Head of Department
Mrs K Amery

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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examination results

70%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

84%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

17Aug '22

A huge well done to Tabby, Evie and Amelia (soon to be in Y10) for having their poems selected to be published in @TWR__org anthology. @WestKirbyGS we are hugely proud of you 👏👏👏

13Aug '22

Privilege to play a small part in this. What a wonderful national project to highlight the legacy and impact of transatlantic slavery - with great poignancy in Liverpool. twitter.com/lpoolcityregio…

23Jul '22

The Summer Break may have started but our Gardening Club are still hard at work exhibiting at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Well done to all staff and students involved in this fantastic project #RHSSchoolGardening https://t.co/awJb3qvqUL

19Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 19: If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/oCg5JJHDS2

19Jul '22

We would like to wish our #WKGSCommunity a happy and restful Summer holiday. Thanks to all of our students and staff for their hard work and efforts this year. Friday 2nd September will be a Year 7 and Year 12 Induction Day with all year groups returning on Monday 5th September. https://t.co/WqMRNHx1aB

18Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 18: Let go of the small stuff and focus on what really matters. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/Cyukw8BSmu

17Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 17: Use one of your strengths to overcome a challenge today. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/VBjVexA2Lv

16Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 16: Find fun ways to distract yourself from unhelpful thoughts. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/BE7PeuQ4mO

16Jul '22

This has been a wonderful project to take part in. Looking forward to seeing the trails over the summer holiday. twitter.com/world_museum/s…

16Jul '22

Year 10 Drama visit to London

Year 10 Drama students enjoyed a visit to London in a sweltering July heatwave; taking part in a practical workshop, led by professional practitioners, on performance skills and approaches to text. The same evening they watched 'Jack Absolute Flies Again’, a production at the National Theatre starring Caroline Quentin and Kelvin Fletcher. The following morning they took part in a guided tour of the National Theatre, seeing backstage, before travelling to the Fortune Theatre, near Drury Lane to see the matinee production of ‘Woman in Black’ - all were suitably scared!

15Jul '22

We are very excited that #WKGS band @its_theroom will be supporting @thisiszuzu with @astlesmusic this Saturday at @future_yard for the first New Noise Club <18 event. This is an Under 18s only event (dry bar). For tickets, please visit: linktr.ee/theroomofficial #zuzu #theroom https://t.co/K82p45heRe

15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022 https://t.co/wWD0lO2x6a

15Jul '22

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15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022 https://t.co/KY6IO0pxkG

15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022...3/4 https://t.co/dOa2lp8kqh