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…

26Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 26: Put a new perspective on a problem you face. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/oyynFpE6Tv

25Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 25: You can't do everything. What are your top three priorities this week? #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/Mj2emM94La

24Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 24: Write down four specific things that have gone well recently. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/94515ERF9s

23Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 23: Recognise that you have a choice about what to prioritise. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/Znp9UHLEeL

23Oct '21

Thanks to all of our #wkgscommunity students and staff for their fantastic efforts and achievements this half-term. Have a great break and a well-earned rest. We will return on Monday 1st November which is a Week 🅱️ #wkgscommunity https://t.co/MpUd1AEP9j

22Oct '21

A fantastic fundraising effort from our #wkgscommunity for the #WearItPinkDay appeal. £1226.50 donations so far and rising. It's not too late to donate online, all contributions greatly appreciated. #wkgs https://t.co/uX15UBfAzY

22Oct '21

Year 7 have been evacuated to safety today in Ms Halliday's class. Some wonderful characters in role and improvisation skills. Well done! #roleplay #evacuee #teacherinrole #Dramalesson @WKGS_Theatre @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/4Q0z3uphF9

22Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 22: Share a hopeful quote, video or picture with a friend or colleague. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/yKKX0PfB4s

21Oct '21

We'd like to thank @altrudrama for joining us today to perform 'Challenging Choices: Olivia's Story' for #WKGSY7. The performance and workshop explores the theme of safe, responsible mobile phone and social media use. A great performance and lots of useful advice. #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/MyvFve14zv

21Oct '21

...and the winners from the decoration category of our House Pumpkin Design Competition... 1st - Sophie (Y8 - Hudson) 2nd - Phoebe (Y7 - Furniss) 3rd - Victoria (Y9 - Paton) Great effort all round and well done to everyone who took part. #WKGS #WKGSY7 #WKGSY8 #WKGSY9 https://t.co/N2tUS16SYc

21Oct '21

Well done to everyone who took part in the Pumpkin Design House Competition. Pumpkins were judged in two categories, carving and decoration. Results for the carving category.. 1st - Sapphire (Y7 - Gonner) 2nd - Megan (Y7 - Hudson) 3rd - Izzy (Y8 - Paton) #WKGSY7 #WKGSY8 #WKGS https://t.co/oIO7BqhXwl

21Oct '21

Huge thank you to all of our #wkgscommunity who have contributed to the Charles Thompson's Mission Christmas Food Hamper Appeal, especially those who helped sort and pack the donations. For more information about @ctmbirkenhead or to donate, please visit: charlesthompsonsmission.org.uk https://t.co/VxBHjBYWxM

21Oct '21

Optimistic October - Day 21: Let go of the expectations of others and focus on what matters to you. #OptimisticOctober #Wellbeing https://t.co/h9qPwjBWlK

21Oct '21

The Year 9 Drama Day Research Task winners!! Well done to Tabitha, Hannah and Frankie 🎭 ⁦@WestKirbyGS⁩ ⁦@WKGS_Theatre⁩ #Y9WKGS #Teamwork https://t.co/ky52JZHYUN

21Oct '21

Christmas Food Hamper Appeal for the Charles Thompson Mission

Our incredibly generous WKGS Community have donated food collected during our Harvest Festival week to the Charles Thompson's Mission Christmas Food Hamper Appeal. Thank you to everyone who contributed and especially to those who helped sort and pack the donations.