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

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

19Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 19: Set hopeful but realistic goals for the week ahead. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/X926anq1hh

18Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 18: Make a list of things you are looking forward to. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/mgGoNQ63bK

17Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 17: Share your most important goals with people you trust. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/2EUlMvfhBT

16Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 16: Thank yourself for achieving the things you often take for granted. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ayU3G3SpBF

15Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 15: Look out for positive news and reasons to be cheerful today. #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS #OptimisticOctober https://t.co/py4Nqp2Jfs

14Oct '20

▶️#WKGS Update◀️ Please click on the link below⬇️ to access an update from Mr. Clarke regarding Virtual Learning Provision for Students in Isolation. wkgs.org/files/preview/… #WKGSCommunity💙

14Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 14: Do something to overcome an obstacle you are facing. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober https://t.co/fPR2rcEhQr

14Oct '20

We have just added the video of Mr Clarke's Q&A during our Virtual Open Evening & the responses to the additional questions to our website⬇️ wkgs.org/virtual-open-e… These are now ready for you to view! All materials will be available for the rest of the academic year. #WKGS https://t.co/QeL6kSsXSY

14Oct '20

A former student of #WKGS who is a Sergeant in the RAF will be receiving a Commendation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sgt H Rosenthal will receive an Air Officer Commanding Commendation. Congratulations to Sgt Rosenthal from everyone in the #WKGSCommunity #Proud 👏👍🙌

13Oct '20

On Thursday 22nd October, 19:00-20:00 @WestKirbyGS will be holding a Virtual Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers of students in all year groups. Please visit wkgs.org/online-safety-… for more information and to book your place. https://t.co/34EuOUfikK

13Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 13: Put down your To-Do list and let yourself be spontaneous. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/vBpvSvDJzh

13Oct '20

Congratulations to the many students who completed their Silver Award last year! @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY13 https://t.co/6yJfJRx9Y0

12Oct '20

The deadline for achieving the Duke of Edinburgh Certificate of Achievement has been extended until 31st July 2021. You have until you are 25 to convert the certificate into the full award by completing the expedition (and residential for Gold). @WestKirbyGS

12Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 12: Look for the good intentions in people around you today. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/1ryWLUCvSO

11Oct '20

To help young people facing disadvantage to recover from the effects of the pandemic, DofE has launched the DofE Resilience Fund to reduce barriers to DofE participation this financial year (until 31 March 2021). Find out more: dofe.org/the-dofe-resil…