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…

11Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 11: Eat good food that really makes you happy. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PQRA1a9dUM

10Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 10: Ask a friend what made them happy recently. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/mkJvAoJfaT

09Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 9: Bring joy to others by doing something kind for them. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ooxIuANWhk

08Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 8: Find joy in music, sing, play, dance or share. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/t9zSrwgLXG

07Jun '21

GOOD LUCK to all of our Year 7 - Year 10 students who are sitting their End of Year Exams this week! 🤞☘️✍️ #TryYourBest #WKGSCommunity💙 #WKGSY7 #WKGSY8 #WKGSY9 #WKGSY10 @WKGS_Pastoral https://t.co/xjk1zQC1J0

07Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 7: Do something healthy that makes you feel good. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune #healthy @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/eXIQNq2BnX

06Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 6: Get out into green space and feel the joy nature brings. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune #nature @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/c8cZMButOZ

05Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 5: Think of three things you are grateful for and write them down. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/m7OCIPQATS

04Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 4: Take a photograph of something that brings you joy. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EZMOPQx5lc

03Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 3: Reframe a worry and try to find a helpful way to think about it. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/YlX5myo13N

03Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 2: Say positive things in your conversations with others. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/gTIPUwYTBH

02Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 1: Say positive things in your conversations with others. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/XPxFpzJPGC

01Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 1: Decide to look for what's good every day this month. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/eWEOFxlsOQ

31May '21

Meaningful May - Day 31: Find three reasons to be hopeful about the future. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/QZ5FY9FCUK

30May '21

Meaningful May - Day 30: Today do something to care for the natural world. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/pt5k1VEeEe