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...

20Apr '21

Active April - Day 20: Spend less time sitting today. Get up and move about often. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/zxYh30e8At

19Apr '21

Active April - Day 19: Have a no screens evening tonight and give yourself time to recharge. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/IaHFQSRXkY

18Apr '21

Active April - Day 18: Make time to dance, swim, run, cycle or stretch today. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EVUcvb9otB

17Apr '21

Active April - Day 17: Go exploring your local area and notice new things. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/R7vpg0NXwr

16Apr '21

Active April - Day 16: Get active today by singing, even if you think you can't sing! . #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/0j1Kv17f38

16Apr '21

Some performances today from our year 8 music pupils 🎭🎤 After a break from the classroom the girls came back with a great show of talent! #WKGScommunity #WKGS #WKGSMusic #Performance @WestKirbyGS @WKGS https://t.co/tfhpbdhX3d

15Apr '21

Silver and Gold participants are currently classed as Direct Entrants due to the lack of qualifying expedition at Bronze/Silver. As soon as they complete the practise, the system will revert to non-direct and timescales will change accordingly @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY11 #WKGSY12

15Apr '21

Active April - Day 15: Relax your body and mind by doing yoga, tai chi or meditation. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS #yoga #meditation https://t.co/JSa8tbKxHF

15Apr '21

Active April - Day 14: Set yourself a challenge or sign up for an activity. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jkXEm5f2I7

15Apr '21

Perse Coding Competition

Congratulations to our Year 11 students Hannah, Emily and Hadiza who recently represented the school in round 2 of the Perse Coding competition. The team performed superbly, gaining a Certificate of Merit each. Well done!

13Apr '21

At #WKGS6thForm we provide support for your future career choices & further educational goals. That's why we are an OUTSTANDING school for Sixth Form 😃 And there are still some places available!! If you're interested, contact office@wkgs.net #ChooseWKGS6thForm #WKGSCommunity💙 https://t.co/eBx88bE8Sl

13Apr '21

Active April - Day 13: Make sleep a priority and go to bed in good time. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/UZC5cyULEt

12Apr '21

Active April - Day 12: Move as much as possible even if you are stuck inside. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/Uw0LAFHNQv

12Apr '21

Please note, that the deadline for applications for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh will close on Friday 16th April. Once you have completed the online form, SCOPay will be available once your details have been processed @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY9

11Apr '21

Active April - Day 11: Be active outside. Why not try some gardening. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/o9WIdd9Lqd