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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… 

Jemma Purfield

Sporting Goal

By | Awards, Community, Course News, News, Physical Education, Sport

Congratulations to former Wyke Sport student, Jemma Purfield, on her nomination for the Leicester City FC “March Goal of the Month” competition.

Jemma is an established professional in the topflight of the women’s game, playing her third season in the Women’s Super League. At the beginning of the season, Jemma signed for newly promoted Leicester City, having previous played for Liverpool and Bristol City.

Whilst at Wyke, Jemma played in the highly successful women’s team, won “Sports Personality of the Year” and gained a scholarship to USA to complete her sport education. Having adopted 23 as her squad number, Jemma is a recognised attacking full-back, specialising in free-kicks and corners.

During her signing press conference, Jemma highlighted the exciting progression made by Leicester as it transitioned into a full-time, professional outfit last summer, gaining promotion at the first attempt.

“I think it’s been brilliant,” she explained. “You know, Leicester’s team last year was talented, and they’ve got some great players and so I’m looking forward to playing with them.

“And I just think that the vision of the Club and where they’re pushing this team is in the right directions, so I’m excited to join that.

“I know a few of the girls, so there’s some familiar faces about and some that I’ve not played with before. I’m excited to link up with those I know and also excited to get to know the new girls as well”.

Top of the Class

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

Congratulations to Adam, Joseph and Sean who were presented with Silver and Bronze awards after tackling the 1st round of the Physics Olympiad.

This 2 hour and 45 minute exam was held at the campus under strict exam conditions and consists of 2 papers, administered by the University of Oxford.

The Olympiad is intended for the brightest and best Physics students in the country, testing their knowledge beyond what they study at A Level and their mental agility in the field of Physics.

Vinny Crosskill

Ivy League Vinny

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Course News, Economics, Mathematics

Second year Wyke student, Vinny Crosskill, has just been informed that he has secured a place at Babson College, Massachusetts, USA, to study Economics and Finance. Babson has a global reputation for educating the future entrepreneurs and leaders of business. According to Google, Babson is “a very selective university”, with just 24% of applicants successfully gaining a place. Over the last 25 years, it has been voted the best university for business in the USA.

In his first year at College, the Wyke tutor team encouraged Vinny to apply for support from the Sutton Trust, an educational charity that champions students from non-traditional backgrounds. Through the guidance of the Trust and help from his tutors, Vinny successfully negotiated a series of Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) to gain the offer of a place.

Vinny came to Wyke from Kingswood Academy, Hull, and is a member of the Colleges Student Executive. Asked about his career ambitions, Vinny replied, “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.”

Vinny gained excellent GCSEs from school before enrolling to study A levels in Economics, Business, Accounting and Mathematics at Wyke.

Babson were so impressed with Vinny’s application that they are willing to waive the vast majority of the university fees to ensure he is able to take up his place. Their annual contribution of over $82,000 will not only pay Vinny’s tuition fees, they will also cover living expenses and books.

Congratulations Vinny, enjoy the rest of your studies at Wyke, and keep in touch once you join the “Ivy League”.

Ruth Walmsley

Employee of the Year

By | Awards, Course News, English, Graphic Design, Media

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Ruth Walmsley, on winning her nomination for “Employee of the Year” at the recent Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.

Ruth came to Wyke from Wolfreton School and studied A levels in Media Studies, Graphic Design, and English Language & Literature.

Starting as an Apprentice Designer at Blab digital design agency back in 2019, Ruth made an outstanding amount of progress and worked hard to complete her apprenticeship six months early.

Jessica Clark, Creative Director at Blab, recognises Ruth’s fantastic contribution to the agency. “We are so impressed with her attitude to knuckle down, despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic and shifting to work and learn remotely. It was a no-brainer for us to keep her in the company after her studies finished and now she shines as one of our full-time Designers.

A true team player, Ruth shares her ideas, leads creative brainstorms and organises social events to get everyone together. She is a huge part of Blab and we couldn’t be prouder of her!”

