English & Film Studies
Head of Department: Mrs G Jefferies
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 and speaking and listening. They will read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts which may include popular choices such as ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ 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 Advanced Level courses. In addition we offer Film Studies at Advanced Level.
The department boasts excellent public examination results with 100% pass rate at GCSE including 93% of students achieving A*- B at GCSE English Language and 94% in English Literature. At Advanced Level, 100% of English Literature and English Language students passed with 74% in Literature and 75% in Language achieving top grades A *- B. In Film Studies, all students passed and an impressive 95% achieved A* - B.
The department resides in eight classrooms containing interactive whiteboards and one classroom with i-TV technology. 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 the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry and the competition for Wirral’s Young Poet laureate. We participate annually in the Law Society Public Speaking Competition as well as holding an internal Spelling Bee competition for Year 7 students.