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By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, Criminology, News, On Campus

Interested in Forensic Science? It’s probably the most discussed profession at a Wyke applicant interview. Recently, our second year BTEC Applied Science Diploma students got an opportunity to experience the role of crime scene investigation at a mocked-up incident.

Wearing hazmat suits, latex gloves, visors and face-coverings, students spent the morning at the Atom pub in Beverley, collecting trace evidence and recording findings. This included samples of blood as well as gathering photographic and drawn evidence of footprints and fingerprint data. All their findings were then brought back to the College laboratories to analyse and identify the suspect.

“The sketches, photographs, evidence, and strategies done today will be included in the students written reports back at Wyke. They will also have to complete an analysis techniques report back at the College labs and review witness statements,” said Sophie Thompson, Head of Applied Science.

She added, “We decided to make this assignment an off-site visit so that students get a more realistic experience of working in the field”.

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Washington DC 2022

The DC Experience

By | College Trips, Course News, Government & Politics, History, News, Sociology

Wyke students are back on their global tours – “The Wyke Experience”.

The cross-college visit to Washington DC was Wyke’s first international trip since the lifting of Covid restrictions. Scheduling the tour in early spring meant that the group were able to enjoy the iconic cherry blossom in full bloom through the spring sunshine.

Over the six-day break, the group visited all the key monuments, historical sites and political institutions. The Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, Arlington Cemetery and Capitol Hill, were all visited in a packed itinerary. The visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture was particularly significant as entry is limited to pre-booked tickets due to the centres level of popularity.

The entire trip linked into the A level syllabuses, a point that was constantly referenced throughout the tour. James Goodchild, Head of A level History teacher and A level Government & Politics, delivered mini lectures at all the key landmarks. Catherine Eariss, Head of A Level Sociology teacher, also drew connections to the social changes that the USA experienced during the 20th century. For example, the visit to the Martin Luther King memorial linked to the “Beliefs in Society” topic and how religion has impacted on social change.

It wasn’t all museum, landmark and statues. To sample some “real” American culture, the group booked to watch the Washington Capitals National League Ice hockey game. The following day, some of students went to see the Washington’s Nationals baseball match at the stadium adjacent to the group’s hotel.  Outside of the political and cultural centre, the group explored Washington’s suburbs, visiting the city’s zoological gardens. During the week, there was even time for shopping at the enormous Pentagon Mall.

“Washington DC 2022” was an amazing visit. New students get ready for “The Wyke Experience” – planning is already underway for 2023.



Duke of Edinburgh walk centred at Levisham

By | Course News

Twenty seven Wyke students took part in a ten mile practice walk for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The weather was fabulous, highlighting the beauty and wildlife of the North York Moors and lifting the students’ spirits. The quintessential village of Levisham acted as the start and end points. In the nearby distance, the steam trains of the North York Moors Railway chugged away, releasing an occasional high-pitched, full-bodied blast on their sonorous whistles and filling the air with a cloud of steam.

The students would be practising their decision making on navigation, pace and rest stops; all necessary skills for their expedition that will happen within a few weeks. The team of staff was nearby to meet and check on their welfare throughout the day.

The positive spirit of the students throughout the day began in the minibus. As we passed through a small, quaint village, one of the lads quipped, “That’s Hansel and Gretel’s house.” This caused a chuckle amongst the talkative and excited students.

And this upbeat attitude was echoed later in the conversations between the staff: A text message from someone who was waiting in a nearby location went, “Just been charged by two deer.”

The reply, “Hope they weren’t too deer!”

Cue, “I can’t believe you’ve just said that!”

Carrying a rucksack with all the necessary gear and then camping is part of the expedition, which will be the students’ next DofE outing and can be very hard work. Moments of laughter and a positive attitude make a significant difference to morale and practice walks help to encourage this because people must work together, form friendships and be a team!

The college has run the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award for several years and given many students a chance of completing this prestigious award. Two ex-students were sat next to me whilst I was driving the minibus. Both now graduates, they enjoyed their Duke of Edinburgh experiences so much that one continued with the award and is now an accredited DofE assessor. They would be helping throughout the day. What better testimony to the purpose of the award that its legacy is to inspire students!

It is a small Wyke world! Whilst I was waiting at a checkpoint, a place called Skelton Tower, for our students, there was a couple who were lying on the grass enjoying the sunshine and the amazing colours of the scenery. The woman asked, “Are you from Wyke?”

“Yes, I replied.”

“We saw your van,” she added. And then we had an interesting chat because she said that her daughter was an ex-Wyke student who had now achieved a First class degree in Cambridge in Arts/Graphics and is now working in an Art/Graphics career. It is always good to hear about former students and their progress after leaving Wyke.

