Head of Department
Mr K Vane

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…

20Mar '20

On #InternationalDayofHappiness😀 here are 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this situation together! For more info go to actionforhappiness.org @WKGS_Wellbeing @WKGS_Pastoral #WKGSCommunity #InThisTogether

20Mar '20

‪▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️‬ ‪A further update regarding our Contingency Planning for the weeks ahead has been emailed to all parents/guardians/staff. If you have been unable to access the email then please click on the link below⬇️to download.‬ ‪https://wkgs.org/files/download/6cf7c274bebb7e56d4954db20c9d4dab‬

20Mar '20

▶️Announcement◀️ While school will be closed from Mon for those who can safely stay at home we will still be open to those who are vulnerable or whose parents are key workers. Please contact the school office to let us know if you will be in school from Monday- office@wkgs.net

20Mar '20

▶️Announcement◀️ While school will be closed from Mon for those who can safely stay at home we will still be open to those who are vulnerable or whose parents are key workers. Please contact the school office to let us know if you will be in school from Monday- office@wkgs.net

20Mar '20

On #InternationalDayofHappiness😀 here are 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this situation together! For more info go to actionforhappiness.org @WKGS_Wellbeing @WKGS_Pastoral #WKGSCommunity #InThisTogether https://t.co/CT5Qe9st5R

20Mar '20

Something to consider for our students at home in the coming weeks. Keeping active is just as important as keeping busy. @WKGS_PE @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_Wellbeing twitter.com/thebodycoach/s…

19Mar '20

▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️ Hello all, For any student or parent who is trying to access #WKGS Google Classroom, then please watch our handy video to guide you through the process.😃🙌👏👍 #WKGSCommunity #GoogleClassroom #WKGSContingencyPlan vimeo.com/398767656

19Mar '20

▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️ Hello all, For any student or parent who is trying to access #WKGS Google Classroom, then please watch our handy video to guide you through the process.😃🙌👏👍 #WKGSCommunity #GoogleClassroom #WKGSContingencyPlan vimeo.com/398767656 https://t.co/XFvkbJG516

18Mar '20

▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️ As part of our Coronavirus Contingency Planning we are asking our students to add themselves to the Google Classroom platform. This will enable all students to continue to be educated and receive support when it is needed. Can all students, with the assistance of parents/guardians continue to add themselves to their relevant classes using the unique invitation codes issued by staff. Students should also continue to check their school email accounts. Many thanks in advance, WKGS Staff

18Mar '20

As part of our Coronavirus Contingency Planning we are asking our students to add themselves to the Google Classroom platform. This will enable all students to continue to be educated and receive support when it is needed. (1/2)

18Mar '20

▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️ A letter regarding our Coronavirus Contingency Planning has been emailed to all parents/guardians/staff. If you have been unable to access the email then please click on the link below⬇️to download. wkgs.org/files/preview/…

16Mar '20

▶️Job Vacancies◀️ We are currently seeking to recruit 3, permanent, full time teaching posts in Maths, Business & Economics and Biology. For further details, including how to apply, please visit our website: wkgs.org/latest-news/va… wkgs.org/latest-news/va… wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/Xz97OozaLk

14Mar '20

Amazing 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 twitter.com/wkgs_pe/status…

14Mar '20

Mrs Cliffe and the Heads of Year are over in Liverpool tonight, raising money for @alzheimerssoc at the #GLOW #MemoryWalk £1500 raised so far! #Thanks 😊 ⚡️ @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_Wellbeing https://t.co/qs2pUszDNi

05Mar '20

TONIGHT 6-8pm @WestKirbyGS ‘Working Together’ a series of presentations around teen safety, drugs, alcohol and emotional health well-being. Delivered by HSIS. Highly recommended. ALL PARENTS WELCOME. @WKGS_Wellbeing