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Christmas Spirit

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News for Parents, On Campus, Photography, Student Association

This year, Wyke doesn’t have one official Christmas card, it has five!

Each year, students are invited to submit their designs for the College’s Christmas card. As the response from the students was fantastic, and the quality high, it was impossible to select just one. From Banksy inspired traditional designs with a post-modern twist, to beautifully illustrated penguins performing amazing feats, everyone has their own favourite.

Congratulations to our winning students. Evie Spencer (Penguin with Christmas Tree) Maisie Hart (Bird), Ayah Moudares (Christmas Tree), Leia Tonkin (All I Want), and Isobel Smith (Penguin Bauble).

The brief asked the students to create a design that tackles the climate crisis but with a festive/seasonal theme. They were asked to consider how current climate change and environmental issues could be interpreted into the brief, whether it is through the visual imagery produced, a statement or the materials used.

The winning students will all receive prizes and their designs will be printed for sale from the Student Executive at £2.50 per pack of five, with proceeds donated to the Student Hardship Fund.

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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.

Paul Britton

Wyke Awarded £3.6M Capacity Fund

By | Community, Course News, News, News Bulletins, News for Parents, On Campus, Student Association

Yesterday, Wyke Sixth Form College was named as a post-16 provider to share a £83 million capacity fund to build facilities to accommodate a demographic spike in 16 to 19-year-olds. 

With the £3.6M allocation Wyke is planning to build additional classrooms, new student social spaces and a large careers hub. This financial award recognises the growing demand for places at Wyke. With a strong reputation for academic excellence, the College has doubled its student in-take to 2150 level three places over the last decade. The planned extension of the campus will allow Wyke to meet the pressure on places at the College. 

Principal Paul Britton announced the good news at a staff briefing. “We have been awarded a £3.6M investment into the College that will allow us to double the size of our canteen, house seven new specialist classrooms, and have a wonderful dedicated pastoral space including a new careers hub in the atrium. This means we can continue to meet the needs of students from the local area over the next 3-5 years.  It’s super news, it’s going to be hard work, but that’s very exciting.”  

The Sixth Form Colleges Association estimates there will be 260,000 additional 16- to 19-year-olds that will participate in education in the coming years. 

According to the Department for Education, the fund will also support the government’s drive to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with all successful colleges and sixth forms required to show how their projects will contribute to the target. 

Skills minister Alex Burghart said: “Every young person should have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to reach their goals and go on to have successful careers.  This investment will boost capacity so we can make sure there is a place for every 16 to 19-year-old, giving them access to the high-quality learning facilities they need to succeed.” 

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.

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Fine Art Exhibition

By | Community, Course News, Fine Art

In 2021, our annual art and design exhibition went online, bringing together examples of outstanding work from our A level Fine, Graphics and Photography students, as well as work from our post-16 foundation course.

Each student is represented by one piece of work, accompanied with a short supporting statement and details of their post-Wyke destination. Many of our second years have elected to continue their studies at Wyke by enrolling onto our Art & Design Foundation course, a full-time programme specifically designed to build a portfolio for the most competitive art schools. The results speak for themselves, with students like Lin Chen gaining a place at Central St Martins, often regarded as the best art school in the world, to study graphic communication.

When you get the opportunity to visit our campus, you’ll see that there are paintings, illustrations, photographs and designs, all around the College, demonstrating the quality of work produced.

To explore our online exhibition visit https://wyke.ac.uk/art-exhibition-2021/

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Graphic Design Exhibition

By | Community, Course News, Graphic Design

In 2021, our annual art and design exhibition went online, bringing together examples of outstanding work from our A level Fine, Graphics and Photography students, as well as work from our post-16 foundation course.

Each student is represented by one piece of work, accompanied with a short supporting statement and details of their post-Wyke destination. Many of our second years have elected to continue their studies at Wyke by enrolling onto our Art & Design Foundation course, a full-time programme specifically designed to build a portfolio for the most competitive art schools. The results speak for themselves, with students like Lin Chen gaining a place at Central St Martins, often regarded as the best art school in the world, to study graphic communication.

When you get the opportunity to visit our campus, you’ll see that there are paintings, illustrations, photographs and designs, all around the College, demonstrating the quality of work produced.

