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…
New Ways November - Day 26: Find a new perspective on a problem you face. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/QWBwqc4gir
Choice✅ High Expectations✅ Opportunity✅ Innovation✅ Curiosity✅ Endevour✅ Our school values are reflected in the fantastic work our #WKGSY9 continue to produce for their Personal Development Projects. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/Kw4AZquQla
New Ways November - Day 25: Use one of your strengths in a new or creative way. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/E3lxxj5GTu
New Ways November - Day 24: Share with a friend something you found helpful recently. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/nCGcPbv7Ug
New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a time to pursue an activity you love. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/wc4Y90luwp
New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/FOlalutolA
We are pleased to announce that #WKGS will be hosting a Book Fair in the Lower Library from Mon 29th-Mon 6th December. All pupils are welcome to come and browse before school or at break/lunchtime. This will be a cashless fair, all payments to be made on Scopay (more to follow). https://t.co/XtjZwjfKPj
More amazing Personal Development project presentations from #WKGSY9. They had to set themselves a challenge based on a passion and think about the school values and skills they were demonstrating and developing by carrying out the project. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/kh7d6NZCGD
More amazing Personal Development project presentations from #WKGSY9. They had to set themselves a challenge based on a passion and think about the school values and skills they were demonstrating and developing by carrying out the project. @WKGS_TandL https://t.co/6jwIlNy6ZY
New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill with a friend or share one of yours with them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/wYpYT6iUKF
New Ways November - Day 20: Make a meal with a recipe or ingredient you've not used before. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/svdDkiwJGQ
Our #WKGSCommunity has so far raised a fantastic £1182 so far for #ChildreninNeed with our non-uniform day. We also marked the end of #AntiBullyingWeek with #OddSocksDay celebrate difference and individuality in our school community. Please donate online if you have not already. https://t.co/SbN1iC2tTR
Thanks to everyone who attended our #WKGSSixthForm Open Evening this week. If you were unable to attend, you can find a variety of virtual content (including a recording of the Headteacher's talk and virtual interactive tour) by clicking the link below. wkgs.org/sixth-form-ope… https://t.co/zQiWB9DtcM