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. 

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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70%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

84%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

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22May '20

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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

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20May '20

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20May '20

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20May '20

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19May '20

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19May '20

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19May '20

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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 🥇🥈🥉