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West Kirby Grammar School is an Outstanding School for Girls with a small number of boys in the Sixth Form. We combine traditional values with modern approaches to teaching and learning and hope that our website gives a clear overview of every aspect of school life. Last summer’s results placed us 72nd in the country, but WKGS is not just about academic excellence. Our wide curriculum offer is balanced by a wealth of experiences including over fifty clubs, trips and exchanges and healthy inter-house competition in sport, the arts, cookery and quizzes. These opportunities, together with outstanding pastoral support, combine to produce rounded, successful young people who are ready to move onto the next step in their lives. We look forward to welcoming you to our School.
Natalie joined WKGS from Redcourt St. Anselms in Year 7. She is currently studying AS German, Maths, History and Government & Politics. She achieved an amazing 12 A* grades at GCSE including three modern languages; German, Russian and French and GCSE Further Mathematics. She has recently finished runner-up in the National King’s College London ‘Königspost’ German Essay Writing Competition; a phenomenal achievement.
"I am thoroughly enjoying life in the Sixth Form at WKGS and feel very independent. I am a Year 8 form prefect and am part of our Interact Club as part of my Enrichment programme, where I have organised charity events for organisations such as Amnesty International. I am very excited about visiting both Berlin and China in 2015; two of a handful of the school trips offered to us. West Kirby has been a place I’ve developed as a person with the help of staff and fellow students. It has encouraged my desire to learn and I believe it has set me on the right path for the future."
Sheila McClennon is our recently appointed Chair of Governors.
"I have such happy memories of my time at West Kirby and am still friends with the girls I met here. We were quite a lively group, did a lot of drama and I just remember lots of laughter; those uncontrollable giggles that come out of nowhere usually in assembly. But we all did well. I worked in Paris before studying English, Drama and American Studies at Manchester University. Since then I have worked in radio and television as a reporter and presenter mainly on BBC Radio 4 although I did have a lovely year with Terry Wogan taking famous people out to lunch before his chat show. I moved back to the Wirral when my daughter Rachel was born and was thrilled when she, too, started at West Kirby. And now after many years as a Parent Governor I have taken over as Chair. It’s a great honour - I owe the school a lot and it’s nice to be able to give something back."
Sara is in Year 7 and joined us in September 2014 from Ysgol Cae Top in North Wales. She is one of a growing number of students from North Wales who apply to join West Kirby Grammar School. Sara really enjoys English, PE and Drama and loves creative writing. She also takes part in our lunchtime PE clubs and especially enjoys the Netball, Hockey and Gymnastics clubs. She has also taken part in House Competitions for Wallis House.
"I was a little worried about joining WKGS, especially as I was the only student from my primary school. However, I didn’t need to be. The induction day helped me find a couple of new friends and then I really enjoyed getting to know the other girls in my tutor group in September. I really enjoy taking part in the lunchtime clubs and can’t wait for the PGL trip in the summer term."
Lauren was home-schooled for three years before joining WKGS in 2011. She enjoys all that the School offers academically, sporting and the varied foreign trips. She is currently studying for GCSEs and particularly enjoys Product Design, Languages and PE.
Lauren has trained with the GB Deaf Ladies Football and is currently undergoing trials for selection to GB’s European & World Deaf Football Squads. She was recognised as Young Personality of the Year in 2013 (Liverpool Echo Pride of Merseyside Awards) and Wirral Youth Heroes finalist in both 2013 and 2014. Lauren actively fundraises for Guide Dogs for the Blind and her own Disability Football and Sports Club, Deaf Leopards Foundation, which she set up in 2013. She sponsors a Hearing Dog and a Guide Dog each month enabling their training from puppy to placement.
"WKGS has been really supportive to me within an all-inclusive environment. This has helped me increase my confidence and self-esteem and started me on the journey to achieving my goals and full potential in the future."
