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 67% of students achieving grades 9-7 at GCSE. At A-level, 79% of students gained A* - B grades in and 14% achieved an A* grade.

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examination results

67%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

86%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

96%

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

Y12 historians reflecting on strengths and targets in their most recent essays #WCF #purplepen @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/vrG7kioM8m

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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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