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Applicant Update Virtual Event

By | Community, Course News, News, On Campus

Applicant Update Virtual Event

Thursday, 4th March, between 4.00-5.00pm, Facebook Live

https://www.facebook.com/WykeSixthFormCollege

In this online session we will be celebrating “World Book Day” with English, understanding the career boost offered by Further Maths, and getting to know the Criminology, Psychology, Sociology and Law curriculum. There will also be an update on our transport, with a guide to selecting your best route.

During the event there will be an opportunity to post questions on our Facebook page or through our website virtual chat. The Wyke Liaison team will be online to answer your questions and concerns with helpful advice and guidance.

The invitation to attend this virtual event is open to all applicants to Wyke Sixth Form College. We look forward to meeting you online, on our Facebook page, on Thursday 4th March between 4.00-5.00pm.

#MakeItHappen

Sam Running the AoC Lunar Challenge

Sam Runs to the Moon

By | Community, News, Sport

We would like to congratulate Sam Pattinson who is currently topping Wyke’s Strava Lunar Challenge Leaderboard.

The challenge launched by AoC Sport last week is asking students and staff to run, walk or cycle 238,855 miles, the equivalent of travelling to the moon.

Sam, who is visually impaired, decided to take on the challenge to represent the Additional Learning Support department at the College. “I set out to prove that it is the ability rather than the disability that defines me and others in the department.”

The Challenge’s aim is to encourage students and staff  to keep active and maintain mental wellbeing during lockdown, something that Sam has enjoyed about the challenge so far. “I have always enjoyed keeping fit and it is a massive part of my life. I have noticed that the Lunar Challenge has had a positive effect on my mental health and well-being.”

Well done Sam!

If you want to sign up for the Lunar Challenge please contact Kate Clark on Teams for more information.

#MakeItHappen

Lockdown 3.0

Lockdown 3.0 Plans

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

Here are the details on the college’s response to the announcement of a national lockdown from Wednesday 6th January 2021. 

The overall plan is that college will continue as normal, just delivered from home.  We will provide the full curriculum to all.  We will be working towards substantial assessments to justify the evidence requirements of whatever centre assessed grade process gets put in place therefore, you must continue to work as hard as you have been all year 

I want to reassure you that we have planned for this eventuality since the summer.  I outlined to you the three potential scenarios for this year and this included scenario C, a further full national lockdown including the closure of schools and colleges.  We have had a term of using remote delivery as a key part of our provision ensuring that students and staff are confident with the technology required.   

 

College opening: 

The college site will be closed from Wednesday 6th January 2021 with a planned return on Monday 22nd February 2021. 

We will have a limited provision for vulnerable students and the children of key workers during this period.  I want to stress that the safest place for the vast majority of our students and staff is at home so this provision is only for those who really cannot engage in learning remotely.  There will be no onsite teaching, students will access remote lessons in the library along with limited support during study periods.  There will be no mixing allowed between students, this is to ensure their complete safety.   We will need students to commit to attending five days a week from 9am -4pm so we may be able to arrange transport and appropriate levels of staffing. We desperately want our students onsite, but this is not a safe option at this time.  The guidance is clear, we all need to stay at home whilst this current crisis passes. 

We have records of those students who are vulnerable, and we will be contacting them to develop a plan to best support them.  If you are the child of a key worker and it is not possible for you to work from home, then please contact wfh@wyke.ac.uk so we can have a conversation about how best to support you.  We need to get these plans in place quickly so please can I ask for replies by 9am Thursday 7th January 2021.  

 

Delivery of the curriculum: 

Throughout this lock down period, we will deliver all lessons, tutorials, support and enrichments as per the timetable. 

These sessions will meet the minimum requirements for remote sessions that we set out at the start of the year.  All sessions will: 

·         Be delivered live via the Teams platform 

·         Have a register taken with attendance marks recorded on the system in the normal way 

·         Include as a minimum for the live element a review prior learning, check of understanding of the tasks set and some form of wellbeing activity 

As far as we are concerned, you are all still enrolled to your courses, you need to do all the work and it is this work that will get you the grade come the end.  We are planning for substantial internal assessments for second years at Easter and for all students in the summer.   

