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…

02Jun '20

Future #WKGS6thForm - Check out the latest post from @wkgs_sfinduction on Instagram. It covers what you can do in studies and frees! 🙌 #WKGSInduction #ChooseWKGS6thForm #WelcometoWKGS https://t.co/wSQ9Xssr9n

01Jun '20

▶️WKGS IT Issues◀️ Our IT services should all be back in operation now. We apologise for any inconvenience to the start of your week. #WKGSCommunity💙

01Jun '20

Great message about mental health from these young people. If you are struggling and feel you need to talk then please seek support from a trusted adult. #wellbeing #mentalhealth @WestKirbyGS twitter.com/BGT/status/126…

01Jun '20

@wkgs_sfinduction (Instagram) Hi Everyone! We hope you are all well and staying safe. This account is officially up and running and over the next few weeks we hope to give you a good insight into WKGS life and what to expect if you chose to study here in the sixth form. (1/2) https://t.co/dSWDIGI9VF

01Jun '20

@wkgs.wellbeing June is here! This month is full of things to make your month joyful, even in these difficult times. #joyfuljune #wellbeing #wkgscommunity💙

01Jun '20

▶️IT Issues◀️ Please accept our apologies but we are experiencing IT issues with our Intranet & Phones. Our IT team is currently working on it. Students can try to log on to Google Classroom via this link & enter their school email address & password (1/2) edu.google.com/products/class…

01Jun '20

Welcome back all our students to another half term of #OnlineLearning via #GoogleClassroom. It’s Week 🅰️ & this weeks @WKGS_Wellbeing day is on Wednesday. #WKGSCommunity #LearningOutsideTheClassroom #StaySafe #WeMissYou 💙💛 https://t.co/wJRSqv5jkP

31May '20

If you’re joining @WestKirbyGS 6th Form in September then follow @WKGS_SFInduction on Instagram. This feed is run by 6th Formers for 6th Form Induction.... & it starts tomorrow!! #WKGS6thFormInduction #WelcomeToWKGS #ChooseWKGS #WKGS6thForm https://t.co/IIgOKrpqG0

31May '20

Meaningful May - Day 31: Take some time out of your routine today to relax. #wellbeing

31May '20

The @NHSuk have published a new article on how to support a young person who is struggling with their mental health. Here you can find practical advice on what to do if you’re worried about your child and where you can turn to for support. @WestKirbyGS england.nhs.uk/blog/advice-fo…

30May '20

Meaningful May - Day 30: Look up at the sky and remember we are all part of something bigger. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ia5XcZ2IkK

29May '20

Meaningful May - Day 29: Find three good reasons to be hopeful about the future. #Wellbeing #hope #MeaningfulMay

28May '20

Meaningful May - Day 28: Think about how your actions make a difference to others. #Wellbeing #bekind #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/beWmqbulcv

27May '20

Meaningful May - Day 27: Today link your decisions and choices to your purpose in life. #Wellbeing #meaningfulmay

26May '20

Hi everyone, welcome to the @westkirbygs sixth form induction account run by us, the head prefect team. On here we will be sharing insightful aspects of life at sixth form, as well as giving you a chance to get involved and get to know each other before September. Feel free to dm us any questions, and we’ll do our best to help. Stay safe everyone💙 #welcometoWKGS#WKGSinduction#WKGSsixthform#chooseWKGS6thform#WKGS#WKGSyear12