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Summer Assessments 2021

By | News for Parents

We would like to wish our Year 1 and Year 2 students the best of luck with their up-and-coming End of Year assessments.

Our Year 2 assessment period begins on 17th May and this will be followed by our Year 1 cohort starting 24th May.

For those involved, students can see their timetable on the Student Portal and they should arrive at the appropriate location at least 10 minutes before the start of the assessment.

The official rules and regulations of assessments are on the student intranet.

Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs)

By | News for Parents

Please follow this link to a webpage containing information on our centre policy for awarding grades this summer, and JCQ’s guidance for parents and students.

You can also follow this link to access the material on the evidence base each subject is using to award their grades.

Any vocational courses will be awarding a QTAG and we have also published today our current position on this process. Teachers have been and will continue to share this process with their students.

If you have any further questions, please contact the college on (01482 346 347)


Health Week at Wyke

By | Health & Social Care, Uncategorised

This week, our first year Health and Social Care students are taking part in Wyke’s very own Health Week.

Led by our Careers Team, the week is designed to inform and inspire our students along with preparing them for a career within Health, Education and Social Care.

We kick-started the week with a day-long first aid course teaching the basics in emergency first aid which we believe are vital skills for students to have and will help support students applications to university, higher apprenticeships and employment.

Throughout the week, students can engage in a wide range of live and pre-recorded talks with health and education professionals covering topics such as ‘a day in the life of’ and the different routes available into various careers. Students will hear from specialists in the following professions:

  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Substance Misuse
  • Nursing
  • Social Worker
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Physiotherapy

Students will also get the opportunity to learn more about volunteering in the NHS across the Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital sites, giving them an opportunity to learn new skills and help others.

We hope our students find this week beneficial and would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals who have given their time in supporting our students this week.

Sutton Trust Success

By | News

Former Kingswood Academy student, Vinny Crosskill, is one of two Wyke students who have been successful in their Sutton Trust applications. We recently caught up with him to talk all about his amazing achievement.

Tell us why you applied for the Sutton Trust?
I applied for the Sutton Trust US Programme because I like to challenge myself and get myself out of my comfort zone, which this programme would do because moving to and living in a completely different continent brings a lot of changes and challenges. There are a lot of experiences offered, with a lot more opportunities to study abroad and welcome more cultures into my life to better equip myself for employment. University life is so different at liberal arts colleges, as the professors get to know you as an individual, as classes tend to be no bigger than 20.

Where are you hoping to study?
Currently, the front runner is the University of Richmond in Virginia, because it offers great international experiences and accounting as a major which, at the moment, is a necessity for me. I researched it for my video interview when I applied for the Sutton Trust, because it intrigued me the most. However, I don’t have a concrete choice because there are a lot of amazing institutions which the programme introduces you to. What interested me was the fact that there are 55 US colleges that are ranked higher than Durham University, and the Ivy League is actually a sport league, so I’d recommend to anyone that’s applying to come in with an open mind because it’s a really eye-opening experience.

How did you feel when you found out you’d been accepted?
I remember finding out in economics last thing on a Friday and feeling so excited. I felt quite a lot of pride because it’s no easy feat, with over a thousand of some of the best students in the country applying to the programme. Out of those, only 150 get accepted and even fewer go onto step two, which is actually applying. The programme aims to educate you as much as possible without pressuring you into a decision, so you can make the choice that’s the best fit for you. The programme will also heavily support you in your UK applications. There’s a great network of Alums, who help you quite a lot, whether you’re in the US or UK. With the cohort, you’re a part of 150 great people who become like a tight knit family, especially when you’re in America. Cohort members regularly visit one another in the US, which helps a lot with homesickness or any problems you may have.

What are your career aspirations?
Right now, it’s to become a chartered accountant or earn a doctorate in economics. However, the good thing about US institutions is that you can change your major, especially if you’re at a liberal arts college, whereas in the UK you’d have to reapply to change your course. Hearing some of the classes that the colleges offer has really made me think about the career path I want to take going forward.

