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Welcome Evening for Parents/Guardians

By | News for Parents

We would like to invite you to our 1st parents’ event of the new academic year.

30th September 2021 – 5pm/6:15pm/7:30pm slots available.

This information evening is designed to welcome you to the College, and introduce some of the people who will be working with your sons and daughters over the next two years.

There will be a formal welcome from the Principal, a presentation from the Pastoral Directors and an opportunity to meet your son/daughter’s tutor.

Please can you sign up for this event by following the link below and booking your timeslot (please be aware there are limited spaces available for each session and these will be allocated on a 1st come, 1st serve basis). We may be able to put on an additional event should demand require it.

To book a time slot, please complete this online form.

Fika App

Fika, Fitness App with a Twist

By | Course News, News for Parents

As reported by the World Health Organisation, mental health literacy is a leading predictor of an individual’s long-term mental health status.

In line with this, Wyke Sixth Form College has recently invested in Fika, a fitness app which focuses on emotional fitness.

Students start by choosing a set of exercises, each with a goal such as ‘achieve your goals’ or ‘strengthen your relationships’. The exercises in the app are designed to help users emotionally challenge and push themselves and develop their mental health literacy. Whether that means building on strengths or adapting to circumstances to build emotional resilience.

The exercises are all based on techniques that combine elements such as the science of positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Students will be introduced to the app in their tutorial sessions from next week and we can’t wait to see the benefits this brings to our students.

Wyke College

Parent Portal Update

By | News for Parents

A quick message for all Parents and Guardians of our new 1st year students.

Our Parent Portal is a useful website where you can find out lots of useful information regarding your son/daughters education here at Wyke. This includes their unique timetable, progress, grades and attendance.

You will receive your individual log in details for this over the coming week.

Thank you for your continued support.

Results day 2021

Results Day 2021

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

Record 10 students secure places at Oxbridge: 5 for Oxford / 5 for Cambridge

16 MDV placements: 5 for Veterinary Science / 10 for Medicine / 1 for Dentistry

185 students secure places at Russell Group universities

A truly sensational day for students at Wyke Sixth Form College, achieving remarkable results at the end of the most disrupted two years of education in memory.  Wyke students have shown remarkable resilience and determination to deliver work at the highest level despite the challenges of repeated lockdowns, remote working and great uncertainty about how they would be assessed.  Their sustained effort, supported by our exceptional teaching and pastoral teams, have led to the best outcomes and destinations in Wyke’s history.  More students have progressed to the most selective universities than from any other provider in the region with 10 students taking up places at Oxbridge, 16 moving on to courses in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science and a remarkable 185 securing places at Russell Group Universities.

With A*s in Criminology and Graphics and an A in Maths, former Baysgarth student Ben Gath has secured his place to study Architecture at Newcastle University. Ben came to Wyke with excellent GCSE grades which enabled him to join our Flyer’s programme, an enrichment group designed to support high achieving students. Ben said: “I’m really happy I got the results I wanted, so I’m ecstatic. I got two A*s and an A, and I needed three Bs to get into Newcastle. I’ve had loads of support from them, telling us about what they’re going to do next year.”

Alongside Ben, 184 other Wyke students secured places at world-class, research intensive Russell Group Universities.

Former Newland School student, Amy Atkinson, successfully gained her place at the Royal Veterinary College to study the Gateway to Veterinary Science course. Amy opened her results to reveal a B in Geography and Cs in Biology and Chemistry. She said: “I’m so excited, with everything that’s happened this year, there was no certainty in anything, and I was so nervous that I wouldn’t get in.”

Whilst at Wyke, former Trinity Academy student Will Huyton got involved with the PE and Sport department’s Pre-Physiotherapy enrichment programme, which is designed to give students an insight into the profession. Will was able to complete a work experience placement with local physiotherapy centre, Flex Health, in February this year. He gained four A*s across all his subjects, including Biology, Maths, Further Maths and PE, which secured his place to study Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This year, Wyke has also seen a record 10 students secure places at Oxbridge including former Withernsea High School student Ruth Chapman. All eyes were on Ruth as she opened her outstanding results of an A* in English Literature, an A* in English Language and an A in History which secured her a place to study Linguistics at The University of Cambridge. Ruth threw herself into all aspects of college life, worked exceptionally hard and was part of Wyke’s Oxbridge Programme.

Students on vocational courses have also gained fantastic results. Former Vale Academy student, Madison Friend, has secured a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study Theatre and Performance. She achieved distinction star in both BTEC Performing Arts and BTEC Music Technology, alongside a C in A level Theatre Studies. Madison’s course has an option of a sandwich year after the second year with an opportunity to go and study in Seoul, South Korea. She said, “I can’t say I’m disappointed about going to study abroad and studying in South Korea is just amazing.”

