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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.

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.

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/

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.

Life at Wyke with Megan Coates

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Our students get up to some pretty amazing things.

Read aspiring Forensic Scientist Megan’s case study, where she talks about her studies, ambitions for the future and volunteering trip to South Africa!

Where did you go to School?

Wolfreton School

What do you study at Wyke?

Biology

Maths

Criminology

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I wanted a fresh start rather than staying on at school.

I visited Wyke at a number of open days and I liked how it had a university style feel and that students have a lot more freedom and the opportunity to be more independent.

Unlike staying on at school, I also have specialist A Level teachers who are solely focused on you.

What is your favourite experience of Wyke?

I went on Wyke’s trip to South Africa where I was able to volunteer in disadvantaged areas for two weeks helping to improve living conditions for people there with other Wyke students and staff. This was in association with the charity Botshabelo – it was a fantastic experience!

Have you been involved in any of Wyke’s enrichment opportunities?

Alongside the volunteering trip to South Africa, I have been on quite a few subject trips for Criminology which have all been really interesting. I am also part of the Wyke’s Flyers Programme.

What is your greatest achievement at College so far?

Achieving an A in my Criminology course has definitely been one of my greatest achievements. I have also recently completed my UCAS application and believe I did this to the best of my ability too!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I’d love to go to University to study Biomedical Science and in the future branch out and specialise in Forensic Science.

What do you like to do outside of College?

I dance at my dance academy three times a week and participate in exams in various genres, pantomimes and shows.

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

Inclusive

 

If you have been inspired by Megan or any of our other students case studies, come and find out more about Wyke at one of our upcoming Open Events.

Students present at Global Entrepreneurship Week

Wyke’s Budding Entrepreneurs Compete at GEW 2018

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12-16 November was Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of innovation and job creators.  Twenty business students from Wyke Sixth Form College took part in an all-day Post 16 Enterprise event to mark the occasion.

The event celebrates those who bring ideas to life and sets out to inspire students to explore their own potential. Over 200 students from local schools and colleges competed in a business challenge and were given an inspirational speech by BBC Apprentice finalist Adam Corbelly who shared his own business experiences and tips for these budding entrepreneurs.

A total of 19 teams competed in a challenge which saw them design a new caravan for event sponsors The Swift Group.

Wyke students were tasked with designing a caravan suitable for those living with a disability. The final design was a fully functional caravan with many innovative features including; ramps, low counters, a wet room, hoists, an adjustable bed and a spacious room for a carer. Students confidently pitched their design in front of an audience of over 200 people and were awarded a £100 prize for achieving an amazing 4th place!

Elizabeth Blakey, Teacher of Business at Wyke commented on the event; “this was a fantastic and worthwhile experience for our students. It was great to see them so engaged throughout and each student said that they took something positive away from the day”

A huge well done to Team Wyke and thank you to staff from our Business department for organising the day.

To find out more about studying Business at Wyke visit: https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/

Introducing the Wyke Student Media Team!

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What is the Student Media Team?

Fancy a career in the media or just want to get involved in some amazing projects? The Wyke Sixth Form College Voluntary Student Media Team is brand new this year and brings together different media platforms to help you gain experience for your future or simply follow an interest.

We are looking for students to take up the role of Journalists, Presenters, Camera Crew, Social Media Content Managers, Content Editors, Video Editors, Photographers and Graphic Designers to help cover news, events and activities from around the College including student successes, sports competitions, charity days and awards evenings. You may even have your own ideas for a project.

If you are interested in joining email marklucid@wyke.ac.uk stating which role you are interested in, along with a short personal statement introducing yourself and why you will be good for the role! Application deadline is Friday 30th November. 

 

Available Job Roles and Descriptions

Journalists

We are looking for student journalists to research, write and assemble together news stories from around the College in print and online. The aim of this job is to keep your audience abreast and interested of the events around the College.

Photographers

If you have a keen eye for detail then this job may be for you. We need a small team of photographers to use a variety of photographic equipment to capture moments of events, people, objects or scenes from around the College.

Graphic Designers

As a graphic designer you will design art/graphics for use in all media products such as magazines, advertisements and social/web posts.

Camera Crew

The camera crew will be responsible for operating all camera equipment both in College and out on location to creatively frame and capture action. Other responsibilities include; planning, preparing and rehearsing scenes, assembling and setting up equipment and adjusting sound and lighting.

Video Editor

As a film or video editor, you’ll be responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product that’s suitable for broadcasting. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects.

