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.
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4
What we’ve been up to…
Meaningful May- Day 27: Focus on how your actions make a difference to others. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/kiTrHGbrH5
On National Thank a Teacher Day 2022 we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our teaching and support staff for their hard work and the dedication they show on a daily basis. #WKGSCommunity #NationalThankATeacherDay https://t.co/ABxR3wDiMd
NEW OPPORTUNITY: We are looking to launch a new Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at #WKGS. If anyone is interested in getting involved, or wants to know more, please get in touch with Mrs Marley at email@example.com #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/vIXYHK526K
Meaningful May- Day 26: Remember an event in your life that is really meaningful. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/qQqg4q20Zq
Meaningful May- Day 25: Ask someone else what matters most to them and why. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/2cS0XGDPF7
Well done to all @WKGS_Art students who participated in the Creative Art Postcard Exchange project. We were one of 25 schools to take part across the UK and Ireland. The theme for postcards artwork was 'War' and was creatively interpreted using a variety of media. #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/iG0GIkIGYc
Results from yesterday's House Countdown are in and its congratulations to Paton who were overall winners. Well done to everyone who took part. #wkgscommunity https://t.co/PaLfnUHAkc
Meaningful May- Day 24: Make choices that have a positive impact today. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/fzahKXAy4S
We wish to appoint a well-qualified and enthusiastic Teacher of History for September 2022. The post is full-time. The ability to teach GCSE and A-level History is essential and a desire to teach A-level Politics is desirable. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/7x7DCesVTR
Congratulations to our staff who took part in this weekend's 10k Race for Life - raising over £1000 for this fantastic charity #raceforlife #community #charity #endeavour https://t.co/oUJzSGeTec
Meaningful May- Day 23: Recall three things that you are proud of. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/ZDIBBaSxmv
Meaningful May- Day 22: Find time to become involved with a charity you care about. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/hh6GozLFYe
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!
Meaningful May- Day 21: Remember we are all part of something bigger. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/UMPxVO0ki3