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 67% of students achieving grades 9-7 at GCSE. At A-level, 79% of students gained A* - B grades in and 14% 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…
Year 9 historians exploring Jewish resistance 1933-1945. Focusing specifically on women in their final few lessons on this EQ @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/KDhtdyJRwL
We would like to congratulate Vivien (#WKGSY7) who has just completed 3 weekends at County Swimming Championships. She achieved medal positions in 15 races + 1 gold and 3 silvers in team relays together with Anya (Y7). Overall, she claimed 2nd place for girls (age 12 category). https://t.co/XcruywnNm0
We are delighted to share in the success of our students outside of school. Gabby (#WKGSY10) has just accepted the position of Junior Captain 2023 at Hawarden Golf Club. She has been playing at the club for over 7 years and is also on the Denbighshire & Flintshire girls' squad. https://t.co/5q1YoOPYJx
There are still a final few tickets available for the forthcoming production of Grease. Performances are on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February at 7:00pm. The matinee performance is at 2:30pm on Saturday 11th February. ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… #greaseistheword https://t.co/IPakwlb3JB
Y12 historians reflecting on strengths and targets in their most recent essays #WCF #purplepen @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/vrG7kioM8m
We were delighted for our #WKGS Eco-committee this week when they were awarded the Eco-schools Global Citizens award in an online ceremony; our students show real passion about environmental and sustainability issues and we are really proud of them for achieving this award. https://t.co/XxzuKscQV4
We are always delighted to share in the success of our pupils outside of school. We are especially proud of Lili (#WKGSY8) who was crowned Welsh Judo Champion for her age group at the end of last year! Well done for such a fantastic achievement. Good luck in future competitions. https://t.co/R3xr8eu1Hp
We are always delighted to share in the success of our pupils outside of school. Lili (#WKGSY8) has excelled at Judo, becoming a successful Pre Cadet competitor. At the end of 2022 Lili was crowned Welsh Champion for her age group! Amazing effort, well done! https://t.co/m9t3QKmOSp
We are pleased to announce that our #WKGS Robotics Club is up and running with our first session taking place today. Lots of exciting projects using BBC Microbit, Servo Boards and Move Motor kits. Friday at 1:30 in C3 (D&T Block). All welcome. #STEM #Robotics #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/S6lCsCXI5D
Well done and good luck everyone. A record number of students have qualified this year. twitter.com/WKGS_Computing…
Limited Grease tickets still available! We are pleased to offer a fully licensed bar service, along with soft drinks, sweets and confectionery. The bar will be open before the performance and during the interval with cashless payment available. Book now: ticketsource.co.uk/west-kirby-gra… https://t.co/WlM7brfQTM
We are lucky to be located in such a scenic costal location at #WKGS. This week our #WKGS6thForm Enrichment Programme walking groups took in the views of the Wirral Way at Caldy and Red Rocks, Hoylake. https://t.co/p5g4k1pmxq