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.

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.

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examination results

66%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

83%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

05Mar '21

▶️Return To School◀️ We are very much looking to having our #WKGSCommunity💙 back together next week. 😊🙌👍 Mon - Y11-Y13 Tues - Y9–Y13 Wed - All Year Groups. And remember that it’s Week 🅱️ on your timetables! 1/2 https://t.co/6Z91vDjr1f

05Mar '21

#WKGS students - click on the link below⤵️ to access the @STEMAmbassadors 360 online careers exhibition. It will help you find out more about a career in @WKGS_Science, @WKGS_DesignTech, @WKGS_Maths stem.exhibition.app @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSCommunity💙

05Mar '21

Rapid Flow Asymptomatic Testing at West Kirby Grammar School

We are all set up and prepared to start Rapid Flow Asymptomatic testing many of our 1200+ students, three times, over the next two weeks starting on Monday 8 March 2021. We are also very much looking forward to welcoming all the WKGS Community back together again.

04Mar '21

Not a history post but well done to 8B for producing some top quality pizzas 🍕 in our last remote tutorial lesson 6. Thanks to Mollie for doing a fantastic job of guiding us through the process 👏👏 @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY8 https://t.co/sMa5SZwUfk

04Mar '21

Check out this weeks cook-along video for the #WKGSCommunity💙 Click on the link below to watch and cook-along with! 🧑‍🍳🍴🍳👩‍🍳 vimeo.com/518576559 #WKGS #cookalong @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_6thForm

04Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 4: Notice how you speak to yourself, use kind words. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/L8SkhaiJlB

04Mar '21

Meet the Professionals

WKGS Drama department hosted another Meet the Professionals session this week with Eli Randle from Tmesis Theatre. It was brilliant to hear about the work of a director and theatre-maker. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and asked some fantastic questions. A huge thank you to Eli for her time and expertise.

03Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 3: Start today by appreciating your body and that you’re alive. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/9Esxv5Lp4m

02Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 2: Notice five beautiful things in the outside world. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/b1FovSoZ3z

02Mar '21

UKMT Mathematics challenge

Well done to Year 12 student Rebekah for achieving a distinction in the recently completed an Olympiad challenge as part of the UKMT Mathematics challenge.  She has also been selected as the reserve for the UK team in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad taking place in April.  We are all incredibly proud and very impressed about how far she has progressed in the competition. 

01Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 1: Set an intention to live with awareness and kindness. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/7Q6qUopBHk

28Feb '21

“We're delighted to announce that our temporary programme changes will be extended until 31 December 2022, along with the Certificate of Achievement.”

28Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 28: Make uninterrupted time for your loved ones. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ZlTPJqcJ5C

27Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 27: Call a friend to catch up and really listen to them. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jif2ctLUPX

26Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 26: Give positive comments to as many people as possible today. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/CvnghHzI0L