Principal, Paul Britton said:

“I couldn’t be prouder of the achievements of our students.  They really have shown remarkable resilience and determination over the last two years and fully deserve these exceptional results.  No other year group has faced the challenge of working remotely, accessing the technology they need and dealing with the fear and isolation caused by the pandemic.  We can be very confident that this year group will go on to achieve great things, they have already shown that nothing will stand in their way.”

Mr John Wilson, Chair of the Wyke Sixth Form College Corporation, added:

Once again our students have achieved a fantastic set of results.  I congratulate them for their hard work and wish them well for the future. Thanks must go to all the teaching and support staff for their hard work and dedication.”

 

 

Julia Louw

Government Backs Medical Students

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Drama & Theatre, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Physics, Religious Studies

Medical and dentistry schools across England will get additional funding to expand courses for the coming academic year to fulfil more offers for UK students who achieve the required grades.

In response to this year’s unprecedented situation the Government has adjusted the cap on medical and dentistry places so that more students than ever will have the opportunity to study on these courses in 2021, and in the long-term help boost our future NHS workforce.

2021 has been a record year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme with a record 37 offers made to students who have applied for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

Former Beverley Longcroft student, Julia Louw, has been offered a place at Oxford University to study Medicine. Julia studied four courses at Wyke that included the obligatory Chemistry and Biology, accompanied by Mathematics and interestingly BTEC Performing Arts. On BBC national news, Julia supported the move by the Government. “It’s really good news that the Government is supporting students to study medicine and allowing more students to access those resources.”

Kim Lawrence, coordinator of the Wyke pre-Medical Programme, is very pleased with this year’s outcomes. “I am so proud of what the students and staff have achieved. Pending confirmation of results, 2021 is going to be a fantastic year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme.”

The Governments measure brings the total of medical and dentistry places to over 9,000 in universities in England for this year to support courses and public services which are essential to protect into the future.

For this academic year, universities that can accommodate an increase to medical and dentistry places for students that have met the grades and hold a firm offer at a university with pressure on places will be supported to do so. For these universities that can take on more students that have met the grades whilst also ensuring teaching, learning and assessments standards are maintained, there will be flexibility to add to their numbers.

You can watch the full BBC news report on Wyke’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/FwFN6WSrTPY

Beth Barwell

Apprentice of the Year

By | Awards, Biology, Business, Course News, Geography, Performing Arts

Congratulations to Beth Barwell on winning the “Apprentice of the Year” at the Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards 2021. This is not the first time Beth has been recognised, having already been a finalist in the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2019.

After studying A levels in Geography, Business Studies, Physical Education and Human Biology at Wyke, Beth progressed to the University of Kent to read BSc Bioscience Technology. After graduating with first-class honours, Beth returned to Hull to start a Higher Degree Apprenticeship with RB. Here she initially worked with the RB eyecare team until moving to specialise in Global Medical Affairs for RB’s Sexual Wellbeing brands.

Alongside being a member of Wyke’s Flyers, a group of high attainment students, Beth was also strongly involved in sport, representing Great Britain Ice Hockey since 2014. Her athletic career took Beth to compete in World Championship tournaments across the globe, winning a bronze medal in South Korea.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, Beth’s professionalism and business acumen has been recognised by all she has worked with, and RB said it was “in awe” at the level and standard of her work.

RB said looking ahead, Beth would be “a force to be reckoned with” in her career.

 

Abode

Festival Award

By | Awards, Course News, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, Media

Huge congratulations to former Wyke A Level Media Studies, Drama & Theatre and English Language student Anna Bant who’s short film, Abode, won ‘Best Student Short’ at The London Short Film Festival and has been nominated for two more festivals this week.

Anna, who came to Wyke from Beverley High, produced her film as part of her studies on the BA (Hons) Cinematography and Film/Video Production degree at the Northern School of Arts, Leeds.

Abode is a drama short film following a young girl, Becky Bromwell, escaping her abusive partner. After confronting her friend, she finds herself venturing the streets in rejection from society. This leads to her questioning where her humble abode really is. Anna says, “As a crew we worked hard in preparation and production for this film, including the isolation of cast and crew members at different times due to Covid. We were able to overcome this and continue to create a cinematic film.”

Discover more about filming making and media production opportunities at Wyke by visiting our Media and Film courses.

Going Above and Beyond

By | Awards, News

At the recent Sixth Form Colleges Association awards, Wyke was one of several colleges who received recognition for their efforts in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. From the beginning of lockdown, the college endeavoured to make sure that students suffered as minimal disruption to their studies as possible and adapted its approach to teaching and learning to support everyone.

