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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22Mar '20

A useful resource for our wonderful students working from home @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/VESPAmindset/s…

22Mar '20

Good to focus on something a little different. Here’s an interesting listen for all of my social justice warriors @WestKirbyGS #equality #justice #BeTheChange twitter.com/politicshome/s…

20Mar '20

On #InternationalDayofHappiness😀 here are 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this situation together! For more info go to actionforhappiness.org @WKGS_Wellbeing @WKGS_Pastoral #WKGSCommunity #InThisTogether

20Mar '20

‪▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️‬ ‪A further update regarding our Contingency Planning for the weeks ahead has been emailed to all parents/guardians/staff. If you have been unable to access the email then please click on the link below⬇️to download.‬ ‪https://wkgs.org/files/download/6cf7c274bebb7e56d4954db20c9d4dab‬

20Mar '20

▶️Announcement◀️ While school will be closed from Mon for those who can safely stay at home we will still be open to those who are vulnerable or whose parents are key workers. Please contact the school office to let us know if you will be in school from Monday- office@wkgs.net

20Mar '20

▶️Announcement◀️ While school will be closed from Mon for those who can safely stay at home we will still be open to those who are vulnerable or whose parents are key workers. Please contact the school office to let us know if you will be in school from Monday- office@wkgs.net

20Mar '20

On #InternationalDayofHappiness😀 here are 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this situation together! For more info go to actionforhappiness.org @WKGS_Wellbeing @WKGS_Pastoral #WKGSCommunity #InThisTogether https://t.co/CT5Qe9st5R

19Mar '20

▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️ Hello all, For any student or parent who is trying to access #WKGS Google Classroom, then please watch our handy video to guide you through the process.😃🙌👏👍 #WKGSCommunity #GoogleClassroom #WKGSContingencyPlan vimeo.com/398767656

19Mar '20

▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️ Hello all, For any student or parent who is trying to access #WKGS Google Classroom, then please watch our handy video to guide you through the process.😃🙌👏👍 #WKGSCommunity #GoogleClassroom #WKGSContingencyPlan vimeo.com/398767656 https://t.co/XFvkbJG516

18Mar '20

To all of our fabulous GCSE and A Level students. We are so proud of how you have conducted yourselves, not just this week, but over the course of your studies. It has been a privilege to watch you flourish and grow into wonderful young women and men. https://t.co/7tu9CzQyYD

18Mar '20

▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️ As part of our Coronavirus Contingency Planning we are asking our students to add themselves to the Google Classroom platform. This will enable all students to continue to be educated and receive support when it is needed. Can all students, with the assistance of parents/guardians continue to add themselves to their relevant classes using the unique invitation codes issued by staff. Students should also continue to check their school email accounts. Many thanks in advance, WKGS Staff

18Mar '20

As part of our Coronavirus Contingency Planning we are asking our students to add themselves to the Google Classroom platform. This will enable all students to continue to be educated and receive support when it is needed. (1/2)

18Mar '20

▶️Coronavirus Contingency Planning◀️ A letter regarding our Coronavirus Contingency Planning has been emailed to all parents/guardians/staff. If you have been unable to access the email then please click on the link below⬇️to download. wkgs.org/files/preview/…

16Mar '20

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