Content Editors

We are looking for students with excellent grammar and communication skills and a keen interest in publishing to support all stages of the publication of; online material, publicity materials, news articles and more.

Presenters

We are recruiting confident student presenters to provide a voice or face to a range of shows and videos to feature live, on WykeTV and the internet. Key tasks include; writing and rehearsing scripts, presenting on news and activities from around the College and conducting interviews.

Social Media Content Managers

Social media content managers are needed to create informative and engaging content for the Wyke website and for Wyke’s social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The social media content manager will work closely alongside the Journalist to gather content and then adapt this for online purposes.

Employers

Excellent Employer Engagement

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Whilst over 70% of students progress onto university when they leave Wyke, an increasing number are looking at the opportunities offered through Higher Apprenticeships. Many nationally recognised companies run these schemes that are targeted at recruiting future employees with A levels and level three BTEC qualifications. The most sort after programmes guide students to a sponsored place at university and a professionally recognised qualification.

Wyke work in partnership with many employers across the region and understand the importance of making our students aware of the many different job roles and opportunities that are available.  We want to help our students to understand that there are some great companies to work for and we are continually developing ways to engage with them.

Employers face increasing demands to engage with education and there are many reasons why they want to get involved, the main one being to actually meet our students and realise that they may be talking to their future employee.

We are continually building solid and long lasting relationships with our local employers and work with over 100 on a regular basis with activities such as work experience, employers coming into the college to give industry talks and also talk about their own career path, our students are given the chance to visit employers to be able to observe and understand what goes on. Below are some of the examples of our students having a taste for what the world of work is really like.

G F Smith – Students were invited into G F Smith who are a paper product manufacturer and offer high end bespoke paper based products, the students were there for the full morning, to get a real feel for how each department works in their business and what they actually do on a day to day basis.  A member of each department was on hand to talk to the students and explain their role in detail.

M & W Construction – Students were invited to look around the construction site of the RB Centre for Scientific Excellence arranged by M & W Construction.  They spoke to lots of different people throughout the morning who gave them real life stories of the job roles they carried out such as architect, civil engineer etc.

The Centre will house a new industry-leading healthcare development facility and after visiting the centre, many of our students said they could see themselves in the future working in the laboratories.

IT @ Spectrum – is a huge supporter of helping our students understand the nature of their business and how they can become part of their organisation.  Tim Davison, Commercial Director, is very passionate about working with our students to inform them about their organisation and what they are looking for when they recruit their new employees.  They offer work experience, but also encourage students to come to their facility and have a look around and ask questions about what they do.  Students have attended a coffee morning with Tim for a general chat and at the end did say to students that this was their first interview!

BAe Systems – also supports our students, not only with work experience, some of Wyke ex-students that are now apprentices with BAe Systems come in and talk to our student about what their role on the site.  When student have completed work experience, they have to give a presentation to staff and parents about what they have been doing.

KPMG – also encourages ex-students to share stories about their journey with the organisation and the many different job roles available.

Students also attend sector specific events, such as the “hands on Health” day hosted by the Careers and Enterprise Company.  Students that have an interest in working within the health sector took part in interactive activities from various health departments. The activities ranged from pathology, nursing to nuclear medicine and pharmacy. The aim of the event was to inspire students and find out about the different careers, some which they may not have previously considered.

For further information please contact Vicky Riseham on Tel 346347 ext 522 or vicky.riseham@wyke.ac.uk

Student holding up results sheet on results day

Outstanding Oxbridge success

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This year, Wyke Sixth Form College celebrated a record number of students receiving offers from Oxford and Cambridge, with eight students confirming that they achieved the grades to study at two of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Bridget Allenby achieved A* A*A* A, confirming her place at the University of Oxford to study Biomedical Sciences.

 

Upon opening her results, Bridget said: “I’m happy and just over the moon right now. To be lucky enough to be offered one of the 40 places available on the course was a huge achievement, but to finally know I’ve got the grades I needed is an amazing feeling. I’m excited to experience being a student at Oxford which is known internationally for it’s incredible academic reputation and high standards of teaching.”

 

For Alice Gowland, now studying Psychology at the University of Oxford, choosing to study at Wyke was due to the additional support and academic excellence of the college: “I chose to study at Wyke for its academic excellence. I also felt that Wyke would be the best college to support my ambition of studying at Oxford. As part of the Flyers programme, I was provided with a lot of support in being an early applicant to university. My teachers gave me the encouragement and confidence in myself to work hard to achieve the results that I have today.”

 

To see how we can help you in securing a place at a top university, come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 25th October 5.30pm-8pm.