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Outstanding Support, Outstanding Outcomes

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What courses did you study at Wyke?

Accounting – B

BTEC Business – Distinction*

Applied Law – Distinction*

Did you enjoy your College experience?

I really enjoyed my college experience.

College for me was a time of significant change in my life, I made lots of new friends, with whom I created a lot of great memories. For the first time I began to enjoy education and take it much more seriously, I think the driving factor behind this was a great network of teachers who were very knowledgeable and brought their personalities and life experience into the role which made the classroom a better place.

What was your favourite subject?

My favourite subject was Accounting. This was closely followed by Law. Both subjects are integral to the society in which we live, which made them that much more interesting to learn because I felt like I was learning more about how the law and economics of society functions around me whilst studying.

What was your highlight of College life?

A single highlight of my college life is extremely hard to pinpoint, I woke up every morning feeling positive and looking forward to the day ahead and there are times in life were that doesn’t happen, so I don’t think it can be understated how important that was to the enjoyment of my 2 years at Wyke.

What skills/ knowledge did you take away with you that have helped post Wyke?

The greatest skills I obtained from Wyke were life skills, I left with a motivation to constantly improve myself, and I left with a wealth of stories from my teachers on their career paths through life, which helped me develop my own idea of what I might wish to do with my future. In addition to this I left Wyke with people who I consider now to be lifelong friends, and who I still regularly catch up with now almost 4 years later.

Did you have any barriers to overcome whilst studying with us?

My biggest struggles during my time at Wyke occurred in my personal and home life. I come from a disadvantaged background, and during my A Level education I found myself with nowhere to live and facing the possibility of homelessness.

Luckily, I had many friends around me who offered up a sofa to sleep on, and I received help from a particularly caring and pro-active member of support staff within the college, who managed to organise financial aid for me as well as a permanent place to live. She went to extra mile to ensure I would be OK. Without that help at the time my situation today could be very different.

 What did you go on to do after college?

After college I went to join EY, who are one of the biggest financial services firms globally, and for them I worked as an Auditor. After 2 years there I achieved a low-level professional accounting qualification known as CFAB and in order to open more careers in the world of finance I went on to start Uni at the University of Sheffield studying Accounting where I still am today.

What are your overall career aspirations?

After gaining some experience of the world of finance through Audit, I’m now planning to go into Tax Accounting, where I will have the choice of being self-employed or working as a tax advisor for another company.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years it’s that life can change very quickly, and if another opportunity presents itself that is of interest to me I’m not afraid to change course and try new things along the way, as long as I’m always gaining new skills, knowledge and experiences.

What advice would you give to current sixth form students?

My strong advice to any current sixth form students would be not to worry if you don’t have your career path planned out already.

Keep your options open by putting 100% effort into everything you do, and ensuring you’re constantly growing as an individual by gaining new skills and experience throughout life, eventually you’ll find yourself in a place you’re happy, which will lead you on a path to were you’re supposed to be rather than where you planned to be.

Wyke opens the door to Oxbridge

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Wyke Sixth Form College is a leading institution for supporting students across the region to access Oxford and Cambridge, the often cited ‘top two universities in the world.’

Each year, Wyke provides a valuable stepping stone for those wishing to secure places at these prestigious universities. In 2018, we celebrated a record number of students in doing so, with 9 students going on to study a wide variety of courses from Law to Biomedical Science.

The successful students came from state schools all across Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

One of these students, Bridget Allenby of Cottingham High School said; “I am happy and over the moon right now. To be lucky enough to secure one of the 40 places available on the course is a huge achievement. Coming to Wyke has been a great step for me to take for my future.”

This exceptional outcome is a combined result of fantastic students working with excellent A Level specialist teacher’s in an outstanding college. We also have a dedicated Flyers Programme to help support students aspiring to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

In the current environment, were top universities tend to favour students from private schools and particular parts of the UK, this is demonstration that Wyke, an inclusive sixth form provider is going above and beyond in supporting all students in achieving their potential.

The causes and consequences of crime with Prison Me! No Way!

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This week saw charity Prison Me No Way visit Wyke Sixth Form College to deliver some really thought provoking sessions for our Law and Criminology students.