Rachel joined WKGS in Year 8 after a year at Mostyn House School. She is currently taking Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology and General Studies and is pursuing a career in Dentistry. Rachel is our Head Prefect, a position she feels is a great privilege and one which has allowed her to gain new skills and become more involved in school life. Her interest in Science is particularly strong and she says this has been greatly supported by excellent teaching she’s received and a wide range of activities and trips.
"West Kirby is a great place to study and as a result I never considered not staying on in the Sixth Form after the help, support and guidance I had received from staff throughout my GCSEs and before in KS3. West Kirby has a strong commitment to provide us with the qualifications and skills to meet the demands of our ever-changing world, whilst still allowing us to foster interests and achievements in areas, which go beyond the A-level curriculum."
Ben joined us in the Sixth Form from Calday Grange Grammar School. Prior to this he was a student at St Bridget’s Primary School. Ben is currently studying Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Economics in the Sixth Form. He is enjoying sixth form life at WKGS immensely and hopes to study Pharmacy at university.
"I am extremely happy to have moved to West Kirby Grammar School. The change has been accommodated by the friendly and helpful staff. West Kirby is an exciting and active school, where I feel I will fully maximise my potential. I very much enjoy the freedom and independence we get in the Sixth Form."
Abby has been at West Kirby since Year 7. She is currently studying A2 courses in Biology, Chemistry and Religious Studies. Her favourite lesson ever was the dissection of the heart & lungs in Biology! She is thrilled to have received an offer to study Medicine at University of Birmingham. As well as being a Prefect, Abby has contributed to the extra-curricular life of the school by taking part in school productions and working as a Science Mentor for younger students. She also thoroughly enjoyed participating in the China 2013 expedition, as well as helping to run a number of charity events around school.
"Since joining the School aged 11, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at West Kirby. The friendly atmosphere and supportive staff have helped me through my studies and I have loved taking part in the countless number of opportunities offered to me. I don’t want to leave!"
Tilly is in Year 10 and in her fourth year at West Kirby. She joined us from St Bridget’s Primary School, West Kirby. Tilly is studying for GCSEs in Maths, English, Sciences, German, Geography, RS, Drama and Art Textiles. She particularly enjoys Drama and Art Textiles and may pursue a career in costume and set design. Tilly has a real passion for Musical Theatre and is a member of the SANDS Musical Theatre group. She also attends the Wirral School of Dance and even finds time to volunteer at her local Horse Stables; supporting younger children as they learn how to ride.
"West Kirby Grammar School offers a whole host of extracurricular activities. I have particularly loved taking part in school trips including PGL and Glaramara (Outdoor Pursuits). I recently went to the Clothes Show in Birmingham with my GCSE Art Textiles group. I also particularly enjoyed the Technology trip to Blackpool last year where we got to see how rollercoasters work…and to test them out!"
Maddie joined us from The Hammond School, Chester, where she specialised in Dance. A keen musician, Maddie has also recently taken Grade 5 Cello and is a member of Chester Youth Orchestra. Maddie’s weekends are taken up largely with dance; she attends Dance Associates workshops in Contemporary Dance in Manchester and has completed a number of Ballet and Contemporary Dance exams. In school, Maddie loves the Sciences, as well as PE and Drama.
"The atmosphere at West Kirby is very different to my previous school. There’s so much going on. Everyone was really welcoming and kind when I joined the School and I particularly enjoy the practical elements of science. I’m choosing my GCSE options this year, which will allow me to specialise and take my strongest subjects."
Kate joined West Kirby in Year 7 from Our Lady of Pity Primary School, Hoylake. Her favourite subjects are PE, English and Drama and she loves competing in school gymnastics competitions. Outside of school, Kate loves dance and attends the Hoylake School of Dance, where she studies Ballet, Modern and Jazz. She hopes to have a future in sport.
"The teachers at West Kirby are very supportive and I found it quite easy to settle in Year 7. I really enjoy all the extra-curricular sport, especially competing in House Gymnastics."
