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

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03Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 3: Think of three things you are grateful for and write them down. #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/R4mlAZNMFa

02Jun '20

It is important that we all stay safe online. Please ensure you follow published guidance to protect yourself. #internetsafety #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/CEOPUK/status/…

02Jun '20

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02Jun '20

Each new day is a step closer to our school community being back together. @westkirbygs #positivity #BeKind https://t.co/teiuQ6sCP8

02Jun '20

Be honest. Be kind. Be respectful. #PrideMonth2020 #Wellbeing https://t.co/ZfD4CNBk98

02Jun '20

Joyful June - Day 2: Reframe a worry and try to find a positive way to respond 🌈 #JoyfulJune #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/sRHYY7xxd1

01Jun '20

▶️WKGS IT Issues◀️ Our IT services should all be back in operation now. We apologise for any inconvenience to the start of your week. #WKGSCommunity💙

01Jun '20

Great message about mental health from these young people. If you are struggling and feel you need to talk then please seek support from a trusted adult. #wellbeing #mentalhealth @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/BGT/status/126…

01Jun '20

@wkgs.wellbeing June is here! This month is full of things to make your month joyful, even in these difficult times. #joyfuljune #wellbeing #wkgscommunity💙

01Jun '20

▶️IT Issues◀️ Please accept our apologies but we are experiencing IT issues with our Intranet & Phones. Our IT team is currently working on it. Students can try to log on to Google Classroom via this link & enter their school email address & password (1/2) edu.google.com/products/class…

01Jun '20

Welcome back all our students to another half term of #OnlineLearning via #GoogleClassroom. It’s Week 🅰️ & this weeks @WKGS_Wellbeing day is on Wednesday. #WKGSCommunity #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #StaySafe #WeMissYou 💙💛 https://t.co/wJRSqv5jkP

31May '20

Meaningful May - Day 31: Take some time out of your routine today to relax. #wellbeing

31May '20

The @NHSuk have published a new article on how to support a young person who is struggling with their mental health. Here you can find practical advice on what to do if you’re worried about your child and where you can turn to for support. @WestKirbyGS england.nhs.uk/blog/advice-fo…

30May '20

Meaningful May - Day 30: Look up at the sky and remember we are all part of something bigger. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ia5XcZ2IkK

29May '20

Meaningful May - Day 29: Find three good reasons to be hopeful about the future. #Wellbeing #hope #MeaningfulMay