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


of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7


of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

19Oct '20

Wow! Some amazing masks made by 7B this week! A great mixture of #CommediaDellArte #Trestle and #Greek #ChooseToBeYou #ChooseWKGS #WKGSY7 @WKGS_Theatre @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/1Nb0nWAqlf

19Oct '20

Getting into the #Halloween2020 spirit. Year 8 are busy creating tension in the form of scary stories... 😬 Great work #WKGSY8 @WKGS_Theatre @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/a9J8QcBMln

19Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 19: Set hopeful but realistic goals for the week ahead. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/X926anq1hh

18Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 18: Make a list of things you are looking forward to. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/mgGoNQ63bK

17Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 17: Share your most important goals with people you trust. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/2EUlMvfhBT

16Oct '20

Miss Mellor's form have been busy decorating their Harvest Festival boxes today! #WKGSY7 @WKGS_Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/kYOXzW8AdX

16Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 16: Thank yourself for achieving the things you often take for granted. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ayU3G3SpBF

15Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 15: Look out for positive news and reasons to be cheerful today. #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS #OptimisticOctober https://t.co/py4Nqp2Jfs

15Oct '20

Wow! Chloe in Yr 7 has created a fantastic mask inspired by #CommediaDellArte #Italain #masks.Great work! #WKGSY7 @WKGS_Theatre @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/JfhiXIfrOl

14Oct '20

Thank you to all our Y7 parents who were able to join us for our virtual Y7 Information Evening tonight. If you missed it or would like to see the information again, the presentation will be posted in the Latest News section of our website wkgs.org #WKGSCommunity

14Oct '20

▶️#WKGS Update◀️ Please click on the link below⬇️ to access an update from Mr. Clarke regarding Virtual Learning Provision for Students in Isolation. wkgs.org/files/preview/… #WKGSCommunity💙

14Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 14: Do something to overcome an obstacle you are facing. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober https://t.co/fPR2rcEhQr

14Oct '20

We have just added the video of Mr Clarke's Q&A during our Virtual Open Evening & the responses to the additional questions to our website⬇️ wkgs.org/virtual-open-e… These are now ready for you to view! All materials will be available for the rest of the academic year. #WKGS https://t.co/QeL6kSsXSY

14Oct '20

A former student of #WKGS who is a Sergeant in the RAF will be receiving a Commendation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sgt H Rosenthal will receive an Air Officer Commanding Commendation. Congratulations to Sgt Rosenthal from everyone in the #WKGSCommunity #Proud 👏👍🙌

13Oct '20

Year 10 did a fantastic job making puppets today. Inspired by Kneehigh Theatre Company ⁦@WestKirbyGS⁩ ⁦@WKGS_Theatre⁩ #nationaltheatre #kneehightheatre https://t.co/VcxgQmC3JA