Head of Department
Mr K Vane

KS4 Specification - AQA

The Geography department is a very successful department both inside and outside the classroom. Excellent continued examination success has allowed students to follow many different career paths and enabling all of this is an excellent team of experienced and very dedicated teachers who are passionate about all things geographical. 

At A-level, students are taught by two teachers specialising in either physical or human geography. Also offered is a successful Sixth Form enrichment activity of GCSE Geology in one year, using our large school collection of rocks, minerals and fossils comprising many hundreds of catalogued specimens.

Each year around 20 fieldwork visits and other trips are organised. Visits range from studying urban rebranding in Liverpool to the redevelopment of the Lea Valley in Stratford, London. The stunning scenery of Britain is seen with annual visits to the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia and the Clwydians. All Year 7 students visit the beautiful nearby Hilbre Island in a joint Geography /Biology fieldtrip. At GCSE the aim is to bring the text book alive with residential visits to the North-east to measure and follow the stunning River Tees from source to sea as well as working along the fast disappearing Holderness Coast. A-level students learn fieldwork skills in a 3-day residential trip to the Lake District. Students also have the opportunity to visit Iceland in February, as well as experiencing a 17-day field expedition to China. 

Geography is located in one corridor in the same set of four rooms used for the subject since the school opened, though today each are equipped with large iTVs. Tablets are used in fieldwork along with the best of specialist data collecting equipment from hydrovanes to a full wireless weather station sending information from the school roof to the display screen in the corridor. The department has used e-learning for a number of years now with an extensive in-house online Geography library of resources that students at all levels can access through the school’s virtual learning environment.

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examination results

73%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

95%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

25Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 25: Use one of your strengths in a new or creative way. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/shZD6LAuIY

24Nov '20

A massive thank you goes to the #WKGSCommunity💙 £1917.80 was raised for @BBCCiN from our Non-Uniform Day. Well done everyone! 👏🙌👍😁 #WKGS #ChildrenInNeed #Proud @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_6thForm https://t.co/CEnc0TtVC3

24Nov '20

Grab bags of free sanitary products now available to all our #WKGSY10 #WKGSY11 & @WKGS_6thForm students. #EndPeriodPoverty #PeriodEquality.  More grab bags will be prepared for students in #WKGS Years 7, 8 & 9 to collect early next month. @WKGS_Pastoral #WKGSCommunity💙 https://t.co/AzgNHrvgFu

24Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 24: Share with a friend something helpful you learned recently. #wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/5C7qbbindA

24Nov '20

Bebras Computing Challenge 2020

Bebras Computing Challenge results - congratulations to WKGS Year 7!

23Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a regular time to pursue an activity you love 🎨🧘‍♀️🎶📚 #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/rYEQ6Pq4G8

23Nov '20

Panorama Documentary – “Is TikTok Safe?” You may be aware that a recent Panorama programme was broadcast titled “Is TikTok Safe?”. This documentary explored some of the issues surrounding the popular social media app. #WKGS have released the letter below offering advice... (1/2)

22Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/72z5M4dAR8

21Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill from a friend or share one of yours with them. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PHzjNcdN0c

20Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 20: Make a meal using a recipe or ingredient you've not tried before. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/VXJ0EaJ2el

20Nov '20

In the #WKGSCommunity💙 support is always there for anyone who needs help. @ABAonline #UnitedAgainstBullying #AntiBullyingWeek #WKGS @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_Wellbeing https://t.co/6kTImnT1qE

19Nov '20

#WKGSY7 had great fun at Textiles @WKGS_DesignTech Christmas Tree Decorations Club today! 🎄☃️🎅❄️ #WKGSCommunity💙 @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/Z7XdEXqIa1

19Nov '20

Yr7 Putting their measuring skills to the test creating a scale drawing of the school yard and buildings #geography #mapskills #WKGSY7 @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/tcTU5mrzXQ

19Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 19: Broaden your perspective: read a different paper, magazine or site. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/LmLZCPOdyw

19Nov '20

Our #WKGSY11 got to experience life @WestKirbyGS 6th Form and tried out some A-Level lessons. 👍😃 If you would like to know more about #WKGS6thForm or if you would like to submit an application, please click on the links below ⬇️ wkgs.org/6th-form-virtu… wkgs.org/sixth-form-onl… https://t.co/2BIBOWmKET