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

79%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

100%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

20Apr '21

Active April - Day 20: Spend less time sitting today. Get up and move about often. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/zxYh30e8At

19Apr '21

Active April - Day 19: Have a no screens evening tonight and give yourself time to recharge. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/IaHFQSRXkY

18Apr '21

Active April - Day 18: Make time to dance, swim, run, cycle or stretch today. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EVUcvb9otB

17Apr '21

Active April - Day 17: Go exploring your local area and notice new things. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/R7vpg0NXwr

16Apr '21

Active April - Day 16: Get active today by singing, even if you think you can't sing! . #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/0j1Kv17f38

15Apr '21

Silver and Gold participants are currently classed as Direct Entrants due to the lack of qualifying expedition at Bronze/Silver. As soon as they complete the practise, the system will revert to non-direct and timescales will change accordingly @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY11 #WKGSY12

15Apr '21

Active April - Day 15: Relax your body and mind by doing yoga, tai chi or meditation. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS #yoga #meditation https://t.co/JSa8tbKxHF

15Apr '21

Active April - Day 14: Set yourself a challenge or sign up for an activity. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jkXEm5f2I7

15Apr '21

Perse Coding Competition

Congratulations to our Year 11 students Hannah, Emily and Hadiza who recently represented the school in round 2 of the Perse Coding competition. The team performed superbly, gaining a Certificate of Merit each. Well done!

14Apr '21

Wonderful mime work from Greta and Bethany in 7Y. What a great ‘First Date’ 😂 Lovely to have all of our students back in the studios! #mime #DramaTwitter @WKGS_Theatre @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/oAnuuEPpEv

13Apr '21

At #WKGS6thForm we provide support for your future career choices & further educational goals. That's why we are an OUTSTANDING school for Sixth Form 😃 And there are still some places available!! If you're interested, contact office@wkgs.net #ChooseWKGS6thForm #WKGSCommunity💙 https://t.co/eBx88bE8Sl

13Apr '21

Active April - Day 13: Make sleep a priority and go to bed in good time. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/UZC5cyULEt

12Apr '21

Active April - Day 12: Move as much as possible even if you are stuck inside. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/Uw0LAFHNQv

12Apr '21

Please welcome our newest member of the drama department Mr Valdez. He will be working alongside the department assisting with lessons and supporting the team. This placement will be super useful for his future in teaching. #welcome #dramaassistant https://t.co/i2Ana6eUK8

12Apr '21

Please note, that the deadline for applications for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh will close on Friday 16th April. Once you have completed the online form, SCOPay will be available once your details have been processed @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY9