Head of Department: Mrs F Conway
The Latin department at West Kirby Grammar School is a thriving and flourishing part of the school consisting of two experienced subject specialists, who share their enthusiasm and passion for the subject with their students.
At Key Stage 3, students can choose to study Latin as a second language for two lessons a week in Year 8 and 3 lessons in Year 9. Not only do students have the opportunity of studying the Latin language, its impact upon English and its similarities with modern languages, but they are also able to learn about the Roman Empire and the legacy which it has left for the present day. It is a popular choice, which on average attracts around 60 students per year group.
At Key Stage 4, students can choose to study GCSE Latin, a choice which has become increasingly popular with 26 students studying Latin in Year 10. The examination course incorporates a diverse range of skills including Latin translation and comprehension, history source analysis and study of literature.
Students who study Latin achieve highly in public examinations: 95% of students achieved A* - B at GCSE in 2014 and at A2 level we have achieved 100% A* - B for the last 5 years.
The department uses eLearning resources to enhance teaching and learning, including interactive whiteboards, designated websites for use with the course and apps to help with vocabulary learning.
We offer visits to enrich our curriculum including a trip to Rome and the Bay of Naples in order to experience Roman sites at first hand.