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…

01Jun '20

▶️WKGS IT Issues◀️ Our IT services should all be back in operation now. We apologise for any inconvenience to the start of your week. #WKGSCommunity💙

01Jun '20

@wkgs_sfinduction (Instagram) Hi Everyone! We hope you are all well and staying safe. This account is officially up and running and over the next few weeks we hope to give you a good insight into WKGS life and what to expect if you chose to study here in the sixth form. (1/2) https://t.co/dSWDIGI9VF

01Jun '20

@wkgs.wellbeing June is here! This month is full of things to make your month joyful, even in these difficult times. #joyfuljune #wellbeing #wkgscommunity💙

01Jun '20

▶️IT Issues◀️ Please accept our apologies but we are experiencing IT issues with our Intranet & Phones. Our IT team is currently working on it. Students can try to log on to Google Classroom via this link & enter their school email address & password (1/2) edu.google.com/products/class…

01Jun '20

Welcome back all our students to another half term of #OnlineLearning via #GoogleClassroom. It’s Week 🅰️ & this weeks @WKGS_Wellbeing day is on Wednesday. #WKGSCommunity #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #StaySafe #WeMissYou 💙💛 https://t.co/wJRSqv5jkP

31May '20

If you’re joining @WestKirbyGS 6th Form in September then follow @WKGS_SFInduction on Instagram. This feed is run by 6th Formers for 6th Form Induction.... & it starts tomorrow!! #WKGS6thFormInduction #WelcomeToWKGS #ChooseWKGS #WKGS6thForm https://t.co/IIgOKrpqG0

31May '20

Meaningful May - Day 31: Take some time out of your routine today to relax. #wellbeing

31May '20

The @NHSuk have published a new article on how to support a young person who is struggling with their mental health. Here you can find practical advice on what to do if you’re worried about your child and where you can turn to for support. @WestKirbyGS england.nhs.uk/blog/advice-fo…

30May '20

Meaningful May - Day 30: Look up at the sky and remember we are all part of something bigger. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ia5XcZ2IkK

29May '20

Meaningful May - Day 29: Find three good reasons to be hopeful about the future. #Wellbeing #hope #MeaningfulMay

28May '20

Meaningful May - Day 28: Think about how your actions make a difference to others. #Wellbeing #bekind #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/beWmqbulcv

27May '20

Meaningful May - Day 27: Today link your decisions and choices to your purpose in life. #Wellbeing #meaningfulmay

27May '20

Another great competition for any budding writers! @WestKirbyGS #GetWriting #GetInspired 📝 twitter.com/book_tokens/st…

27May '20

Have you read the 2020 @jhalakprize winner, ‘Afropean’, yet? It’s top of my TBR pile for Half Term! Let us know what you think #RecommendedRead 📚📖👏 twitter.com/guardian/statu…

26May '20

Hi everyone, welcome to the @westkirbygs sixth form induction account run by us, the head prefect team. On here we will be sharing insightful aspects of life at sixth form, as well as giving you a chance to get involved and get to know each other before September. Feel free to dm us any questions, and we’ll do our best to help. Stay safe everyone💙 #welcometoWKGS#WKGSinduction#WKGSsixthform#chooseWKGS6thform#WKGS#WKGSyear12