Sixth Form Open Evening - Tuesday 15th November

Our Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 15th November, 18:00-20:00 with Headteacher / Head of Sixth Form talks taking place at 18:00 and 19:00.

We would like to invite prospective students and their parents/carers to join us for the evening to find out about the fantastic opportunities we offer at WKGS Sixth Form. 

Please visit the link below to book your place. 

https://wkgs.org/6th-form-open-evening

Head of Department
Mr K Vane
Summer Work 2020
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Geography

Exam Board

Pearson (Edexcel)

Why Choose Geography?

Geography is an academically robust subject which spans the social and physical sciences and promotes a lifelong interest and fascination in how the world works. The Russell Group of universities has recognised A- level Geography as one of their preferred ‘facilitating subjects’, which supports an application into a wide range of undergraduate courses. At WKGS we have an excellent tradition of developing students who either go on to specialise in Geography or use it to support their future choices. Degrees and careers are many and varied with A-level geographers recently combining it with the sciences to study Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry or Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geology, Environmental Science or Oceanography. With Maths you could also consider Meteorology. In the arts, students have used A-level Geography to study Economics, Town and Country Planning, Landscape Architecture, Law, Product Design, Fashion, Business Administration, or Tourism. Completing a Geography degree keeps options open with the subject being available as both an Arts or Science degree, contributing to the reputation of Geography having very high graduate employment rates (Guardian newspaper). So choose this subject to keep your options well and truly open. The skills you gain fit well into many careers, plus our field trip experiences are unforgettable.

What is Involved?

Two main areas of study - Physical and Human Geography are well represented with a chance (Year 2) to undertake your own unique piece of field investigation. Skills are mastered from our extensive six days of fieldwork (including three days in the Lakes).

Year 1 - Tectonic Processes considers the causes of, impacts and responses to tectonic (earthquake, volcano and tsunami) hazards. Optional fieldwork includes London and Iceland. Landscape Systems studies glacial processes, landforms and landscapes. Fieldwork is in the Lakes. Globalisation considers impacts for different people and places. Our optional fieldwork in China really helps here. Shaping Places studies how places develop their own personal identities. This could be Liverpool (fieldwork) or the success in Shanghai’s redevelopment.

Year 2 - The Water Cycle and the Carbon Cycle consider impacts of these cycles and future consequences for water insecurity and the global energy debate.

Superpowers considers the reasons for shifting economic and political power and the impacts of countries such as Russia, China and the USA on the world. Topics include: Health, Human Rights, Migration and Identity. 

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examination results

57%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

79%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

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of A-level students achieved grades A*-E

What we’ve been up to…

30Sep '22

It's been a busy day at #WKGS with our annual House Bake Off competition /#MacmillanCoffeeMorning event. Thanks everyone who baked/donated and also to those who bought cakes raising money for such a fantastic cause. Bake Off winners and total amount raised to be announced soon. https://t.co/gLZGs3GrZE

30Sep '22

It's House Bake Off and World's Biggest Coffee Morning today! Thanks to everyone who has entered the competition and donated to this fantastic cause. Cakes have been on sale at break and will be again at lunch. More photos to follow! #WKGSCommunity #MacmillanCoffeeMorning https://t.co/nBsOLCTHHZ

30Sep '22

728ft above sea level #teesdale #rivers #fieldwork #WKGSY10 https://t.co/T9sB93uDu8

30Sep '22

Thursday afternoon at High force waterfall learning about how geology causes waterfall retreat. #WKGSY10 #highforce #chasingwaterfalls https://t.co/6H70ifaQsG

30Sep '22

#rivers #fieldwork #WKGSY10 https://t.co/k3nm4bjmMT

30Sep '22

Geography in action! Year 10 out putting their river knowledge to the test collecting data showing how changes as we travel downstream. #WKGSY10 #rivers #fieldwork https://t.co/o58547YY5R

30Sep '22

Our year 10 girls had a treat Thursday evening! We got to watch the dancers and singers of Parkinson Lane Primary school in Halifax. We even got to learn some traditional South Asian Bhangra dances! #WKGSY10 #LakeDistrict #Bhangra https://t.co/ttLiKpj0dL

30Sep '22

Year 10 GCSE Geography Fieldwork

Year 10 Geographers undertook a three-day fieldtrip initially in the Lake District at Ambleside. They looked at flood prevention techniques in Cockermouth and also woodland ecosystems. On day two they moved onto the top of the Pennines into County Durham to follow the course of the River Tees as far as Barnard Castle, including a visit to the High Force waterfall. The third day included human geography fieldwork in Grasmere and Keswick. They also had the opportunity to watch and learn some traditional South Asian Bhangra dances from the dancers and singers of Parkinson lane Primary School in Halifax!

30Sep '22

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Students and staff have once again been baking to provide donations for the Macmillan Coffee Morning – supporting a very worthy cause with the added bonus of cake consumption!

29Sep '22

We would like to thank artist (and former #WKGS student) Bronnie who visited this week. Bronnie not only performed for all year groups, but shared her experiences of mental health, body image, relationships and a number of other issues with our students. @BronnieMusic https://t.co/JXsiEM2FeF

29Sep '22

Tomorrow will be your last chance to visit the Scolastic Book Fair in the Library. All payments for books on Scopay. All are welcome! #WKGS twitter.com/LibraryWkgs/st…

28Sep '22

We would like to invite prospective students and their parents/carers to our Sixth Form Open Evening which will take place on Tuesday 15th November, 18:00-20:00. Please visit the link below to book your place... #WKGS #WKGS6thForm #OpenEvening #SixthForm wkgs.org/6th-form-open-… https://t.co/k4fOslYP0I

28Sep '22

Self-Esteem speaker and singer/songwriter – Bronnie

A very exciting day for WKGS students when singer/song-writer and motivational speaker, Bronnie, visited the school. Along with performing many of her hits, the former student ran workshops with students in Years 7 -12, focussing on self-esteem. Topics covered during each 50 minute workshop included body image, confidence building, resilience and managing relationships. Students also had an opportunity for open discussion during each session.

26Sep '22

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26Sep '22

At #WKGS we encourage all of our students to play a part in the extra-curricular life of the school and offer a range of clubs, societies and activities to all year groups. We are pleased to announce the schedule for our Autumn Term activities.. wkgs.org/files/uploads/… https://t.co/ABZMZnDzW0