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…

05Mar '21

▶️Return To School◀️ We are very much looking to having our #WKGSCommunity💙 back together next week. 😊🙌👍 Mon - Y11-Y13 Tues - Y9–Y13 Wed - All Year Groups. And remember that it’s Week 🅱️ on your timetables! 1/2 https://t.co/6Z91vDjr1f

05Mar '21

#WKGS students - click on the link below⤵️ to access the @STEMAmbassadors 360 online careers exhibition. It will help you find out more about a career in @WKGS_Science, @WKGS_DesignTech, @WKGS_Maths stem.exhibition.app @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_6thForm #WKGSCommunity💙

05Mar '21

Rapid Flow Asymptomatic Testing at West Kirby Grammar School

We are all set up and prepared to start Rapid Flow Asymptomatic testing many of our 1200+ students, three times, over the next two weeks starting on Monday 8 March 2021. We are also very much looking forward to welcoming all the WKGS Community back together again.

04Mar '21

Not a history post but well done to 8B for producing some top quality pizzas 🍕 in our last remote tutorial lesson 6. Thanks to Mollie for doing a fantastic job of guiding us through the process 👏👏 @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY8 https://t.co/sMa5SZwUfk

04Mar '21

Check out this weeks cook-along video for the #WKGSCommunity💙 Click on the link below to watch and cook-along with! 🧑‍🍳🍴🍳👩‍🍳 vimeo.com/518576559 #WKGS #cookalong @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_6thForm

04Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 4: Notice how you speak to yourself, use kind words. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/L8SkhaiJlB

04Mar '21

Meet the Professionals

WKGS Drama department hosted another Meet the Professionals session this week with Eli Randle from Tmesis Theatre. It was brilliant to hear about the work of a director and theatre-maker. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and asked some fantastic questions. A huge thank you to Eli for her time and expertise.

03Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 3: Start today by appreciating your body and that you’re alive. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/9Esxv5Lp4m

02Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 2: Notice five beautiful things in the outside world. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/b1FovSoZ3z

02Mar '21

UKMT Mathematics challenge

Well done to Year 12 student Rebekah for achieving a distinction in the recently completed an Olympiad challenge as part of the UKMT Mathematics challenge.  She has also been selected as the reserve for the UK team in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad taking place in April.  We are all incredibly proud and very impressed about how far she has progressed in the competition. 

01Mar '21

Mindful March - Day 1: Set an intention to live with awareness and kindness. #Wellbeing #MindfulMarch @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/7Q6qUopBHk

28Feb '21

“We're delighted to announce that our temporary programme changes will be extended until 31 December 2022, along with the Certificate of Achievement.”

28Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 28: Make uninterrupted time for your loved ones. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ZlTPJqcJ5C

27Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 27: Call a friend to catch up and really listen to them. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jif2ctLUPX

26Feb '21

Friendly February - Day 26: Give positive comments to as many people as possible today. #Wellbeing #FriendlyFebruary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/CvnghHzI0L