KS4 Specification - AQA
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.
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 8: Get the basics right: eat well, exercise and go to bed on time. #Wellbeing #JumpBackJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/6Ohc7L6iwP
Thank you to all of our new Y7 parents and students for joining us for this evening's Induction Event. It was fantastic to see the faces of the newest members of our school community and we look forward to seeing you again soon! #WKGSCommunity #WKGSY7
Jump Back July - Day 7: Shift your mood by doing something you really enjoy. #Wellbeing #JumpBackJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/F54iCm06Kg
Jump Back July - Day 6: Put a problem in perspective and see the bigger picture. #Wellbeing #JumpBackJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/kn1wbc8r2R
Jump Back July - Day 5: Avoid saying "must" or "should" to yourself today. #Wellbeing #JumpBackJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/AILxydxhhk
Jump Back July - Day 4: Find an action you can take to overcome a problem or worry. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/RoqIkMKYMk
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
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