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.
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6
of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4
What we’ve been up to…
Congratulations Year 7 2024-25
Congratulations Year 7 2024-25! We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to our school.
Limited places available for Sixth Form
Limited places available for Sixth Form
Year 4 & 5 Information Evening
We would like to invite prospective students along with their parents/carers to join us for our Year 4 & 5 Information Evening on Tuesday 23rd April. Book your place now by visiting the link : Year 4 & 5 Information Evening - Tuesday 23 April 2024
Wirral Schools Netball League
Well done to the netballers from Y7, Y8 and Y9 who played in the Wirral Schools Netball League tonight. Two wins and a draw for our teams. Super proud of you all!
Open Morning Tours 2024
We would like to invite parents/carers of prospective students (lower school and sixth form) to join us for an Open Morning Tour of WKGS. We have limited places available for the 13th March tour and are now taking bookings for the April and May dates. https://wkgs.org/open-morning-tours-2024
Chinese New Year
Students have enthusiastically embraced the celebration of Chinese New Year, particularly as it marks the Year of the Dragon. The festivities were made even more memorable thanks to Mr Vane's outstanding annual assembly which featured delightful touches like fortune cookies, Chinese lanterns and vibrant wall displays. Students were also able to enjoy a selection of delicious Chinese food in the canteen.
Taster day at University of Liverpool
Taster day at University of Liverpool Our Year 9 students enjoyed a Computer Science Taster Day within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. They were treated to a series of workshops and enjoyed practical activities based on parallel sorting algorithms, application of Wavefunction collapse in generating images, encryption and coding/robotics. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.
It's an exciting time of year for our all our year 13 students as they start to receive university, apprenticeship and employment offers. Well done to all students who have received offers so far and special congratulations to this year's four Oxbridge offer holders.
We'd like to invite our school community to follow our brand new @WkgsFutures account on Instagram and X (Twitter). We will be regularly sharing details of extracurricular activities, work experience placements and apprenticeship opportunities.
Sunday Times Parent Power
We are delighted to announce that we are rated as the top state secondary school in the Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2024 for Wirral and Chester & Cheshire West. We'd like to thank our fantastic school community of students, staff and parents/carers for making this possible.
Northwest ESAA Track and Field
This week saw some of our Year 9 and 10 athletics’ stars head to the Northwest ESAA Track and Field Championships in Manchester. An extremely successful outing means they are now off to the National Finals in Essex. Well done girls we are very proud of you all.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Trial Expedition 2023
86 WKGS students spent the weekend in Wales completing their trial expedition for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. With such beautiful weather a good time was had by all learning essential skills for survival in the open air!
The Spanish Department resumed 2019’s successful student exchange with our partner secondary school, IES Garcilaso de la Vega a mixed secondary school located in Torrelavega, a town in Cantabria in northern Spain: The Spanish Exchange presents students with a unique opportunity to improve their spoken Spanish and see Spanish daily life at first hand. Students from Calday Grammar School collaborated with us and students were accompanied by teaching staff from West Kirby Grammar School and Calday Grange Grammar School. The Spanish students hosted their English partners and a programme of events was organised during the school day for the visiting students. The students visited Santander, experienced a day at the Altamira Museum, an exact replica of the Altamira Caves with Palaeolithic cave paintings. They took part in a workshop in which they learned how to make and throw spears to hunt deer and bison. This was followed by a visit to Santillana del Mar. During their visit they also visited El Soplao, a site of great geographical importance, and the beautiful Santillana del Mar and the Parque Naturaleza de Carbaceno.
Year 12 North West Regional Forum European Youth Parliament at L
The North West European Forum 2023 is one of the fourteen regional EYP forums which take place in the UK, with many more taking place in other countries. There were a number of debates throughout the day. The forum gave students an opportunity to debate a range of topics affecting young people across Europe. Two schools were selected at this regional forum and to also send a team of eight students over the age of sixteen to either the Summer or Autumn National Selection Conference, held at Liverpool Hope University for a long weekend in July 2023. Big well done to both of our EYP teams who performed at a consistently high standard throughout the debates. Special congratulations to our 2nd team who made it through to the national finals in July!
Drama visit to Paris
Students from our GCSE Drama group visited Paris to see a theatre production and take part in a Drama workshop. They also had the fantastic opportunity to experience a guided backstage tour of the Opera Garnier, the inspiration for Phantom of the Oprea. The visit included a guided tour of Paris exploring the sights and shops; they saw a production of the Lion King – The Musical at Théâtre Mogador and enjoyed a day in Disneyland Paris.