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.
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…
Mrs A is looking forward to discussing her favourite topic - African Kingdoms @Cambridge_Fest this morning @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/cambridge_fest…
Final day of the Scholastic Book Fair and there is still plenty of interest in the books. #Scholastic #Welovereading https://t.co/caWluIwztR
We are looking to appoint highly motivated and enthusiastic Cover Supervisors to provide classroom supervision in the event of absent teachers and generally support the smooth operation of the academy staff at other times. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/tMyWdKXbQn
Ramadan Mubarak to all of our #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/MtLe3LQ8TQ
For this week's #ThrowbackThursday it's back to June 2008 where #WKGS U13 team played at Wembley for the Schools Cup Final. https://t.co/Iq7QeNAKiy
Wonderful few hours with dramatists and historians from Y9 and Y12 interviewing the incredible Jimi Jagne as part of our cross curricular project @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/WLgQUwbaiX
We would like to thank PC Hughes (@MerseyPolice ) for presenting an Assembly to our #WKGSY9 and #WKGSY10 students on appropriate behaviours in the community. https://t.co/ovSnzgUItO
Well done #WKGSY7 Netball Team, amazing achievement! twitter.com/WKGS_PE/status…
A-Level Religious Studies study day to Cambridge University
The Religious Studies department took a group of Year 12 students to Cambridge University to attend an A Level Religious Studies Study Day at the Faculty of Divinity. The guest speaker, Libby Ahluwalia, is a teacher, a syllabus developer, an examiner trainer and author of several acclaimed GCSE and A level textbooks. The event provided advice and support for students with an interest in theology, religion, and philosophy of religion who may be considering studying these subjects at university, particularly being beneficial for students aiming for high (A/A*) grades.
We are pleased to announce that the full HD video of our production of Grease is now available to download for £9.99. The download includes bonus backstage footage and a professional set of production photos. All profits will go towards future productions. video.wkgs.net https://t.co/Svw5rUMLld
Well done to everyone who took part in today's House Tag Rugby competition and thanks to PE staff and Sports Captains for organising another fantastic event. Congratulations to Furniss who were overall winners. https://t.co/Va53c6w1N1
A reminder to all students that the deadline for this term's #WKGS Interform Challenge is Friday 24th March. Please submit entries to Miss Ellis or via Google Classroom. https://t.co/ZA2jehK3rc
All parents, staff, students and friends of #WKGS are invited to attend our PTA Family Quiz Night and Fish & Chip Supper. There will be a fun general knowledge quiz, a prize for the winning team and a raffle to support PTA fundraising. Book your table at: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/euMB1CSeoV
Introducing our very own #ThrowbackThursday series where we take a weekly look back through the archives at #WKGS of days gone by. We start this week by taking you back to June 2014 where #WKGSY9 students organised a charity fair. https://t.co/mPNL1WZ0n3
We would like to thank #WKGSY9 students and their parents/carers who joined us for last night's GCSE Options Evening. You can find the Headteacher's Talk video, subject information videos and our GCSE Curriculum Maps by clicking the link below: wkgs.org/options-inform… https://t.co/hPXNebVlfG