Head of Department
Mr J Ford

KS4 Specification - AQA

Our aim is to produce young designers who are skilled and ready to take their place in an ever-changing technology-driven society. We strive to create a distinctive and dynamic partnership between students and staff in the department through our level of care, concern and professionalism.

To achieve our aims, we ensure:

  • We don’t teach students or children, we teach young designers
  • Creativity and problem solving are at the heart of everything that we do
  • Our curriculum allows students to become more resilient, well rounded, independent, open minded and confident
  • Our curriculum adapts to meet changes to style, trend and technology whilst providing exciting and enjoyable experiences.

At Key Stage 3, students study Design and Technology for two lessons a week and rotate between the different subject areas: Product Design, Textiles Technology and Food & Health Eating. We offer GCSE courses in: Product Design, Food and Nutrition and Textiles. We also offer A-levels in Product Design, Textiles Technology and Food Science and Nutrition.

The Design and Technology department is housed in a purpose built building consisting of six specialist subject rooms. The building has two industrial kitchens, two Product Design workshops and one Textiles suite. We are delighted to have recently opened a fantastic new CAD/CAM/ICT suite complete with 3D Printing and Laser cutting facilities, which is providing cutting-edge technology to offer students industry-standard experiences.

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examination results

58%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

78%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

95%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we've been up to...

16Jul '21

Our annual #WKGS Junior Prizegiving was held yesterday. Well done to all students who received awards. 👏😃👍 Thank you for all your efforts. Here some pics 📸 of our #WKGSY7 winners. #WKGSCommunity💙 @WKGS_Pastoral https://t.co/TQQWaXkhs9

16Jul '21

Our annual #WKGS Junior Prizegiving was held yesterday. Well done to all students who received awards. 👏😃👍 Thank you for all your efforts. Here some pics 📸 of our #WKGSY8 winners. #WKGSCommunity💙 @WKGS_Pastoral https://t.co/w3T5OafixI

16Jul '21

Jump Back Up July - Day 16. Find fun ways to distract yourself from unhelpful thoughts. #Wellbeing #JumpBackUpJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/bGqUEpmo38

15Jul '21

Jump Back Up July - Day 15. Set yourself an achievable goal and take the first step. #Wellbeing #JumpBackUpJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/iRHSibj254

14Jul '21

Skill for DofE: Check out this activities list for inspiration @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSY9 #WKGSY10 #WKGSY10 #WKGSY11 dofe.org/dofewithadiffe…

14Jul '21

Physical for DofE: Check out this activities list for inspiration @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSY9 #WKGSY10 #WKGSY10 #WKGSY11 dofe.org/dofewithadiffe…

14Jul '21

Volunteering for DofE: Check out this activities list for inspiration @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSY9 #WKGSY10 #WKGSY10 #WKGSY11 dofe.org/dofewithadiffe…

14Jul '21

Current and next year's Gold DofE participants, are you planning your residential? You can read about amendments by following this link: dofe.org/thelatest/gold… These amendments will remain until December 2022. @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSY12

14Jul '21

Jump Back Up July - Day 14. Get outside and move to help clear your head. #Wellbeing #JumpBackUpJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ehXVWfJw6r

13Jul '21

Applying for Gold DofE next year? Sign up to be a 'DofE Young Leader' for your volunteering and help younger participants complete their Award. Email Miss Bagnall to register your interest @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSY11

13Jul '21

Looking to sign up for Gold DofE? Get started on your activities over the summer. Applications will be open in September @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY11

13Jul '21

Looking to sign up for Silver DofE next year? Get started on your activities over the summer - these can be backdated by 3 months. Applications will be open in September @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY10

13Jul '21

Are you looking for a volunteering placement? Riding for the Disabled at Wirral Riding School (opposite Ness Gardens) require volunteers to assist with their lessons. Contact Liz Marrs on 07415093511

13Jul '21

Jump Back Up July - Day 13. Challenge negative thoughts. Find an alternative interpretation. #Wellbeing #JumpBackUpJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/FVKTVjrmy0

12Jul '21

Jump Back Up July - Day 12. Write down your worries and save them for specific 'worry time'. #Wellbeing #JumpBackUpJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/Dr7I8xs36M