Wyke Alumni

Despite our brief history, Wyke has a number of former students who are now household names or highly regarded in their professional field of work. Be it a politician, comedian or actor, to name but a few, Wyke Sixth Form College has seen some fantastic students pass through its doors who have gone on to achieve fantastic heights in their chosen career paths.

  • Andrew Percy MP

    Politician

    Andrew is a Conservative Party politician. He was elected Member of Parliament for Brigg and Goole in 2010 and is an active member of many groups in Parliament.

    After Wyke, Andrew gained a degree at the University of York and studied at the University of Leeds as a post-graduate. Before entering politics, he worked as a secondary school history teacher and taught in several schools.

  • Gay-Yee Westerhoff

    Cellist

    Gay-Yee, pictured in the centre, is a cellist with internationally successful classical-pop cross over group “Bond”. She studied A-level Music at Wyke and holds an Honours Degree in music from Trinity College of Music, London.

    Besides belonging to “Bond” she has performed with a number of renowned groups and musicians including Primal Scream, Spice Girls, Embrace, Sting, Bryan Adams, Barry Manilow and Vanessa-Mae.

  • Liam Garrigan

    Actor

    Liam is an established professional actor who progressed onto the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after leaving Wyke.

    He regularly appears on television with credits in BBC TV dramas Holby City, Doctors, The Chase, Silent Witness and ITV1’s Agatha Christie’s Marple.

  • Lucy Beaumont

    Comedian

    Former Wyke performing arts student Lucy Beaumont won the BBC New Comedy Award 2012, recognising her as one of the UKs top comic talents.

    The stand-up competition run by Radio 2 aims to find an up-and-coming stand-up star, with previous finalists going on to become some of the biggest and most successful names in comedy today. Previous participants include Marcus Brigstocke, Alan Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Russell Howard and Peter Kay.

  • Marc Pickering

    Actor

    Marc first came to the public’s attention when he was twelve and starred alongside Johnny Depp in the film “Sleepy Hollow”.

    Since studying performing arts at Wyke, Marc further his education at theatre school and has since appeared in a range of television, theatre and film productions. These notably include the film version of the celebrated musical “Les Misérables” and Peter Kay’s spoof “Britain’s got the Pop Factor”.

    Recently he has been cast as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in the fifth and final season of the US television series “Boardwalk Empire”.

  • Sarah Cruddas

    Television Correspondent

    As a student Sarah won the Young Scientist 2000 Awards and attended NASA’s International Space Camp. She has a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leicester and a Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster.

    Alongside a career as a BBC weather presenter, Sarah now appears on Sky and terrestrial television as a science correspondent.