Sixth Form Induction and Welcome

All students hoping to join our Sixth Form in September are encouraged to follow our latest Instagram page (click here to visit our Sixth Form Induction page) where you will be able to ask questions of our current Sixth Form Senior Team and find out more about life in the WKGS Sixth Form. You are also encouraged to access the transition work that has been posted to help you make the step from GCSE to A-level (wkgs.org/summer-work).

Year 7 Induction and Welcome

We have created a new page on our website for Year 6 students who will be joining us in September with some resources and activties to help you get to know our school and what life is like at West Kirby. Please visit wkgs.org/y7-transition for the latest information and some material to introduce to our school community.

Summer Work 2020
Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE History

Exam Board

AQA

Why Choose History?

‘We are not makers of history. We are made by history’ - Martin Luther King Jnr

  1. Transferable skills
  2. History is relevant
  3. History is an investment in your future
  4. History encourages independence
  5. Studying History provides cultural awareness
  6. History allows us to learn from the past

There are plenty of extra-curricular opportunities with a trip to Belfast and Dublin, a possible trip to Russia and close links to the University of Liverpool.

What is Involved?

The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007

In this module you will learn why British society is the way that it is today. From the creation of the welfare state, the Teddy Boys and rock ’n’ roll of the1950s, you’ll be transported through the scandals of the ‘swinging’ sixties and the turbulence of the striking seventies. The A-level course will propel you through the controversy of the 1980s with yuppies, rioters and 3 million unemployed, through to the ‘girl power’ and Britpop of the 1990s and right past the Iraq War to 2007 with the demise of Tony Blair.

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855 – 1964

In this module you will chart the transformation of Russia from autocratic rule by the Tsar, to the growth of revolutionary beliefs and the overthrow of the government. Key ideas of Marxism are important in founding the communist state after the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the characters of Lenin and Stalin come to the fore. The show trials, the work camps (gulags), the Cold War and the cult of Joseph Stalin will fascinate you. This is the real life ‘Animal Farm’ and a regime that killed 20 million people.

Coursework

History coursework is worth 20% of the A-level and it requires an essay of 3,500 words on nationalism in Ireland. We start at the 1798 rebellion against the Protestant Ascendancy, inspired by the French and American revolutions, follow the 1800 Act of Union and its impact, and look at the nationalist movements inspired over the 19th and 20th century

Why Choose History?

‘We are not makers of history. We are made by history’ - Mar7n Luther King Jnr

  1. Transferable skills
  2. History is relevant
  3. History is an investment in your future
  4. History encourages independence
  5. Studying History provides cultural awareness
  6. History allows us to learn from the past

There are plenty of extra-curricular opportunities with a trip to Belfast and Dublin, a possible trip to Russia and close links to the University of Liverpool.

What is Involved?

The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007

In this module you will learn why British society is the way that it is today. From the creation of the welfare state, the Teddy Boys and rock ’n’ roll of the1950s, you’ll be transported through the scandals of the ‘swinging’ sixties and the turbulence of the striking seventies. The A-level course will propel you through the controversy of the 1980s with yuppies, rioters and 3 million unemployed, through to the ‘girl power’ and Britpop of the 1990s and right past the Iraq War to 2007 with the demise of Tony Blair.

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855 – 1964

In this module you will chart the transformation of Russia from autocratic rule by the Tsar, to the growth of revolutionary beliefs and the overthrow of the government. Key ideas of Marxism are important in founding the communist state after the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the characters of Lenin and Stalin come to the fore. The show trials, the work camps (gulags), the Cold War and the cult of Joseph Stalin will fascinate you. This is the real life ‘Animal Farm’ and a regime that killed 20 million people.

Coursework

History coursework is worth 20% of the A-level and it requires an essay of 3,500 words on nationalism in Ireland. We start at the 1798 rebellion against the Protestant Ascendancy, inspired by the French and American revolutions, follow the 1800 Act of Union and its impact, and look at the nationalist movements inspired over the 19th and 20th century.

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examination results

61%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

89%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

100%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-E

What we’ve been up to…

08Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 8: Get the basics right: eat well, exercise and go to bed on time. #Wellbeing #JumpBackJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/6Ohc7L6iwP

07Jul '20

Thank you to all of our new Y7 parents and students for joining us for this evening's Induction Event. It was fantastic to see the faces of the newest members of our school community and we look forward to seeing you again soon! #WKGSCommunity #WKGSY7

07Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 7: Shift your mood by doing something you really enjoy. #Wellbeing #JumpBackJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/F54iCm06Kg

06Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 6: Put a problem in perspective and see the bigger picture. #Wellbeing #JumpBackJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/kn1wbc8r2R

05Jul '20

Maybe a walking tour next year to accompany our annual visit with Y8 to the @SlaveryMuseum @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/SoniaBassey1/s…

05Jul '20

Happy birthday 🥳 to our wonderful NHS. Giving a safety net ‘from cradle to grave’ @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/PHMMcr/status/…

05Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 5: Avoid saying "must" or "should" to yourself today. #Wellbeing #JumpBackJuly @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/AILxydxhhk

04Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 4: Find an action you can take to overcome a problem or worry. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/RoqIkMKYMk

03Jul '20

▶️Update from the Headteacher◀️ The link for our weekly letter from Mrs Sargent is below ⤵️ wkgs.org/files/download… Please see our #WKGS website wkgs.org for further information. We hope you have a good weekend. 😊 #WKGSCommunity #WKGSInThisTogether #StaySafe 💙

03Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 3: Adopt a growth mindset. Change 'I can't' into 'I can't'...yet'. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/2nvqdp1tc6

02Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 2: Make a list of things you are looking forward to. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/aQoA03bq6w

01Jul '20

We are finalising plans for talks to our #WKGS6thForm students on Teams. They will take place on the days shown below during normal school hours. Exact timings will be confirmed on #WKGSY12 Google Classroom. The talks will be followed by Q&A sessions & will last up to an hour. https://t.co/NwH8l1Vrk5

01Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 1: Be willing to ask for help when you need it today (and always). #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/IyTKlkusa2

01Jul '20

As July begins and we look forward to the future join us for #JumpBackJuly and find ways to be more resilient in challenging times. #wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EGaDQZ2oRk

30Jun '20

▶️Year 7 Transition Thread◀️ Welcome!!😊 We are so glad that you've chosen to join our #WKGSCommunity & that you are now taking the first steps towards starting with us in September. (1/3) https://t.co/1cdDXgMhwV