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
What we’ve been up to…
Happier January - Day 25: Decide to lift people up rather than put them down. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/XZa2Skp5NU
Happier January - Day 24: Take a small step towards an important goal. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/JbY7hieKFj
Happier January - Day 23: Put away digital devices and focus on the moment. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/sBriKR1Qeu
Happier January - Day 22: Plan something new and invite others to join you. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/CHFpXymaWv
Our #WKGSY8 students took part in an inter form debate this week which was live streamed for parents to watch. Well done to all students who took part. https://t.co/HBjQgqeqRC
We are delighted that two #WKGSY10 students were announced as joint winners of the One West Kirby competition to create their vision for the town's future Rukshitha (Art Category) 10S Tatum (Design Technology Category) 10W @WKGS_Art @WKGS_DesignTech wirralglobe.co.uk/news/19862358.… https://t.co/6RUi6qzbYA
Happier January - Day 21: Try out something new to get out of your comfort zone. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/kiMy1wZjEx
Happier January - Day 20: Go to bed in good time and allow yourself to recharge. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/iSsA6vKjAE
Happier January - Day 19: Focus on what's good, even if today feels tough. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/Z3zyuaFwVM
Happier January - Day 18: Get in touch with an old friend. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/yHPr0xJOiO
Happier January - Day 17: Be gentle with yourself when you make mistakes. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/7FbsQI5qWQ
Happier January - Day 16: Contribute positively to your local community. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/JeBu4NlHux
Happier January - Day 15: Go outside and notice beautiful things.. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/VgB6cd0jMU
Happier January - Day 14: Try a new food today. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/BI3AjHlSsM
Happier January - Day 13: Try a new food today. #HappierJanuary #Wellbeing https://t.co/bV8oImzLRl