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 100% pass rate at GCSE including 86% of students achieving grades 9-6 in English Literature and 80% in English Language. At A-level, 100% of English Literature and English Language students passed with 91% in Literature and 83% in Language achieving top grades A *- B. In Film Studies, all students passed and an impressive 86% 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

61%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

86%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

100%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

06Feb '23

We would like to congratulate Vivien (#WKGSY7) who has just completed 3 weekends at County Swimming Championships. She achieved medal positions in 15 races + 1 gold and 3 silvers in team relays together with Anya (Y7). Overall, she claimed 2nd place for girls (age 12 category). https://t.co/XcruywnNm0

06Feb '23

We are delighted to share in the success of our students outside of school. Gabby (#WKGSY10) has just accepted the position of Junior Captain 2023 at Hawarden Golf Club. She has been playing at the club for over 7 years and is also on the Denbighshire & Flintshire girls' squad. https://t.co/5q1YoOPYJx

01Feb '23

There are still a final few tickets available for the forthcoming production of Grease. Performances are on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February at 7:00pm. The matinee performance is at 2:30pm on Saturday 11th February. ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… #greaseistheword https://t.co/IPakwlb3JB

01Feb '23

Amazing achievement Emilie (#WKGSY13) twitter.com/WKGS_PE/status…

28Jan '23

We were delighted for our #WKGS Eco-committee this week when they were awarded the Eco-schools Global Citizens award in an online ceremony; our students show real passion about environmental and sustainability issues and we are really proud of them for achieving this award. https://t.co/XxzuKscQV4

27Jan '23

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26Jan '23

We are always delighted to share in the success of our pupils outside of school. We are especially proud of Lili (#WKGSY8) who was crowned Welsh Judo Champion for her age group at the end of last year! Well done for such a fantastic achievement. Good luck in future competitions. https://t.co/R3xr8eu1Hp

24Jan '23

I just uploaded “West Kirby Grammar School - Global Citizenship Award.MOV” to #Vimeo: vimeo.com/792179445

23Jan '23

We are always delighted to share in the success of our pupils outside of school. Lili (#WKGSY8) has excelled at Judo, becoming a successful Pre Cadet competitor. At the end of 2022 Lili was crowned Welsh Champion for her age group! Amazing effort, well done! https://t.co/m9t3QKmOSp

20Jan '23

We are pleased to announce that our #WKGS Robotics Club is up and running with our first session taking place today. Lots of exciting projects using BBC Microbit, Servo Boards and Move Motor kits. Friday at 1:30 in C3 (D&T Block). All welcome. #STEM #Robotics #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/S6lCsCXI5D

20Jan '23

Well done and good luck everyone. A record number of students have qualified this year. twitter.com/WKGS_Computing…

19Jan '23

Limited Grease tickets still available! We are pleased to offer a fully licensed bar service, along with soft drinks, sweets and confectionery. The bar will be open before the performance and during the interval with cashless payment available. Book now: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/WlM7brfQTM

19Jan '23

We are lucky to be located in such a scenic costal location at #WKGS. This week our #WKGS6thForm Enrichment Programme walking groups took in the views of the Wirral Way at Caldy and Red Rocks, Hoylake. https://t.co/p5g4k1pmxq

18Jan '23

Our #WKGSCommunity have celebrated #ChineseNewYear2023 this week in their assemblies with Mr Vane. Special thanks to Claudia, Melissa, Georgina and Isabella in their fantastic efforts at restoring our Chinese lion at Model Club, ready in time for the assemblies. https://t.co/JoKzYdz3R4

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Receptionist who will also work as the First Aid Lead for the school, supporting the work of the Front Office and Administration staff, with immediate effect. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/jsnKRbfBeG