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November 2015

Kilimanjaro “Boot Camp” Walk

By | College Trips, News

Last Friday, 20 Wyke students set off on a 12 hour challenge to walk across the Humber Bridge, from 8pm-8am. This challenge was all part of the build up to Kilimanjaro 2017, part of the diverse enrichment programme at Wyke.

The good news is that all 20 students completed the task! Apart from the obvious physical challenge, this walk also confronted the students with a psychological test.

Watch PE teacher Andy Dunne talk about the “Boot Camp” walk on our YouTube channel

The netball team celebrating their County Championship win.

Netball score 5th County win

By | Awards, News, Sport

Huge congratulations once again to our women’s 1st Netball team who reclaimed the under 19’s County Championship title for the 5th year running.

At the event, the team faced South Hunsley School and Wolfreton School who were the East Riding heat winners and runners up. Wyke also faced Hymers College who placed 2nd in the Hull heats.

The team were captained to victory in all matches by Emily Hairsine beating South Hunsley School 8-7, Wolfreton School 10-3 and finally Hymers College 7-4.

Following their 5th win of the title, Debbie Brettell, the coach of the Netball 1st team said: “The girls have done really well to reach the regional finals as well as being crowned both the Hull and County Champions. The team have only been together since September but are already showing signs of being one of the best netball teams Wyke has ever had. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Following the match, both Wyke and Hymers College will be heading to the regional finals on 30th January to see if they can qualify for nationals and today 7 members of Wyke’s winning team have gone to the final stage of the British College’s England trials in Nottingham.

Well done to all involved and the College would like to wish the girls the best of luck at the British College trials and regional finals.

Students winning 2nd place Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Business students show entrepreneurial skill

By | Awards, Course News, News

Last week, our second year Business students took part in the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week event at the Guildhall.

During the event, Martin Green the Chief Executive of Hull City of Culture 2017 delivered a speech. Mr Green told the students his approach to life and business to encorauge the students to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve success.

Following this talk, the students were introduced to the design brief by Paul Cunningham from Swift Caravans. The students had the task of designing  a new caravan for either young people or a family unit.

Our students worked as a team to create the idea of the Podulator, a caravan bought with basic features with a range of pods to create a personalised caravan that could be adapted for every stage of family life.

Once the students decided on their idea, they completed a video pitch and presentation to a panel of judges and audience members and were awarded second place, winning £200 in prize money.

Teacher Elizabeth Blakey said: “The team worked fantastically well to create a viable and realistic proposition, their presentation was excellent and all of the students were inspired and motivated following the event.”

Well done all involved.

Students at the mock trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Law students make it to the final

By | Awards, College Trips, Course News, News

Congratulations are in order once again to Wyke’s Law students and Law Society members who for the second year running made it to the final of the National Bar Mock Trial Yorkshire heat on Saturday.

The Bar Mock Trial is a national competition where students from Year 11 to Year 13 can take part. This year, 12 schools and sixth form colleges took part in the Yorkshire heat at Leeds Crown Court.

During the competition, Wyke students took part in three trials in the morning and a fourth trial as part of the final, narrowly missing out on first place.

Reflecting on the result, Law teacher Jenny Carter said: “The students did a really good job again this year and worked really hard preparing before the event. During the trial our students did really well at putting their points across in a real courtroom in front of real judges. All of the staff involved in the event are so proud.”

Bertie the dog in London

Dog in the Docks

By | College Trips, Course News, News

On Tuesday Bertie the Goldendoo made history by being one of the first dogs ever to be allowed access into the Supreme Court in London, the highest court in the country.

Bertie was accompanied by the first year A Level and BTEC Law students who travelled to London to visit the court and tour the Houses of Parliament.

The trip links with the first year of both Law courses. Students learn about the English legal system and the trip gave the students a first-hand view of how laws are made and where the appeals on some of the highest cases are heard.

Following the visit to London, Law teacher Jenny Carter said: “One of my students said that they didn’t want to leave the Houses of Parliament they had enjoyed it that much!”

Students receiving their second place certificates.

Mathematics students challenge the competition

By | Awards, Course News, News

On Wednesday, 4 of our Mathematics students took part in the UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge.

After some tough competition, head of Mathematics Sally White and the team were delighted to be announced as the runners up in the regional final.

Tom Hornsby was one of the students involved in the event and commented on how he felt about the result. “I feel it’s a great achievement to come second in such a challenging competition against some gifted teams.”

Congratulations to all staff and students involved! If you’re interested in studying Mathematics make sure that you have a look at our Maths course page:

Hands under UV light


By | Course News, News

Forensic Science is rapidly becoming one of the most popular vocational career paths that students want to pursue after their time at college.

Yesterday, our Applied Science students met Tony Dickinson, a retired Police Officer who worked as a Crime Scene Manager. The talk with Tony links with the Forensic Science module offered as part of the Applied Science course.

While talking to the students, Tony discussed some of the techniques that are used during investigations, showing the students photographs and evidence from crime scenes. Tony also demonstrated how UV light is used during crime investigations to detect skin and fibres of clothing.

Interested in a career in Forensic Science? Make sure that you have a look at our Applied Science course page here:

Students walking from Spurn Point to Wyke Sixth Form College.

11 Started. 11 Finished.

By | College Trips, News

During the October Half Term, 11 of our students walked and all completed a 31 mile walk from Spurn Point on the East Yorkshire coast to Wyke Sixth Form College.

Nine of the students involved in the walk were fundraising for the College’s annual trip to South Africa. In total, the students raised an estimated £2000 from sponsorship.

Some of the money raised will be used to help an orphanage in South Africa ran by the Botshabelo charity. The other funds will be used to purchase building supplies to improve the living conditions of people in the surrounding area.

The other two students were raising funds for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. Wyke is the only College in Hull to provide this enrichment activity for its students. They had a successful day and raised an estimated £200 in sponsorship.

Congratulations to everyone that took part.

Students cycling for the Tour de Wyke 2015.

Tour de Wyke 2015

By | Course News, News, Sport


Yesterday saw the start of Tour De Wyke 2015. This annual event involves the College’s BTEC Sport students taking part in a fundraising bike ride event. Each student taking part will be cycling for 30 minutes and as a collective aim to cycle 2500 miles which is the same as cycling to the North Pole.

This year, the students are cycling for SMILE, a charity based in Hull that helps local community projects.

If you are passing the PE Office and see the students cycling, please donate and cheer them on!

Are you interested in a future career involving sport? Have a look at our BTEC Sport course here:

Wyke Dance students

Hull Dance Prize 2015

By | Awards, Course News, News

Wyke Dance students have been involved with the Hull Dance Prize at the Hull Truck Theatre.

The event is led by Hull City Council and serves to launch the careers of newly established dance companies from Hull and the East Riding. The original choreography was performed to a live audience who voted for their favourite work, with the winning performance receiving funding to support their choreographic development.

Two former Wyke students submitted choreographic work as part of the Hull Dance Prize and worked with current students leading practical workshops.

Following his time at Wyke, former student Jon Beney trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) and now works as a professional dance artist. He devised a piece with male trio JoinedUpDance based on the relationships between individuals and groups in society.

Having recently completed her training at the London School of Contemporary Dance (LSCD), Lottie Hanson will also took part in the competition, winning the audience vote. She is a founding member of LOC:US Dance Company who performed a piece exploring the notion of care.

If you love to dance make sure you take a look at our A Level Dance course: