Head of Department
Mr B Douthwaite

KS4 Specification - OCR

The Computing department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of two specialist staff with both academic and industry experience in the subject. Computing lessons take place in modern, well-equipped computer suites, which make use of iTV interactive whiteboard technology.

At Key Stage 3, all pupils study Computing for one lesson per week. Topics include designing and interpreting algorithms, programming using the ‘Python’ programming language, data representation, website development, computer hardware, networks and mobile app development. 

The department provides a good variety of extra-curricular activities such as a BBC Micro:bit programming club, lunchtime subject support drop in sessions and a Cyber Security club who take part in a national cyber security competition annually.

At Key Stage 4, pupils may study GCSE Computer Science. The subject covers areas such as cyber security, data structures and algorithms, computer networks, programming, computer architecture and the legal/moral/ethical issues in Computing.

The department has an excellent record of results with GCSE students achieving 56% 9-7 and 80% 9-6, while A-level students achieved 57% A*-A and 100% A*-C.

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examination results

56%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

80%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

96%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

05Mar '21

▶️Return To School◀️ We are very much looking to having our #WKGSCommunity💙 back together next week. 😊🙌👍 Mon - Y11-Y13 Tues - Y9–Y13 Wed - All Year Groups. And remember that it’s Week 🅱️ on your timetables! 1/2 https://t.co/6Z91vDjr1f

05Mar '21

#WKGS students - click on the link below⤵️ to access the @STEMAmbassadors 360 online careers exhibition. It will help you find out more about a career in @WKGS_Science, @WKGS_DesignTech, @WKGS_Maths stem.exhibition.app @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSCommunity💙

05Mar '21

Rapid Flow Asymptomatic Testing at West Kirby Grammar School

We are all set up and prepared to start Rapid Flow Asymptomatic testing many of our 1200+ students, three times, over the next two weeks starting on Monday 8 March 2021. We are also very much looking forward to welcoming all the WKGS Community back together again.

04Mar '21

Not a history post but well done to 8B for producing some top quality pizzas 🍕 in our last remote tutorial lesson 6. Thanks to Mollie for doing a fantastic job of guiding us through the process 👏👏 @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY8 https://t.co/sMa5SZwUfk

04Mar '21

Check out this weeks cook-along video for the #WKGSCommunity💙 Click on the link below to watch and cook-along with! 🧑‍🍳🍴🍳👩‍🍳 vimeo.com/518576559 #WKGS #cookalong @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_6thForm

04Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 4: Notice how you speak to yourself, use kind words. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/L8SkhaiJlB

04Mar '21

Meet the Professionals

WKGS Drama department hosted another Meet the Professionals session this week with Eli Randle from Tmesis Theatre. It was brilliant to hear about the work of a director and theatre-maker. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and asked some fantastic questions. A huge thank you to Eli for her time and expertise.

03Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 3: Start today by appreciating your body and that you’re alive. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/9Esxv5Lp4m

02Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 2: Notice five beautiful things in the outside world. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/b1FovSoZ3z

02Mar '21

UKMT Mathematics challenge

Well done to Year 12 student Rebekah for achieving a distinction in the recently completed an Olympiad challenge as part of the UKMT Mathematics challenge.  She has also been selected as the reserve for the UK team in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad taking place in April.  We are all incredibly proud and very impressed about how far she has progressed in the competition. 

01Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 1: Set an intention to live with awareness and kindness. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/7Q6qUopBHk

28Feb '21

“We're delighted to announce that our temporary programme changes will be extended until 31 December 2022, along with the Certificate of Achievement.”

28Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 28: Make uninterrupted time for your loved ones. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ZlTPJqcJ5C

27Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 27: Call a friend to catch up and really listen to them. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jif2ctLUPX

26Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 26: Give positive comments to as many people as possible today. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/CvnghHzI0L