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Kofi Smiles

Kofi gets Social

By | Community, Course News, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, Media, Music, Performing Arts

Kofi Smiles, the BBC “Face of 2017 Hull UK City of Culture” has contacted Wyke Media and Film department to discuss an exciting new online platform. ‘The Social’, a website for 18-35 year olds, is made up of content for them and produced by them.

Kofi has an interesting way of describing this new hybrid concept. “Think of it as if BBC Three and YouTube had a baby and then raise it in Hull and the East Riding.”

The project has already been successfully launched in Scotland with those contributing to the site using it as a gateway to producing work for BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and Netflix. To get a better understanding of the possibilities visit

Kofi is now gathering together enthusiastic partners who would be interested in participating in this project, hence he contacted Wyke. “We are literally just getting started so right now we’re looking to see who’s out there, who’s creating, who’s interested in taking part, who’s got great ideas and who want to be part of this in the next few months.

This can be anyone, 18-35, film makers, music makers, script writers, comedians, videographers, bloggers, vloggers, gamers, sport enthusiasts, any individual who wants to do something or has something so say.”

The initiative is still in early stages of development and Wyke will be inviting Kofi to speak to students on campus in the coming months.

Cup Final

Wyke Crowned ‘Sports Team of the Year’

By | Awards, Community, Course News, On Campus, Physical Education, Sport

Wyke Sixth Form College’s Men’s Football Team have won another accolade, being crowned ‘Sports Team of the Year’ at the Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champions Awards. The men’s football team fought off stiff competition from two other fantastic teams in the region who have also had amazing success this past year. Staff and ex-students from Wyke’s National Championship winning football team attended the event at the KC Stadium, where they collected their award amongst the nights other sporting heroes.

Wyke students with Xander Parish

Students Star with Royal Ballet

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

Congratulations to Daisy Betts, Keziah Dean, Isabelle Heath, Mia Stocks, Jade Thrustle, Eden Walker and Amelia Swift on their performance on the opening night of Hull New Theatre.

The dance they were selected to perform with Royal Ballet Principals was a contemporary ballet, called ‘Death of the Spoken Word’.

The concept behind the dance is that in today’s modern world of technology, people don’t speak to each other anymore. Everything is done by message, social media or emails. The dance explores the reality that without technology, people would speak face to face much more.

An excellent, modern day piece choreographed by the Head of Dance at Napa, Julie Lovewell, and Hannah Goodhall.

The group also performed outside during the day at Hull Trinity Square. There is a compilation of this public performance together with an extract from their dress rehearsal on the College YouTube channel

Promotional advert for the Kings of Hull

Wyke confirmed as Cultural Icon of Hull

By | Community, Government & Politics, Media, News

Wyke has been acknowledged as a cultural icon for Hull in the promotional material for Kings Of Hull, a comedy written and directed by John Godber.

According to the Hull 2017 website, “The Kings of Hull tells the remarkable story of the King family across three generations. From life on the docks, to Hull prison, a lottery win and success in the coal trade; this is a family whose sons and daughters are struggling to cope in a changing world. The Kings are a family bonded by love but divided by rugby, a river and sibling rivalry. Join us at their Golden Wedding, before the gloves come off; for a celebration of life in town, from the 1960s through to Brexit and beyond. Whether it’s love, hate, success or failure, the Kings always come out fighting.”

The play will be performed at the newly renovated Hull New Theatre from 27th September-7th October.

Emma Hardy

In the Red Corner

By | Community, Government & Politics, News

Congratulations to former Wyke student Emma Hardy on her election to Parliament. Emma is now the Labour MP representing Hull West and Hessle. She successfully contested the seat against a challenge mounted by a confident Conservative candidate to the seat formally held by long serving former Labour Minister Alan Johnson.

Emma will face another former student, Andrew Percy MP, who is the Conservative Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, representing Brigg and Goole. Andrew has now defended his seat at three successive elections and is seen by many as a rising star in the world of politics.

You won’t be surprised to discover that both studied A Level Government & Politics whilst at Wyke.


