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Next Steps Evening

By | Course News

Every year in June we host a ‘Next Steps Evening’ designed to inform parents about the processes in place to support your son/daughter and their progression from Wyke 6th Form College onto university, employment, apprenticeship, gap year or any other route they wish to take.

Unfortunately, we could not run this event in June as we did not have the digital infrastructure in place to do it remotely. The good news is that we are now able to host this event and would love to invite you to a series of webinars that will provide the information that will allow you to support your son/daughter take their next step.

The event will take place remotely next Wednesday 16th September from 5pm, please save the date. We will provide registration details and the software we plan to use over the coming days.

The following webinars will be available at the times listed below. You will be able to access four of the six sessions; all sessions will be recorded, and you will be able to view these later.

Webinars Lead by 5pm 5:45pm 6:30pm 7:15pm
UCAS Pastoral Directors X X X X
Student Finance Vice Principal/UCAS Coordinator X X X X
Not Going to Uni Careers Lead/Progress Lead X X X X
Oxbridge Oxbridge Coordinator X X X X
MDV MDV Coordinator X X X X
Russell Group/Selective Universities/Resources to Support Applications Flyers Team (not exclusive to the Flyers’ cohort) X X X X

We look forward to welcoming you to Wyke (remotely).

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Welcome Back

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

Welcome to Wyke!

To all our new first year students and those progressing into their second year, we are really looking forward to teaching you here on campus. During the first few weeks there will be an opportunity to make new friends and really get to know your subjects, teachers and tutors.

To ensure everyone’s safety we would like you to go directly to your welcome room as you arrive at the college.

Base rooms for first years can be found here.

For second year students, please click here.

In preparation for some of your lessons being delivered remotely, please download our learning platform Microsoft Teams. A “how to guide” is available here.

Second years return Thursday, 10th September. First year students start Friday, 11th September.

 

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Important Information regarding University Admissions Tests

By | Course News

Some university courses require students to complete an admissions test. Many of these tests are usually completed in October and so the registration for these need to be done as soon as possible.

For most tests, you can register through Wyke Sixth Form College by visiting the reception desk and speaking to the exams team, providing them with the following information:

  • Name and DOB
  • Admissions Test
  • University and College
  • University Course

Alternatively, you can email exams@wyke.ac.uk.

LNAT and UCAT students must register independently. Please see Sarah Beech, sarah.beech@wyke.ac.uk or Paul Hamer, paul.hamer@wyke.ac.uk for more details.

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Mind the Gap

By | Course News, English, Music, News, News for Parents, On Campus

Former South Hunsley student, Lucy Tessier is busy planning her gap year after successfully achieving her A Levels in Music, English Literature and English Language.

Lucy said, “With a place confirmed reading English and Music BA at Liverpool University the following year, I believe a year out of education will provide me with valuable industry experience before I enter education again. Needless to say, Wyke have always been supportive of any decision making regarding future plans but also my personal career aspirations in music.

I would also thank my teachers, peers and everyone part of the community for two unforgettable years studying here, as not only have I gained a plethora of knowledge in these disciplines but also a treasure chest of life skills and memories that I will take forward into my adult life.”

 

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Thanks Half a Million

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus
More and more people are adding Wyke TV, the College YouTube channel, to their viewing list.
 
Over the summer break, viewing figures for the College’s video channel broke through the 500,000 mark.
 
Established in 2009, Wyke TV is a library of current and archive material that documents student achievement over the last decade. From winning the National Football Cup in 2017, to celebrating all our results days, to watching our amazing theatre performances – Wyke TV is the place to relive the College’s “greatest hits”.
 
To follow the channel visit https://www.youtube.com/user/Wyke01
Applications are closed

2020 Applications Closed

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

Wyke would like to thank all our new students for attending their enrolment appointments. Due to overwhelming demand, applications for a September 2020 start are now closed. Applications for September 2021 will open in mid-October. We would encourage students to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Further guidance and advice about our admissions process will be released throughout the year. Please check the college website and social media channels for regular updates.

