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On the Waterline

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

Congratulations to Shelby Coulson and Declan Whittaker for making it to the final of the “Waterline Competition Challenge 2022”. As finalists, they were invited to pitch their idea at the University of Hull, to a panel of judges from local and regional industry.

The competition was open to individuals and teams from across the region and the brief invited entrants to create innovative solutions to environmental problems. Shelby’s and Declan’s project centred on an environmental app with a social media spin.

The app tracks and records an individual’s environmental credentials and translates this impact into tangible outcomes. The social aspect encourages the user to engage with tips and advice on how to improve their carbon footprint. Feedback from focus groups has enabled Shelby and Declan to refine their product, adding more articles and news stories.

Entries were judged by a panel of representatives from Humber-based businesses and organisations (SSE Thermal, Yorkshire Water, Ørsted, Associated British Ports, Willerby, KCOM and more!) with finalists announced ahead of this year’s Waterline Summit and an overall winner announced at the event.

Shelby and Declan, well done on your presentation and amazing app. You’re in with a great chance of winning.

Watch Shelby’s and Declan’s explain their app to the panel of judges on our YouTube channel



Expeditions are Go(ld)! 

By | Uncategorised

Two practice walks, many hours of planning, kit checked, food bought and packed, cooking honed to a level that they could live off, thirty six students on their practice expedition and five on their qualifying expedition stepped out of the campsite into the pretty North York Moors landscape with the Sun lifting their spirits at the start of their adventures.  

The six practice groups would complete three days and cover about thirty miles and three nights of camping. The one qualifying group would complete one extra day and night and cover around forty miles.  

Groups of four to six students pitted their skills and wits against a testing and challenging route, meandering from a campsite near the incomplete village of Ravenscar to the market town of Kirkbymoorside with camping along the route at Goathland, Newton-upon-Rawcliffe and Hutton-le-Hole.  

Practice groups 

There was a palpable excitement amongst the students. For many, this was their first time on a walking and camping adventure. Students can enter the Gold Award directly with no prior experience of Silver or Bronze.  

As the days progressed, there was a noticeable progression in one of the groups, going from some level of disorganisation to a finely, well-honed team whose campcraft, navigational and organisational skills were superb. This is what part of the expedition is about. The team will carry those skills into next year when they plan their qualifying expedition and will become essential life skills.  

Some time ago, I was privileged to be at Buckingham Palace where I met some of our former Duke of Edinburgh Wyke students. One of them said, “It changed my life.” What better testimony than this? 

Qualifying group 

Five students were in the qualifying group. Calling themselves “Masher” an acronym of their initials, Masher smashe(r)d their Gold! And did so in exemplary fashion. The Gold Assessor was very impressed with the quality of the students participating. 

Of the five completing, three were from the ‘20 and ‘21 cohorts and had been unable to complete because of world events. This was a great opportunity for them to complete this section of their award, having just completed their first or second year of university.   

The first time that these five students met in person was on the day they set off, although communication had taken place over several weeks via various social media mechanisms in order to plan their expedition. One of the underlying principles of the award is friendship and a willingness to get on with people and these five were a credit to themselves.  

It is amazing how people can so easily come together and work on a task to reach a common goal; something that universities and employers like to see. The award can be a discussion point in interviews and conversations.  

One member of the group said to the assessor that he was sad about finishing because he had done Duke of Edinburgh award since he was fourteen, progressing through Bronze and Silver and now he had completed his Gold. However, two of the people who were helping with the expeditions were ex-Wyke students (both gold achievers) who had enjoyed the experience so much that one of them had subsequently become an official Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the other was working towards it. Their journeys continue and their help is much appreciated. The Duke of Edinburgh experience is for life.  

In October ‘21, fourteen students had achieved their Gold in their qualifying expedition, making for a grand total of nineteen people completing this year. Well done to them all! 

Good weather was enjoyed throughout, except that on the fourth and final day, dark clouds were approaching from the Thirsk area, and the heavy clap of thunder rumbled over the land. The five qualifying students huddled in the wooden shed of an organic farm shop sheltering from the storm that passed overhead. Safety of the students is paramount. 

The five walked into their end point with happy faces; a mixture of the exhilaration of having achieved their gold and relief that it was all over! 

“Well done!” and “Congratulations!” echoed around the walls of the enclave. For some, their next Duke of Edinburgh activity is a visit to Buckingham Palace! And who knows? They might return in the future to help you achieve your Gold. 

Parent Portal Feedback

By | News for Parents

We are currently reviewing our communication and engagement methods with parents/carers.

We value the need for you to have access to the means and appropriate tools needed to support your child’s learning journey, and the college would appreciate any feedback and suggestions that you may have on the current Parent Portal facility.A short survey is linked below.