Overall, I would definitely recommend applying to the programme because even if you choose not to go to step 2, it’s a very educational experience and it teaches you a lot of handy information for applications and CVs. But most importantly, you’ll meet friends that you’ll be close with for the rest of your life.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us Vinny, we wish you the very best of luck with your future!

For more information about the Sutton Trust, please visit


Sarah O'Sullivan

Train to Teach at Wyke

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus

From September 2021, Wyke will be offering teacher training, pre-service and in-service, part-time, Cert Ed and PGCE courses, awarded by the University of Huddersfield.

Centre manager, Rachel Hitchenor, is really excited to be offering these new teacher training courses and is looking forward to welcoming new students and working closely with the University. The range of pathways on offer reaches out to everyone who is looking to further their career in a sixth form or college setting.

She said, “If you’re already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) or and looking to progress your career, then the in-service PGCE or Cert Ed is the course for you.

If you’re hoping to go into teaching within sixth forms or further education colleges, or you see yourself taking up a career in adult education or informal education roles, then the pre-service PGCE or Cert Ed would suit your needs. You don’t need previous teaching experience, just an industry skill, an appropriate entry qualification and a passion for teaching and training others.”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

High quality teaching is at the heart of Wyke’s success. Recently, the PE, Sports and Dance department won the coveted “FE Teaching Team of the Year” award. This year, the status of the College was confirmed by “The Sunday Times Parent Power Survey” that placed Wyke in the top 2% of providers in the UK.

Wyke is an established provider of teacher training placements. Sarah O’Sullivan completed her first placement at Wyke and now teaches A Level Geography at the College.

She said, “When given the opportunity to complete my 1st PGCE placement at Wyke, I was excited, yet nervous, and most of all curious to see what it would be like as a trainee teacher at a Sixth Form College.

Wyke supported me in this placement immensely- I had a well-structured programme with my mentor and PGCE coordinator and I felt part of the team straight away. I was given the opportunity to observe teachers from a variety of subjects and got invaluable teaching advice from both well experienced teachers and other recently qualified teachers too. The placement allowed me to put the introduction to pedagogical theories into practice and try different strategies in the classroom to challenge myself in a supportive environment.

Feedback from observations is always constructive and encouraging, which has consequently improved my confidence, and competency in teaching. Completing the PGCE led to me gaining employment in the organisation, where I am currently continuing to develop professionally and gaining a deeper understanding into teaching and learning through the NQT programme.”

If you have any questions or would like further information then please email or phone 01482 346347. If you would like to apply then please email or phone to discuss the most appropriate route.
To apply via our current vacancies portal by 30th June 2021 if possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lucy Tessier

Max the Gap

By | Course News, Music, News, News for Parents

If you think taking a gap year is a chance to sit back and relax, think again!

Former A level Music student, Lucy Tessier is maximising her time by working as a freelance journalist and copywriter. By combining her talent for writing and passion for the indie music scene, Lucy’s work has been published across a range of digital media platforms.

Over that last 7 months, Lucy has been scouting new talent for magazines to promote, pitching new features, interviewing bands and artists for articles, writing album and single reviews and ghost-writing content for blog posts.

Next year, Lucy will begin her undergraduate life, studying BA(Hons) English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds.

Lucy’s work has been published on and To get a flavour of her critical ability and engaging writing style, read her article on Wolf Alice



Journey to Number 10

By | Course News, French, German, Spanish

Former Wyke and Winterton student, Rebecca Johns, has recently started working as a communications officer for 10 Downing Street after taking a varied career path inspired by her love of languages.

During her time with us, Rebecca studied French alongside Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She had clear aspirations to become a doctor, but chose to study French after deciding that she wanted to keep other options and career pathways open to her.

She said: “…it was always another point of interest that I have, and it was something different that universities and employers look for on CVs. It shows a really good skillset and taps into a bit of a different learning style compared to what I was going to be studying.

“The most enjoyable thing about learning a language is that you don’t just learn about the language but also about the culture, through books and films that you wouldn’t normally come across.”

Upon completing her studies at Wyke, Rebecca went on to study biomedical science, but soon realised that becoming a doctor was not the right career path for her. She soon moved on to looking at the different options that were available to her. During her time at university in Liverpool, she spent two summers working as an au pair in Madrid, an experience which she credits her language studies for. After graduating, Rebecca moved to China for a year and studied Mandarin, after securing a scholarship with the British Council.