Students enter the Duke of Edinburgh scheme directly into the Gold Award at the college. There is no need to have prior Bronze or Silver qualifications.

Our students next main event will be their expedition and they are busy planning their routes and kit.

Wyke Records

Label Launch

By | Community, Course News, Music, News, On Campus

Wyke has created its very own record label to provide aspiring musicians with a platform to get their music out to the masses.

The Music department has launched “Wyke Records” to give learners studying on its creative music courses the chance to release their own music to the public.

Students signed to the label will see their songs added to leading music streaming platforms, including Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music, thanks to licencing and distribution rights arranged by the College.

The record label is coordinated by Digital Music Production teacher, Steve Cutler, who wanted to give students the opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience and gain professional experience of writing, recording and releasing music.

Steve said, “The College are so excited to be launching our own label. Doing so will go a long way to giving the amazing talent we have here the platform to showcase their music and grow their audiences.”

“Run” by “End of the Line” (EOL) is the label’s first release. The band have been a regular at the College’s open music enrichment, “Wyke Sesh”, and have gained a strong following amongst the student community.

Further releases are plan for the summer term. Visit our social media for updates.

Jemma Purfield

Sporting Goal

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

Congratulations to former Wyke Sport student, Jemma Purfield, on her nomination for the Leicester City FC “March Goal of the Month” competition.

Jemma is an established professional in the topflight of the women’s game, playing her third season in the Women’s Super League. At the beginning of the season, Jemma signed for newly promoted Leicester City, having previous played for Liverpool and Bristol City.

Whilst at Wyke, Jemma played in the highly successful women’s team, won “Sports Personality of the Year” and gained a scholarship to USA to complete her sport education. Having adopted 23 as her squad number, Jemma is a recognised attacking full-back, specialising in free-kicks and corners.

During her signing press conference, Jemma highlighted the exciting progression made by Leicester as it transitioned into a full-time, professional outfit last summer, gaining promotion at the first attempt.

“I think it’s been brilliant,” she explained. “You know, Leicester’s team last year was talented, and they’ve got some great players and so I’m looking forward to playing with them.

“And I just think that the vision of the Club and where they’re pushing this team is in the right directions, so I’m excited to join that.

“I know a few of the girls, so there’s some familiar faces about and some that I’ve not played with before. I’m excited to link up with those I know and also excited to get to know the new girls as well”.

Students at Drax

A Renewable Future

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Physics

Wyke Applied Science students were one of the first colleges to visit the Drax power station since it reopened post-Covid, taking part in a tour that supported their work in renewable electricity generation.

Sophie Thompson, Applied Science teacher, said: “The students had a great day at Drax, learning about how the electricity system works and where our electricity is generated. Visits like this are so valuable because seeing the power station and the scale of the operations is impossible to replicate in a classroom – it really brings the subject to life.”

Our students were taken on a full tour of the site, which included seeing Drax’s Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project. BECCS is a vital negative emissions technology which Drax plans to use to permanently remove millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year, whilst also generating the reliable, renewable electricity the country needs.
BECCS at Drax will support over 10,000 jobs at its peak, and it is vital that the region’s workforce has the skills needed to deliver this green energy technology, enabling the UK to meet its net zero target.

Plant Director Bruce Heppenstall said: “These tours are so important – they fire up students’ imaginations by showing them some of the cutting-edge green technologies we’re pioneering, such as BECCS which could play a vital role in addressing the climate crisis as well as delivering jobs and clean growth here in the North.”
During the tour, students learnt how renewable electricity is generated and discovered how sustainable, wood pellets have enabled Drax to reduce its carbon emissions by 95% in a decade, making it Europe’s biggest decarbonisation project.

They saw the 427-metre turbine hall that houses the huge turbines which power the generators to produce electricity, as well as the wood pellet storage domes – each large enough to fit The Royal Albert Hall inside, and the 115m high cooling towers, which are taller than the Statue of Liberty.

Aspiring Lawyers

By | College Trips, Law

Recently four of our Law Society students participated in the Inaugural Sixth Form Mock Trial Competition, hosted by the University of Hull Law School.

Luke, Eleanor, El and Narcisa took the roles of senior and junior respondents during the moot, dealing with a criminal appeal case in the brand new court room at the university.

It was noted by the Dean of the University how well the students had conducted themselves throughout the day and expressed the standard of the moot was very high. A special mention was given to Eleanor Spratt for her confident and convincing presentation to the court.

