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 https://www.facebook.com/bbcthesocial
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.
Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating a record number of students receiving Oxbridge offers for September 2018.
This year, eleven students have received offers, with two students offered a place onto a course with just 35 places available nationally.
Assistant Principal and Coordinator of the Flyers Programme Jamie Davies said, “we are thrilled that a record number of students have received Oxbridge offers for September 2018. I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of the students and it is a testament to their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work. They have all taken extra enrichment activities, completed Extended Project Qualifications and participated in workshops and interview preparation events supported by staff at Wyke along with the University of Oxford, the University of Hull and industry professionals from the local area to support their applications.”
It’s been an incredibility busy summer for Georgia McGrath. Not only did Georgia collect fantastic A level results (A* English Literature & Language, A* Drama & Theatre Studies, A Law), she also received a £300 prize for winning the Ron Worsdall Young Person’s Award 2017 from the Hull Paragon Rotary Club for her outstanding ability, achievement and aspirations in the Arts.
Georgia, who’s ambition is to work in the media industry, said, “I was thrilled when I found out that I was the winner as this meant I could put the money towards new equipment and editing software which I use to produce my own shorts and small adverts.”
“Initially I was set on going to university to study English and Drama and I knew that I would enjoy this. However, I’ve since made the decision to take a gap year after speaking with the executive producer at the BBC who recommended gaining as much experience in the industry as possible.”
As a result, over the last few months Georgia has spent time doing work experience with local theatre companies and major public broadcasters. She also had the privilege of working within the production teams on various UK films. She was recently cast as the female lead in the TV pilot ‘Misunderstood’ and will begin filming for this in Newcastle in October.
Georgia concluded that “Winning the Rotary Club Funding has opened many doors which enable me to unleash my creativity and passion for the arts, whilst creating content on poignant societal issues in order to educate and challenge perceptions amongst all generations. And so, it is a real honour to be the winner of this award.”
Yet again, students at Wyke Sixth Form College have shown a combination of talent and hard work to achieve outstanding success. This, combined with superb teaching and the best possible facilities, has meant that 99.6% of students have achieved a pass grade at A-level with 29 subjects achieving 100% pass rate.
At A-level, we have had an increase in the proportion of students achieving the much coveted A* grade (97 students), and the proportion achieving A*- B grades has increased to 47%.
No less than 50 students achieved at least 3 grades at A* or A and particular congratulations go to:
|Natasha FRANKLIN||A* A* A*|
|Harry DAVIS||A A* A*|
|Will DE VRIES||A* A A* B|
|Thomas FORD||A* A* A|
|Chloe HUSSEY||A* A A*|
|Henry WEIGHILL||A A* A*|
|Luke CLAYTON||A* A* A A*|
|Ellie HOUSTON||A A* A*|
|Charles LEESON||A* A* A|
|Robert WHITTLE||A* A* A A|
|Alexander O’MALLEY||A* A* A Subsidiary Diploma DS*|
|Matthew TAYLOR||A A* A* A|
|Chloe ROBINSON||A A* A* B|
|Alice BAILEY||A* A* B B|
|Tatyana BROADHEAD||A* A A|
|Megan BROWN||A* A A|
|Isobel CAMMIES||A A* A|
|Josh CLARK||A A A*|
|Bethany HIGGINS||A A* A|
|Katie HUGHES||A* A A|
|Peter MEARS||A A* A|
|Kelly-Rose O’REILLY||A* A A B|
Once again our BTEC results were outstanding with 62 students achieving 3 triple Distinctions in comparison to 31 students in 2016.
Principal, Jay Trivedy, said:
“In a year in which there has been so much curriculum change, these are another set of excellent results for our College. They reflect the tremendous work of all of our staff and it is a pleasure to be able to work with such wonderful students. The care, support and guidance offered at Wyke continues to be outstanding. I would also like to thank parents for their unstinting dedication.
The 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 one of the largest A-level providers in the region, I am absolutely delighted with the large 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. We have consistently shown what can be done in the city. It is an engine of confidence and achievement for the future.
I am especially pleased that our Oxbridge applicants and our medical applicants have been so successful. However, I am delighted for all the students and their achievements. I would like to thank the families and all staff who have been so supportive of our students.”
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.”
Wyke 6th Form College are now working with Coventry University to offer a new Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Health & Social Care, two evenings a week, starting this October.
This course is being run in partnership with CU Scarborough who are part of the Coventry University Group. Coventry University is the UK’s top modern university and has almost 30,000 students, currently placed 12th in the Guardian’s University League Table 2018.
Please contact the admissions team at the Scarborough campus by email, firstname.lastname@example.org , to request a part-time application form or call Coventry University, Scarborough on 01723 336700.
The course requires 5 GCSEs at A*- C (or grade 4 and above) including English and Maths; a Level 3 Health & Social Care BTEC or significant experience working in a caring profession.
On 22nd November, 15 Wyke Sixth Form College students took to the stage at the Grimsby Auditorium to perform William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
The SSF is one of the UK’s largest youth drama festivals, with over 1100 schools and colleges participating in 2016.
The aim of the festival is to encourage young people from primary school to college age to actively experience and appreciate the work of Shakespeare through the performance of his work. The SSF offer 21 shortened versions of plays for students to choose from and provide support through workshops for both students and staff.
Former Kelvin Hall School student Elsie Loades spoke about why Wyke chose to perform Julius Caesar: “We decided that with the current political climate that the issues addressed in the play mirrored what we are witnessing now. We have had such an amazing day, all of the hard work we have done leading up to the performance has really paid off. I would recommend performing in the SSF to anyone who loves Shakespeare, even if they haven’t performed on stage before.”
Following the performance, teacher of English Literature Catherine Baker said: “Throughout the day, the students were a true credit to the College, their performance was fantastic and I’m really proud of them all.”
Media Studies student Charlotte Daly received the star treatment for her work on her lifestyle blog site. Charlotte, a former South Hunsley student, is a massive fan of the ITV soap opera “Emmerdale”, a programme she regularly writes about on her website.
Earlier in the year Charlotte was invited by Yorkshire Television to a private viewing at The Emmerdale Studio Experience, an event exclusive to bloggers from Yorkshire. Charlotte said, “It was an interesting insight into the way television is made, and a brilliant opportunity to meet up with other bloggers from across the region. I got to visit the sets as well as gaining an insight to the production and post-production process.”
Charlotte is currently in her first year at Wyke studying A level Media Studies along English Language & Literature, Psychology and BTEC Creative Digital Media.
To follow Charlotte’s blog visit http://justbeingchar.blogspot.co.uk