 

Examinations and resources 

We are following the announcements about the cancellation of A levels and GCSEs along with all of you.  As yet there are no details about the system that will replace this although it must be something based on teacher assessments.  As we have said all year, this means that every piece of work you do counts!  There has not been a similar announcement about vocational courses, but I expect this to follow in due course. 

Our teaching teams have marked the majority of your winter assessments and we will be posting these out to you over the next two weeks as they are a valuable part of the learning process. 

Some of you have BTEC, Criminology and Engineering CTEC examinations planned for the next couple of weeks.  I am sure that the government will cancel this, it is completely disingenuous to hold public examinations in a national lockdown, but sometimes it takes a little while to get these things sorted.  I will keep you updated about our plans for these over the coming days. 

Similarly, we have GCSE results day next Thursday (14th January 2021) for those students who sat examinations in November.  Your results will be emailed to you on Thursday morning as well as a copy posted to your home address. Your teachers and progress tutor will be able to advise you through teams during the days that follow as to your next steps following the results.  

 

Student support 

As per the overall plan we will be running all of our support functions as normal.  Safeguarding and wellbeing support will continue, please see the attached for details.   

We have consultation events coming up and we are in the midst of plans for running these virtually this year.  We will send out more details next week. 

I’m sorry that our absence text system has not been working properly since the start of the year.  We are now turning this back on fully and parents will receive notification when students are absent from lessons, including remote lessons.  

Where we have concerns around student underperformance we will still be operating our behaviour management system.  As ever, this is about trying to support our students to achieve their potential. We will only issue warnings when we know that you can do better but you need a formal reminder of what you need to do to improve and what the consequences of not responding are.  So, warnings up to and including case conferences will continue as normal.  We will not be holding disciplinary hearing meetings during the national lockdown as these important discussions need to be held face to face. 

 

Student access to learning 

We are now well set up for students who have connectivity issues.  We have spent over £150k on supporting their education and are grateful for the kind support of the University of Hull with this important work.  If you encounter new connectivity issues please contact financialsupport@wyke.ac.uk 

Students in receipt of the free college meals or a bursary allocated to providing meals will receive their funds via BACS payments on a weekly basis. 

Transport costs will be refunded on the next ticket. 

 

Wellbeing 

I think we all need to contribute to this.  What can we do to come together as a college community and look after each other through this dark winter?  The staff team did a brilliant job with the Wyke Workout sessions last March (if you haven’t seen these check them out on the Youtube channel Wyke TV) but my challenge to all of you is what can you do for our community?  Please do get in touch with the Student Executive (student_executive@wyke.ac.uk) if you have some great ideas about wellbeing activities for the college. You can also contact them via Teams.  

I have also asked all teachers to build in some time to check how you are all doing into their lessons.  As I see it, it is our responsibility to challenge, stretch, inspire and support you through this period.  You all have a job to do, material to learn and skills to develop.  Let’s get on with it.   

 

Communication 

Due to the college site only having a very limited opening, from Wednesday 6th January 2021 the college phone line will not be open and all communication should go directly to the teams involved.  We have a list of email contacts posted on the website if you are not sure.  Your tutor will be a key port of call through the period. You can find the contact details of your teachers and progress tutor in your Student Portal.  

I am still going to hold the webinar this Thursday at 1pm.  I will explain all of the detail in this email including and further information that comes out over the next couple of days.  It seems I was a bit hasty with the planning for lateral flow testing but the webinar time will still be useful! 

So, that is it.  Here we are again.  But, we know what we are doing and we are going to provide a full educational experience through this lockdown.  As I said back in March, there are three things to work on: keep in touch, work hard and look after yourselves and each other. 

 

Paul Britton

Principal

Parent Power Survey

Wyke Breaks into National Top 50

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

The Sunday Times’ Parent Power national league table for 11-18 schools and colleges has placed Wyke Sixth Form College at 41.

