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Applicant Update

By | Community, Course News

Due to recent announcements by the Government, we have updated our advice on college applications.

We have already had several queries from applicants and schools looking for guidance on what the removal of end of year assessments means for their application to study with us in the autumn.

Our position is simple:
• We will honour all of the offers we have made to students.
• We will accept the outcomes that they are awarded and use these to assess their suitability for courses according to our published entry criteria (as ever, these are subject to change)
• We are not giving guaranteed enrolment appointments for applicants who apply after March 31st

Please contact us by email at office@wyke.ac.uk if you require any further information.

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Guidance for Students Working Remotely

By | Community, Course News

Another day and more significant information to tell you about following statements by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education on Wednesday evening.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close?utm_source=ab2c52ba-df74-46bf-a3ab-b18ebfb5a001&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Firstly, these announcements do not change the decision that we shared yesterday.  It is still the case that:

  • From Friday 20th March, and for the foreseeable future, all students will work remotely and the college transport system will cease.
  • It is the expectation that students and staff will continue to work according to their normal timetable.  There will need to be flexibility about the actual times in the day that people work but we should all be aiming to deliver our normal working hours unless we are sick.
  • Teaching teams will set work for the week, be clear about how students should access this work and the process for students to submit work for assessment and then receive feedback.
  • We are all continuing to towards our planned schemes of work and assessment schedules.  (more on this later in the email)

 

Given this, there are some updates I need to share:

  1. No end of year assessments

The government confirmed that there will be no assessments or exams for this academic year.  This definitely includes A levels and GCSEs and almost certainly includes BTEC qualifications and other level 3 qualifications such as Criminology, EPQs and Core Maths.

We have not yet received any guidance about how the grades that students receive will be decided but we assume this will be on the basis of your work during your studies.

Action – You all need to make sure that your files for every subject are well organised, up to date and contain all of your best work.  These may be needed as evidence, especially if you are expecting to get better grades at college than you did at school.

I know you will be keen to know what grade you will get.  However, that is something that we simply can’t say at this stage.  You know how well you are doing in your recent assessments and some of you will shortly receive feedback on the recent mock examinations and have received UCAS predicted grades.  Please do not ask your teachers for a predicted grade.  They cannot give you one.

 

  1. Continuing to teach students who were working towards final assessments

It does feel very unfair not to have the opportunity to prove yourselves in your final assessments.  However, that is not a reason to stop working:

  • Qualifications are not about the examination or assessment, they are about you gaining knowledge and skills in your subject areas.  Just because you don’t have a final assessment, you still need to know and be able to do this stuff!
  • We have made a commitment to continue to teach and support you until the end of your course.  We will set you weekly material to engage in and we will assess and feedback on your progress with this.
  • During the time of remote working we will continue to monitor your engagement and intervene if you are not engaging appropriately.  You are still a Wyke student!  We have made our expectations clear and we will enforce these expectations.  Failure to complete the work could impact on your final outcomes and any reference we may provide you.
  • Ultimately we don’t know how this will play out.  It may be that the government will change its mind (not unheard of, ask the DUP about Boris) and it is our duty to make sure that you are best prepared for whatever you may be asked to do in terms of justifying your final grades.
  • I have just heard news that it is likely that there will be a resit opportunity for students in some courses in the autumn.  This only reinforces the need for you to be as prepared as possible.

Essentially, we will continue to work as if the exams are still happening and we will ensure that you have the best possible preparation you can.  The government’s announcement doesn’t change that.

I have asked all teams to be particularly firm about chasing up students who don’t engage in remote working in the first week.  You have been warned!

 

  1. Keeping the college open for key workers and vulnerable students including over Easter

It is still not entirely clear what this means for a sixth form college.  I will let you know further details in my briefing tomorrow.

 

  1. Recognising students who are leaving this year

I have spoken to a few of you today who are very sad about the prospect of not attending college again during your time with us.  If things have settled down sufficiently, it is our strong intention to plan some form of graduation event for all this year’s leavers so that you can come and celebrate your achievements and say a proper good bye to staff.  Hopefully we might be able to do something similar with Sports Pres . . . .

 

  1. Mental health and wellbeing

This is a troubling time for all of us.  College provides routine, social contact and purpose.  For some, the prospect of a prolonged period of remote working is frightening.  Please can we all put some thought into how we can support each other through this time.  If you do not feel you are getting the support you need, please do get in touch.

That’s it for now, hopefully I will have more detail about how the assessment system will actually work in the near future.

Good luck, keep in touch and keep working.

Principal Paul Britton

top 30 under 30

Top 30 Under 30

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Community, Economics

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Victoria “Tori” Orsbourne, on her nomination for the “Humber’s Top 30 Under 30”, a programme run by a local recruitment agency, to highlight and recognise up and coming talent in the region.

