Head of Department
Mr K Vane

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.

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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…

22May '20

What are you focussing on? #Wellbeing #mentalhealth @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/BBn10IEwii

22May '20

Meaningful May - Day 22: Ask a loved one or colleague what matters most to them and why. #wellbeing #MeaningfulMay

21May '20

The judges were blown away with the entries for the House Poetry Competition. We have some amazing talent at #WKGS 💙😊🙌 Here is #WKGSY10 Hadiza’s poem ‘Humanity’, which was submitted under the category of ‘Community Spirit’ and took First Prize 🥇.... Well done Hadiza! 👏👍 #WKGSCommunity💙 #WKGSHouses #WKGSEnglish #Proud #Inspired #Poetry

21May '20

Meaningful May - Day 21: Share photos of 3 things you find meaningful or memorable. #MeaningfulMay #wellbeing #memories #photography

20May '20

If you are having trouble sleeping this information from the NHS may be beneficial to you. #sleep #wellbeing #mentalhealth nhs.uk/oneyou/every-m…

20May '20

Today is #ThankATeacherDay 👩‍🏫 👨‍🏫 Be sure to thank your teachers, past or present who have inspired, encouraged, supported and motivated you, especially in these trying times. We all miss you! 💙 #WKGSCommunity #BeKind #StaySafe #Teachers #Students #ApartButTogether

20May '20

Mindfulness is useful for many people to improve their wellbeing. This story gives insight on how it could work for you. #Mindfulness #Wellbeing #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/YoungMindsUK/s…

20May '20

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20May '20

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20May '20

Meaningful May - Day 20: Reflect on what makes you feel really valued and appreciated. #MeaningfulMay #wellbeing

19May '20

▶️WKGS Alumni◀️ Our next #WKGSAlumni THANK YOU goes to two frontline workers in education, Victoria (Class of 2007) & Natasha (Class of 2008). Both have been taking care of vulnerable children & sending home lots of projects to keep their students engaged & educated. We thank you for your commitment & dedication to your students. #WKGSAlumni #WKGSCommunity #Proud #ThankYou #Inspiration 💙💛🌈👏🙌 If you would like to share your story then please get in touch with office@wkgs.net

19May '20

Let's do all we can to look after our wellbeing during this #MentalHealthAwareness week and help others in these challenging times so that we can build and reinforce skills we can carry forward with us. 💙😊👍 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeKind #Wellbeing #WKGSCommunity💙 @wkgs.wellbeing

19May '20

Meaningful May - Day 19: Find a way to craft what you are doing to give it more meaning. #MeaningfulMay #wellbeing

19May '20

Let's do all we can to look after our wellbeing during this Mental Health Awareness week and help others in these challenging times so that we can build and reinforce skills we can carry forward with us 💕 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeKind #wellbeing https://t.co/2TyaAg99bu

18May '20

▶️Duke of Edinburgh Award Update◀️ This year only, all participants who have completed their Physical, Skills & Volunteering will be awarded a new accolade: the 2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement – a formal recognition of their dedication, resilience and accomplishments in these extraordinary circumstances. Participants who receive the certificate can still go on to achieve the DofE award. The expedition is a hugely valuable experience that develops vital skills and character. We hope that most participants will still have the opportunity to complete it when it is safe to do so For participants who won’t be able to complete an expedition & want to progress from Bronze to Silver, we’ll introduce 2 temporary rule changes: 1.Bronze participants who achieve the 2020 DofE Certificate of Achievement will be treated as if they have completed the Bronze Award 2. Participants who do this will be able to use their Silver practice expedition as their qualifying expedition at Bronze, enabling them to achieve both their Bronze and Silver Awards. For more information follow the #WKGS Duke of Edinburgh Twitter feed (@WKGS_DofE) or visit the website below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/achievement-for-all/ #WKGSDofE #WKGSCommunity #DofEAwards #dofewithadifference 🥇🥈🥉