Isabel is in Year 7 and joined West Kirby as one of eight girls from St Peter’s Church of England Primary, Heswall. Isabel is a member of Stewart House and really enjoyed taking part in the House Music Competition. She loves practical subjects, in particularly Science, Technology and Drama, as they are quite different to her Primary School experiences. Isabel hopes to stay at West Kirby until Year 13 and to study Dentistry at university.
"Although there were a few girls from my old school who joined WKGS with me, I was able to make new friends very quickly. I am really looking forward to the PGL adventure trip in the summer. The new technology facilities are really good and I am really enjoying my time at West Kirby."
Tonia joined WKGS in 2002 from Avalon School and left in 2009, with AAB A levels. This enabled her to go on to study at the University of Birmingham, where she achieved a First Class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science. After university, she undertook the role of Sports Intern at Millfield in Somerset. She has since been working in as Outdoor Activities Co-ordinator and Assistant Houseparent in a girl’s boarding house. In the future, she plans to complete a PGCE and enter the teaching profession.
During her time at WKGS, Tonia was elected as Paton House Captain. This leadership role led to her most memorable moment from school; captaining Paton House to victory in the highly anticipated, annual House Music competition, with a medley of songs from ‘The Lion King’.
"WKGS opened my eyes to the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. I was given the opportunity to travel to Inner Mongolia, rural China, as part of the ‘Making a Difference’ project in 2007, which is an extremely worthwhile cause. Additionally, I gained an appreciation of the value of team work and camaraderie, through group work, representing the School in sport and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. I believe my strong educational background, teamed with making the most of every opportunity, provided me with many transferable skills and prepared me for life after leaving school with many happy memories and lifelong friends."
Ceri Geal joined WKGS in September 2014 after previously teaching History at Dinas Bran in Llangollen. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from Liverpool John Moores University and completed her PGCE at Aberystwyth University. She describes herself as a Contemporary Historian and loves contributing to her department’s enthusiasm for their subject for example by being dressed as flappers and gangsters in the ‘Flapper Lounge’ on Open Evening.
"Right from the start I was bowled over by the extra-curricular activities on offer at WKGS. Back in September I was asked if I’d like to spend Summer 2015 on our China Expedition and I can’t wait. I am also travelling to Belgium with Year 10 on the Battlefields Trip in April. These trips also inspired me to organise a Year 9 trip to Quarry Bank Mill as we are studying factories during the Industrial Revolution. The School is superb at appreciating and supporting the value of extra-curricular activities for our students. Not one week has gone by where I haven’t seen some sort of activity going on including many house and charity events. The staff are keen to get involved in the fun too. I myself have been involved in the Staff Karaoke and Bake Off (but sadly I didn’t win!)"
Jon Young is in charge of Product Design. He grew up on the Wirral and attended South Wirral High School, where he was always involved in shows, productions, choirs, trips and house events. He was inspired by John Griffiths, an iconic, brown lab-coated CDT teacher who had a kind heart and an immense love for machinery and materials. Jon became Head Boy at South Wirral before embarking on a degree in Product Design with QTS at JMU. He then joined WKGS in 2002 in a time of transition from CDT and Electronics to industrial application, modern materials and manufacturing. Jon is a very active member of the Parents Association and also a School Governor on the Curriculum and Health & Safety Committee.
"I am very fortunate to work in a forward-thinking school with colleagues who all want the best for their students and strive to provide them with the best resources and enrichment opportunities to stretch beyond the school day. I also enjoy supporting the PA and organise the Junior School Disco. Recently, I have also been appointed as Enterprise Coordinator, a new and exciting challenge, which will involve me forging links with local businesses and running Enterprise Days. It is an exciting time in Technology at WKGS with a new computer suite, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, a new laser cutter and 3D printer, all of which enable our students to produce work of an industrial and commercial standard."