KS4 Specification - AQA
The History department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of five teachers, who are all subject specialists. The department has four classrooms, all with iTV technology. At Key Stage 3, students study History for two lessons a week covering everything from the Battle of Hastings to the Cold War. The idea is to give them a breadth of chronological understanding in the events that have shaped British History so that, even if they never study History again, they are left with a broad overview of the subject. Here they focus on developing their source evaluation skills and extended writing to meet the needs of the Key Stage 4 course. Trips at Key Stage 3 include Speke Hall and the International Slavery Museum.
We offer an interesting and engaging GCSE course covering topics including Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1890-1945, Conflict and Tension 1894-1918, Power and the People c1170 - the Present Day and Elizabethan England c1568-1603. Students are offered a range of opportunities to bring their learning to life including visiting the Battlefields of WW1 in France and Belgium, studying the history of protest at the Peoples' Museum in Manchester and exploring the development of a nation state in our popular Berlin residential.
Many students continue to study History at A-level where students study Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 and the Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007. They also complete coursework on Nationalism in Ireland 1789 - 1922, which includes a tour of Dublin and Belfast.
The department is very proud of its public examination results with 70% of students achieving grades 9-7 at GCSE. At A-level, 61% of students gained A* - B grades in and 11% achieved an A* grade.
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4
What we’ve been up to…
Jump Back July - Day 3: Adopt a growth mindset. Change 'I can't' into 'I can't'...yet'. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/2nvqdp1tc6
After seeing what #WKGS Staff had been up to since the start of Lockdown, #WKGSY10 decided to share this lovely video message on our Facebook and Instagram feeds 😊😊😊 #WKGSCommunity💙 #ThankYou #WeMissYou #KeepSmiling😊 https://t.co/gsOTXN66dn
Jump Back July - Day 2: Make a list of things you are looking forward to. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/aQoA03bq6w
Jump Back July - Day 1: Be willing to ask for help when you need it today (and always). #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/IyTKlkusa2
As July begins and we look forward to the future join us for #JumpBackJuly and find ways to be more resilient in challenging times. #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EGaDQZ2oRk
▶️Year 7 Transition Thread◀️ Welcome!!😊 We are so glad that you've chosen to join our #WKGSCommunity & that you are now taking the first steps towards starting with us in September. (1/3) https://t.co/1cdDXgMhwV
Joyful June - Day 30: Make a list of the joys in your life (and keep adding to them) #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/VqrM6Nqkco
Joyful June - Day 29: Take time to do something that makes you happy today. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing #westkirbygs https://t.co/gJnFkimsVK
Joyful June - Day 28: Create a playlist of your favourite songs and enjoy them. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/gJUdW4GQvE
Joyful June - Day 27: Watch something funny and enjoy how it feels to laugh. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/X5lyg5pS6F
Joyful June - Day 26: See the upside in a difficult situation you learnt from. #JoyfulJune #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/c8H9C188x4