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…
Thank you for having us, @StoryhouseLive!!! Year 10 thoroughly enjoyed the performance and insightful workshop on Jekyll and Hyde this afternoon 🎭🎟🔬🧪👨🔬😈 #WKGSY10 #JekyllandHyde #LiveTheatre https://t.co/xoMLjjX9k9
#Y8 @WestKirbyGS who successfully completed their Dibbin Civic Award and received their badges from the Deputy Mayor of Wirral last night. Congratulations to all of them. https://t.co/GchocVfHdh
House Music 2019 🎶🎻🎹🎷 Congratulations to every single student who took part in & helped organise this years competition. You were all amazing!! But there did have to be a winner: 🥇Furniss 💜 🥈Paton 💚 🥉Wallis ❤️ #HouseMusic #Choral #Instrumental #ChooseWKGS #ChooseToBeYou https://t.co/qpaDobrdCQ
House Music 2019 🎶🎻🎤🎹🎷 Congratulations to every single student who took part and organised this years competition. You were all amazing!!!! But there did have to be a winner... Well done to: 🥇Furniss💜 🥈Paton💚 🥉Wallis ❤️ #HouseMusic #Music #Choral #Instrumental #GreatestShow #ChooseWKGS #ChooseToBeYou
One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year is today at WKGS..... #HOUSEMUSIC 💚❤️💙💛💜💟 Good luck to all Houses and Musicians! 🎤🎼🥁🎷🎹🎻🎸 #ChooseWKGS #ChooseToBeYou #GreatestShow #Music https://t.co/WTvNP30Kpl
We have two amazing new joint #BookerPrize2019 winners! Have you read them yet? 📖📚🏆 #GetReading #GetInspired twitter.com/TheBookerPrize…
🍁Harvest Festival - 14-18 Oct🌾 Y7-Y11 are donating to Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead. 6th Form are donating to Forum Housing. Both charities need supplies of tinned or dried food & basic toiletries & would be grateful for your harvest donations this year. #ChooseWKGS https://t.co/xbBS93Crxc
🍁🍂Harvest Festival - 14-18 Oct🌾🍂 Y7-Y11 are donating to Charles Thompson Mission in Birkenhead. Sixth Form are donating to Forum Housing. Both charities need supplies of tinned or dried food & basic toiletries & would be grateful for your harvest donations this year. Each form is encouraged to try and collect a box of food for donation. Thank you for your support. 👏🥫🍂🌾🍁 #ChooseWKGS
Good luck to our Gold DofE teams out on their practice expedition this weekend #WKGSY12 #WKGS6THFORM