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

26Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 26: Find a new perspective on a problem you face. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/QWBwqc4gir

25Nov '21

Choice✅ High Expectations✅ Opportunity✅ Innovation✅ Curiosity✅ Endevour✅ Our school values are reflected in the fantastic work our #WKGSY9 continue to produce for their Personal Development Projects. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/Kw4AZquQla

25Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 25: Use one of your strengths in a new or creative way. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/E3lxxj5GTu

24Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 24: Share with a friend something you found helpful recently. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/nCGcPbv7Ug

23Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a time to pursue an activity you love. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/wc4Y90luwp

22Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/FOlalutolA

22Nov '21

Congratulations to Stewart who are the winning house for this year's Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge with 7925 points! Individual awards and certificates to follow. Well done to everyone who took part and earned points for their house. #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/jlOBgprlgP

22Nov '21

#WKGSY8 students showcasing their Christmas Pyjama designs produced during @WKGS_DesignTech Textiles lessons today. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/gXX3Z9zNFq

22Nov '21

What a fantastic way to start the week! The scores for the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge are in and it is great news for team #WKGS. Individual results, certificates and House totals to follow. Special mention to #WKGSY7 with two pupils scoring joint top mark in Wirral! https://t.co/kJuYGtQy6V

22Nov '21

#WKGSSixthForm Computer Science students - Tech Talks on AR/VR, Cyber Security, Machine Learning and AI from @LJMU_CMP this Wednesday 24th November twitter.com/LJMUOutreach/s…

22Nov '21

We are pleased to announce that #WKGS will be hosting a Book Fair in the Lower Library from Mon 29th-Mon 6th December. All pupils are welcome to come and browse before school or at break/lunchtime. This will be a cashless fair, all payments to be made on Scopay (more to follow). https://t.co/XtjZwjfKPj

22Nov '21

More amazing Personal Development project presentations from #WKGSY9. They had to set themselves a challenge based on a passion and think about the school values and skills they were demonstrating and developing by carrying out the project. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/kh7d6NZCGD

22Nov '21

More amazing Personal Development project presentations from #WKGSY9. They had to set themselves a challenge based on a passion and think about the school values and skills they were demonstrating and developing by carrying out the project. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/6jwIlNy6ZY

21Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill with a friend or share one of yours with them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/wYpYT6iUKF

20Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 20: Make a meal with a recipe or ingredient you've not used before. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/svdDkiwJGQ