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Wyke’s Plans for New and Returning Students

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

Just in case you missed our two webinars explaining Wyke’s plans for the new academic year, here are links to recordings of the two sessions.

Following the online presentations, Principal Paul Britton said, “Thanks to all of you who were able to attend, and contribute to our recent webinars explaining the planning that has gone into ensuring that all students can study at Wyke in a safe way this autumn.  Here are recordings of the presentations for any of you who would like to check back on specific details or who were unable to attend.  Please do treat all the material in the webinar as provisional, we are still waiting for the Department of Education to publish their latest guidance about college opening.  We will all need to be flexible throughout this period to ensure that we can continue to deliver great education for all our students through this most unusual time.

I’m really looking forward to seeing all very soon and getting back to learning!”

Parents of New Students

Parents of Returning Students

 

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Teacher Grades Awarded

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

I am sure that you will have seen that, today, Ofqual and the Department for Education decided to award grades on the basis of what teachers submitted, what we have been calling the Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs). The switch to centre assessed grades will apply to both AS and A levels. You can see the statement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-roger-taylor-chair-ofqualAs a result, students will be awarded the higher of their CAGs (centre assessed grade) or calculated grade (the grade you received on results day).

We are pleased that the Department of Education has come to the realisation that these grades are a much better reflection of the grades that our students could have achieved should they have had the opportunity to sit the examinations and complete their coursework and practicals.

We are yet to see the guidance or process for the awarding of these new grades. When we have received this, we will communicate with you again about how we will ‘officially’ release the grades to you as a statement of results.

There will be significant media ‘hype’ around this over the next few days, but please await further communication from us. As soon as we are in possession of the advice and guidance and have formulated a process, we will communicate this with you.

University Applications

Many of you will have questions about how this impacts on your university place. Our team is here to support you through this, but we suggest that your initial first step is to contact the university directly and get advice and guidance from them. Similar to us, they will be having to respond to this significant change and may not be able to give you an immediate response.

Centre Assessed Grades

All CAGs are available on the student portal, along with all formal assessment data and collection information (these can be found under the menu ‘Achievement and Reviews’ > ‘Assessments’ > ‘CAG’ assessment option). These are the CAGs that we submitted to the boards. Please do not ask for confirmation of your final grade at the moment as we are awaiting the exam boards to tell us how they will send the confirmed awarded grades.

All CAGs were awarded as part of a rigorous process and no one teacher is responsible for the CAG for any individual.

Our teachers generated the CAGs on the basis of all the assessment evidence each department had collected over the duration of the course. This could include, but is not limited to: formal classroom assessments, non-examined units, coursework, formal college assessments, class and homework tasks that had been graded and practical or verbal elements already assessed. These grades then went through several quality assurance processes as detailed here. We are confident that no bias or discrimination has entered the process and that our quality assurance measures were robust and provided our students with the fairest assessment of their possible outcomes should they have sat the final examinations.

You are not able to appeal the CAGs that we have provided. Please do not ask for this or email teachers asking them why you were awarded the CAG as the process is detailed here and they will only be able to  signpost you to this. Should you believe that there has been an administrative error in your CAGs, reply to this email or send a query to cag@wyke.ac.uk.

We understand that a small number of students will be unhappy with the CAG they have received.  If this is the case, your only option to improve your grade is to enter for the autumn exam. You are not able to appeal your CAG nor are we able to change them.

We are still currently waiting any further guidance on how this might affect BTEC qualifications, Criminology and Extended Projects. We will communicate more when we get information.

We recognise that many of you will still be frustrated, and some will still have questions. At the moment, we are not in possession of all of the guidance that we need to be able to respond to all queries. We will communicate this with you once we have it.

Your year group has had significant upheaval. However, through our collective effort, we are now in a position where all students will receive a grade that fairly reflects, to the best of our ability, the grade they were most likely to achieve had they sat the examinations. We hope that this announcement allows you to feel positive about the effort you have put into your A Level studies.

