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DoE 2021

Truly Determined and Stoical

By | Classics, College Trips, Community, News, News for Parents, On Campus, Student Association

Qualifying Expedition for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

“Very proud of these young people… what they’ve done these past four days is truly determined and stoical, a great achievement after this crazy COVID time. Well done all of you!” The words of the accredited assessor perfectly summed up the successes of our fantastic fourteen students who had just completed their Gold expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh award. The look on their faces when the assessor told them they were members of this exquisite Gold club was priceless; so well deserved!

“I’ve gained so much confidence doing Duke of Edinburgh,” said one of our students with heartfelt emotion, thus highlighting one of the many reasons that students participate in this prestigious award. “Duke of Edinburgh makes you a more rounded person,” the assessor expressed, then added, “When my husband used to interview people, if they had D of E on their application, then it gave them something to talk about.”

One of the teams named themselves after Bob, who was a gorgeous little teddy bear with a dark brown fur coat acting as their mascot and being integral to the team’s aim. All teams need an aim. Bob was seen everywhere, being strapped to the belt of the student; on top of mountains, on trails upholding a laminated copy of the countryside code, helping a team member recover after an unfortunate fall into a muddy bog and being a much-valued member of the group. Team spirit was evident throughout.

For four days, walking just over forty miles and camping for three nights, our adventurous students had pitted their skills and cleverness against the bracing October cold and dampness; using their wits to solve navigational challenges on the bleak splendour of the stunning North York Moors that were donning their autumnal attire – golden leaves echoing the Gold award!

What an amazing accomplishment in such challenging circumstances! Our remarkable students worked hard for their Gold and truly deserved their success.

So, come and develop your skills and wits and earn your Gold! Contact Sarah.Thackray@wyke.ac.uk (manager of Duke of Edinburgh award) or office@wyke.ac.uk for more information.

German Students Recognised by Oxford University

By | Classics, Course News, German
Two of Wyke’s second year German students, Libby Darcy and Alastair McLelland, entered a literature competition held by Oxford University’s German network, for which they had to read a piece of literature, Die Verlobung in St Domingo by Heinrich von Kleist, and to then write a detailed, fully referenced 1500-word essay, answering 1 of 4 questions – all throughout the summer holidays!
Alastair McLelland (year 2) came 3rd and has won a £100 prize plus has an invitation to attend an award ceremony in June 2022.
They received over 50 entries this year and only awarded prizes and commendations to eight essays and ‘fully appreciate how much time, effort and thought goes into completing such a substantial essay on a challenging piece of literature, especially when it goes far beyond the school syllabus and is completed independently of teacher input.’ 

Oxford German network were very impressed by the overall quality of all the essays: ‘they were generally as good – and in many cases better! – than the work that our first-year undergraduates produce. Indeed the essays we asked you to write were exactly the kind of essays we ask students to write at Oxford.’ Head Judge Professor Ritchie Robertson commented that the essays were of a particularly high standard this year and contained many insightful observations about Kleist’s story, which made for very engaging reading.

They also wrote; ‘If you’re thinking about applying to study German at university and are wondering if you’re good enough to write essays about German literature, the answer is yes! The very fact that you decided to spend significant time over the summer reading Die Verlobung in St. Domingo, familiarising yourself with secondary literature on it, and writing your essay shows that you have just the right approach. This kind of dedication and passion is exactly what we and other universities are looking for in candidates for a Modern Languages degree. The fact that your essay was selected as one of the strongest entries by the judges only underscores this.’

In response to Alastair’s essay, they explained, ‘This clear, well-written, and well-structured essay makes many insightful points about Kleist’s story by analysing well-chosen examples from the text. For example, there is sophisticated analysis of projection in the second paragraph, and of Gustav’s combination of racial and gender stereotypes in the third paragraph. There are many more excellent observations like this, confirming the author’s engagement with the story. ‘

Congratulations to all the entrants! This is a fine example of engagement in supra-curricular activities which support UCAS applications. Libby and Alastair should be very proud of themselves.

results day plans

Results Day 2021

By | Classics, 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”