By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, Criminology, News, On Campus

Interested in Forensic Science? It’s probably the most discussed profession at a Wyke applicant interview. Recently, our second year BTEC Applied Science Diploma students got an opportunity to experience the role of crime scene investigation at a mocked-up incident.

Wearing hazmat suits, latex gloves, visors and face-coverings, students spent the morning at the Atom pub in Beverley, collecting trace evidence and recording findings. This included samples of blood as well as gathering photographic and drawn evidence of footprints and fingerprint data. All their findings were then brought back to the College laboratories to analyse and identify the suspect.

“The sketches, photographs, evidence, and strategies done today will be included in the students written reports back at Wyke. They will also have to complete an analysis techniques report back at the College labs and review witness statements,” said Sophie Thompson, Head of Applied Science.

She added, “We decided to make this assignment an off-site visit so that students get a more realistic experience of working in the field”.

Find out more about our BTEC Applied Science courses at



Year 1 Summer Assessment

By | News for Parents

Between 25th – 29th April, many of our Year1 Cohort have had the opportunity to complete internal ‘Summer’ assessments/examinations in their chosen subject areas. For those YR1 students who sat internal assessments during this period, they have been receiving their Summer assessments marks and have been provided with subsequent subject feedback during lesson. 

 The internal Summer assessment/examination data is now available for parents/carers to view in the Achievement & Reviews tab of Parent Portal. Please note that there are still some external vocational examinations remaining (some Year1 BTEC/CTEC/WJEC courses) and those results will be released later this summer. 

Alongside marked exam grades, the college also uses a Red, Amber or Green (RAG) rating to indicate whether our students are on track to achieving or exceeding, slightly below or significantly below their Minimum Expected Grade (MEG) in each subject area. Many of the vocational courses who have not conducted an internal summer exam series have used this RAG rating for the most recent progress point.  

This concludes our internal YR1 progress points for this academic year and the next progress point will be in September on return. Students will be set summer work over the coming weeks from all subject areas. 

For further information on how to access the Parent Portal, please see the information to the left of this post.

Washington DC 2022

The DC Experience

By | College Trips, Course News, Government & Politics, History, News, Sociology

Wyke students are back on their global tours – “The Wyke Experience”.

The cross-college visit to Washington DC was Wyke’s first international trip since the lifting of Covid restrictions. Scheduling the tour in early spring meant that the group were able to enjoy the iconic cherry blossom in full bloom through the spring sunshine.

Over the six-day break, the group visited all the key monuments, historical sites and political institutions. The Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, Arlington Cemetery and Capitol Hill, were all visited in a packed itinerary. The visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture was particularly significant as entry is limited to pre-booked tickets due to the centres level of popularity.

The entire trip linked into the A level syllabuses, a point that was constantly referenced throughout the tour. James Goodchild, Head of A level History teacher and A level Government & Politics, delivered mini lectures at all the key landmarks. Catherine Eariss, Head of A Level Sociology teacher, also drew connections to the social changes that the USA experienced during the 20th century. For example, the visit to the Martin Luther King memorial linked to the “Beliefs in Society” topic and how religion has impacted on social change.

It wasn’t all museum, landmark and statues. To sample some “real” American culture, the group booked to watch the Washington Capitals National League Ice hockey game. The following day, some of students went to see the Washington’s Nationals baseball match at the stadium adjacent to the group’s hotel.  Outside of the political and cultural centre, the group explored Washington’s suburbs, visiting the city’s zoological gardens. During the week, there was even time for shopping at the enormous Pentagon Mall.

“Washington DC 2022” was an amazing visit. New students get ready for “The Wyke Experience” – planning is already underway for 2023.



Duke of Edinburgh walk centred at Levisham

By | Course News

Twenty seven Wyke students took part in a ten mile practice walk for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The weather was fabulous, highlighting the beauty and wildlife of the North York Moors and lifting the students’ spirits. The quintessential village of Levisham acted as the start and end points. In the nearby distance, the steam trains of the North York Moors Railway chugged away, releasing an occasional high-pitched, full-bodied blast on their sonorous whistles and filling the air with a cloud of steam.

The students would be practising their decision making on navigation, pace and rest stops; all necessary skills for their expedition that will happen within a few weeks. The team of staff was nearby to meet and check on their welfare throughout the day.

The positive spirit of the students throughout the day began in the minibus. As we passed through a small, quaint village, one of the lads quipped, “That’s Hansel and Gretel’s house.” This caused a chuckle amongst the talkative and excited students.

And this upbeat attitude was echoed later in the conversations between the staff: A text message from someone who was waiting in a nearby location went, “Just been charged by two deer.”

The reply, “Hope they weren’t too deer!”

Cue, “I can’t believe you’ve just said that!”

Carrying a rucksack with all the necessary gear and then camping is part of the expedition, which will be the students’ next DofE outing and can be very hard work. Moments of laughter and a positive attitude make a significant difference to morale and practice walks help to encourage this because people must work together, form friendships and be a team!

