Head of Department
Mr K Vane

The Geography department is a very successful department both inside and outside the classroom. Excellent continued examination success has allowed students to follow many different career paths and enabling all of this is an excellent team of experienced and very dedicated teachers who are passionate about all things geographical. 

At A-level, students are taught by two teachers specialising in either physical or human geography. Also offered is a successful Sixth Form enrichment activity of GCSE Geology in one year, using our large school collection of rocks, minerals and fossils comprising many hundreds of catalogued specimens.

Each year around 20 fieldwork visits and other trips are organised. Visits range from studying urban rebranding in Liverpool to the redevelopment of the Lea Valley in Stratford, London. The stunning scenery of Britain is seen with annual visits to the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia and the Clwydians. All Year 7 students visit the beautiful nearby Hilbre Island in a joint Geography /Biology fieldtrip. At GCSE the aim is to bring the text book alive with residential visits to the North-east to measure and follow the stunning River Tees from source to sea as well as working along the fast disappearing Holderness Coast. A-level students learn fieldwork skills in a 3-day residential trip to the Lake District. Students also have the opportunity to visit Iceland in February, as well as experiencing a 17-day field expedition to China. 

Geography is located in one corridor in the same set of four rooms used for the subject since the school opened, though today each are equipped with large iTVs. Tablets are used in fieldwork along with the best of specialist data collecting equipment from hydrovanes to a full wireless weather station sending information from the school roof to the display screen in the corridor. The department has used e-learning for a number of years now with an extensive in-house online Geography library of resources that students at all levels can access through the school’s virtual learning environment.

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examination results

73%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

95%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

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of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

14Feb '20

What a great way to end our half term with so many amazing trips happening for our students #WKGSGeography #WKGSDrama #WKGSMFL 🌍🌎🙌🛫✈️ #Spain 🇪🇸 #Iceland 🇮🇸 #NewYorkCity🗽🇺🇸 #Austria 🎿 🇦🇹 #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #WKGSOnTour #EducationalGlobetrotting

14Feb '20

What a great way to end our half term with so many amazing trips happening for our students @WKGS_MFL @WKGS_Geography @WKGS_Theatre @WKGS_Science 🌎🙌🛫✈️ #Spain 🇪🇸 #Iceland 🇮🇸 #NewYorkCity🗽🇺🇸 #Austria 🎿 🇦🇹 #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #WKGSOnTour #EducationalGlobetrotting https://t.co/0k9XyvlFLB

11Feb '20

The deadline for applications to #WKGS6thForm is fast approaching.... Get your application in by Thursday 13th February by clicking on the links below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://wkgs.org https://wkgs.org/sixth-form-online-application #ChooseWKGS6thForm #ChooseToBeYou

11Feb '20

Our values are inspired by our school motto:ad metam contendo-strive towards the goal.These 6 core values aren’t simply words on a page.We live & breathe them everyday, driven by our determination to inspire & support every child in the pursuit of their goals,whatever they may be https://t.co/aS1jmgArx8

11Feb '20

The deadline for applications to @WKGS_6thForm is fast approaching.... Get your application in by Thursday 13th February by clicking on the links below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ wkgs.org wkgs.org/sixth-form-onl… #ChooseWKGS6thForm #ChooseToBeYou https://t.co/cc6MsfSV46

10Feb '20

WKGS is hosting a North West Gifted and Talented Day on Saturday 21st March 2020. There are three workshops to choose from. If you would like more information then please click on the images posted below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://t.co/OGgWBcYIAF

10Feb '20

Gifted & Talented Workshops March 2020

All of the latest information of how to sign up for the North West Gifted & Talented Workshops in March 2020.

08Feb '20

Cross curricular links.. Not Speakers Corner but Mr Vane speaking on the LondonGeography field trip @WestKirbyGS @NHM_London https://t.co/27sETbLry6

06Feb '20

#TimeToTalk Day is today. Choose talk, conversation is powerful. https://t.co/Oilcj1GdY5

05Feb '20

A group of Year 10s had a great time @OfficialUoM yesterday. Thank you for the tour, the lecture and the Q&A! #WKGSY10 #Inspire #Ambition #University https://t.co/Ay7wOne7cw

04Feb '20

Many people's lives have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Today we come together for #WorldCancerDay, because together, we can create change. 🎗️ https://t.co/9SBtsdCPCH

30Jan '20

At West Kirby Grammar School we have always prided ourselves in our values. They are inspired by our school motto: ad metam contendo - strive towards the goal. These 6 core values aren’t simply words on a page – we live and breathe them every day, driven by our determination to inspire and support every child in the pursuit of their goals, whatever they may be: C.H.O.I.C.E. #ChooseWKGS #ChooseToBeYou #WKGS #AdMetamContendo #StriveTowardsTheGoal For more information visit our website - https://wkgs.org/

30Jan '20

Our values are inspired by our school motto:ad metam contendo-strive towards the goal.These 6 core values aren’t simply words on a page.We live & breathe them everyday, driven by our determination to inspire & support every child in the pursuit of their goals,whatever they may be https://t.co/xocwGWacZv

27Jan '20

More great sporting achievements for WKGS at the weekend. 👍🙌👏 Our Trampoliners came 2nd in the North of England Finals. Only beaten to first place by 0.1! Well done girls - very proud of you 👏👏🥈🤸‍♀️ #WKGSY8 #WKGSY9 And well done to Jessica (Y7) who was placed 4th in the BMC Youth Climbing Series North West & Lakes Round 1 at the weekend. Well done Jessica! 👏👏 🧗‍♀️ #WKGSY7 #Proud #WellDone #ChooseToBeYou

26Jan '20

Why not challenge yourself to put your phone down and do something productive with the time you're given back. #wellbeing 🌸 https://t.co/fo2dlhwW40