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

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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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

#WKGSY7 Science Club this week making glitter slime! @WKGS_Science https://t.co/PKLErVNrPw

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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