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May 2016

Aiming for Oxbridge

By | Community, News, On Campus

On Thursday 7th July Wyke are hosting the first Hull and East Riding ‘Aiming for Oxbridge’ event for Year 10 students in the area. Led by staff and students from Mansfield College, Oxford, the day will give Y10 students all the information they need to help them move towards an Oxbridge application in Y13.

All schools in the region have been invited to attend but the event isn’t purely aimed at students. There will also be a teacher forum during the day with the Mansfield admissions team regarding preparing Y10 and Y11 students for Oxbridge applications.

To confirm places please contact with the names of the students who will be attending, as well as the name(s) of any staff who will be accompanying the group. To support the planning of the event, please return the information by Friday, 10th June.

This is an exciting opportunity for the young people in our area and Wyke look forward to welcoming staff and students to the event.

Sarah Thackray and Jay Trivedy with celebrity supporter Hannah Cockcroft.

Wyke celebrates DofE success at Buckingham Palace

By | Awards, News, Physics

Last week, Teacher of Physics Sarah Thackray and College Principal Jay Trivedy attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event Wyke was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter Hannah Cockcroft, acknowledging the College’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.

The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.

Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those that were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.

Wyke has been delivering the DofE since September 2015. Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, the College hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.

Sarah Thackray, DofE Manager at the College attended the presentation. Speaking proudly about the College’s involvement with the DofE, Sarah said: “Wyke has held a licence to deliver the DofE for just under a year now and myself and Jay feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the Charity during its Diamond Anniversary year.”

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Through the DofE, Wyke is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests. We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family, and our Diamond Anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you.”

Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.

Visit for more information about the DofE, and to find out how you can support the Charity in its Diamond Anniversary year, go to

Gold Crest for Cory

By | Awards, News

Wyke would like to congratulate Cory Thurlow for achieving a Gold Crest Award.

The award is run by the British Science Association and requires students to conduct a research project that contributes something new to the scientific community or a particular field of study.

For his project, Cory decided to research different types of cancer cells to find the most appropriate treatment. He completed the award at the University of Hull in the Bioscience laboratories with the help of Dr Chris Cawthorne, a lecturer in Molecular Biology. For the practical aspects of the research, Cory was supported by a PhD student.

Cory is currently completing A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Geography at the College. In September, he is planning to study Biochemistry at Newcastle University with the aim of becoming a medical researcher.

For more information on the Gold Crest Award, go to:


By | News, On Campus, Student Association

Thank you to all of the students who voted for the 2016-2017 Wyke Student Executive. Over 400 votes were cast.

Well done to all of the students who took part in hustings and congratulations to the winning candidates!
Your new Exec are…

President – George Bell
Vice President – Harriet Rotherforth-Snowden
Secretary – Jack Tinegate
Finance – Olivia Hudson
Equal Opportunities – Ellie Bielby & Ellis Atkinson
Events – Samuel Burrow
Publicity – Kate Berry
Charities – David McKone
Health & Green – Charley Goodwin
Transport & Resources – James Briant

The College would also like to say thank you to the current Wyke Student Executive for organising this year’s hustings event and for counting all of the votes.