Head of Department
Mrs L Pinnington

KS4 Specification - WJEC

The English Department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of ten teachers, who are all subject specialists. At Key Stage 3, the curriculum provides students with four English lessons a week in order to effectively develop their key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. They will read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, which may include popular choices such as ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Wolf Hollow’ and ‘Blood Brothers’. Students will also study at least two Shakespeare plays. The topics and literature studied at Key Stage 3 ensure progression and schemes of work are carefully constructed to develop the necessary skills for Key Stage 4. As a core department, we provide two courses at GCSE: English Language and English Literature, which all students study. English Language and English Literature are also popular A-level courses. In addition, we offer Film Studies at A-level.

We are proud of the opportunities we offer our students to enrich their learning including workshops with visiting authors, regular theatre visits, competitions such as Poetry by Heart and the competition for Wirral’s Young Poet Laureate. As well as holding an internal Spelling Bee competition for Year 7 pupils, we also compete in the Kid’s Lit Quiz.

Many extra-curricular activities are offered by the department, such as creative writing club, Harry Potter reading club and the Carnegie Medal awards. Sixth Form students have also had the sought after experience of meeting experts in their A-level subjects, such as celebrated linguist David Crystal.

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examination results

56%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

85%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

100%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we've been up to...

01Mar '24

Congratulations Year 7 2024-25

Congratulations Year 7 2024-25! We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to our school.

27Feb '24

Limited places available for Sixth Form

Limited places available for Sixth Form

13Feb '24

Year 4 & 5 Information Evening

We would like to invite prospective students along with their parents/carers to join us for our Year 4 & 5 Information Evening on Tuesday 23rd April. Book your place now by visiting the link : Year 4 & 5 Information Evening - Tuesday 23 April 2024

13Feb '24

Wirral Schools Netball League

Well done to the netballers from Y7, Y8 and Y9 who played in the Wirral Schools Netball League tonight. Two wins and a draw for our teams. Super proud of you all!

12Feb '24

Open Morning Tours 2024

We would like to invite parents/carers of prospective students (lower school and sixth form) to join us for an Open Morning Tour of WKGS. We have limited places available for the 13th March tour and are now taking bookings for the April and May dates. https://wkgs.org/open-morning-tours-2024

08Feb '24

Chinese New Year

Students have enthusiastically embraced the celebration of Chinese New Year, particularly as it marks the Year of the Dragon. The festivities were made even more memorable thanks to Mr Vane's outstanding annual assembly which featured delightful touches like fortune cookies, Chinese lanterns and vibrant wall displays. Students were also able to enjoy a selection of delicious Chinese food in the canteen.

31Jan '24

Taster day at University of Liverpool

Taster day at University of Liverpool Our Year 9 students enjoyed a Computer Science Taster Day within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. They were treated to a series of workshops and enjoyed practical activities based on parallel sorting algorithms, application of Wavefunction collapse in generating images, encryption and coding/robotics. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.

24Jan '24

Congratulations

It's an exciting time of year for our all our year 13 students as they start to receive university, apprenticeship and employment offers. Well done to all students who have received offers so far and special congratulations to this year's four Oxbridge offer holders.

22Jan '24

@WkgsFutures

We'd like to invite our school community to follow our brand new @WkgsFutures account on Instagram and X (Twitter). We will be regularly sharing details of extracurricular activities, work experience placements and apprenticeship opportunities.

04Dec '23

Sunday Times Parent Power

We are delighted to announce that we are rated as the top state secondary school in the Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2024 for Wirral and Chester & Cheshire West. We'd like to thank our fantastic school community of students, staff and parents/carers for making this possible.

07Jun '23

Northwest ESAA Track and Field

This week saw some of our Year 9 and 10 athletics’ stars head to the Northwest ESAA Track and Field Championships in Manchester. An extremely successful outing means they are now off to the National Finals in Essex. Well done girls we are very proud of you all.

21May '23

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Trial Expedition 2023

86 WKGS students spent the weekend in Wales completing their trial expedition for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. With such beautiful weather a good time was had by all learning essential skills for survival in the open air!

28Apr '23

Spanish Exchange

The Spanish Department resumed 2019’s successful student exchange with our partner secondary school, IES Garcilaso de la Vega a mixed secondary school located in Torrelavega, a town in Cantabria in northern Spain: The Spanish Exchange presents students with a unique opportunity to improve their spoken Spanish and see Spanish daily life at first hand. Students from Calday Grammar School collaborated with us and students were accompanied by teaching staff from West Kirby Grammar School and Calday Grange Grammar School. The Spanish students hosted their English partners and a programme of events was organised during the school day for the visiting students. The students visited Santander, experienced a day at the Altamira Museum, an exact replica of the Altamira Caves with Palaeolithic cave paintings. They took part in a workshop in which they learned how to make and throw spears to hunt deer and bison. This was followed by a visit to Santillana del Mar. During their visit they also visited El Soplao, a site of great geographical importance, and the beautiful Santillana del Mar and the Parque Naturaleza de Carbaceno.

21Apr '23

Year 12 North West Regional Forum European Youth Parliament at L

The North West European Forum 2023 is one of the fourteen regional EYP forums which take place in the UK, with many more taking place in other countries. There were a number of debates throughout the day. The forum gave students an opportunity to debate a range of topics affecting young people across Europe. Two schools were selected at this regional forum and to also send a team of eight students over the age of sixteen to either the Summer or Autumn National Selection Conference, held at Liverpool Hope University for a long weekend in July 2023. Big well done to both of our EYP teams who performed at a consistently high standard throughout the debates. Special congratulations to our 2nd team who made it through to the national finals in July!

02Apr '23

Drama visit to Paris

Students from our GCSE Drama group visited Paris to see a theatre production and take part in a Drama workshop. They also had the fantastic opportunity to experience a guided backstage tour of the Opera Garnier, the inspiration for Phantom of the Oprea. The visit included a guided tour of Paris exploring the sights and shops; they saw a production of the Lion King – The Musical at Théâtre Mogador and enjoyed a day in Disneyland Paris.