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Students celebrating at the Winter Gardens

Wyke win at the Winter Gardens

By | Awards, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations are once again in order to the College’s Dance Troupe who have reached the National Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ dance competition following their success at the semi-final stages at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Wyke were the only act from 20 participants from an educational establishment, with the other 19 competitors coming from professional dance schools.

The dancers ended the day winning 3 trophies, placing 2nd in the senior category for their classic piece, 3rd in the senior category for the contemporary piece and best concept for their contemporary piece which was performed to The Greatest by Sia.

Following the event, Head of Dance Toni Daddy said: “Myself and Hannah could not be more proud of the girls. To get through to the semi-finals was an outstanding achievement in itself, and we knew the competition would be extremely strong considering we are a Sixth Form College up against dance schools that train over 8 hours a week. But every single one of the 15 students that we took were phenomenal and upped their game on the stage.”

In March, the students will perform at the Liverpool Echo Arena to compete for a National Title. We wish them every success in the final stage of the competition.

contemporary dance performed at the competition

One competition, four trophies

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

Wyke would like to congratulate the 15 students who, as part of the Dance troupe, competed in their first Dance competition representing the College and won four trophies.

The troupe performed 3 dances at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall in the styles of contemporary, commercial and lyrical. Following some tough competition, the students won the best small group dance trophy and 2nd overall from their lyrical routine in their age category. For their Contemporary performance, the students once again wowed the judges and were awarded the highest mark and 1st place overall in their age category.

Following their success at the competition, Head of A Level Dance Toni Daddy said: “Both Hannah and I are extremely proud of the girls and are excited to take the routines to the semi-finals in January. To be the only 6th Form College competing against proper dance schools, and to win, is an outstanding achievement, but was thoroughly deserved after their hard work and dedication to training over the last month.”

In January, the troupe will be performing at the ‘That’s Showbiz’ semi-finals at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in front of 3000 spectators. The College would like to wish them every success in the next round.

A Golden Year

By | Awards, News, On Campus

The inaugural year of the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award in Wyke Sixth Form College was a busy one. Jay Trivedy and Sarah Thackray travelled to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, at which the college was presented with a plaque identifying Wyke as a Duke of Edinburgh DLC holder, entitled to deliver all Duke of Edinburgh programmes to young people. Whilst at Buckingham Palace, Sarah and Jay met the famous Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft MBE, who also has a close association with gold, having won them in the wheelchair 100, 400 and 800 metres at the 2016 Rio Games, inspiring many young people to take up sport.

In 2015-16 , the first fourteen Gold students trained for their practice expedition and started the other 4 sections of the gold award – skills, physical, volunteering and residential. They completed three practice walks in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors honing their skills. Also, two students took part in the thirty mile Spurn to Wyke walk to raise funds for equipment. All fourteen students practised their cooking skills when they used camping stoves for the first time, learnt map reading skills , first aid, hygiene skills, undertook emergency scenario training and learnt how to plan a nutritional menu (which they then promptly ignored when shopping for ingredients).

In July, these students completed their practice expedition in the Lake District. They endured gale force winds, three days of rain and some leaking kit to successfully complete their practice walk. The students might not quite have recognised the natural beauty of the Lakes during the trip due to the unfortunate three days of rain that they endured, but they began to work as a team. They tolerated each other; then made friendships. They learned how to endure the hardships of rain, cold and poor cooking. They survived – and now they are thriving because the group has returned to their second year. Learning from the ardours and trials of the practice expedition, they are already planning hard and making amendments for their assessed qualifying expedition in July 2017.

And the new? Well, the Duke of Edinburgh team this year is now three members strong, with David Pickering and Andy Dunne talking on leadership roles. The team has been vigorously recruiting students into the Gold award since Wyke Start in June, and currently has 32 participants signed up for the first year of the award, a large increase on 2015-16.

This year the teams mission is to continue to promote the award to students, parents and volunteers alike. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is much more than the expedition. Our students are actively involved in volunteering activities. Some are helping in charities; some are volunteering in cat shelters, some are developing new skills such as learning to drive or aiming to attain grade eight in Ballet. Some have returned to learning a musical instrument. They are promoting their physical well-being by being actively involved in a variety of sports; one is coaching a team of young children to play football. Those young children are learning. Our student is learning too.

In truth, those students who are taking part in Wyke’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award have all encompassed the true spirit of the scheme. Wyke Sixth Form College should be proud of these students and their achievements.

They are the pioneers of this new course. Long may their legacy continue!

Bronze and Silver at Biology Olympiad

By | Awards, Course News, News

The College would like to congratulate our students who participated in the 2016 British Biology Olympiad. Approximately 7,200 students from across the country entered the contest, with 22 of these entries coming from Wyke students.

The competition consisted of two examination papers taken in January which were designed to assess knowledge of Biology beyond A-Level.

The students that took part from the College placed highly in the challenging test and received commendations from the Olympiad association.

Zoe Booth, Jess Sharpe and Josh Leeman achieved Bronze awards, which placed them in the top 15.5% of competitors nationally. Tom McKenzie and Holly Smith achieved Silver awards, which placed them in the top 9.5%.

Each of the Bronze and Silver winners were invited to the Royal Institution in London for the official prize-giving ceremony which took place on Thursday.

Well done to all.

