Sixth Form Applications - Now Open

Applications to join the WKGS Sixth Form can now be made and the deadline for this is February 12th 2021. Virtual meetings with the Senior Leadership Team for new students will take place throughout January.  Please click here to apply.

For more information about the WKGS Sixth Form, please click here to view our Virtual Open Event resources.

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.

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examination results

70%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-7

84%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-6

99%

of GCSE students achieved grades 9-4

What we’ve been up to…

22Jan '21

Happier January - Day 22: Try out something new to get out of your comfort zone. #Wellbeing #HappierJanuary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/qpntcZIM12

21Jan '21

7Y started a new EQ today inspired by @OakNational. How far did the Black Death change the medieval world? Began with an extract from @peterfrankopan’s illustrated silk roads and analysed some contemporary sources and maps. Superb contributions @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY7 https://t.co/ERORGB4Fff

21Jan '21

Year 12 historians have analysed and ranked key factors that help to understand why Nicholas II survived the 1905 Revolution. Great to bring in a extract from @robertservice00 ’s superb book ‘The Last of the Tsars’ @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY12 https://t.co/kLX02NbdoN

21Jan '21

At #WKGS6thForm we provide support for your future career choices & further educational goals. That's why we are an OUTSTANDING school for Sixth Form 😃 Applications to our AMAZING Sixth Form are still OPEN! 🙌 wkgs.org/sixth-form-onl… #ChooseWKGS6thForm @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/m4s20VmvU0

21Jan '21

Happier January - Day 21: Take a small step towards an important goal. #Wellbeing #HappierJanuary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/5xZErLQWpb

21Jan '21

Some impressive judgement paragraphs from 7Y to draw our medieval monarchs unit to a close. Well done 🤩 @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY7 https://t.co/QxGKmAqvxO

20Jan '21

Happier January - Day 20: Go to bed in good time and give yourself time to recharge. #Wellbeing #HappierJanuary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/VEAgb5Eoeo

19Jan '21

7Y wowed today with their ‘portion up the pie’ activity on medieval monarchs @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY7 https://t.co/7QwIjAOAzl

19Jan '21

Y9s summarised their thoughts on the war at sea 🌊 today @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY9 https://t.co/LvNlf0LM1U

19Jan '21

Happier January - Day 19: Get back in touch with an old friend you miss. #Wellbeing #HappierJanuary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/o74zoFz28l

18Jan '21

▶️Update on Subject Specific Support◀️ Mrs. Marley is collating all the responses and will be in contact soon. Also, a big thank you to those who got in touch. 👍 #WKGSCommunity💙 #WKGS6thForm #WKGSY12 #WKGSY13 @WestKirbyGS

18Jan '21

Happier January - Day 18: Focus on what’s good, even if today feels tough. #Wellbeing #HappierJanuary @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/CDu517FcT9

18Jan '21

#WKGS6thForm Instagram Takeover Our #WKGS Prefects have taken over the #WKGS6thForm Instagram feed. They will be updating the feed to give you all an insight into our OUTSTANDING Sixth Form. And be sure to follow the feed to get a chance to ask any questions to our Prefects. 1/3 https://t.co/Oq3vfpNOWP

18Jan '21

Superb responses from Y13 history students in relation to our study of terror in communist Russia. Thoughtful comments on an individual story from Vera who served 6 years in a gulag under Stalin @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY13 https://t.co/manuuhfn47

18Jan '21

Great input from Y13 G&P students this morning. Drawing together key ideas about incumbency and why it didn’t work for Trump. Along with a digital debate on @KialoEdu to help prep for an in class essay next week @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY13 https://t.co/ZxmFVcf3yY