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Subject Support

By | News for Parents

Curriculum Support

Having received their results and feedback from the winter examination period, students are reminded that lots of our subject areas run support/intervention sessions to aid students in their academic development. You can find a full list of the support sessions and their locations available here: Subject Support 2019-20

General Study Skills

Additionally, students wanting to develop their general study skills may wish to attend our study support rooms (Oak 3 and 4) where they will have access to our mentoring service. Our Learning Support and Mentoring Team provide a 6 week rolling programme of key study skills designed to support student success in curriculum areas.

Student can attend any of the following group sessions on a Monday or Thursday lunch time (1.10-1.40pm) or self-refer for 1-2-1 support.

The sessions will include;

  • Week 1 – Learning Styles
  • Week 2 – Time Management and Organisation
  • Week 3 – Effective Note-Taking Methods
  • Week 4 – Memory Techniques
  • Week 5 – Revision Tips and Techniques
  • Week 6 – Coping with Exam Stress
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Let’s Talk About Sex

By | Media, News, On Campus

Today BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat’s Nesta McGregor visited Wyke to interview students about their experiences of sexual health education in school.

The news programme, which is aimed at a target audience of 16-24 year olds, is broadcast worldwide via BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1XTRA and the BBC Sounds app.

Six students, Joe, Arthur, Tyler, Ryan, Nadia and Meg, were interviewed about their thoughts on sexual health education lessons and what they think could be done to improve them.

Nesta’s visit comes after a joint report by the Terrence Higgins Trust and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, claimed that spending on sexual health education in England has been cut by 25% since 2014.

It follows on from the announcement that sexual health education will become a statutory feature in all schools and colleges in England in September 2020, in accordance to the proposals made in March 2017 by then Education Secretary, Justine Greening.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Nesta for taking the time to come and speak to our students.

Consultation Evenings for Parents

By | News for Parents

Consultation Evening Dates

Thursday 30 January, 4.30 – 7.30pm (Surnames A-F)

Thursday 6 February, 4.30 – 7.30pm (Surnames G-O)

Wednesday 12 February, 4.30 – 7.30pm (Surnames P-Z)

Following December’s end of term exams and assessments, our students have met with their teachers and tutors to review their overall progress and suitable actions. You are always able to see the most recent reviews and progress points on the Parent Portal. Here you can see the progress that your son/daughter has made over the course of the first term of the year, as well as the outcomes from the end of term exam session in December. The most recent progress review information will be released onto Parent Portal on Monday 20th January.

We are always happy to discuss student progress with parents and guardians and invite you to come along to our consultation evenings listed above. Your son/daughter can make appointments through Student Portal, or you can make appointments on the Parent Portal in the ‘Contact’ section.

We hope that you are able to attend the event but, should you be unavailable, you are welcome to contact your son/daughters Progress Tutor at your convenience, using the contact details below.

As far as possible, you will be able to meet with staff at your appointed time, but please bear in mind that sometimes delays are unavoidable when discussions have taken longer than expected. If you feel that you require a more in-depth discussion, then please make alternative arrangements with the member of staff concerned. In particular, if you wish to see your son/daughters Progress Tutor to discuss more general concerns, please contact them directly.

Our Principal, Paul Britton, will be giving two talks on each evening about student expectations, the growth mindset and how we can work together as partners to support your son/daughter to be successful. Chris Herring, Assistant Principal (Student Experience) will also be running ‘Parent Portal’ workshops on how to access the Parent Portal and the information that you can access throughout the evening in the Library.

 

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Flyers Forum

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Creative Media, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Law, Mathematics, Music, News, On Campus, Physchology, Physics, Religious Studies, Spanish

The next whole Flyers’ meeting is on Thursday 13th February at 12:40pm in the Theatre. Attendance is compulsory for all Flyers’ students.

Topics to include; deeper reading, raising aspirations, aiming for high grades, applying to Russell Group universities & Oxbridge, amongst other relevant topics.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Sociology goes to London

By | College Trips, Course News, News, Sociology

Last week, Wyke’s Sociology students departed for a two day visit to London as part of their course enrichment. The visit saw students partake in a variety of activities in order to enhance their learning and understanding of the social world.

Day one

Day one began with a visit to the Old Operating Theatre for a walking tour on Booth, poverty and housing reform. Students then participated in a talk on contemporary attitudes towards health, illness and the body, enabling them to go beyond the specification in exploring the Sociology of Health, by enabling synoptic links to the topic.

