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Prison Me No-Way!

By | Criminology, Law, News

Thanks to Prison Me No-Way who have visited Wyke over the past 2 days to talk to our first year Criminology and Applied Law students.

The talks given by the organisation were based upon the themes of choices and consequences and where they can take you, with first-hand accounts given by former and serving offenders.

Lauren Whittaker, Head of Criminology and Applied Law said, “The talks today and yesterday have provided our students context about the sentences and tariffs given to those who commit crime. They also have put the theories taught on both courses into practice. Some of the second years asked if they could come to talks again this year, and commented on how memorable the talks were and how they had a big impact.”

Neil McCunnell, representative from Prison Me No-Way, thanked our students for their engagement during the talks. “The students we have met have asked us some challenging but really good questions which I believe will help solidify their understanding of the criminal justice system.”

Dancers at competition

The Incredibles

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts, Sport

On Saturday our national award winning dance team competed in the heat stages of the That’s Showbiz dance competition at Ellesmere Port and came home with an exceptional 9 trophies, with  4 routines successfully progressing into the semi final stages of the competition which will take place in Blackpool.

Heat 1 results:
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
3rd place overall in Senior category for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘ The Incredibles’
4th place overall in Senior category for ‘The Incredibles’

Heat 2 results:
Highest Mark in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Ghost Town’

Huge well done once again to all our dancers, bring on Blackpool! 👏

Our dance team will be performing all of these routines at our Christmas Showcase on 3rd December, see our event on our Facebook page for more details.

#MakeItHappen

advanced accounting apprenticeships

The Face of EY

By | Accounting, Course News, Uncategorised

Izzy Furness, former Beverley High School student joined EY’s Apprenticeship Programme in 2018 shortly after completing her study programme at Wyke.

Izzy developed a passion for Accounting during her two years on Wyke’s A Level Accounting course and soon decided that this was a career she would like to pursue.

Inspired by her Accounting teacher, Izzy kick-started her career at EY one of the big 4 Accountancy firms. From attending Discover EY in London to the EY Business Academy in Edinburgh, Izzy decided to join the Assurance Apprenticeship Programme in Hull and enjoys every moment of it.

“I heard about EY through my College teacher who discussed the Discover EY programme. After being successful through the process, I attended an event in London which gave me a taster of EY. I then applied to the EY Business Academy which is one-week paid work experience and I chose to do this in Edinburgh! On completion, I thought about my options and what route to take and after being successful at final interview with a partner in the Hull office, I began my career there.

My role entails working in teams with a range of different levelled staff to, in short, check/inspect all the financial information of our clients. This means most of our time is spent on a client site.

I’m most looking forward to progressing within EY. Experiencing the new opportunities that different levels and roles will give me, along with passing all my exams and becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant!”

As part of Wyke’s Alumni Programme, Izzy has also returned to the College on numerous occasions, helping to support and inspire our current students.

You can find out more about Accounting at Wyke at https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/accounting/

To read more about Izzy’s journey visit: https://ukcareers.ey.com/students/locations/hull

Sport, PE & Dance Teachers

FE Teaching Team of the Year

By | Course News, Dance, News, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

Wyke Sixth Form College’s P.E, Sport and Dance Teaching Team have been recognised for their “inspirational work in education” at the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.

The Team were awarded Gold in the ‘National Team of the Year’ category at last night’s glamorous ceremony, hosted by BBC presenters Tina Daheley and Sean Fletcher.

Commended for going “above and beyond,” the Team were praised for the significant amount of hard work they put into the College, well beyond their timetable commitments.

The Team are a vital part of Wyke’s success, both inside and outside of the classroom; offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for students including our national award winning dance, rugby and football teams, trips around the world and a high level of dedicated support beyond lessons.

Delighted by the news, Principal Paul Britton said:

“What fantastic news! The staff and students in Wyke’s Sport, PE and Dance team are deserving winners of the Pearson National Teaching Award for FE team of the year.

With literally hundreds of students engaging in sports teams each week we were national semi-finalists in rugby and football, finalists in netball and national champions in dance.  In addition to exceptional sporting success, our students achieve consistently in the top 5% in the country for their main qualifications.  Perhaps most importantly, the team’s goal is to help all students develop the personal qualities that will ensure that they excel in their future careers.

An exceptional team and a great recognition for all their efforts.”

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday, October 26, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

There is also an opportunity to meet with the Team and find out about Wyke’s exceptional Sport offering at our Open Evening, Thursday 24th October, 5.30pm-8.00pm.

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.

Rob Aramayo

Netflix Casting

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, Film Studies, Government & Politics, Media, News, Performing Arts

Former Wyke student, Rob Aramayo, continues to climb the ladder of stardom, appearing in many notable film and television productions since graduating from the prestigious Julliard School, New York.

Recently, Rob has been confirmed in the casting of a new Netflix psychological thriller, “Behind Her Eyes”. The series is an adaptation of Sarah Pinborough’s best-selling novel of the same name. Rob will appear alongside established household names, Simona Brown, Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson.

