Head of Department
Ms J Halliday

KS4 Specification - AQA

The Drama department consists of three staff all of whom are subject specialists with a range of experience in theatre, television and education. In Key Stage 3 students have one lesson of Drama per week. Key Stage 3 focuses on developing specific skills that are useful to the lifelong learner such as confidence building, communication and teamwork, plus we aim to inspire and engage students in a passion and interest in performance arts - from acting to design.

GCSE Drama is a diverse and exciting course. Students comment that they feel challenged yet supported in lessons and they are encouraged to experiment with their ideas and creativity. The department strongly believe that all students can succeed in Drama and staff ensure lessons are targeted to meet the specific needs and interests of all. 

A-level Theatre Studies offers students the chance to develop specific interests in performance including acting, design and directing. The course encourages students to consider the value of the arts in society and for them to consider literature, history, politics and psychology in an understanding of the importance of theatre today. Many students continue to study Theatre at university and have had success in a range of fields.

The department has two black box studio spaces, professional lighting rig and sound system. In addition, we also have the use of the School Hall with proscenium arch stage, digital projection and computerised sound system. Each year the department offers students the chance to be involved in a production and performers develop skills and an understanding of a range of theatrical styles. The department offers numerous opportunities for students to visit the theatre both locally and nationally. We have annual residential visits to London and have recently taken shows to the Edinburgh Festival receiving five star reviews.

It is a vibrant, forward thinking department where students and staff enjoy developing their learning together.

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examination results

41%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

97%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

06Feb '23

Show one completed! Well done to all of our cast and band! The primary school children loved it!❤️🎭 #greasedlightning @WKGS_Theatre @WKGS_Music @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jSjf2avra3

06Feb '23

We would like to congratulate Vivien (#WKGSY7) who has just completed 3 weekends at County Swimming Championships. She achieved medal positions in 15 races + 1 gold and 3 silvers in team relays together with Anya (Y7). Overall, she claimed 2nd place for girls (age 12 category). https://t.co/XcruywnNm0

06Feb '23

We are delighted to share in the success of our students outside of school. Gabby (#WKGSY10) has just accepted the position of Junior Captain 2023 at Hawarden Golf Club. She has been playing at the club for over 7 years and is also on the Denbighshire & Flintshire girls' squad. https://t.co/5q1YoOPYJx

03Feb '23

Those Magic changes sang by our very own Doody ( Izzy). #magicchanges #greaseistheword #grease @WKGS_Music @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_Theatre https://t.co/0785b4pm0B

02Feb '23

Sneak peek at our set for Grease, we are getting so excited for show week! #Greaseistheword #set #proffesional @WKGS_Music @WKGS_Theatre @WestKirbyGS @davedevents https://t.co/Lak2DgMalW

01Feb '23

There are still a final few tickets available for the forthcoming production of Grease. Performances are on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February at 7:00pm. The matinee performance is at 2:30pm on Saturday 11th February. ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… #greaseistheword https://t.co/IPakwlb3JB

01Feb '23

Amazing achievement Emilie (#WKGSY13) twitter.com/WKGS_PE/status…

31Jan '23

Danny and Sandy have chills and they are multiplying! It's showtime next week. Tickets are nearly sold out! #greaseistheword #yourtheonethatiwant @WKGS_Theatre @WKGS_Music @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ZI1zF9bivH

30Jan '23

Meet our fantastic #Pinkladies #summernights #freddiemylove #greaseistheword @wkgs_theatre https://t.co/Z7gqeCBPHj

28Jan '23

We were delighted for our #WKGS Eco-committee this week when they were awarded the Eco-schools Global Citizens award in an online ceremony; our students show real passion about environmental and sustainability issues and we are really proud of them for achieving this award. https://t.co/XxzuKscQV4

27Jan '23

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26Jan '23

We are always delighted to share in the success of our pupils outside of school. We are especially proud of Lili (#WKGSY8) who was crowned Welsh Judo Champion for her age group at the end of last year! Well done for such a fantastic achievement. Good luck in future competitions. https://t.co/R3xr8eu1Hp

25Jan '23

Grease Chorus tidying up their choreography. Two weeks till show time! #shakerocknroll #Greaseistheword Remember you can buy tickets for the Wednesday - Saturday shows (8th-11th) using this link below: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/uhyB7oETYY

24Jan '23

I just uploaded “West Kirby Grammar School - Global Citizenship Award.MOV” to #Vimeo: vimeo.com/792179445

23Jan '23

We are always delighted to share in the success of our pupils outside of school. Lili (#WKGSY8) has excelled at Judo, becoming a successful Pre Cadet competitor. At the end of 2022 Lili was crowned Welsh Champion for her age group! Amazing effort, well done! https://t.co/m9t3QKmOSp