During a period of free time, students were given the opportunity to explore Leicester Square, taking the chance to grab a bite to eat and visit shops such as the Lego Store and M&Ms World.

In the evening, the group travelled to the West End to see the show ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’, a musical which explores themes of sexuality and gender formation within society. Students were lucky enough to meet the leading man, Noah Thomas, at the stage door and had their photographs taken with him, as well as receiving his autograph.

 

Day two

The second day of the visit began with the group being given some free time to explore Covent Garden, taking in the shopping experience as well as the sights and sounds of the capital. A group of students even discovered an air pollution campaign, which enabled them to draw connections to their Green Crime studies.

The visit ended with students attending the A-level Sociology Conference at the University College London Institute of Education. Speakers included Professor Louise Archer, Professor Becky Francis and the renowned professor, Paul Gilroy, all of whom are covered in the Sociology of Education module on the course.

 

A huge thank you to Catherine Eariss for organising such an informative and enriching visit.

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The Fab 4 Return to Liverpool

By | Awards, Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts, Sport, Uncategorised

Congratulations to our dance team, who this weekend successfully secured all 4 of their routines a place in the Grand Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition, which will take place at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena next month.

Wyke’s dance teachers said: “What an amazing weekend at That’s Showbiz. We honestly cannot begin to tell you how proud we are of you all, every single dancer was amazing. Finals here we come!”

Over the course of the weekend, the team received an astonishing nine trophies for their outstanding performances:

DAY 1 RESULTS
1st in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd place overall for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd in Hip Genre for ‘The Incredibles’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘The Incredibles’

DAY 2 RESULTS
1st in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
2nd place overall for ‘Ghost Town’
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
3rd in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
4th place overall for ‘Anatomical Metronome’

It is another fantastic achievement for Wyke’s dancers, who last year were crowned overall champions of this competition for their Contemporary routine “1942 Land Girls Struggle”. The team overcame tough competition from dance groups from over 200 dance schools across the country to bring home the trophy and £2,500 prize money.

This year’s Grand Final will take place on the 22nd and 23rd February 2020 and we wish our dancers the very best of luck in defending their national title!

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The Biggest and the Best

By | Awards, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Media, News, Physics, Sociology

Wyke Sixth Form College are proudly celebrating another exceptionally successful year. The Department for Education 16-18 performance tables, published today, confirm that Wyke is “the biggest and best” A level provider in Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire, placing us in the top 10% of all schools and colleges in the country.

In addition, Ofsted’s recently published Inspection Data Summary Report, highlights our students’ achievements as significantly above the national average. Students studying Biology, Sociology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport/PE and Graphics make particularly significant progress.

Examples of Wyke students who made exceptional progress are former Sirius West student, Bongani Mathema who gained a place on BSc(Hons) Sports & Exercise Science at Loughborough University with three A*s in Biology, PE and Psychology. Will Brandrick, former Baysgarth student, achieved three As in science to secure a place to study Medicine at Lincoln University. And, in an amazing year, former Hessle High student, Daisy Betts won a national dance competition, and gained A*\A\A in Dance, PE and Criminology to move onto a Dance degree at LIPA.

Wyke’s GCSE success is also highlighted in the document. Students on our foundation year, re-taking their GCSEs, are making notable progress. 68% of students who didn’t achieve a GCSE pass in English at school have improved by a grade, with 62% who didn’t achieve a GCSE pass in maths, making similar progress.

Alongside our A level students, 80% of students on vocational programmes, including Health & Social Care, Applied Law, Sport, Music Technology, Creative Media, Performing Arts, Applied Science and IT, achieve the equivalent of three A*s.

In this academic year, outstanding results accompany other indicators of excellence. Our Sport, PE and Dance teachers won the Pearson Teaching Team of the Year Award, eight students have received offers from Oxbridge and our Pre-medical Programme has grown by over 100%.

Principal Paul Britton said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work, determination and effort that all our students and staff put into ensuring that the young people of Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire can achieve exceptional success.  These results show that we are well on our way to being the best sixth form college in the country.”

Wyke are currently interviewing students for a September start and welcome applications through the college website, wyke.ac.uk, LogOnMoveOn and Lincs2u.

 

Economics

“Since studying Economics, I can’t look at the world the same way!”