I do hope everything now gets resolved with you progressing on to your next step,

Paul

Media Appeal

Level 3 Results Update

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

Level 3 results – Update 2pm Monday 17th August

As this is posted, there is still no clarity about how the A level results process will be resolved.  However, we would like to share the current details as far as we know them.  We recognise that many students have been disadvantaged by the results process and that the uncertainty is worrying for everyone involved.  We are committed to do everything we can to ensure that all our students achieve results that are fair.  This has included making appeals through the media, working with our local MPs and contributing to the collective effort of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association to raise the issues at a national level.  We will continue to pursue all avenues we can to ensure our students get the grades they deserve.

I hope that this message, and the links in it, can answer your queries.  We are getting a lot of emails and phone calls at the moment.  We will, of course, try to answer all your questions but please do see if the details below give you the details you need before you try to get in touch.

We are expecting further announcements later today and we will keep you updated.

Thanks for all the kind words of support and do keep raising the issues wherever you can!

Paul Britton

Principal

 

Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs)

It is important to note that the CAGs were not the result of any one member of staff making an isolated judgement, but part of a robust and quality assured process involving curriculum teachers, their leaders and senior leaders. The CAGs were reviewed at both the individual and course level to ensure that we were representing fairly the achievements of each student while being robust and honest.

Details of the entire process can be found here: https://wykecollege.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/CurriculumLeaders/ET-RCLL3bFZHk_J09OkzlowBj9UnBVCwtQTZ8ucl88gVkA?e=h7OO37.

Please read the document before emailing any queries as it will answer many questions about the process and what options you do have.

Results & Appeals

We understand that some of you are disappointed with the grades you received last Thursday. As are we. However, it is important to note that, as an individual, you are not able to request an appeal on your grades, unless you fall into one of the two administrative error categories below. As frustrating as it is, you cannot simply appeal because you do not feel that your grades accurately represent your ability.

A candidate can:

  • ask their centre to appeal on their behalf to an awarding body if there is evidence that leads a candidate to believe the centre made an error when submitting a centre assessment grade or rank order information
  • an awarding body made a mistake when calculating, assigning or communicating a grade

A candidate cannot:

  • appeal against their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal in respect of the process or procedure used in calculating their centre assessment grades and position in the rank order
  • appeal directly in any respect to the awarding body

The arrangements for awarding qualifications in summer 2020 state that candidates can appeal their grades through their centre if they feel the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case.

As a centre, we are appealing all of our awarded grades on several fronts, both locally and nationally and will keep you updated regarding this. Ofqual released information about the ‘mock exam triple lock’ process on Saturday and shortly afterwards it was taken down from their website. We are hoping for clarity and more information next week. If we are able to, we will make appeals for any students where we are able to provide the appropriate evidence base on your behalf. At this stage we do not need you to do anything.

Resits

You may be considering a resit of the assessments under the triple lock process. Please do give this careful consideration and explore alternative routes that could support your progression onto your next steps. We can and will help with this. The college will be funding the cost of the resits, and you will still have access to moodle/Microsoft teams.  Once we have some idea of the number of students who will be taking up these exams, and in which subjects, we will share more details about any other support we can offer.

Destinations

The Pastoral Team have been working closely with students who are holding university offers to ensure they progress on to their next steps as smoothly as possible. So far, we have over 600 students who have been successful in gaining a place at university and we will continue to support any student who is still actively in clearing or waiting to hear about their place. The careers team is also supporting students who are moving on to apprenticeships and/or employment placements. There will be a member of the pastoral team on site every day, so please do get in touch if you have any queries or concerns and we will do everything we can to support you. Email office@wyke.ac.uk if you would like some help with your next step

BTEC Results

We have now received all BTEC grades from Peason. The team have continually chased BTEC for these and they should now appear on the student/parent portal. Please contact us if this is not the case. All students affected by this have been emailed.

We have also emailed universities where students with conditional firm offers had a BTEC qualification as we are unsure of how long it will take Pearson to get the grade to them. This does mean that for all students who have a BTEC grade in, the admissions team have a confirmed email from the college stating the BTEC outcomes from one of us already.