Head of Department
Mrs J Williams

KS4 Specification - Edexcel

The Music department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of two teachers, who are subject specialists plus a visiting team of instrumental tutors who are all experienced and well qualified professionals. There are two teaching rooms, four practice rooms and a recording studio. The teaching rooms include an apple mac suite with access to industry standard technology and equipment.

At Key Stage 3 all students study Music and it can be continued at. Music is also available at A-level. Students in Years 7 - 9 are given a wide musical education which includes singing, performing, original composition, listening and musical appreciation, historical context, basic music theory, music from non-Western cultures, workshop experiences and live performances wherever possible.

At Key Stage 4, GCSE Music students study a broad range of musical genres while also honing their performance and composition skills. Students achieve highly with 55% achieving grade 9-6. A-level Music is an increasingly popular option and in recent years, students have entered degree courses at the universities of Oxford, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Extra Curricular Music

There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after school and are directed by the two music teachers at the school and by our instrumental team. These include Junior Singers, Junior Players, Guitarchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir. We have a regular series of concerts and lunchtime recitals; also competitions, productions and tours abroad.

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examination results

27%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

55%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

91%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

what we've been up to...

26Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 26: Find a new perspective on a problem you face. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/QWBwqc4gir

25Nov '21

Year 8s are getting FESTIVE 🎄🎸🎼 Christmas Composition season is upon us. We have rock bands, we have rappers, we have instrumentalists. We’re very excited to hear their final compositions very soon🌟 @WestKirbyGS #year8music #composition #christmassongs https://t.co/Gm4ENw5xlH

25Nov '21

Choice✅ High Expectations✅ Opportunity✅ Innovation✅ Curiosity✅ Endevour✅ Our school values are reflected in the fantastic work our #WKGSY9 continue to produce for their Personal Development Projects. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/Kw4AZquQla

25Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 25: Use one of your strengths in a new or creative way. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/E3lxxj5GTu

24Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 24: Share with a friend something you found helpful recently. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/nCGcPbv7Ug

24Nov '21

Last day of recording our talented year 11 music pupils!! The hard work and time they have put into practising has paid off 🎤🎸🎼 🌟WELL DONE EVERYONE 🌟 #gcsemusic #music #performance @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/iovqf9fjp6

23Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a time to pursue an activity you love. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/wc4Y90luwp

22Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/FOlalutolA

22Nov '21

#WKGSY8 students showcasing their Christmas Pyjama designs produced during @WKGS_DesignTech Textiles lessons today. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/gXX3Z9zNFq

22Nov '21

We are pleased to announce that #WKGS will be hosting a Book Fair in the Lower Library from Mon 29th-Mon 6th December. All pupils are welcome to come and browse before school or at break/lunchtime. This will be a cashless fair, all payments to be made on Scopay (more to follow). https://t.co/XtjZwjfKPj

22Nov '21

More amazing Personal Development project presentations from #WKGSY9. They had to set themselves a challenge based on a passion and think about the school values and skills they were demonstrating and developing by carrying out the project. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/kh7d6NZCGD

22Nov '21

More amazing Personal Development project presentations from #WKGSY9. They had to set themselves a challenge based on a passion and think about the school values and skills they were demonstrating and developing by carrying out the project. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/6jwIlNy6ZY

22Nov '21

Best of luck to all our GCSE Music pupils in year 11 today doing their performances 🎤🎼🎸 #music #gcsemusic #year11 #performance @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/auhPY0URoF

21Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill with a friend or share one of yours with them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/wYpYT6iUKF

20Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 20: Make a meal with a recipe or ingredient you've not used before. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/svdDkiwJGQ