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November 2014

Nice Try Loui

By | Awards, News

A Wyke Sixth Form College student who designed a banner which is now seen prominently in rugby matches in the City has been named Hull’s Teen Entrepreneur of 2014.

Loui Fowler, 16, currently a student at Wyke Sixth Form College studying Business and Accounting, attended the Enterprise Awards evening at the Guildhall on Friday evening, where he was presented with the award.

Loui said, “It all started when I won a competition while a student at Malet Lambert two years ago after being told by my Business teacher to give it a go.

“My original business idea was to create a type of waterproof banner which could be used for sporting events as well as educational purposes.

“The idea was to create a reusable, retractable banner that can be used over and over again.”

His invention is a lightweight, handheld banner, which conveniently folds up when not in use.”

It has seen a lot of use in rugby matches by fans to indicate whether a try has been scored – or not.

Explaining their popularity, Loui said, “These portable banners can be reused over and over again and are not expensive.”

The Triple R Banner (which stands for “Reliable, Reusable and Recyclable”) has previously won the Badger’s Sett Enterprise Award. Remembering that occasion, Loui said: “I had to present my idea in front of the Youth Enterprise Partnership, including their patron, former Apprentice contestant Ruth Badger.”

After demonstrating his prototype model, he was awarded £2,000 to start up the business, including £500 towards mentoring fees.

Commenting on Loui’s award, Mike Notarantonio from Youth Enterprise said “It was great to see Loui there and receiving this recognition. We hope he can continue to push on with his business ideas whilst also achieving in his studies at Wyke.”

But where next for Loui? “After finishing at Wyke I’d like to go to Manchester, where I’ve had an offer from Ruth to work with her on a consultancy basis.

“In the long term, my ambition is to run my own business.” In the meantime, Loui said he will be updating his website with new content and products soon.

French Exchange

By | Course News, News


Seventeen Belgian exchange students arrived on Sunday morning and will be coming into College this week. On Monday they will join Wyke students in class and the rest of their visit will be spent out on cultural visits to places like Beverley and York.

Their visit is part of the established exchange programme offered by A level French.

Poppy Appeal

By | Community, News

The Wyke Sixth Form College Student Executive are proud to announce that the College raised over £550 from the sale of poppies in support of the Royal British Legion Appeal.

The Poppy paintings produced by our Art & Design students and signed by most students and staff are now on display in the Oak library.

Thank you so much for your support and donations.

Frantic Assembly

By | News, On Campus

When he’s not training, the October half term break can be a relaxing time for Sam Longley, who is currently a student at Wyke Sixth Form College.

But shortly before this half term break, Sam received notification that he was one of twelve young men aged 16-20 from across the UK to have been selected for Frantic Assembly theatre company’s Ignition Project.

Sam, 17, studies P.E., Applied Science and Psychology at the College, and is also a member of Wyke’s Football 3rd team, playing a pivotal role in the College’s 2013 League-winning title. So he was perhaps an unusual choice for a company auditioning over 200 young actors.

Sam, who has no previous acting experience, attended a taster and trial conducted by Frantic Assembly on site at the College. Inga Hirst, Learn & Train Manager at Frantic Assembly said, “The standard was incredibly high and we had some really difficult choices to make”.

The week-long accredited residency in London involved working with a professional theatre company and performing at Stratford Circus Theatre in London.

The week concluded with a session filming at the National Theatre for a film about Frantic Assembly’s work.

Sam said: “I was pushed really hard, but it has taught me a lot about acting and I had particularly been looking forward to the opportunity to work with the company’s Artistic Director, Scott Graham.”

Chris Gruca, Head of Performing Arts at the College, said “This is a fantastic accomplishment and a real opportunity for Sam. He has had the honour of representing Wyke on the National stage.”

BAFTA IntoFilm

By | Course News, News

The film industry comes to Wyke this week when the BAFTA sponsored “IntoFilm” talk is held in the College Theatre.

The event will give A2 Film Studies an opportunity to engage in a Q&A with Clive Derbyshire, a professional sound recordist who has many years of experience working in the UK Film and TV industries.

The talk will not only assist students with their understanding of the importance of sound in moving image production, it will also give them an invaluable insight into working in the industry.

For further information about the Film Department at Wyke, visit our course information page to find out what A level and GCSE Film Studies has to offer.