We caught up with Tori, who took the Advanced Apprenticeship route through Majors Chartered Accountants when she completed her A Level in Accounting. Still in Hull, she now works at Harris, Lacey and Swain, which provide a vast range of financial, consultancy and specialist sector service.

“I have been with Harris, Lacey and Swain for almost 3 years and I’m currently studying towards my Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification. I have extensive knowledge in the bookkeeping element of QuickBooks and would be more than happy to help anybody who needs it. I’m always smiling and I’m very friendly, so fit in perfectly with the mantra of Harris Lacey and Swain,” said Tori.

According to BusinessLive, “Since qualifying as a chartered certified accountant in 2018, Tori has taken on board the role of training the company’s apprentices and younger staff. She has helped them pass exams and improve fantastically their work, all whilst carrying out her own role with 100 per cent commitment. Her work ethic and patience with people at the start of their career is great to see as is her desire to progress her own knowledge and professional standing. She is a key motivator and a great ambassador for her company!”

BusinessLive Top 30 Under 30

https://www.business-live.co.uk/partners/humbers-top-30-under-30-17939601

Diana Johnson

Diana Johnson Returns to Wyke

By | Community, Course News, Government & Politics, History, News, On Campus

We would like to thank our local MP Diana Johnson for visiting our College this afternoon.

During her visit, Diana spoke to our A Level Government & Politics students about her journey to becoming Hull’s first woman MP, her involvement in campaigning for issues such as the contaminated blood scandal which was then followed by a Q&A session with our students.

Pete Carpenter, teacher of History and Politics said; “thank you Diana for your time today and for discussing a wide range of political topics with our students from the impact of protest groups to Donald Trump! What was discussed today will really benefit our students in their study of both UK and US politics.”

Dr Nick Long

Wyke University

By | Community, Criminology, News, On Campus, Physchology, Sociology

A diverse array of visiting speakers, together with a modern campus and a growing notable alumni, are offering current Wyke students a slice of university life whilst studying for their A levels.

Recently, the Sociology and Psychology departments have welcomed some renowned academics to the college. Dr Nick Long of the London School of Economics, and Ben Ambridge from the University of Liverpool, have both recently delivered lecturers as part of the student’s course enrichment.

Dr Nick Long’s talk referred to his own research in an exploration of anxiety and depression across global cultures. Ben Ambridge, author of “Are you Smarter than a Chimpanzee?”, held an entertaining session linking aspects of popular culture to A level psychology theories. Throughout both sessions, students took notes, participated in experiments and questioned the academics directly.

Both, Nick and Ben’s lectures are now available on the college YouTube channel, Wyke TV.

Wyke Selected for T Levels

By | Awards, Community, Course News, News

Wyke Sixth Form College has been selected by the government to provide the new T Level qualification. The Education Secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed that new qualifications will become a reality from September 2020, as a second wave of further education providers, including Wyke, were announced to deliver courses from 2021.

The move signals a major step forward in Mr. Hinds’ 10-year ambition to overhaul technical education, and is further demonstration of the Government’s commitment to give more young people access to high-quality training opportunities so they can secure rewarding careers.

T Levels will be high-quality technical alternatives to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.

As the first T Level providers start gearing up to roll-out the courses from September 2020, the Government has also announced a further £3.75 million for 2019/20 to cover costs such as producing high-quality materials to help them recruit young people, and published the details of how the new courses will be funded.

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, said:

“Everyone agrees that a radical shake-up of technical and vocational education in this country is long overdue. T Levels are our chance to do that – offering young people high-quality alternatives to our world-class A Levels from September 2020.

The second wave of post-16 providers we have announced today demonstrates our commitment to making this happen. They will play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.

I’m also pleased to confirm today the details of how we will fund providers to deliver T Levels, and that we are making an additional £3.75 million available to the first T Level providers to support them to develop and offer high-quality courses for every student from 2020.”

Picture of the Dirar Family

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News, Photography

The College are very proud that artwork produced by three Wyke students – Ethar, Akram and Waieel Dirar will be on display at the Artwaves Festival at the Bridlington Spa.

The theme of the Dirars artwork focuses on telling the story of the perilous journeys that refugees and asylum seekers are forced to endure to reach safety, something that the family have first-hand experience of, living in a refugee camp for four years before moving to the U.K.

In an interview on the ArtWaves Festival website, the Dirars said that “art helped us cope with our life in limbo, living in a tent in a refugee camp… We feel passionately for the refugees risking their lives everyday across the sea. We lost many friends to the sea as they tried to flee. Through our paintings, drawings and words, we share our story in the hope of raising awareness of their plight and this important issue.”

