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

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11Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 11: Eat good food that really makes you happy. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/PQRA1a9dUM

10Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 10: Ask a friend what made them happy recently. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/mkJvAoJfaT

09Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 9: Bring joy to others by doing something kind for them. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ooxIuANWhk

08Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 8: Find joy in music, sing, play, dance or share. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/t9zSrwgLXG

07Jun '21

GOOD LUCK to all of our Year 7 - Year 10 students who are sitting their End of Year Exams this week! 🤞☘️✍️ #TryYourBest #WKGSCommunity💙 #WKGSY7 #WKGSY8 #WKGSY9 #WKGSY10 @WKGS_Pastoral https://t.co/xjk1zQC1J0

07Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 7: Do something healthy that makes you feel good. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune #healthy @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/eXIQNq2BnX

06Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 6: Get out into green space and feel the joy nature brings. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune #nature @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/c8cZMButOZ

05Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 5: Think of three things you are grateful for and write them down. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/m7OCIPQATS

04Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 4: Take a photograph of something that brings you joy. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EZMOPQx5lc

03Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 3: Reframe a worry and try to find a helpful way to think about it. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/YlX5myo13N

03Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 2: Say positive things in your conversations with others. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/gTIPUwYTBH

02Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 1: Say positive things in your conversations with others. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/XPxFpzJPGC

01Jun '21

Joyful June - Day 1: Decide to look for what's good every day this month. #Wellbeing #JoyfulJune @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/eWEOFxlsOQ

31May '21

Meaningful May - Day 31: Find three reasons to be hopeful about the future. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/QZ5FY9FCUK

30May '21

Meaningful May - Day 30: Today do something to care for the natural world. #Wellbeing #MeaningfulMay @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/pt5k1VEeEe