Sixth Form Induction and Welcome

All students hoping to join our Sixth Form in September are encouraged to follow our latest Instagram page (click here to visit our Sixth Form Induction page) where you will be able to ask questions of our current Sixth Form Senior Team and find out more about life in the WKGS Sixth Form. You are also encouraged to access the transition work that has been posted to help you make the step from GCSE to A-level (wkgs.org/summer-work).

Year 7 Induction and Welcome

We have created a new page on our website for Year 6 students who will be joining us in September with some resources and activties to help you get to know our school and what life is like at West Kirby. Please visit wkgs.org/y7-transition for the latest information and some material to introduce to our school community.

Head of Department
Mrs J Williams
Summer Work 2020
Exam Board

AQA

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Music or a minimum of Grade 5 instrumental/vocal exam plus Grade 5 theory.

Why Choose Music?

Music is regarded by the top universities as a rigorous A-level as it covers a wide range of skills over the course. These include studying the historical context of various styles of music and the inherent traditions of the era; being able to read notation fluently enough to be able to analyse a musical score; using a wide range of technical vocabulary to describe musical features; the self discipline required to progress on an instrument through independent practice; manual dexterity and not forgetting a passion for playing and listening to a wide range of music.

You should enjoy playing or singing – especially in a group, as this enhances your ensemble skills. You should be prepared to embrace new styles of music, new concepts and be able to appreciate the technicalities of creativity in terms of structure and devices used by composers of all genres. 

What is Involved?

You will study one compulsory area of study: Western Classical tradition 1650-1910. This involves becoming very familiar with the music aurally, analysing the score and learning about the historical context. There is a written exam with sound extracts. The strands are:

  • Baroque solo concerto
  • The operas of Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
  • Romantic piano music: Brahms, Chopin and Grieg

You will then choose two further areas of study after discussion with staff, chosen from the following:

  • Pop Music: Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Muse, Beyonce, DaftPunk, Labrinth
  • Music for Media: Hermann, Zimmer, Giacchino, Newman, Uematsu
  • Music for Theatre: Weill, Rodgers, Sondheim, Schonberg, Brown
  • Jazz: Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis, Metheny, Simcock
  • Contemporary Traditional Music: Piazzolla, Diabete, Shankar, Mariza, Bellowhead
  • Art Music since 1910: Shostakovitch, Messiaen, Reich, MacMillan 

You will also give a recital of solo/ensemble music for a minimum of 10 minutes which should be around grade 6-8 standard. 

There are also two compositions to complete – one that is chosen from a given brief and one free composition.

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what we've been up to...

03Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 3: Adopt a growth mindset. Change 'I can't' into 'I can't'...yet'. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/2nvqdp1tc6

02Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 2: Make a list of things you are looking forward to. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/aQoA03bq6w

01Jul '20

We are finalising plans for talks to our #WKGS6thForm students on Teams. They will take place on the days shown below during normal school hours. Exact timings will be confirmed on #WKGSY12 Google Classroom. The talks will be followed by Q&A sessions & will last up to an hour. https://t.co/NwH8l1Vrk5

01Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 1: Be willing to ask for help when you need it today (and always). #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/IyTKlkusa2

01Jul '20

As July begins and we look forward to the future join us for #JumpBackJuly and find ways to be more resilient in challenging times. #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EGaDQZ2oRk

30Jun '20

▶️Year 7 Transition Thread◀️ Welcome!!😊 We are so glad that you've chosen to join our #WKGSCommunity & that you are now taking the first steps towards starting with us in September. (1/3) https://t.co/1cdDXgMhwV

30Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 30: Make a list of the joys in your life (and keep adding to them) #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/VqrM6Nqkco

29Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 29: Take time to do something that makes you happy today. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing #westkirbygs https://t.co/gJnFkimsVK

28Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 28: Create a playlist of your favourite songs and enjoy them. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/gJUdW4GQvE

27Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 27: Watch something funny and enjoy how it feels to laugh. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/X5lyg5pS6F

26Jun '20

▶️Update from the Headteacher◀️ The link for our weekly letter from Mrs Sargent is below ⤵️ wkgs.org/files/download… Please see our #WKGS website wkgs.org for further information. We hope you have a good weekend.😊 #WKGSCommunity #WKGSInThisTogether #StaySafe 💙

26Jun '20

▶️WKGS 6th Form Induction◀️ Visit wkgs.org/summer-work Where you will find all the transition work designed to help you move GCSE to A-Level 📚 📖 🖊📒 #WelcomeToWKGS #WKGS6thForm #ChooseWKGS6thForm #WKGSInduction #WKGSCommunity💙 https://t.co/nXFnqMoieS

26Jun '20

▶️WKGS 6th Form Induction◀️ This is just a reminder that our ‘subject group chats’ are now live on our Instagram feed! 🙌👍 #WelcomeToWKGS #WKGS6thForm #ChooseWKGS6thForm #WKGSInduction #WKGSCommunity💙 https://t.co/Uy4pCViL1z

26Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 26: See the upside in a difficult situation you learnt from. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/c8H9C188x4

25Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 25: Eat food that makes you feel good and really savour it. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/HfUKUADHvu