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics, Uncategorised

Economics is a contemporary, dynamic subject that at its core allows you to gain a much deeper understanding of the world around you and news stories ranging from the price of milk to Brexit and whether more should be done to address plastic pollution. It is a subject that is prestigious and highly respected by HE and employers as you will need to display mathematical skills in analysing data and using diagrams to illustrate cause and effect relationship. Furthermore, your written skills are exhibited through essay writing on key economic issues such as The USA-China trade war and the recent collapse of Thomas Cook.

Economics also delivers fantastic career prospects, Economics graduates gain some of the most highly paid salaries especially in areas of banking, finance and insurance. If you wish to make a difference, past students have worked in developing countries on economic and development programmes and Economics provides an excellent grounding for Accountancy and Business Management professions.

Lessons are lively involving debate, student teaching, group activities and problem solving.

Read what some of our current 2nd year student have to say:

“Since starting studying economics I Can’t look at the world the same way. It makes you think about how the world works as it all runs on economics. The teaching standard is excellent. Staff really are willing to work and help you at all times which is important as economics challenges you.” Jacob Park, Market Weighton School

“Despite being anxious in the beginning of such an unfamiliar subject, I am so pleased that I stuck with the course. Economics has enabled me to debate and discuss problems and topics that are occurring in the real world. To think how much progress I have made from the start of the first year can be credited to the teaching staff who provide great support in and out of lessons.” Lauren Barley, Baysgarth School

“I enjoy economics because it explains things that happen every day in the real world and although it’s an unfamiliar subject you get a lot of support and it’s really interesting.” Lilli Mortimer, Newland School for Girls

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The Oxbridge Eight

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, Law, News, Physics

Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating students receiving Oxbridge offers for September 2020. This year, eight students have received offers, on courses such as English Language and Literature, Law, Natural Sciences, Economics and Veterinary Science.

Paul Hamer, Oxbridge Programme Coordinator said, “All the staff at Wyke would like to congratulate the eight students who have got offers from Oxford or Cambridge. This prestigious offer is a testament to the hard work, dedication and tenacity that they have show throughout their time here at Wyke.

It is also proof that anyone from any background can be successful at Oxford or Cambridge. Here at Wyke we will help you to achieve this success.”

Discover more about Wyke’s bespoke Oxbridge and Flyer programmes at our next Open Evening, 23rd January between 5.30-8.00pm.

German students speaking

Study German at Wyke

By | Course News, German, News, On Campus

Here at Wyke we have an excellent Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department, offering A Levels in French, German and Spanish.

Studying an MFL is a hugely rewarding experience which will seriously broaden your horizons, whether you choose to study at university, undertake an apprenticeship or progress straight into employment.

So why choose to study A Level German at Wyke?

We’ve compiled a list of the top five reasons to select German as one of your A Level options:

  1. DESTINATIONS: Did you know that 91% of our A Level German students’ progress to university? Studying an A Level in German gives students the opportunity to study a vast array of university subjects, such as: Law, Maths, Primary Education, Engineering, Dance, Politics and Journalism. Two of our students even went on to read both German & French at the University of Cambridge.
  2. RESULTS: Our A Level German students achieve fantastic exam results. In the last seven years we have had a 100% pass rate. In 2019, 91% of our students achieved A*- C grades, with a further 74% achieving A* – B grades.
  3. EMPLOYABILITY: Studying German opens up a huge range of employment opportunities. Languages are important to businesses and they also show that you can demonstrate your ability to perform under pressure, as well as highlighting that you have great listening and multi-tasking skills and a sense of cultural awareness. Previous students have gone on to work at large-scale companies such as Barratt Homes, as well as a major FTSE 200 company in their internal and external marketing department.
  4. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES: The A Level German course offers a fantastic range of enrichment activities to support your studies, from the option to apply for the 2-day Linguastars residential university visit, to our annual inter-departmental trip to Berlin. Both visits are always a huge success, giving our students the opportunity to hone their language skills and experience the culture and history of modern Germany.
  5. TOP TUTORS: You will be guided through your studies under the fantastic tuition of Heather Lorch. Heather has 20 years of teaching experience and has been with us for seven years. She is hugely popular with our students and particularly enjoys teaching German grammar and discussing German history. Heather is aided in the classroom by Language Assistant Gabi, who is a native speaker of German and has been with us since 2014. You will attend a 30-minute session with Gabi each week in order to help you practice your German speaking and listening skills, therefore allowing you to expand your vocabulary.

Ready to find out more?

Why not visit us on our next Open Evening on Thursday 23rd January 2020 5:30pm – 8:00pm?

We look forward to meeting you!

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