The definitive league tables ranks the 2,000 most academically successful schools in the state and independent sectors.

Using the data from the 2019 examination results, The Sunday Times survey identifies the highest-achieving 11-18 schools in the UK.

The analysis of the data places Wyke in the top 2% nationally, the highest ranked provider in our region.

Principal Paul Britton said, “I am incredibly proud of all the students and staff at Wyke; they make this a fantastic place to study and work, as shown by our recent national performance in the Parent Power table.

We want the very best for our students, our ambition is to be the best provider of sixth form education in the country.  Our view is why shouldn’t the young people of Hull and the Humber region have access to the finest education?  This recognition shows we are getting close to delivering on this vision.”

Applications currently open for a 2021 start. Apply online at https://wyke.ac.uk/apply-online/

If you want to discover more about the Wyke success story, register for Virtual Open Evening on Thursday, 17th December, 5.00pm-7.00pm. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wyke-sixth-form-college-virtual-open-evening-registration-130397477365

Wyke TV Youtube

Thanks Half a Million

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus
More and more people are adding Wyke TV, the College YouTube channel, to their viewing list.
 
Over the summer break, viewing figures for the College’s video channel broke through the 500,000 mark.
 
Established in 2009, Wyke TV is a library of current and archive material that documents student achievement over the last decade. From winning the National Football Cup in 2017, to celebrating all our results days, to watching our amazing theatre performances – Wyke TV is the place to relive the College’s “greatest hits”.
 
To follow the channel visit https://www.youtube.com/user/Wyke01
FAQs Exams

Wyke’s Plans for New and Returning Students

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

Just in case you missed our two webinars explaining Wyke’s plans for the new academic year, here are links to recordings of the two sessions.

Following the online presentations, Principal Paul Britton said, “Thanks to all of you who were able to attend, and contribute to our recent webinars explaining the planning that has gone into ensuring that all students can study at Wyke in a safe way this autumn.  Here are recordings of the presentations for any of you who would like to check back on specific details or who were unable to attend.  Please do treat all the material in the webinar as provisional, we are still waiting for the Department of Education to publish their latest guidance about college opening.  We will all need to be flexible throughout this period to ensure that we can continue to deliver great education for all our students through this most unusual time.

I’m really looking forward to seeing all very soon and getting back to learning!”

Parents of New Students

Parents of Returning Students

 

u-turn on results

Teacher Grades Awarded

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents

I am sure that you will have seen that, today, Ofqual and the Department for Education decided to award grades on the basis of what teachers submitted, what we have been calling the Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs). The switch to centre assessed grades will apply to both AS and A levels. You can see the statement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-roger-taylor-chair-ofqualAs a result, students will be awarded the higher of their CAGs (centre assessed grade) or calculated grade (the grade you received on results day).

We are pleased that the Department of Education has come to the realisation that these grades are a much better reflection of the grades that our students could have achieved should they have had the opportunity to sit the examinations and complete their coursework and practicals.

We are yet to see the guidance or process for the awarding of these new grades. When we have received this, we will communicate with you again about how we will ‘officially’ release the grades to you as a statement of results.

There will be significant media ‘hype’ around this over the next few days, but please await further communication from us. As soon as we are in possession of the advice and guidance and have formulated a process, we will communicate this with you.

University Applications

Many of you will have questions about how this impacts on your university place. Our team is here to support you through this, but we suggest that your initial first step is to contact the university directly and get advice and guidance from them. Similar to us, they will be having to respond to this significant change and may not be able to give you an immediate response.

Centre Assessed Grades

All CAGs are available on the student portal, along with all formal assessment data and collection information (these can be found under the menu ‘Achievement and Reviews’ > ‘Assessments’ > ‘CAG’ assessment option). These are the CAGs that we submitted to the boards. Please do not ask for confirmation of your final grade at the moment as we are awaiting the exam boards to tell us how they will send the confirmed awarded grades.

All CAGs were awarded as part of a rigorous process and no one teacher is responsible for the CAG for any individual.

