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.
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4
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Please find attached a letter from Wirral Borough Council for all parents/carers to wear a face covering if you are getting out of the car or physically escorting your child to the school entrances with effect from Mon 21 Sept 2020 wkgs.org/files/preview/… #WKGSCommunity💙
Self-Care September - Day 18: Don't compare how you feel inside to how others appear outside. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/DCn9PMudBw
Self-Care September - Day 17: Leave positive messages for yourself to see regularly. @WestKirbyGS #bekind #SelfCareSeptember #wellbeing https://t.co/h7e2kr2iTJ
🔊#WKGS Parents/Carers Please find below⬇️a link to a video which Wirral Borough Council have produced which is aimed at supporting parents/carers on what they need to do if their child/ward shows symptoms, to help reduce risk of transmission in schools. vimeo.com/458533722
Self-Care September - Day 16: Notice what you are feeling today, without any judgement. #SelfCareSeptember #Wellbeing #bekind https://t.co/YIwQ1et75I
What activities are you doing for Duke of Edinburgh? @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY10 #WKGSY11 #WKGS6thFORM https://t.co/qBTwflLW4L
Self-Care September - Day 15: Find a caring, calming phrase to say to yourself when feeling low. #Wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember https://t.co/cDVo3lkr48
Self-Care September - Day 14: Talk kindly to yourself like you would to someone you love. #wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember #BeKind @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/imsXkqy0w4
Self-Care September - Day 13: Make time today to do something you really enjoy. #SelfCareSeptember #Wellbeing #fun @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/OO4eaqsxQm
We are delighted to announce that WKGS will host Virtual Open Evenings for prospective Y7 & 6th Form students. Please click on the link below ⤵️ to book your place for the 1st of our events for parents/carers of all prospective Y7 students wkgs.org/open-evening #ChooseWKGS https://t.co/sqJNBauAEY
We are delighted to announce that WKGS will host Virtual Open Evenings for prospective Y7 & 6th Form students. Please click on the link below ⤵️ to book your place for the 1st of our events for parents/carers of all prospective Y7 students wkgs.org/open-evening #ChooseWKGS https://t.co/9vL8jWdMDU
Self-Care September - Day 12: Let go of being busy. Allow yourself to take some breaks today. #SelfCareSeptember #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/gTbpnss7Yj
Self-Care September - Day 11: Aim to be good enough, rather than perfect. #SelfCareSeptember #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/HWjR9TpMoa
Self-Care September - Day 10: Give yourself permission to say no to requests from others. #wellbeing #SelfCareSeptember https://t.co/9riVURLoAE