Aspiring Lawyer commended by the University of Cambridge

By | Awards, Course News, News

Congratulations to Will De Vries for receiving a ‘highly commended’ mark on his essay written for the Robert Walker Prize.

The Robert Walker Prize for essays in Law was launched in 2013 and is named after a retired Justice of the Supreme Court who studied Law at Trinity College, the University of Cambridge. The prize is open to Year 12 and 13 students and aims to encourage them to explore and produce an argument about a legal topic, encourage those interested in Law to pursue it at university and to recognise talented individuals from all backgrounds.

This year, the 2000 word essay asked students to discuss the issue of offensive remarks on social media. His work was marked within the top ten essays and received some fantastic comments from the judges: “[Will’s work] clearly addressed the question, brought a range of perspectives and substantiated its assertions.”

As a result of being placed in the top ten, Will has been invited to attend an event at Trinity College to visit the campus and the Law Fellows on the 29th June. Well done once again Will, we hope that you have a fantastic time.

Sarah Thackray and Jay Trivedy with celebrity supporter Hannah Cockcroft.

Wyke celebrates DofE success at Buckingham Palace

By | Awards, News, Physics

Last week, Teacher of Physics Sarah Thackray and College Principal Jay Trivedy attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event Wyke was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter Hannah Cockcroft, acknowledging the College’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.

The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.

Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those that were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.

Wyke has been delivering the DofE since September 2015. Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, the College hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.

Sarah Thackray, DofE Manager at the College attended the presentation. Speaking proudly about the College’s involvement with the DofE, Sarah said: “Wyke has held a licence to deliver the DofE for just under a year now and myself and Jay feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the Charity during its Diamond Anniversary year.”

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Through the DofE, Wyke is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests. We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family, and our Diamond Anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you.”

Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.

Visit for more information about the DofE, and to find out how you can support the Charity in its Diamond Anniversary year, go to

Gold Crest for Cory

By | Awards, News

Wyke would like to congratulate Cory Thurlow for achieving a Gold Crest Award.

The award is run by the British Science Association and requires students to conduct a research project that contributes something new to the scientific community or a particular field of study.

For his project, Cory decided to research different types of cancer cells to find the most appropriate treatment. He completed the award at the University of Hull in the Bioscience laboratories with the help of Dr Chris Cawthorne, a lecturer in Molecular Biology. For the practical aspects of the research, Cory was supported by a PhD student.

Cory is currently completing A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Geography at the College. In September, he is planning to study Biochemistry at Newcastle University with the aim of becoming a medical researcher.

For more information on the Gold Crest Award, go to:

Poetry from the Heart

By | Awards, Course News, News

Last weekend was one to celebrate as two Wyke students collected awards in a national poetry competition. Sarah Magaharan and Kathryn Jackson were crowned the Hull and East Riding winner and runner-up respectively in the “Poetry By Heart” regional heat held at the Hull Maritime Museum.

“Poetry By Heart” is a national competition designed to encourage pupils aged 14-18 and at school and college in England to learn and to recite poems by heart. Not in an arm-waving, props-supported thespian extravaganza, but as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem.

The competition is a pyramid of participation from individual classrooms to whole school/college contests, then county contests, regional semi-finals and the grand final, to be held at Homerton College, Cambridge on March 17th – 19th 2016.

Congratulations to Sarah and Kathryn on their success.

The netball team celebrating their County Championship win.

Netball score 5th County win

By | Awards, News, Sport

Huge congratulations once again to our women’s 1st Netball team who reclaimed the under 19’s County Championship title for the 5th year running.

At the event, the team faced South Hunsley School and Wolfreton School who were the East Riding heat winners and runners up. Wyke also faced Hymers College who placed 2nd in the Hull heats.

The team were captained to victory in all matches by Emily Hairsine beating South Hunsley School 8-7, Wolfreton School 10-3 and finally Hymers College 7-4.

Following their 5th win of the title, Debbie Brettell, the coach of the Netball 1st team said: “The girls have done really well to reach the regional finals as well as being crowned both the Hull and County Champions. The team have only been together since September but are already showing signs of being one of the best netball teams Wyke has ever had. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Following the match, both Wyke and Hymers College will be heading to the regional finals on 30th January to see if they can qualify for nationals and today 7 members of Wyke’s winning team have gone to the final stage of the British College’s England trials in Nottingham.

Well done to all involved and the College would like to wish the girls the best of luck at the British College trials and regional finals.

Students winning 2nd place Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Business students show entrepreneurial skill

By | Awards, Course News, News

Last week, our second year Business students took part in the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week event at the Guildhall.

During the event, Martin Green the Chief Executive of Hull City of Culture 2017 delivered a speech. Mr Green told the students his approach to life and business to encorauge the students to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve success.

Following this talk, the students were introduced to the design brief by Paul Cunningham from Swift Caravans. The students had the task of designing  a new caravan for either young people or a family unit.

Our students worked as a team to create the idea of the Podulator, a caravan bought with basic features with a range of pods to create a personalised caravan that could be adapted for every stage of family life.

Once the students decided on their idea, they completed a video pitch and presentation to a panel of judges and audience members and were awarded second place, winning £200 in prize money.

Teacher Elizabeth Blakey said: “The team worked fantastically well to create a viable and realistic proposition, their presentation was excellent and all of the students were inspired and motivated following the event.”

Well done all involved.