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.
The department boasts excellent public examination results with 99% pass rate at GCSE including 83% of students achieving grades 9-6 in English Literature and 81% in English Language. At A-level, 100% of English Literature and English Language students passed with 71% in Literature and 95% in Language achieving top grades A *- B. In Film Studies, all students passed and an impressive 88% achieved A* - B.
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.
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4
What we’ve been up to…
New Ways November - Day 26: Find a new perspective on a problem you face. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/QWBwqc4gir
Choice✅ High Expectations✅ Opportunity✅ Innovation✅ Curiosity✅ Endevour✅ Our school values are reflected in the fantastic work our #WKGSY9 continue to produce for their Personal Development Projects. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/Kw4AZquQla
New Ways November - Day 25: Use one of your strengths in a new or creative way. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/E3lxxj5GTu
New Ways November - Day 24: Share with a friend something you found helpful recently. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/nCGcPbv7Ug
New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a time to pursue an activity you love. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/wc4Y90luwp
New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/FOlalutolA
We are pleased to announce that #WKGS will be hosting a Book Fair in the Lower Library from Mon 29th-Mon 6th December. All pupils are welcome to come and browse before school or at break/lunchtime. This will be a cashless fair, all payments to be made on Scopay (more to follow). https://t.co/XtjZwjfKPj
More amazing Personal Development project presentations from #WKGSY9. They had to set themselves a challenge based on a passion and think about the school values and skills they were demonstrating and developing by carrying out the project. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/kh7d6NZCGD
More amazing Personal Development project presentations from #WKGSY9. They had to set themselves a challenge based on a passion and think about the school values and skills they were demonstrating and developing by carrying out the project. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/6jwIlNy6ZY
New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill with a friend or share one of yours with them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/wYpYT6iUKF
New Ways November - Day 20: Make a meal with a recipe or ingredient you've not used before. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/svdDkiwJGQ
Our #WKGSCommunity has so far raised a fantastic £1182 so far for #ChildreninNeed with our non-uniform day. We also marked the end of #AntiBullyingWeek with #OddSocksDay celebrate difference and individuality in our school community. Please donate online if you have not already. https://t.co/SbN1iC2tTR
Thanks to everyone who attended our #WKGSSixthForm Open Evening this week. If you were unable to attend, you can find a variety of virtual content (including a recording of the Headteacher's talk and virtual interactive tour) by clicking the link below. wkgs.org/sixth-form-ope… https://t.co/zQiWB9DtcM