The sessions were delivered by three prisoners who shared their own unique stories of crime, including the lifestyle choices which led to their imprisonment and the effects that this has had on themselves, their families and future.

The aim of the week was to compliment topics from their A Level and BTEC courses with first-hand accounts of the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.

Students were really appreciative of the open and honest accounts given and we would like to thank each individual for sharing their stories.

“It was really interesting to hear their unique stories and how they have made choices and unfortunately had to learn the hard way” Caitlin Cursons Year 1 Criminology

“Amazing and interesting experience; eye opening and would love to listen again” Isabelle Heath Year 2 Criminology 

A Level Film Studies

Extra Work For Film Students

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Both first and second year A level Film Studies students had the opportunity to step in front of the camera when they became “extras” at a feature film shoot.

The title of the film is a closely guarded secret and students had to commit to a non-disclosure agreement with the film producers. This meant no mobiles on set and an agreement not to distribute material through social media.

The film, a psychological thriller based around an enigmatic relationship, will be released in UK cinemas in 2019. Students spent the day at the KCOM stadium, the location of a flashback sequence, shooting the days rushes.

Harvi Kaur, A Level Film Studies teacher, coordinated the opportunity and said, “Taking part in a real film shoot enabled students to experience the technical process and the scale of production required to create a feature film.”

Film Studies at Wyke is one of a family of courses that supports creative students. These include Media Studies, Creative Digital Media, Photography, Graphic Design and Performing Arts. Applications are now open for 2019 and interviews are currently beginning scheduled. To avoid disappointed, we recommend that students apply by February 2019.

Life at Wyke with Chris Brooks

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What School did you go to?

Wolfreton School

What subjects are you studying at Wyke?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I chose to study at Wyke due to the wide range of opportunities available that can further enhance your education such as the sports teams and trips.

I also felt like Wyke had a really nice learning environment which encourages independence. There is also lots of support available to help with your studies.

Have you taken part in any of our enrichment opportunities and if so what did you enjoy about this?

I am part of the Wyke Men’s Football team. It is a great team to be a part of and I really enjoy both the training and matches. Being part of the team has been significant in helping me develop my skills and in meeting lots of new people.

I also take part in the DoE Gold Award challenges which are available at the college.

What is your greatest achievement at the College so far?

Getting into the academy teams for football after being successful in the trials has got to be my greatest achievement so far.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My overall goal is to secure a place at university to study Sports Rehabilitation and then pursue a career in this.

 What do you like to do outside of the College?

I am really into my sports so outside of college I also play football and then play tennis as well.

 

Click here to find out more about studying Sport at Wyke or follow our Instagram account @Wykecollegepesport.

Wyke’s Christmas Concert 2018

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Wyke’s Annual Christmas Concert will take place at St Mary’s Church in Beverley on Monday 10th December at 7.15pm.

Expect a night filled with Christmas cheer as our students celebrate the festive period by showcasing their musical talents with both group and solo performances.

Tickets

£5.00 for an adult

£3.00 for children

Free to Wyke staff

This includes entrance to the concert, mulled wine and a mince pie.

Tickets can be purchased on the door.

Get into the Christmas spirit with Wyke Sixth Form College and buy your tickets today!

Life at Wyke with Isabelle Heath

By | Course News, Criminology, Dance, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised | No Comments

Where did you go to School?

Wolfreton School

What are you currently studying at Wyke?

A Level Dance

Physical Education

Criminology

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I chose to study at Wyke due to the specialist A Level teachers, good facilities and wide variety of courses to choose from such as Dance and Criminology.

There is also a more mature approach to learning compared to school and it provides a new and exciting environment with lots of opportunities.

What is your favourite experience of Wyke?

My favourite experience of Wyke so far has got to be the Sports presentation as it is a really fun and inclusive event celebrating sporting achievements throughout the college.

Have you taken part in any of our enrichment opportunities and if so what do you enjoy about this?

Yes, in my first year I was involved in both the Netball first team and Dance team and I have followed the Dance team through to my second year. I really enjoyed both of these enrichments.

In your opinion, what is your greatest achievement at College so far?

Getting through to the Blackpool Winter Gardens semi-final competition in Dance has been my highlight. Wyke were the only college there, competing against professional Dance groups!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I am aiming to study a degree in Professional Dance in London at a Vocational College and then progress in a Dancing career from there.

