History & Politics
Head of Department: Mrs K Amery
The History department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of five teachers, who are all subject specialists. At Key Stage 3, students study History for one lesson a week in Year 7 and Year 9, and two lessons a week in Year 8. They study a variety of topics ranging from the Battle of Hastings to the Transatlantic Slave Trade; they focus on developing their source evaluation skills and extended writing to meet the needs of the Key Stage 4 course. We offer an interesting and engaging GCSE course which usually attracts five teaching groups per year, as well as A-level History with modules in Russia and Revolution and Modern British History.
The department is very proud of its public examination results: with 83% of students achieving A* - A at GCSE in 2014 and 100% A* - C. At A-level, 74% of students gained A* - B grades in 2014 and we pride ourselves at consistently achieving a 100% pass rate.
The department has three classrooms, one with i-TV technology and the other two with interactive whiteboards. We are developing our interest in e-learning through the use of tablet devices in lessons. We offer a number of visits to enrich our curriculum: At Key Stage 3, students visit Chester Cathedral, Warwick Castle and Quarry Bank Mill. GCSE students are given the opportunity to visit First World War battlefield sights and A-level students are always keen to participate in the annual Berlin residential.
The Politics department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of three teachers who are all History and Politics specialists. Politics is offered at Key Stage 5 and gives students the opportunity to engage in debates and discussions on contemporary British and American political issues. They study a variety of topics including political parties, pressure groups and prime ministerial power. The course usually attracts one large group and the vast majority of students who opt to take it go on to study it at university level.
The department is very proud of its public examination results: with 100% of students achieving A* - B grades at A-level in 2014.
We offer a number of extra-curricular activities to facilitate the delivery of the course, including youth parliament debates, trips to Westminster, Q & A with local MP, Esther McVey, and high profile conference visits, where students can hear lectures from the likes of William Hague, Tristram Hunt and Nigel Farage.