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…

20Apr '21

Active April - Day 20: Spend less time sitting today. Get up and move about often. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/zxYh30e8At

19Apr '21

Active April - Day 19: Have a no screens evening tonight and give yourself time to recharge. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/IaHFQSRXkY

18Apr '21

Active April - Day 18: Make time to dance, swim, run, cycle or stretch today. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/EVUcvb9otB

17Apr '21

Active April - Day 17: Go exploring your local area and notice new things. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/R7vpg0NXwr

16Apr '21

Active April - Day 16: Get active today by singing, even if you think you can't sing! . #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/0j1Kv17f38

15Apr '21

Silver and Gold participants are currently classed as Direct Entrants due to the lack of qualifying expedition at Bronze/Silver. As soon as they complete the practise, the system will revert to non-direct and timescales will change accordingly @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY11 #WKGSY12

15Apr '21

Active April - Day 15: Relax your body and mind by doing yoga, tai chi or meditation. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS #yoga #meditation https://t.co/JSa8tbKxHF

15Apr '21

Active April - Day 14: Set yourself a challenge or sign up for an activity. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/jkXEm5f2I7

15Apr '21

Perse Coding Competition

Congratulations to our Year 11 students Hannah, Emily and Hadiza who recently represented the school in round 2 of the Perse Coding competition. The team performed superbly, gaining a Certificate of Merit each. Well done!

13Apr '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 😃 And there are still some places available!! If you're interested, contact office@wkgs.net #ChooseWKGS6thForm #WKGSCommunity💙 https://t.co/eBx88bE8Sl

13Apr '21

Active April - Day 13: Make sleep a priority and go to bed in good time. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/UZC5cyULEt

12Apr '21

Active April - Day 12: Move as much as possible even if you are stuck inside. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/Uw0LAFHNQv

12Apr '21

Please note, that the deadline for applications for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh will close on Friday 16th April. Once you have completed the online form, SCOPay will be available once your details have been processed @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY9

11Apr '21

Active April - Day 11: Be active outside. Why not try some gardening. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/o9WIdd9Lqd

10Apr '21

Active April - Day 10: Turn your housework or chores into a fun form of exercise. #Wellbeing #ActiveApril @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/AUDot9cRM9