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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

 

Andy Takes Silver

By | Awards, Course News, Physical Education, Sport

Congratulations to Andy Dunne, Sport & PE teacher at Wyke, on winning a BTEC Silver Teaching Award.

The judges recognised Andy for his clear passion for sport and a significant contribution to the life and study of others. They also acknowledged his “above and beyond” commitment and his involvement in extracurricular activity.

This year, Andy is helping with the Wyke Kilimanjaro expedition, accompanying students to Thailand and assisting student in achieving their DofE qulaification. All of this is alongside teaching a full timetable and coaching the college’s 5th football team.

Toni Knight, Head of Sport, PE & Dance siad, “Well done Andy, this award is well deserved. The students and staff all recognise the amount you contribute to college life. You certainly have taken your teaching and enrichment roles to another level – the students really appreciate all that you have done for them.”

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.”

Wyke Sport, PE & Dance Team wins Silver Teaching Award in UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”

By | Course News, Dance, On Campus, Physical Education, Sport

Selected from thousands of nominations, The Wyke Sport, PE & Dance Team is just one of the Silver Award winners from across the entire country who celebrated today, on “Thank A Teacher Day”, as the Pearson National Teaching Awards marks its 21st year of celebrating excellence in education.

The award-winning Team were presented with the prestigious Pearson Silver Teaching Award trophy this morning to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

The award is truly deserved. Each member of the Team continue to go above and beyond for every single one of their students. The impact of all of their hard work has been evident in outstanding student grades and progression (along with the array of medals in the trophy cabinets!)

Outside of the curriculum, the Team put on a wide range of sporting enrichments which have excellent student engagement. Wyke has 5 male football teams, 5 netball teams, 2 women’s football teams, rugby league and union teams plus 3 teams in basketball. Students also regularly compete in badminton and cross-country. Add to this, the recently formed dance team and yoga classes. The Team have also introduced many positive initiatives into the wider College such as the recent Health MOT’s made available to all students and staff.

Community engagement is also a priority with visits to local primary schools, helping to improve their sporting experience, along with raising money for various charities.

The Team has now been shortlisted to win one of just 13 Gold Awards at the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers” – a glittering event held at the Roundhouse on the 20th October. It will be broadcast on BBC2 the following week, on 27 October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” as a showcase of excellence in education.

Congratulations Team Wyke!

Summer Work 2019

Wyke Start Update

By | Course News, News, On Campus

If you have sent back your Wyke Start Choices form, thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Wyke Start. We will send you a text or email to confirm that we have received your form. If you have not yet returned your form, it’s not too late but please send it back as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Please read through the information below which provides some more information about Wyke Start.

Financial Support information for 2019-20 is available on the College website under Financial Support, which is accessed via the “Parents” tab. Please refer to the website and if you think you may be eligible to apply, complete an application form which is available to download from the website or by request from the main office.

The College will be providing a total of thirty one bus and minibus services to a host of locations in Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire. Maps and timetables of all services can be found at www.wyke.ac.uk. Students will need to make sure they know which number they are on and catch the same service on the way home. All College transport services are free during Wyke Start and students who cannot access one of the College bus routes and who use other forms of public transport to get here will be reimbursed at the end of Wyke Start. Please ensure that any tickets are retained in order to be reimbursed.

If there any access or mobility concerns about transport please contact us. Important information regarding how to purchase annual, termly or half-termly passes will be sent out at the beginning of August when we confirm enrolment interview appointments.

During Wyke Start we will be carrying out some of the administrative tasks that form part of the enrolment process. Students will have a digital photograph taken for their College ID. Details will be provided on the first day about this, and about where to have photographs taken.

Activities – students will have the opportunity to take part in lunch-time activities throughout Wyke Start. These activities will be promoted in a leaflet issued on the first day and will include a range of careers information events and activities within subject areas.

Overseas event – an information event is taking place on Tuesday 2nd July between 5.30pm and 7.00pm.

A reminder will be sent by text message (or e-mail if a mobile number is not available) shortly before Wyke Start to let students know which room to report to on the first day. Students need to arrive at the College each day for 9.00am and individual timetables will be issued. A pen and notebook should be brought, together with money for snacks, bus fares etc. A free lunchtime BBQ is provided on the Tuesday. Kit is also required if PE, Sport or Dance classes are being taken. Subject specific information is available for certain subjects in the booklet that was mailed out an is also available on the Wyke Start section of the website.

Please check that you have

  • Checked the transport arrangements for the first day of Wyke Start

(see www.wyke.ac.uk )

  • Made a list of any additional items to bring.