter.com/WKGS_RS/status…

24Mar '20

Sums up the situation beautifully twitter.com/charliemackesy…

24Mar '20

You may know the stories of Alice in Wonderland, The Railway Children, The Jungle Book, Black Beauty, Peter Pan and The Wind in the Willows, but have you ever read them? Follow this link to read (or listen!) to these classics @WestKirbyGS 🐯🐴🐸🚂 researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html