What do you like to do outside of College?

Outside of College, I Dance at NAPA three days a week.

If you had to describe Wyke in one word, what would it be?

Exceptional.

Wyke announce Anthony Nolan as official charity of the year

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We are delighted to announce that we will be supporting Anthony Nolan, as our charity of the year as voted for by Wyke students.

Anthony Nolan is an amazing charity who save the lives of people living with blood cancer and who need a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. The charity has been close to Wyke’s heart for a number of years.

Each year, Anthony Nolan visit Wyke to educate our students on stem cell donation and to look for potential donors for their stem cell register. Over the last few years, this has been a huge success, with a total of six Wyke students proving a genetic match for patients. All six of these students went on to selflessly donate their stem cells.

Wyke also represented the education sector in the All Parliamentary Group who are working hard to ensure that stem cell transplantation is on the national curriculum from a donation perspective and ensuring that common misconceptions about what stem cell donation involves are eradicated.

Andrea Mason, Tutor & Health and Well Being Representative at Wyke said; “Anthony Nolan are an absolutely fantastic charity and we strongly believe in the work that they do.

The fact that 6 of our students have become donors is incredible and we want to continue supporting the charity in the future.”

To find out more about the brilliant work they do visit: https://www.anthonynolan.org/

Wyke Dance team

Wyke Dance Away with the Trophies at National Competition

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Congratulations to our Dance troupe who won 9 trophies in the heat stages of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition at Ellesmere Port on Saturday.

Competing against professional dance schools, Wyke was the only sixth form college who entered the competition, with 28 dancers from the college performing four dances across two heats.

In heat one, the team came away with five trophies following their performances of Potawatomi, a large group commercial piece choreographed by David Danville and small group contemporary piece Arachnophobia.

  • 1st in classic genre
  • 1st in commercial genre
  • Best small group piece
  • 1st Overall for Arachnophobia
  • 4th Overall for Potawatomi

Following a successful first heat, the team then proceeded to win a further four trophies with their performances of Gesticulation, a small group contemporary piece and 1942 The Land Girls Struggle, a large group contemporary choreographed by Julie Lovewell.

  • 1st in classic genre
  • Best small group piece
  • 1st Overall for Gesticulation
  • 2nd Overall for 1942 The Land Girls Struggle

Following the competition, head of Dance Toni Knight said: “once again, we were the only sixth form college to enter this competition, competing against professional dance schools who train for many hours a week on their routines. Therefore, to get all 4 of our routines through to the semi-finals and take home 9 trophies, was just phenomenal! These are the best results we have ever gained in this round of the competition, therefore I am extremely excited for this squad moving forward. All 28 students involved were outstanding on the day, with this being for many the first competition they had ever been part of. The captains Eden Walker and Daisy Betts did an amazing job at leading this team to victory. Roll on the semi-finals at Blackpool Winter Gardens in January, where the girls will perform to around 3000 spectators.”

New course for 2019 BTEC Dance

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Wyke Sixth Form College are excited to introduce BTEC Level 3 Dance to our course offering for students starting in September 2019.

BTEC Dance is a diverse, vibrant and exciting course which allows students to explore a range of styles and genres of dance including commercial, contemporary and jazz.

This qualification is 100% coursework assessed, offering a practical approach where you will be challenged to develop your technical skills and performance ability. You will also gain the knowledge required to choreograph both solo and group pieces. The theory aspect of the course focuses on physiology of the body linked with the dancer in action.

The qualification provides an excellent foundation for study at a higher level and for progression into many careers such as Dancing, Choreographing, Teaching and Fitness Instructing to name a few.

Wyke also offers courses in A Level Dance and BTEC Performing Arts. These courses can be taken separately or alongside BTEC Dance to give a full time Dance/ Performing Arts Programme for those wishing to go into the industry.

Course enrichment

Our Dance department at Wyke offer extensive extra-curricular opportunities including the chance to compete nationally, guest lectures and links to training providers within the industry including the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

For more information:

Contact Toni Knight, Course Leader on Toni.Knight@wyke.ac.uk.

You can also follow our Instagram account Wyke_Dance.