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

63%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

84%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

97%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

06Feb '23

We would like to congratulate Vivien (#WKGSY7) who has just completed 3 weekends at County Swimming Championships. She achieved medal positions in 15 races + 1 gold and 3 silvers in team relays together with Anya (Y7). Overall, she claimed 2nd place for girls (age 12 category). https://t.co/XcruywnNm0

01Feb '23

There are still a final few tickets available for the forthcoming production of Grease. Performances are on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February at 7:00pm. The matinee performance is at 2:30pm on Saturday 11th February. ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… #greaseistheword https://t.co/IPakwlb3JB

28Jan '23

We were delighted for our #WKGS Eco-committee this week when they were awarded the Eco-schools Global Citizens award in an online ceremony; our students show real passion about environmental and sustainability issues and we are really proud of them for achieving this award. https://t.co/XxzuKscQV4

27Jan '23

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26Jan '23

Fun in Geology today working together to match sedimentary rocks to their environment #geology #geologyrocks #WKGSY12 https://t.co/Mp8nq8y0lS

24Jan '23

I just uploaded “West Kirby Grammar School - Global Citizenship Award.MOV” to #Vimeo: vimeo.com/792179445

20Jan '23

We are pleased to announce that our #WKGS Robotics Club is up and running with our first session taking place today. Lots of exciting projects using BBC Microbit, Servo Boards and Move Motor kits. Friday at 1:30 in C3 (D&T Block). All welcome. #STEM #Robotics #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/S6lCsCXI5D

20Jan '23

Well done and good luck everyone. A record number of students have qualified this year. twitter.com/WKGS_Computing…

19Jan '23

Limited Grease tickets still available! We are pleased to offer a fully licensed bar service, along with soft drinks, sweets and confectionery. The bar will be open before the performance and during the interval with cashless payment available. Book now: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/WlM7brfQTM

18Jan '23

Our #WKGSCommunity have celebrated #ChineseNewYear2023 this week in their assemblies with Mr Vane. Special thanks to Claudia, Melissa, Georgina and Isabella in their fantastic efforts at restoring our Chinese lion at Model Club, ready in time for the assemblies. https://t.co/JoKzYdz3R4

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Receptionist who will also work as the First Aid Lead for the school, supporting the work of the Front Office and Administration staff, with immediate effect. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/jsnKRbfBeG

18Jan '23

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and able Attendance Officer /Administration Assistant for Years 7 – 11 to support the work of the Pastoral and Administration teams. Prior experience in a similar role is desirable but not essential. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/Fwmt5chDg9

16Jan '23

Congratulations to the #WKGS Eco-subcommittee for becoming Eco-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year award winners for their outstanding work on the environmental concerns of fast fashion and the benefits of upcycled clothing. (Details on p20-21) c-6.net/virtualdocs/ec… https://t.co/0mGqXBe30X

16Jan '23

Eco-schools Global Citizenship School of the Year award

We are delighted that our Eco-Subcommittee has received the award from Keep Britain Tidy of Eco-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year. Their work on the Wirral-wide TexPop26 event - a music and design competition which raises awareness about the environmental damage fast-fashion causes across the world and the promotion of the benefits of upcycled clothing has been outstanding. The school also won two awards at the Wirral event in the Future Yard: school band ‘The Room’ were named ‘Best Performing Group’, and the creators of their upcycled stage-clothes won the ‘Best Upcycled Clothing’ award. Eco-Schools is the world’s largest schools’ environmental programme and students taking part can learn about everything from litter and biodiversity to energy and global citizenship. We are proud to have been accredited with the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

13Jan '23

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available to purchase for the #WKGS production of Grease via the link below. Performances take place between Wednesday 8th February and Saturday 11th February (7pm Wed-Fri and 2.30pm Sat). ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/IkFLpcGBtA