The production tells the story of Louise, a single mother and secretary who is stuck in a rut. On a night out she meets and kisses David, a young successful man, who turns out to be her new boss. To complicate matters she meets Adele, a new friend in town, who turns out to be David’s wife. As she becomes obsessed with the couple and entangled in the web of their marriage, they reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks.

The drama is currently in production and will be released on Netflix in 2020.

Science Joins the Excellence Network

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

Head of Chemistry, Paul Yardley, and Head of Biology, Lee Baxter, have been invited to contribute to a teaching excellence working day this autumn.

Due to the outstanding exam performance in both subjects, Paul and Lee are going to spend the day discussing their teaching methods, spreading their good practice, with other teachers from across the UK.

Both A Level Biology and Chemistry recorded a significant positive value added grade, with students achieving at least half an A level grade higher than their predicted grade. The data is based upon the 2018 A Level results and the science department is looking forward to further involvement when their 2019 exam results are analysed.

The Education Training Foundation (EFT), the government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector, supports this network meeting. With over 20,000 members, it is the largest professional membership organisation for practitioners in the post-16 sector. The EFT remains the only body which confers Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills status and Advanced Teacher Status.

There will an opportunity to talk with the science teaching staff at our forthcoming open events, with dates from October to February. For further details of dates and timings please visit, https://wyke.ac.uk/events/category/open-events/

The Wyke of Wall Street

By | Accounting, Biology, Business, Course News, Economics, Law, News

Wyke Sixth Form College will be taking to the streets of New York on our 2020 trip to the big apple.

The trip will focus on the financial, economic and legal structures that make up the bustling city.

Students will be given an amazing opportunity to learn more about the city and its culture whilst exploring some of the most famous streets in the world.

The trip is open to students studying; A Level Law, BTEC Law, Criminology, A Level Business, BTEC Business, Accounting, Economics and Biology.

For more information on this trip please speak to your tutor or email: paul.hamer@wyke.ac.uk

 

Want to become a personal trainer?

By | Course News, News, Physical Education, Sport

This year, Wyke’s Sport department are offering a brand-new Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer Qualification exclusively for students studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport course.

The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing is a foundation course, to be studied in the first year that provides a qualification recognised by employers as a necessity should you be considering a coaching/fitness-based career. Completion of the course will allow students to progress to the Level 3 Personal Training qualification in their second year of study, with Level 2 specialist qualifications including Kettlebells, Circuits, Studio Cycling and Group Exercise available at a discount through our external training provider.

For more information, there will be a talk in Elm 2 on Friday (6th September). The full information regarding the course cost and times are available on the document below.

Personal Trainer Level 2 qualification information

Results Day 2019

Results Day 2019

By | Course News, News, On Campus

A level pass rate 99.7%

BTEC pass rate 100%

100% pass rate in 59 subjects

Top 15% of all Sixth Form providers nationally

Yet again, students at Wyke Sixth Form College have shown a combination of talent and hard work to achieve outstanding success.  This, along with superb teaching and the best possible facilities, has meant that 99.7% of students have achieved a pass grade at A-level.  This includes 315 of the top A* and A grades, 53% of the cohort achieving A*- B grades and a remarkable 82% achieving A*-C grades.

Our students are progressing to exceptional destinations with 10 students progressing to Oxbridge and over 20 taking up places on Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary courses over the last three years.

Once again our BTEC results were outstanding with 80 students achieving 3 Distinction*, the equivalent to three A*s at A level, in comparison to 57 students in 2018.  This represents 80% of our Extended Diploma students.

Overall the results are a further significant improvement and fully justify the College’s position in the top 15% of all Sixth Form providers nationally.

Principal, Paul Britton, said:

“These results really are excellent.  It is so pleasing to know that our students have achieved the results they need to progress onto the exciting course or career they have planned.  These results will help them through the rest of their lives and they should be proud of the impressive levels of effort, determination and ability that they have demonstrated.

The results also reflect the tremendous work of all of our staff.  The care, support and guidance offered at Wyke continues to be outstanding.  Staff at Wyke consistently show their expertise in bringing the best out of each and every student.  Sixth Form students are our sole focus and the students at Wyke show what can be achieved when the right teaching, support and facilities are there for them.

As the largest A-level provider in the region, I am absolutely delighted with the remarkable number of students achieving the top grades and I know that our College will continue to provide the best possible education for the widest range of young people. 

I’ve had such an enjoyable first year at the college.  We are very pleased with these results, an excellent step towards achieving our ambition of being the best Sixth Form College in the country.”

Mr John Wilson, Chair of the Wyke Sixth Form College Corporation, added:

Once again our students have achieved a fantastic set of results.  I congratulate them for their hard work and wish them well for the future.  Thanks must go to all the teaching and support staff for their hard work and dedication.”

Paul Britton

Principal