She said: “I didn’t think they’d pick me because I studied a STEM subject and not a language at university. It’s another reason why I’m so glad I did French at A Level, because I think it showed that I did have language skills.”

Upon returning to the UK, Rebecca joined an events company, producing various business events and working her way up to become a project manager, which allowed her to utilise her language skills when producing international events. She has also worked for Just Eat as an account executive, which included managing a portfolio of restaurants and working with them on social media campaigns.

“Working for a big tech company is completely different to events, and I think that when you study a language you can show that you’ve got versatility especially if you study it alongside other subjects.”

At the beginning of March, Rebecca joined 10 Downing Street as a communications officer for the Prime Minister’s office. It is something that she has wanted to do and hopes to move on to work for the Foreign Office in the future.

What advice does Rebecca have for upcoming students?

“Be organised from the beginning and revise, revise, revise! It will make everything so much easier.

“It’s taken me two and a half years to get to where I want to be, but none of it is a regret because I’ve have such good experiences and gained so many skills from doing the different jobs. I thought I wanted to be a doctor, and I knew a year or two into university that I didn’t want to follow that career path. So don’t think that what you study at A Level means that you have to follow a certain career path.

“I’d always advise people to study a language because it gives you that little bit of flexibility and shows that you have a different skillset.”

Watch Rebecca talk about her experiences of Wyke, university and work on our YouTube channel


Careers Newsletter

By | News

Welcome back, we hope you have had a great Easter break.

We have lots happening over the next few months, so please make sure you’re checking the Careers Teams page for all the latest updates and information about apprenticeships, virtual work experience vacancies, guest speakers and more.

You can read the latest edition of the Careers newsletter here.


Joseph Harling

Golden Opportunity

By | Awards, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics

Congratulations to Joseph Harling for winning a Gold award at this year’s Physics Olympiad.

In fact, 2021 has been a great year for our Physics department. Stuart Lyon, Head of Physics, is really happy with the performance of the first year students. “Overall, the college collected one gold, three silver and one bronze. Some of the best results that Wyke has ever achieved”.

This prestigious competition is administered by The University of Oxford and provides an exciting opportunity for students to stretch their problem solving skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations.

For Joseph, who participates in the College’s Flyer and Oxbridge programmes, this award will be a valued addition to his university statement. After Wyke, he is aiming to study at a Russell Group, with an aim to develop an academic career.

To discover more about the benefits of this competitive and Joseph’s future plans, visit our YouTube channel.

Sociology named Centre of Excellence

By | Course News, Sociology, Train to Teach

Wyke Sixth Form College’s Sociology Department are delighted to be named a ‘Centre of Excellence’ as part of an initiative with the Doncaster New Collaborative Learning Trust.

The initiative aims to enhance students’ learning by establishing networking links for teachers to share best practice and bring fresh ideas to the classroom.

Throughout this half term, our Sociology department are delivering a bespoke CPD training programme for teachers at New College Doncaster, New College Pontefract and New College Bradford.

The first session, led by Wyke’s Head of Sociology and Psychology Catherine Eariss and Sociology Teacher Mike Skues took place this week with a focus on Effective Questioning. The session was really well received by staff across the group and helped to facilitate valuable discussions in this area.

Excited by the project, Catherine had the following to say; “We are delighted and honoured to be facilitating the development of Sociology teaching across the Doncaster New Collaborative Learning Trust. This is an excellent opportunity to network and share outstanding teaching and learning strategies in Sociology.”

Sociology Network Coordinator, Rebecca Prescott-Mail said, “I am thrilled to be working with Wyke College as part of the Sociology Network for teachers across Doncaster. Our first session, led by Catherine and Michael, on Questioning was engaging, informative and full of practical strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms. I can’t wait for the next!”

Wyke is extremely proud of our Sociology department, not only for their academic success but for the fantastic range of enrichments open to students beyond the classroom including an exciting external lecture programme and a series of fascinating trips.

We hope that our contribution to this project will be of great benefit to both staff and young minds.