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 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

What we’ve been up to…

26May '22

Meaningful May- Day 27: Focus on how your actions make a difference to others. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/kiTrHGbrH5

26May '22

On National Thank a Teacher Day 2022 we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our teaching and support staff for their hard work and the dedication they show on a daily basis. #WKGSCommunity #NationalThankATeacherDay https://t.co/ABxR3wDiMd

26May '22

NEW OPPORTUNITY: We are looking to launch a new Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at #WKGS. If anyone is interested in getting involved, or wants to know more, please get in touch with Mrs Marley at lmarley@wkgs.net #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/vIXYHK526K

26May '22

Meaningful May- Day 26: Remember an event in your life that is really meaningful. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/qQqg4q20Zq

25May '22

Meaningful May- Day 25: Ask someone else what matters most to them and why. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/2cS0XGDPF7

24May '22

Well done to all @WKGS_Art students who participated in the Creative Art Postcard Exchange project. We were one of 25 schools to take part across the UK and Ireland. The theme for postcards artwork was 'War' and was creatively interpreted using a variety of media. #WKGSCommunity https://t.co/iG0GIkIGYc

24May '22

Results from yesterday's House Countdown are in and its congratulations to Paton who were overall winners. Well done to everyone who took part. #wkgscommunity https://t.co/PaLfnUHAkc

24May '22

Meaningful May- Day 24: Make choices that have a positive impact today. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/fzahKXAy4S

23May '22

We are looking for a FT history teacher ⭐️ twitter.com/westkirbygs/st…

23May '22

We wish to appoint a well-qualified and enthusiastic Teacher of History for September 2022. The post is full-time. The ability to teach GCSE and A-level History is essential and a desire to teach A-level Politics is desirable. wkgs.org/latest-news/va… https://t.co/7x7DCesVTR

23May '22

Congratulations to our staff who took part in this weekend's 10k Race for Life - raising over £1000 for this fantastic charity #raceforlife #community #charity #endeavour https://t.co/oUJzSGeTec

22May '22

Meaningful May- Day 23: Recall three things that you are proud of. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/ZDIBBaSxmv

22May '22

Meaningful May- Day 22: Find time to become involved with a charity you care about. #MeaningfulMay #Wellbeing https://t.co/hh6GozLFYe

22May '22

Race for Life

Congratulations to our members of staff who completed the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK – they have raised over £1000 to date! A fantastic achievement!