Ruth modestly replied, “I’m super chuffed to have been shortlisted for Employee of the Year. I couldn’t have done it without Courtney and Jess believing in me every step of the way. Bring on the awards night with the best team!”

Well done Ruth, you’re a great example to students who want to progress into the workplace once they complete their Wyke studies.

anna-obrien

An Absolute Inspiration

By | Awards, Community, Course News, English, Health & Social Care, Sociology

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Anna O’Brien, on winning the “Newly Qualified social worker of the year” gold award.

Anna came to Wyke from the Marvell College and studied BTEC Health & Social Care alongside A levels in Sociology and English Language.

Anna joined Hull City Council as a social work student and completed her placement in a Locality Safeguarding Children’s Team. She qualified with first class honours in social work and then applied for a permanent position with the council.

Pauline Turner, Director of Children’s Services, said: “During her assessed and supported year Anna has gone above and beyond and demonstrated outstanding social work practice. She continues to be professionally curious when working with children and seeks to understand the impact of harm they face.

“Her enthusiastic approach to her role as a front-line social worker results in better outcomes for children and families, and she is a fantastic role model for others who are new to the role.”

Anna’s manager, Claire, describes two of the ways Anna has gone above and beyond. Claire said: “During the pandemic, Anna co-ordinated a community response to helping those families who were isolating due to ill health and had no extended family support.  She called local charities and businesses who could help fund activities, food or general help. Over the course of the lockdown she delivered food parcels, activity packs and booklets around Covid to help children who were worried and parents who struggled to explain this in a child-centred way. Anna did some of the activities on FaceTime, she dropped off colouring pens and games in gardens, and this helped those families living in poverty stimulate the children during those worrying times.

“Anna also went the extra mile working with a young person by working flexible hours and being on-hand for advice and support. She booked to see the young person most days and at least twice a week on an evening she would go running and allow the young person to let off steam and improve her moods.”

Councillor Shane McMurray, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services said: “Anna is someone who has come into the profession because she has an inner desire to help others; she is an absolute inspiration to the profession. Her achievements to date have all been down to her determination to make society a better place and to help children and young people, and she is fully deserved of this award.

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.

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Homecoming

Alastair takes the Top Prize

By | Awards, Course News, English, News, News for Parents

Congratulations to A level English Literature student, Alastair McLelland, on winning the E-Magazine Close Reading Competition 2021. Alastair’s 500 word entry was selected from over 200 entries, the first time a student from Wyke has won the top prize.

The competition centred on an extract from the award winning novel “Homecoming” by Yaa Gyasi.  Published in 2017, the book has received numerous awards and much critical acclaim. The Stylist magazine named it as one of the decade’s 15 best books by remarkable women. Their review highlighted the power of the text. “This incredible book travels from Ghana to the US revealing how slavery destroyed so many families, traditions and lives – and how its terrifying impact is still reverberating now.”

Wyke’s Head of English, Jamie Farrow, encouraged Alastair to participate and was very pleased with the judge’s decision. “Well done, Alastair! You have managed to do what no student at Wyke has before you!”

Alastair has been very modest about his success and he does acknowledge that he has learnt from the process. “The competition definitely improved my essay writing skills. The 500 word limit meant that I spent most of my time trying to improve the efficiency of my language.”

Alastair’s A level English Literature teacher was also happy with the awarding of first prize. “I was thrilled to hear the news. Alastair is an excellent student and thoroughly deserved the win.”

The competition judge and education consultant, Dr Jenny Stevens, was full of praise for this year’s submissions.While a successful competition response inevitably requires strong reading skills, it also requires strong writing skills. All of the interpretations I read were lucidly and accurately expressed. What put some writers ahead of others, however, was their ability to condense an idea or comment on stylistic technique into a telling phrase of their own, without relying on an armoury of literary terms. Alastair’s observation that the third-person narrative was ‘repeatedly slipping away from the present and into Ness’ memory’ was a notable case in point.”

Listen to Alastair read from his winning work on the College YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKhsV9mTsKA