KS4 Specification - AQA
The History department at West Kirby Grammar School consists of five teachers, who are all subject specialists. The department has four classrooms, all with iTV technology. At Key Stage 3, students study History for two lessons a week covering everything from the Battle of Hastings to the Cold War. The idea is to give them a breadth of chronological understanding in the events that have shaped British History so that, even if they never study History again, they are left with a broad overview of the subject. Here they focus on developing their source evaluation skills and extended writing to meet the needs of the Key Stage 4 course. Trips at Key Stage 3 include Speke Hall and the International Slavery Museum.
We offer an interesting and engaging GCSE course covering topics including Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1890-1945, Conflict and Tension 1894-1918, Power and the People c1170 - the Present Day and Elizabethan England c1568-1603. Students are offered a range of opportunities to bring their learning to life including visiting the Battlefields of WW1 in France and Belgium, studying the history of protest at the Peoples' Museum in Manchester and exploring the development of a nation state in our popular Berlin residential.
Many students continue to study History at A-level where students study Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 and the Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007. They also complete coursework on Nationalism in Ireland 1789 - 1922, which includes a tour of Dublin and Belfast.
The department is very proud of its public examination results with 70% of students achieving grades 9-7 at GCSE. At A-level, 61% of students gained A* - B grades in and 11% achieved an A* grade.
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…
▶️Update from the Headteacher◀️ The link for Mrs Sargent’s LAST weekly letter is below ⤵️ wkgs.org/files/download… Thank you Mrs Sargent for all you have done for #WKGS and we wish you all the very best!! (1/2)
Huge congrats to our retiring staff. We wish you a happy & healthy retirement & good luck to staff who are leaving us for other schools. You have all been amazing & you will be greatly missed. We want to thank you for all you have done for #WKGS & wish you well👏 #WeWillMissYou https://t.co/KxUEOAX5pO
▶️WKGS 6th Form Induction◀️ Click on the link below ⤵️ to access further information on #WKGS6thForm wkgs.org/current/sixth-… Thank you for following the 6th Form Induction Feed on Instagram, and we can’t wait to see you in September! #WKGS6thForm #WKGSCommunity💙 @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/T8wB8vosiG
WKGS HOUSES 🔴🟣🔵🟢🟡⚪️ Here are the final positions for houses in the 2019-20 competition Overall totals for all events & house points: 🥇Wallis🔴 (74pts) 🥈Gonner🔵 (73pts) 🥉Stewart🟡 (68.5pts) 4️⃣ Hudson⚪️ (68pts) 5️⃣ Furniss🟣 (62pts) 6️⃣ Paton🟢 (53.5pts) (1/2) https://t.co/zHIb0dbRU8
Jump Back July - Day 17: Write your worries down and save them for specific 'worry time'. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/NeVprIjLaT
🔊September 2020 Thread🔊 If you have not yet seen the instructions of our full return in September, please visit:⤵️⤵️⤵️ wkgs.org/latest-news/sc… Where you will find all of the information recently sent to parents/carers and students. (1/2)
▶️WKGS 6th Form Virtual Summer Programme Thread◀️ This year's #WKGSY12 Summer Programme has moved online! We've had former students and university lecturers talk to our students remotely to help them think about future careers and university choices. (1/2) https://t.co/nDgiPm83hZ
Jump Back July - Day 16: When things get tough, say to yourself 'this too shall pass'. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/OPnW61z9lb
▶️WKGS 6th Form Induction Thread ◀️ Welcome!! We are so glad that you've chosen to join #WKGS6thForm and that you are now taking the first steps towards starting with us in September. We hope you are all excited about joining us and we will be in touch again soon! (1/3) https://t.co/iLWACdjT7X
Jump Back July - Day 15: Go for a walk to clear your head when you feel overwhelmed. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/kysHVWT1XM
Jump Back July - Day 14: Set yourself an achievable goal and make it happen. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/m2y71RWFgW
🔊Real Schools Guide 2020🔊 It’s official!! We have been named as the best school in Wirral by the Real Schools Guide 2020. We are so proud of this great achievement for our school. 😊👏🙌🥳 liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool… #RealSchoolsGuide #Proud #WKGSCommunity💙 #Wirral #Education https://t.co/aheHtzDi99
Jump Back July - Day 13: Challenge negative thoughts and find an alternative interpretation. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/iLgColBoRK
Jump Back July - Day 12: When things go wrong, be compassionate to yourself. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/nBthfYqDjz