The college has run the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award for several years and given many students a chance of completing this prestigious award. Two ex-students were sat next to me whilst I was driving the minibus. Both now graduates, they enjoyed their Duke of Edinburgh experiences so much that one continued with the award and is now an accredited DofE assessor. They would be helping throughout the day. What better testimony to the purpose of the award that its legacy is to inspire students!

It is a small Wyke world! Whilst I was waiting at a checkpoint, a place called Skelton Tower, for our students, there was a couple who were lying on the grass enjoying the sunshine and the amazing colours of the scenery. The woman asked, “Are you from Wyke?”

“Yes, I replied.”

“We saw your van,” she added. And then we had an interesting chat because she said that her daughter was an ex-Wyke student who had now achieved a First class degree in Cambridge in Arts/Graphics and is now working in an Art/Graphics career. It is always good to hear about former students and their progress after leaving Wyke.

Students enter the Duke of Edinburgh scheme directly into the Gold Award at the college. There is no need to have prior Bronze or Silver qualifications.

Our students next main event will be their expedition and they are busy planning their routes and kit.

Preparing for the Gold

By | Awards, Community, News

After a week when the weather flicked between warm sunshine and cold snow, the Spring season began with twenty-four students walking a ten-mile, circular walk on the North York Moors in preparation for their summer expedition as part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. The weather was favourable as the Sun shone brilliantly and all but the last traces of this week’s snow hid in the shadowy corners of the landscape.  

The students practised their navigational skills and pitted their fitness against the hills and moors of the NYM National Park, beginning from an Ancient Scheduled monument – an earthwork not unlike an untidy ploughed field a couple of miles from the quaint village of Snainton – and affording magnificent views and instilling an appreciation of the landscape; one of the tenets of the Duke of Edinburgh philosophy.  

The students eager to re-connect with the countryside stomped their trusty boots up and down hills, navigated forests and conquered fatigue (at least until the welcome of a seat in the minibus!). They walked, made friends, and collectively discussed the location of their routes.  

Flagging spirits were lifted when lunchbreak was called in a grassy field where two groups met; an anticlockwise meeting a clockwise group. Laughter was heard as stories of their respective walks were shared.  

“Oh, so cute!” accompanied several other comments when the students came across a field scattered with ewes and their lambs; many were twins, some were triplets. A slight dip in the landscape hid from view the tiniest lamb until we were almost upon it. With startled bleating, it quickly rose to its feet and followed us for a few moments until its mother’s baa-ing coaxed it back.  

A former Wyke student, called Ben, completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award some six years ago (one from our first cohort) and enjoyed his experience so much that he has since progressed to become a DofE Assessor. Ben has returned from time to time to accompany our students on their walks and expeditions, offering advice and help; a legacy of the course at the college. 

The next practice walk is at the end of April when the students will practise and hone their skills further for their summer practice expedition. Their very own Gold edging nearer and nearer… 

Wyke Records

Label Launch

By | Community, Course News, Music, News, On Campus

Wyke has created its very own record label to provide aspiring musicians with a platform to get their music out to the masses.

The Music department has launched “Wyke Records” to give learners studying on its creative music courses the chance to release their own music to the public.

Students signed to the label will see their songs added to leading music streaming platforms, including Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music, thanks to licencing and distribution rights arranged by the College.

The record label is coordinated by Digital Music Production teacher, Steve Cutler, who wanted to give students the opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience and gain professional experience of writing, recording and releasing music.

Steve said, “The College are so excited to be launching our own label. Doing so will go a long way to giving the amazing talent we have here the platform to showcase their music and grow their audiences.”

“Run” by “End of the Line” (EOL) is the label’s first release. The band have been a regular at the College’s open music enrichment, “Wyke Sesh”, and have gained a strong following amongst the student community.

Further releases are plan for the summer term. Visit our social media for updates.

Student Applying

YR2 Easter Exam Results on Parent Portal

By | News for Parents

Between 14th March – 18th March, our YR2 cohort have had the opportunity to complete internal ‘Easter’ assessments/examinations in their chosen subject areas. For those who sat internal assessments during this period, students have been receiving their Easter assessments marks and have been provided with subsequent subject feedback during lesson. 

The internal Easter assessment/examination data is now available for parents/carers to view in the Achievement & Reviews tab of Parent Portal.

Alongside marked exam grades, the college uses a Red, Amber or Green (RAG) rating to indicate whether our students are on track to achieving or exceeding, slightly below or significantly below their Minimum Expected Grade (MEG) in each subject area. The RAG ratings and exam marks reflect the students Easter exam performance only.

Attention now turns to preparation for the external A-Level, BTEC and CTEC examinations throughout May/June.

For further information on how to access the Parent Portal, please see the information to the left of this post.