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…
Self-Care September - Day 17. Notice what you are feeling, without any judgement. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/XGrDBR0Hkc
Self-Care September - Day 16. Leave positive messages for you to see regularly. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/1oEpdI0pcp
Last week we welcomed our new #WKGSY12 with a fantastically successful induction programme. Students have enjoyed (despite the rain!) some team-building activities with @wiseupteam as well as some healthy competition with interform rounders and bench ball. #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/thcPX15JvZ
Self-Care September - Day 15. Find a caring, calming phrase to say to yourself when you feel low. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/MlBDdqiJlB
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Art Technician to start as soon as possible. Prior experience in a similar role is desirable but not essential. Closing date: Monday 20th September Please visit the following page for more information: wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/NtzDcntdCn
Self-Care September - Day 14. If you are busy, allow yourself time to pause and take a break. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/219xy3drtX
Self-Care September - Day 13. Be as kind to yourself as you would a loved one. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/S68wRbKlmH
Self-Care September - Day 12. Get active outside and give yourself a natural boost. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/vnXZdU3qwI
Self-Care September - Day 11. Make time to do something you enjoy. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/Al14DwwZV4
Self-Care September - Day 10. When you find things hard, remember it's ok to not be ok. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/kUHkdRiLJ5
Self-Care September - Day 9. Aim to be good enough rather than perfect. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ehC6sA3Rt4
Our Year 9 Information Evening takes place this evening (Wednesday 8th September) at 18:00 in the Main Hall. All parents/carers of Year 9 students are welcome. #WKGSY9 https://t.co/kcucbB03iM