Wyke Christmas Concert

By | Community, Music, News

Wyke’s Annual Christmas Concert will take place at St Mary’s Church in Beverley on Thursday 15th December at 7pm.

Expect a night filled with Christmas cheer as our students celebrate the festive period by showcasing their musical talents with both group and solo performances.

Tickets cost £5.00 per person or £12 for a family of four which includes entrance to the concert, mulled wine and a mince pie. Tickets are available via ParentPay or can be bought on the door.

Get into the Christmas spirit with Wyke Sixth Form College and buy your tickets today!

Visit the College in Action!

By | Community, News, On Campus

Friday November 25th is a date for your diary if you would like to visit Wyke to see the college in action.

Parents of prospective students are welcome to visit the college campus. The day begins at 10.00am prompt with an address from the College Principal in the Oak theatre. To confirm your place please email Annabel Robinson, Marketing Officer, at After this introduction small groups of visitors will be guided round the College to gain an insight into a working day at Wyke.

This is a new concept in open events to allow parents who can’t attend our traditional open evening an opportunity to visit the College. Experiencing the Wyke atmosphere and seeing learning in action is also a benefit of the day.

If you need any further information please contact Annabel Robinson, Marketing Officer, by email

Aiming for Oxbridge

By | Community, News, On Campus

On Thursday 7th July Wyke are hosting the first Hull and East Riding ‘Aiming for Oxbridge’ event for Year 10 students in the area. Led by staff and students from Mansfield College, Oxford, the day will give Y10 students all the information they need to help them move towards an Oxbridge application in Y13.

All schools in the region have been invited to attend but the event isn’t purely aimed at students. There will also be a teacher forum during the day with the Mansfield admissions team regarding preparing Y10 and Y11 students for Oxbridge applications.

To confirm places please contact with the names of the students who will be attending, as well as the name(s) of any staff who will be accompanying the group. To support the planning of the event, please return the information by Friday, 10th June.

This is an exciting opportunity for the young people in our area and Wyke look forward to welcoming staff and students to the event.

Wyke Fields Two Sutton Trust Finalists

By | Community, News

Two Wyke Sixth Form students have qualified as finalists as part of a flagship programme to give state school students a taste of life at an American university.

Carrie Harness, 17, and Nandipha Mthembu, 16, were chosen to take part from a shortlist of 175 students.

The Sutton Trust US Programme offers UK students a week-long visit to the States to experience the US Higher Education system.

Last year, another Wyke student, Raphael Floresca, took part in the scheme, and since then interest has snowballed.

Etta Searle, UCAS and Careers Coordinator at the College, who coordinated the applications, said ‘Carrie and Nandipha did exceptionally well to get picked out of 175 students, itself narrowed down from an original pool of over 3,700 initial applications.

‘Sutton Trust have told us that they were highly impressed by their suitability and commitment to the programme.’

They have been invited to take part in an Introductory and Finalist Residential as a part of the Sutton Trust US Programme 2015.

If successful, they will continue on the US Programme and attend the US week this summer, which will take part at two prestigious US universities, Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nandipha said ‘If successful, I would really love to immerse myself in the culture.

‘I also love the idea of the various workshops that’ll help us write more competitive applications for when we do apply for an American university.’

Carrie added ‘I really hope I get through, because I’m really looking forward to meeting the other applicants because many of us are already good friends thanks to the Facebook group.

‘The whole process has been a very supportive one, with help from our teachers here at Wyke as well as from Raphael, who took part last year.’

After the residential, the Trust select 150 students to continue with the programme. Carrie and Nandipha will discover whether they have been selected on 24th April.

Camp America

By | Community, News

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year, you might be interested in Camp America, which gives students the opportunity to work in children’s camps in the states, build their skills, meet new people and experience life in a different country.

There is a recruitment fair in London on Saturday 24th January, at 1pm, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. More information about the fair can be found at You will need to register at to register for the day. Please be aware that there are fees incurred when applying to the scheme.

If you’re interested in going, and would like a Queue Jump Pass, please email with you S-number, and Etta Searle can pass your details to the Camp America team.