The ArtWaves Festival runs from 22nd-23rd June, with a full programme of events available on their website.

James Hendry

Love Music, Love Life

By | Community, English, Music, News

Great to hear that former Wyke student James Hendry has recently taken up post as a conductor at the Royal Opera House.

In 2008, James came to Wyke to take A levels from Winifred Holtby School before studying BMus (Hons) Piano at Royal College of Music. He is now recognised as an Honorary Associate Artist by the RNCM in recognition of his outstanding achievements after graduation.

A video clip on Wyke’s Facebook page reveals James’ passion and knowledge of opera at a Royal Opera House Insight event discussing “La Traviata”.

James is returning to Hull on Saturday 23rd February as part of Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are available at https://www.hulltheatres.co.uk/

Jemma signs for LFC

Jemma Signs for Liverpool FC

By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, English, News, Physical Education, Sport

Liverpool FC Women have just signed former Wyke A level student, Jemma Purfield. Jemma was one of the star players in a Wyke football team that made the National Cup final in 2015. In the same year, Jemma collected the “Wyke Sports Personality Award”, progressing from college to further her education in the USA by securing a sport scholarship at Arizona State University. Whilst at Wyke Jemma studied A level PE and English Language alongside BTEC L3 Applied Science.

“I’m excited to have Jemma as part of our squad here at Liverpool FC Women. She will add to the depth of our player roster,” said Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson.

“She’s got international experience already and has youth very much on her side. She’s been training with us recently and has fitted in brilliantly with the rest of our squad.

“I’m excited to work with her and see what she can bring to the Liverpool FC Women family. Her international call-ups mean she has played against some of the best teams in the world and now she will have the opportunity to face players of that quality in the WSL.

“It will be good for her development as a player and our development as a team.”

A versatile player with experience all over the park, Jemma will primarily play for the Reds as an attacking full-back or winger going forward.

“I’m delighted and excited to be part of such a prestigious club and can’t wait to get started,” said Jemma.

“It’s a massive club, it’s known worldwide and has always had a fantastic reputation, so I think it’s a big opportunity for me to develop.

“There are some great, experienced players in the squad and there are some youth players coming through the ranks, so it’s a great place for me to learn and take my career to the next level.

“I think WSL has moved on so much in the last four years and I’m going to be challenged on a daily basis.”

We’ve raided the Wyke video archive to bring you the highlights of Jemma’s time at college – the Sports Personality win, the amazing cup final goal and footage of Jemma in the USA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8thTtgqSsWM

Kiana Tait

Wyke Backs Kiana in World Championships

By | Community, Economics, Law, News, Sociology, Sport

Kiana Tait will be putting her college work briefly “on ice” in 2019 as she has been selected to represent Team GB Ice Hockey at U18 level.

Alongside her sporting involvement, Kiana is currently studying A Level Economics, Law and Sociology at Wyke. The former Malet Lambert student said, “It’s an honour to represent my country at such a young age, the tournament is an important step for me as I wish to play for the Great Britain Women’s team.”

The six-team IIHF tournament runs from 6th to 12th January 2019 at Dumfries Ice Bowl and GB will host China, France, Poland, Netherlands and Norway.

GB’s first game is on Sunday 6th January against Poland U18 Women, before facing France U18 Women the following day.

After a rest day, GB then go head-to-head with Norway U18 Women on Wednesday 9th January.

A second rest day is followed by GB facing China on Friday 11th January and the tournament is wrapped up with Great Britain against Netherlands 24 hours later.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “This was one of the toughest under-18 squads the coaching staff have ever had to name.

“There is so much competition for places but that is a great position to be in for the women’s programme.

“It will be a tough tournament for sure as there are some top nations competing and many of the roster are still very young.

“But we have had good preparation and I know the squad is really looking forward to playing on home ice.”

GB U18 WOMEN’S SQUAD
Lucy Beal – Slough/Bracknell
Sophie Campbell – Kirkcaldy/Fife
Grace Garbett – Telford
Megan Gourlay – Solway Sharks
Emily Harris – Bracknell
Aimee Headland – Northwood Huskies
Chloe Headland – RSL Islanders U19
(N/M) Ella Howard – Romford
Verity Lewis – Ontario Hockey Academy
Kaitlyn Morrison – Ontario Hockey Academy
(N/M) Emma Nichols – Chelmsford
Chloe Riley – Sutton/Sheffield
Amy Robery – Streatham
Elizabeth Saunders – Sutton/Sheffield
Jessica Sprules – Okanagan Hockey Academy
Kiana Tait – Kingston
Jessie Taylor – Bracknell
Ellie Wakeling – Romford/Bracknell
Hannah Ware – Sutton/Sheffield
Audrey Wood – Kirkcaldy