Principal Paul Britton said: “I am immensely proud of all students, staff and parents for their remarkable efforts throughout the last year. Despite all the challenges, every student has been able to access every lesson and we are confident they will go on to achieve the fantastic results they deserve. We have learnt a lot but we are now looking forward to getting back to giving students the fantastic face to face experiences that we are known for this autumn.”

The college utilised Microsoft Teams as a learning platform, enabling staff to maintain teaching a full curriculum for all students. The high standard of teaching provided remotely was helped by significant investment in student devices, ensuring that every student at the college could access their lessons remotely and engage fully in their learning programmes. Upon returning to the site when restrictions were eased, the college adopted a 50:50 approach with a year group attending in-person teaching on site and the other engaging with remote learning, before switching over the following week. Following the most recent lockdown, the college utilised lateral flow testing as a way of identifying cases and minimising the risk of an outbreak. The outstanding effort from volunteers at the college testing centre resulted in a swift and easy process which allowed staff and students to return to work and lessons as normal.

With the cancellation of all live and in-person events, the college came together and delivered a series of livestreamed events and taster days, including Virtual Wyke Start and Legally Blonde. These enabled new applicants to virtually tour the site, interact with teachers and support staff, ask questions about life at the college, and see what opportunities are open to them. Enrichment activities were able to continue throughout the pandemic by engaging with virtual platforms. Students were able to experience a range of different guest speakers, including local MPs, universities, and career experts. Staff and students also produced a series of videos for the “Wyke Workout”, which aimed to motivate and encourage the college community to engage with physical activity as a way of promoting positive mental wellbeing.

The college’s efforts were reflected in some of the kind and positive comments received from both students and their parents/guardians, including: “I wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for all the support and information that you have given over the last few weeks. Thank you for trying to alleviate as much stress for your students as you have possibly been able to.”

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all our students, staff, parents and guardians for all your hard work and resilience through what has been an incredibly tough year. This award recognises all of you and your remarkable efforts to keep going despite the disruption and uncertainty. We wish you all a happy and safe summer break.

#WeAreWyke

results day plans

Results Day 2021

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

We are really looking forward to meeting everyone on Tuesday, 10th August. Come along to the Wyke campus to celebrate results day 2021 with your friends, teachers, and support staff.

Here’s a detailed guide to our results days from Principal Paul Britton that has been emailed to all our leavers.

I’m looking forward to seeing those of you who are receiving results through this week.  We have the level 3 (A level and vocational) results day on Tuesday 10th August, followed by GCSE results day on Thursday 12th August. College is open so you can collect your results and the team will be available if any of you need support.

Level 3 Results Day

Results will be available to collect in the Oak building from 8.30am on 10th August.  You are welcome to bring family with you.   We ask you to pick up your results from the Oak building and then take them out to the courtyard to open them.  After that, please see the tutor team in the library to confirm your destination after Wyke.  Results will also be available on the Student Portal.

Should you need further advice and guidance, the tutor and careers team will be available to help you in the library.

Covid infection rates are still high in the local area so please do follow all the guidance we have become familiar with over the last year.  We recommend taking a test in advance and responding accordingly.  Hands, face, space are still the best ways of controlling the spread of the virus so please maintain good hygiene and keep your distance where you can.  We recommend that you wear a face covering when you are moving about inside and can’t guarantee that distance will be maintained however this is now a personal choice.  The event will be busy so please do your bit to look after each other.

GCSE results day

Results will available in the Oak building from 8:30. The tutor team will be there if you need further help given the outcomes.  The results will also be available on Student Portal.

If you are not happy with your grades

The first thing to do is to come and speak to our tutorial and careers team who will be able to help you consider all the options for your next step.

There will be the opportunity to resit exam courses in the autumn, a small number of students did this last year and were successful.  With the exception of Art and Design subjects, the assessment for the autumn 2021 exam series will consist entirely of written examinations.  There will be no coursework or non-exam assessment, and any coursework or NEA completed previously will not count towards the grade you are awarded. If you wish to be entered an examination, complete the form in your results envelope.  There will be no cost for this.

You can also appeal against the results.  However, you do need to be clear that, unless there was an administrative error, there is a high bar for results to be altered.  Teacher Assessed Grades will only be altered if they are ‘an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement’.  I expect that at least one grade higher or lower than the Teacher Assessed Grade is likely to be considered ‘reasonable’.  So, if you were awarded a C and you think you should have been awarded a B, it is unlikely that this would be overturned.  Full details, and the forms to be completed if you do wish to appeal, are available here: https://wyke.ac.uk/tags/.   There is no cost to an appeal.   You do need to be aware that your grade could go down as well as up.  Priority appeals are for those students who have not received the grades needed for their firm choice of university, these appeals need to be lodged by the 16th August.  Completed appeals forms need to be sent to tags@wyke.ac.uk.

The very best of luck to all of you, see you in the morning!

Paul”