Head of Department
Mr M Woods

KS4 Specification - AQA

The chemistry department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of seven teachers, who are all chemistry specialists. At Key Stage 3, students study chemistry for one lesson a week which includes a variety of topics including acids and alkalis, states of matter, chemical reactions, elements, mixtures and compounds and reactivity. Students also have the opportunity to develop their practical and analytical skills, developing their interest and enthusiasm in the Chemistry of all that is around them. All students study separate sciences at GCSE level. 

The department is proud of its public examination results. At GCSE 75% of students achieved grade 9-6 and 39% achieved grades 9-8. At A-level, 65% of students achieved A* - B and 100% achieved A* - E.

The Science Department has 12 fully-equipped laboratories, with state-of-the-art and fully interactive technology. We offer a large number of activities to enrich our curriculum, including the Chemistry Communicators Project (leading to a Gold Crest Award), university workshops, the Chemistry Analyst Competition, Chemistry Olympiad, the Year 7 Science Club, Salters Festival of Chemistry, Café Scientific, support sessions for students in all key stages and Science evening lectures. 

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examination results

61%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

75%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

94%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

26Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 26: Put a new perspective on a problem you face. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/oyynFpE6Tv

25Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 25: You can't do everything. What are your top three priorities this week? #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/Mj2emM94La

24Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 24: Write down four specific things that have gone well recently. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/94515ERF9s

23Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 23: Recognise that you have a choice about what to prioritise. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/Znp9UHLEeL

23Oct '21

Thanks to all of our #wkgscommunity students and staff for their fantastic efforts and achievements this half-term. Have a great break and a well-earned rest. We will return on Monday 1st November which is a Week 🅱️ #wkgscommunity https://t.co/MpUd1AEP9j

22Oct '21

A fantastic fundraising effort from our #wkgscommunity for the #WearItPinkDay appeal. £1226.50 donations so far and rising. It's not too late to donate online, all contributions greatly appreciated. #wkgs https://t.co/uX15UBfAzY

22Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 22: Share a hopeful quote, video or picture with a friend or colleague. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/yKKX0PfB4s

21Oct '21

We'd like to thank @altrudrama for joining us today to perform 'Challenging Choices: Olivia's Story' for #WKGSY7. The performance and workshop explores the theme of safe, responsible mobile phone and social media use. A great performance and lots of useful advice. #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/MyvFve14zv

21Oct '21

...and the winners from the decoration category of our House Pumpkin Design Competition... 1st - Sophie (Y8 - Hudson) 2nd - Phoebe (Y7 - Furniss) 3rd - Victoria (Y9 - Paton) Great effort all round and well done to everyone who took part. #WKGS #WKGSY7 #WKGSY8 #WKGSY9 https://t.co/N2tUS16SYc

21Oct '21

Well done to everyone who took part in the Pumpkin Design House Competition. Pumpkins were judged in two categories, carving and decoration. Results for the carving category.. 1st - Sapphire (Y7 - Gonner) 2nd - Megan (Y7 - Hudson) 3rd - Izzy (Y8 - Paton) #WKGSY7 #WKGSY8 #WKGS https://t.co/oIO7BqhXwl

21Oct '21

Huge thank you to all of our #wkgscommunity who have contributed to the Charles Thompson's Mission Christmas Food Hamper Appeal, especially those who helped sort and pack the donations. For more information about @ctmbirkenhead or to donate, please visit: charlesthompsonsmission.org.uk https://t.co/VxBHjBYWxM

21Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 21: Let go of the expectations of others and focus on what matters to you. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/h9qPwjBWlK

21Oct '21

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.

20Oct '21

Thanks to Izzy for this superb entry for our House Pumpkin Competition. More entries to follow along with the competition results. Thanks to everyone who has taken part. #WKGS #WKGSCommunity #WKGSY8 twitter.com/A_Raff/status/…

20Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 20: Find joy in tackling a task you have been putting off for some time. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/f2E8q9htzF