Our teachers generated the CAGs on the basis of all the assessment evidence each department had collected over the duration of the course. This could include, but is not limited to: formal classroom assessments, non-examined units, coursework, formal college assessments, class and homework tasks that had been graded and practical or verbal elements already assessed. These grades then went through several quality assurance processes as detailed here. We are confident that no bias or discrimination has entered the process and that our quality assurance measures were robust and provided our students with the fairest assessment of their possible outcomes should they have sat the final examinations.

You are not able to appeal the CAGs that we have provided. Please do not ask for this or email teachers asking them why you were awarded the CAG as the process is detailed here and they will only be able to  signpost you to this. Should you believe that there has been an administrative error in your CAGs, reply to this email or send a query to cag@wyke.ac.uk.

We understand that a small number of students will be unhappy with the CAG they have received.  If this is the case, your only option to improve your grade is to enter for the autumn exam. You are not able to appeal your CAG nor are we able to change them.

We are still currently waiting any further guidance on how this might affect BTEC qualifications, Criminology and Extended Projects. We will communicate more when we get information.

We recognise that many of you will still be frustrated, and some will still have questions. At the moment, we are not in possession of all of the guidance that we need to be able to respond to all queries. We will communicate this with you once we have it.

Your year group has had significant upheaval. However, through our collective effort, we are now in a position where all students will receive a grade that fairly reflects, to the best of our ability, the grade they were most likely to achieve had they sat the examinations. We hope that this announcement allows you to feel positive about the effort you have put into your A Level studies.

I do hope everything now gets resolved with you progressing on to your next step,

Paul

Media Appeal

Level 3 Results Update

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

Level 3 results – Update 2pm Monday 17th August

As this is posted, there is still no clarity about how the A level results process will be resolved.  However, we would like to share the current details as far as we know them.  We recognise that many students have been disadvantaged by the results process and that the uncertainty is worrying for everyone involved.  We are committed to do everything we can to ensure that all our students achieve results that are fair.  This has included making appeals through the media, working with our local MPs and contributing to the collective effort of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association to raise the issues at a national level.  We will continue to pursue all avenues we can to ensure our students get the grades they deserve.

I hope that this message, and the links in it, can answer your queries.  We are getting a lot of emails and phone calls at the moment.  We will, of course, try to answer all your questions but please do see if the details below give you the details you need before you try to get in touch.

We are expecting further announcements later today and we will keep you updated.

Thanks for all the kind words of support and do keep raising the issues wherever you can!

Paul Britton

Principal

 

Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs)

It is important to note that the CAGs were not the result of any one member of staff making an isolated judgement, but part of a robust and quality assured process involving curriculum teachers, their leaders and senior leaders. The CAGs were reviewed at both the individual and course level to ensure that we were representing fairly the achievements of each student while being robust and honest.

Details of the entire process can be found here: https://wykecollege.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/CurriculumLeaders/ET-RCLL3bFZHk_J09OkzlowBj9UnBVCwtQTZ8ucl88gVkA?e=h7OO37.

Please read the document before emailing any queries as it will answer many questions about the process and what options you do have.

Results & Appeals

We understand that some of you are disappointed with the grades you received last Thursday. As are we. However, it is important to note that, as an individual, you are not able to request an appeal on your grades, unless you fall into one of the two administrative error categories below. As frustrating as it is, you cannot simply appeal because you do not feel that your grades accurately represent your ability.

A candidate can:

  • ask their centre to appeal on their behalf to an awarding body if there is evidence that leads a candidate to believe the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information
  • an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade

A candidate cannot:

  • appeal against their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal in respect of the process or procedure used in calculating their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body

The arrangements for awarding qualifications in summer 2020 state that candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.

As a centre, we are appealing all of our awarded grades on several fronts, both locally and nationally and will keep you updated regarding this. Ofqual released information about the ‘mock exam triple lock’ process on Saturday and shortly afterwards it was taken down from their website. We are hoping for clarity and more information next week. If we are able to, we will make appeals for any students where we are able to provide the appropriate evidence base on your behalf. At this stage we do not need you to do anything.

