Head of Department
Mrs V Gaskin

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.

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examination results

60%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

79%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

95%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we've been up to...

21May '24

Success for our U15s football team

Our U15s football team put in an unbelievable performance this afternoon and beat Park View 3-1 with Eliana scoring a hat-trick. They are now through to the semi finals of the ESFA National Football Cup! Well done! So proud of you!

19May '24

League and Cup Double Winners

Over the weekend, two of our fantastic Year 10's, Ainara and Georgia, won the Liverpool league cup with their U16 Tranmere team. It's been a hard fought year of football and they finished as double winners of the league and the league cup. Well done!

26Apr '24

Year 4 & 5 Subscribe to our Mailing Lists

Subcribe to our Year 4 & Year 5 mailing lists here https://forms.office.com/e/G840TwpSTS.

24Apr '24

Careers Fair

Thanks to everyone involved in the Careers Fair this week - a huge number of students benefited from learning about a really diverse range of careers and future pathways. More to come next week!

16Apr '24

Spring Concert - Thursday 2 May 2024, 6pm to 8pm

Our annual Spring Concert takes place on Thursday 2nd May with performances from a range of individuals and ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Sax Quartet, and Junior Choir. Tickets available now from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-grammar-school...

20Mar '24

UK Team Member - NASA Space Design Competition

We have amazing news to share as Molly (#WKGSY10) has been selected to represent Team UK at the international finals of the NASA Space Design Competition. Having been part of the winning team at the UK Space Design competition earlier this month, Molly now becomes one of only 12 students to represent the UK at the finals which take place at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida this summer. Molly was also the youngest member of the winning team from WKGS, making this an even more exceptional achievement. Well done Molly, good luck with the international final!

14Mar '24

Sixth Form & Year 11 Careers Fair

We are pleased to announce the dates for our annual Careers Fair which will take place on Wednesday 24th April and Wednesday 1st May 2024. These proved very popular last year and have now been expanded to include Year 11 as well as Sixth Form students. We are looking for representatives from a range of career areas and higher/further education institutes who would be willing to speak to our students about their area of expertise. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to represent your company/organisation at the event, please contact Mrs Harris-Smith by email at sharris@wkgs.net

12Mar '24

Congratulations to our Year 8 Netball team!

Congratulations to the Y8 Netball team who were winners of the Wirral Schools League. They beat Wirral in their semi-final and Birkenhead School in a brilliant final! Well done to everyone who has played this season.

12Mar '24

UK Space Design Competition

A team of 11 students from West Kirby Grammar School were in the winning team at the National Final of the UK Space Design Competition which took place at Imperial College, London on the weekend of 2nd - 3rd March.

11Mar '24

WKGS Music Department news

Students Han, Laoise, Esme, Phoebe and Imogen, all members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, performed yesterday at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

01Mar '24

Congratulations Year 7 2024-25

Congratulations Year 7 2024-25! We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to our school.

27Feb '24

Limited places available for Sixth Form

Limited places available for Sixth Form

13Feb '24

Wirral Schools Netball League

Well done to the netballers from Y7, Y8 and Y9 who played in the Wirral Schools Netball League tonight. Two wins and a draw for our teams. Super proud of you all!

13Feb '24

Year 4 & 5 Information Evening

We would like to invite prospective students along with their parents/carers to join us for our Year 4 & 5 Information Evening on Tuesday 23rd April. Book your place now by visiting the link : Year 4 & 5 Information Evening - Tuesday 23 April 2024

08Feb '24

Chinese New Year

Students have enthusiastically embraced the celebration of Chinese New Year, particularly as it marks the Year of the Dragon. The festivities were made even more memorable thanks to Mr Vane's outstanding annual assembly which featured delightful touches like fortune cookies, Chinese lanterns and vibrant wall displays. Students were also able to enjoy a selection of delicious Chinese food in the canteen.