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.
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4
what we've been up to...
It's been a busy day at #WKGS with our annual House Bake Off competition /#MacmillanCoffeeMorning event. Thanks everyone who baked/donated and also to those who bought cakes raising money for such a fantastic cause. Bake Off winners and total amount raised to be announced soon. https://t.co/gLZGs3GrZE
It's House Bake Off and World's Biggest Coffee Morning today! Thanks to everyone who has entered the competition and donated to this fantastic cause. Cakes have been on sale at break and will be again at lunch. More photos to follow! #WKGSCommunity #MacmillanCoffeeMorning https://t.co/nBsOLCTHHZ
#WKGSY7 Science Club this week making glitter slime! @WKGS_Science https://t.co/PKLErVNrPw
Year 10 GCSE Geography Fieldwork
Year 10 Geographers undertook a three-day fieldtrip initially in the Lake District at Ambleside. They looked at flood prevention techniques in Cockermouth and also woodland ecosystems. On day two they moved onto the top of the Pennines into County Durham to follow the course of the River Tees as far as Barnard Castle, including a visit to the High Force waterfall. The third day included human geography fieldwork in Grasmere and Keswick. They also had the opportunity to watch and learn some traditional South Asian Bhangra dances from the dancers and singers of Parkinson lane Primary School in Halifax!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Students and staff have once again been baking to provide donations for the Macmillan Coffee Morning – supporting a very worthy cause with the added bonus of cake consumption!
We would like to thank artist (and former #WKGS student) Bronnie who visited this week. Bronnie not only performed for all year groups, but shared her experiences of mental health, body image, relationships and a number of other issues with our students. @BronnieMusic https://t.co/JXsiEM2FeF
Tomorrow will be your last chance to visit the Scolastic Book Fair in the Library. All payments for books on Scopay. All are welcome! #WKGS twitter.com/LibraryWkgs/st…
We would like to invite prospective students and their parents/carers to our Sixth Form Open Evening which will take place on Tuesday 15th November, 18:00-20:00. Please visit the link below to book your place... #WKGS #WKGS6thForm #OpenEvening #SixthForm wkgs.org/6th-form-open-… https://t.co/k4fOslYP0I
Self-Esteem speaker and singer/songwriter – Bronnie
A very exciting day for WKGS students when singer/song-writer and motivational speaker, Bronnie, visited the school. Along with performing many of her hits, the former student ran workshops with students in Years 7 -12, focussing on self-esteem. Topics covered during each 50 minute workshop included body image, confidence building, resilience and managing relationships. Students also had an opportunity for open discussion during each session.
At #WKGS we encourage all of our students to play a part in the extra-curricular life of the school and offer a range of clubs, societies and activities to all year groups. We are pleased to announce the schedule for our Autumn Term activities.. wkgs.org/files/uploads/… https://t.co/ABZMZnDzW0
Spend time with people who are good for your mental health. #Wellbeing #MentalHealthMatters https://t.co/7AmeTTagaK
We are really looking forward to next Friday 30th September when we will be hosting our annual McMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning / House Bake Off competition. We invite students to get baking/donating to this great cause as well as competing for their house. #WKSGCommunity https://t.co/omEvxK9wT4
We would like to thank everyone who visited us this week for our Open Evening. Special thanks also to our amazing student tour guides and our staff for their efforts in sharing the amazing opportunities we offer at #WKGS Unable to attend? Please visit.. wkgs.org/open-evening-2… https://t.co/IcLIOMdxpb
Year 13 A-level Biology Ecology Trip
Year 13 Biologists travelled to Crowden in the Peak District National Park to undertake Moorland Ecology. The aim of the fieldwork was to collect data from two different hillsides, comparing the differing environments between the top and bottom of the slope and the effect this has on the variety of different species present.