Resits

You may be considering a resit of the assessments under the triple lock process. Please do give this careful consideration and explore alternative routes that could support your progression onto your next steps. We can and will help with this. The college will be funding the cost of the resits, and you will still have access to moodle/Microsoft teams.  Once we have some idea of the number of students who will be taking up these exams, and in which subjects, we will share more details about any other support we can offer.

Destinations

The Pastoral Team have been working closely with students who are holding university offers to ensure they progress on to their next steps as smoothly as possible. So far, we have over 600 students who have been successful in gaining a place at university and we will continue to support any student who is still actively in clearing or waiting to hear about their place. The careers team is also supporting students who are moving on to apprenticeships and/or employment placements. There will be a member of the pastoral team on site every day, so please do get in touch if you have any queries or concerns and we will do everything we can to support you. Email office@wyke.ac.uk if you would like some help with your next step

BTEC Results

We have now received all BTEC grades from Peason. The team have continually chased BTEC for these and they should now appear on the student/parent portal. Please contact us if this is not the case. All students affected by this have been emailed.

We have also emailed universities where students with conditional firm offers had a BTEC qualification as we are unsure of how long it will take Pearson to get the grade to them. This does mean that for all students who have a BTEC grade in, the admissions team have a confirmed email from the college stating the BTEC outcomes from one of us already.

Emilia Barry

Aspiring Film Producer

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Film Studies, Fine Art, French, Media

Former Wyke Sixth Form College student, Emilia Barry, has spent the last couple of months overseeing the pre-production of Young Adults, a short film in association with the National Youth Film Academy.

After collecting her A level results in Film Studies, French and Fine Art this summer, Emilia will leave for London’s Ravensbourne University where she hopes to pursue her lifelong dream of working in the industry.

She said: “My obsession with cinema started when I was about four-years-old. I became really obsessed with Tim Burton after seeing Corpse Bride because that was the first film that made me cry and I developed a massive love for him and all of his films.

“Then when I was eight I watched the academy awards and I sort of got this sense that this is where I belonged and this is where my future was going to be.

“So from that point onwards on knew the film industry was the industry I wanted to work in it was just figuring out where I wanted to work that was a challenge.”

“I went through phases of wanting to work in all different types of roles and then when I was 16 I worked with BFI to produce my first ever short film and I realised that I’m sort of a natural producer.

“Ultimately I’d like to be a producer/writer/director but right now I’m focusing very much on producing because that’s the thing I need to learn the most for.”

She said being an aspiring filmmaker in Hull isn’t easy but more distinguished names from the area are often willing to lend a hand.

“It’s definitely more challenging than it is for a lot of my friends in the industry who are based in the south or bigger places like Manchester where the film industry is more prominent,” she said.

“But it is still absolutely possible to get involved with it from Hull.

“There are a few big film makers from Hull such as Chris Hees and Sean McAllister – if you can in touch with them or get involved with BFI then that can be a great opportunity, if you really prove yourself to them and then they will be a reference for you.”

This year her A level results will be determined by predicated grades and coursework. What had promised to be a hectic few months suddenly became a clear schedule. Emilia took full advantage of the time, throwing herself into the production of Young Adults.

She said: “At the start of May I was put in touch with 14 other people who were aged between 16 and 26 from all around the country.

“I’d never met them before and we all had to come together to come up with a concept for a film and then just create it.

“My job in this has been pretty major so far because it’s all been pre-production. I had to spend pretty much every day of lockdown down on meetings, with emails, and dealing with paperwork.

“We’ve also been doing a lot of script surgery and contacting businesses, making sure everyone knows what’s going on and trying to establish locations for the film, additional casting and everything.”

She described the film as a part coming of age tale and part family drama, with a focus on the tensions within families.

As part of the project the team must raise funds to meet the production costs of the film which includes equipment, locations, casting, distribution and advertising.

Visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/young-adults-short-film to help Emilia reach the £8,000 production target.