Teacher of Law Faye Sims said: “The students did remarkably well in their first experience of mooting. Their organisation and commitment to the preparations for the moot was very impressive, the presentation of their legal arguments demonstrated fantastic legal understanding and creativity and their delivery of their moot points to the mock court room was exceptional. It was very positive experience for our budding lawyers, the skills from this day will almost certainly be the start of very successful legal careers for our students.”

A huge congratulations to all those involved.

John Godber

An Audience with John Godber

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

As a department, the Drama & Performing Arts team are always looking to make connections with local practitioners, to inspire our actors in training. This term, John Godber OBE, the third most performed playwright in the world, visited Wyke to hold an open floor discussion about his work with our second year A level Drama and Theatre students.

As part of the A level, students are studying, ‘Moby Dick’ by Nick Lane, and applying John Godber as their practitioner. John Godber initially developed ‘Moby Dick; as an indoor piece of theatre and during Covid reworked the production with his theatre company at the “Stage @ the Docks”, acknowledging Hull’s fishing docks and historic whaling industry.

John sent Wyke a free copy of Nick Lane’s script Moby Dick along with a recorded version of his production. John has been a massive advocate for aspiring actors and most recently has launched with his daughter, and Wyke alumni, Martha Godber, “The Godber Foundation”. The foundation supports actors in training with fees for auditions and portfolio building, whist also offering industry experience. Wyke have two Alumni currently with the foundation, Laura Banks (Bristol Old Vic) and Sophie Huckstep (UCLan), who will be returning to Wyke this term to workshop with our Performing Arts students.

During the conversation with John, he explained the importance of creating a ‘connection to your own world’. ‘Moby Dick’ is our second year A-level students final extract for their Component 3. The talk helped students identify what is at the heart of John Godber’s methodology, storytelling, physical theatre, fast and sharp dialogue, and emphasised the importance of imagination. Students are now going to, in John’s words, ‘invite the audience to be part of an active part of the play’!


Entrepreneurs of the Future

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics

A big thank you to Hull University Business School and Cranswick Foods for hosting a fantastic day for our first year A Level and BTEC Business students.

The first part of the day, saw students attend lectures, learning about Cranswick’s business model including their management styles, sustainability and product portfolio. Following this, students were set an exciting task to develop a brand-new product for the company, incorporating all aspects of the marketing mix such as product features and how this would be promoted. Students then pitched their ideas to their peers and staff representatives from the company.

Our students really impressed the judges with a range of new product ideas including:

  • Peri peri platter
  • Sustainable dog food
  • A roast dinner food box for busy families
  • Vegetarian tikka masala
  • Meal Plan Product suited for needs of individuals who go to the gym
  • ‘Make at home chicken nuggets kit’ for young children

The day provided a fantastic opportunity for students to apply the concepts learnt in class to a real scenario with students taking a lot from this experience.

 Feedback from the day:

“I learnt that you should incorporate current trends into your product and design to target a wide audience. My group developed a product called ‘Medimeals’ which is a customisable pet food sold by Cranswick which includes pet medicine to make the consumption of this easier and more enjoyable for the pet and owner. The 7Ps marketing concept is now more memorable now that we have used this in an activity.” Shayan, A Level Business Student

“I got a great insight into new product development from the trip. My favourite parts were developing the product within a group and experiencing a real university lecture as I now know what to expect in the future. The trip provided a really food context for the topics we are studying including operations.” James, A Level Business student

 “I learnt a lot about Cranswick’s corporate values and the difficulties in creating a unique product that hasn’t been made before. My team developed a roast dinner in a box with all of the components needed for the meal. The idea was that it saved consumers time in having to find everything in a supermarket and was called ‘Cransquick.’ My favourite part of the trip was working in a team. The topics related to marketing and advertising and will help me to apply concepts to real life cases going forward.” Kate, A Level Business student


Apply for 2022

Over 800 UCAS Applications Submitted

By | Course News

Wyke Sixth Form College would like to congratulate students who have recently submitted their UCAS applications.

830 students completed applications to a wide range of universities from local institutions including The University of Hull and The University of Lincoln to universities as far reaching as The University of Glasgow and Kings College London.  Courses are also wide ranging including degrees in Law, Media Production, Midwifery, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Physiotherapy, Sociology and Education.

For Wyke students, the UCAS application process begins in the Spring term of their first year, researching suitable universities and courses, attending careers fairs and talks and drafting personal statements. Students are supported by their teachers, tutors, and careers team to then ensure that a high-quality application is submitted which best reflects their interests and future aspirations.

We look forward to our students receiving their well-deserved university offers and further supporting students onto other aspirational destinations including higher apprenticeships and employment. #MakeItHappen