To explore our online exhibition visit https://wyke.ac.uk/art-exhibition-2021/

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Photography Exhibition

By | Community, Course News, Photography

In 2021, our annual art and design exhibition went online, bringing together examples of outstanding work from our A level Fine, Graphics and Photography students, as well as work from our post-16 foundation course.

Each student is represented by one piece of work, accompanied with a short supporting statement and details of their post-Wyke destination. Many of our second years have elected to continue their studies at Wyke by enrolling onto our Art & Design Foundation course, a full-time programme specifically designed to build a portfolio for the most competitive art schools. The results speak for themselves, with students like Lin Chen gaining a place at Central St Martins, often regarded as the best art school in the world, to study graphic communication.

When you get the opportunity to visit our campus, you’ll see that there are paintings, illustrations, photographs and designs, all around the College, demonstrating the quality of work produced.

To explore our online exhibition visit https://wyke.ac.uk/art-exhibition-2021/

Sarah O'Sullivan

Train to Teach at Wyke

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

From September 2021, Wyke will be offering teacher training, pre-service and in-service, part-time, Cert Ed and PGCE courses, awarded by the University of Huddersfield.

Centre manager, Rachel Hitchenor, is really excited to be offering these new teacher training courses and is looking forward to welcoming new students and working closely with the University. The range of pathways on offer reaches out to everyone who is looking to further their career in a sixth form or college setting.

She said, “If you’re already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) or and looking to progress your career, then the in-service PGCE or Cert Ed is the course for you.

If you’re hoping to go into teaching within sixth forms or further education colleges, or you see yourself taking up a career in adult education or informal education roles, then the pre-service PGCE or Cert Ed would suit your needs. You don’t need previous teaching experience, just an industry skill, an appropriate entry qualification and a passion for teaching and training others.”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

High quality teaching is at the heart of Wyke’s success. Recently, the PE, Sports and Dance department won the coveted “FE Teaching Team of the Year” award. This year, the status of the College was confirmed by “The Sunday Times Parent Power Survey” that placed Wyke in the top 2% of providers in the UK.

Wyke is an established provider of teacher training placements. Sarah O’Sullivan completed her first placement at Wyke and now teaches A Level Geography at the College.

She said, “When given the opportunity to complete my 1st PGCE placement at Wyke, I was excited, yet nervous, and most of all curious to see what it would be like as a trainee teacher at a Sixth Form College.

Wyke supported me in this placement immensely- I had a well-structured programme with my mentor and PGCE coordinator and I felt part of the team straight away. I was given the opportunity to observe teachers from a variety of subjects and got invaluable teaching advice from both well experienced teachers and other recently qualified teachers too. The placement allowed me to put the introduction to pedagogical theories into practice and try different strategies in the classroom to challenge myself in a supportive environment.

Feedback from observations is always constructive and encouraging, which has consequently improved my confidence, and competency in teaching. Completing the PGCE led to me gaining employment in the organisation, where I am currently continuing to develop professionally and gaining a deeper understanding into teaching and learning through the NQT programme.”

If you have any questions or would like further information then please email rachel.hitchenor@wyke.ac.uk or phone 01482 346347. If you would like to apply then please email or phone to discuss the most appropriate route.
To apply via our current vacancies portal https://vportal.wyke.ac.uk/ by 30th June 2021 if possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Pre-Hospital Care Programme

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Community, Course News, Health & Social Care, News, Uncategorised

Now in her second year of medical school, former Wyke science A level student, Eric McCabe has been busy volunteering on the Pre-hospital care programme, attending Category 1 and 2 medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, unconsciousness and chest pains primarily in Hull. Additionally, her team had been further trained to assess patients who had fallen down and assist them in getting back on their feet.

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Pre-hospital care programme, in collaboration with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service offers medical students at HYMS further educational experience in the field of pre-hospital medicine.

Last year, Erin and the team of 9 other HYMS medical students attended 188 incidents, ranging from cardiac arrests and diabetic emergencies to falls and fractures. Altogether, the team volunteered 900 plus hours of their time to help the local community.

Watch this short video interview on Wyke TV to find out more about Erin’s experiences. https://youtu.be/89Tup43wnQA

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Spring Re-Opening Webinar

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

Our Spring Re-Opening Webinar is now available to view online. The 40 minute presentation, hosted by Principal Paul Britton, guides you through the testing process, campus Covid safety expectations and also discusses the assessment and awarding process for our second year students.

Visit this link to view the presentation on the College’s YouTube channel. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Wyke.