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…

25Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 25: Use one of your strengths in a new or creative way. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/shZD6LAuIY

24Nov '20

A massive thank you goes to the #WKGSCommunity💙 £1917.80 was raised for @BBCCiN from our Non-Uniform Day. Well done everyone! 👏🙌👍😁 #WKGS #ChildrenInNeed #Proud @WKGS_Pastoral @WKGS_6thForm https://t.co/CEnc0TtVC3

24Nov '20

Thanks to all of the parents/guardians/siblings of students in 7Y for taking the time to fill out their learning postcards. They are an absolute joy to teach and an impressive bunch of young women. Historians of the future 👏👏👏 @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY7 https://t.co/VmCeuNQdPl

24Nov '20

Grab bags of free sanitary products now available to all our #WKGSY10 #WKGSY11 & @WKGS_6thForm students. #EndPeriodPoverty #PeriodEquality.  More grab bags will be prepared for students in #WKGS Years 7, 8 & 9 to collect early next month. @WKGS_Pastoral #WKGSCommunity💙 https://t.co/AzgNHrvgFu

24Nov '20

Great that students in isolation are able to contribute to lessons using @padlet. So impressed with their approach to online learning @WKGS_6thForm https://t.co/raJmd0tbsd

24Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 24: Share with a friend something helpful you learned recently. #wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/5C7qbbindA

24Nov '20

Bebras Computing Challenge 2020

Bebras Computing Challenge results - congratulations to WKGS Year 7!

23Nov '20

Calling all Sixth Formers! This is well worth a watch for revision or refining your subject learning. @Lucy_Worsley is as engaging as always 👏#longlivetherevolution @WKGS_6thForm twitter.com/Lucy_Worsley/s…

23Nov '20

Letters will be sent out to Y12 and Y13 students over the next few days for this fabulous event. Alternatively, if you would like to watch from home, you just click on the link below @WestKirbyGS @WKGS_6thForm twitter.com/historic_all/s…

23Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a regular time to pursue an activity you love 🎨🧘‍♀️🎶📚 #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/rYEQ6Pq4G8

23Nov '20

Panorama Documentary – “Is TikTok Safe?” You may be aware that a recent Panorama programme was broadcast titled “Is TikTok Safe?”. This documentary explored some of the issues surrounding the popular social media app. #WKGS have released the letter below offering advice... (1/2)

22Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/72z5M4dAR8

21Nov '20

Thanks to Sophia, Esme and Olivia in 7Y for getting their parents to do their homework for them this week. Lovely comments. Well done 👏 @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/M9IxPskID9

21Nov '20

New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill from a friend or share one of yours with them. #Wellbeing #NewWaysNovember @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PHzjNcdN0c

20Nov '20

7Y giving the 6th form a run for their money. Considering how historians construct their accounts and the questions they ask. Excellent understanding shown through analysing accounts of King John @Longshanks1307 https://t.co/6LGtXkgmtr