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.

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examination results

70%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

84%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

01Apr '20

Let's look for positive ways to look after ourselves and each other as we face this crisis together 🌎💞 Use this calendar to find ways to keep calm, stay wise & be kind. @actionhappiness @WestKirbyGS actionforhappiness.org/active-coping-… #ActiveCopingApril https://t.co/tBhtVfU5fQ

27Mar '20

Happy Friday. Have you completed your 5 @thebodycoach sessions this week? Never underestimate the power of exercise to boost your mental wellbeing. #wellbeing #positivity 🙌💪 m.youtube.com/user/thebodyco…

27Mar '20

Good morning everyone! I've posted a link below to Chester Zoo. They are doing a live, virtual tour of the zoo today, starting at 10am. 🐯🦓🦌🐒🦁🐍🐘 https://t.co/GhXwoererG @WestKirbyGS #wellbeing twitter.com/chesterzoo/sta…

27Mar '20

Hi everyone, I hope we’re all doing good and #stayingsafe I’d like you all to welcome @wkgs.wellbeing to Instagram! The page has been set up by our Wellbeing Manager Debbie. The page is for you the students of #WKGS to get information, guidance and support, if and when you need it during these troubled times. Please be sure to follow the page and get in touch with @wkgs.wellbeing if there is anything specific you would like support with! #WKGSCommunity #Wellbeing #WKGSGotThis #BeSafe

27Mar '20

The weather is beautiful today, stay positive folks! #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PGD5nDTUaD

27Mar '20

Comforting words to get us through these uncertain times @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/SPBeale/status…

26Mar '20

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26Mar '20

If you love animals you may wish to use this link to access various zoos where you can live stream and watch animals. countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/co…

26Mar '20

Disruption to our normal everyday routines can cause feelings of increased anxiety, worry, and stress. Here are some tips to help manage your stress levels. #HeadsTogether #Wellbeing https://t.co/NdtXNccHgM

25Mar '20

Great opportunity guys! Seize it @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/HistoryExtra/s…

25Mar '20

On this day in 1807. A noteworthy development for our Y10s currently studying Power & the People @aqahistory #power #abolitionmovement twitter.com/EnglishRadical…

25Mar '20

Lunch has become instantly more constructive thanks to Miss Higham’s socially distanced rounders! ⁦@WKGS_PE⁩ https://t.co/b7XUQphI3o

24Mar '20

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24Mar '20

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