The Geography resources have a particular focus on environmental challenges, climate change & water.
The next whole Flyers’ meeting is on Thursday 13th February at 12:40pm in the Theatre. Attendance is compulsory for all Flyers’ students.
Topics to include; deeper reading, raising aspirations, aiming for high grades, applying to Russell Group universities & Oxbridge, amongst other relevant topics.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Make It Happen!
The visit to Iceland was undertaken by the Geography Department in March. Cyril Clark and Kerry Thompson took 24 geographers to the island of ‘ice and fire’ to study landforms and processes associated with constructive plate boundaries and glaciation.
The trip was highly successful partly because of the exciting itinerary but mainly because of the fantastic group of students that took a great deal of interest in the geographical landscape.
It was an early start on the first day. All students were up and ready in the hotel reception at
4.45am ready to check in at the airport. All students were wearing their bright red Wyke hoodies and followed all instructions in a military fashion to ensure swift clearance of luggage check and customs. By 11am we were in a very cold snowy Iceland.
Our tour guide, Steffan (also a professional opera singer and huge fan of Wyke students), took us to our first destination, Gunnuhver, where we could walk among mud pools and steam vents generated from the geothermal reservoir beneath the rift valley. We then drove past lava fields and crater rows to the Bridge between Continents, spanning a fissure acknowledged to be the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which runs through Iceland. Crossing this symbolic bridge, we witnessed the effects of continental drift.
Our next stop was Stampar Craters where we could walk among pahoehoe and aa lavas that formed 800 years ago in eruptions known as the “Reykjanes Fires”. These were fissure eruptions along a 4km fault which created the spatter cones called the Stampar crater row. These lava fields are in an active rift zone which is prone to frequent but very small earthquakes.
We then visited Reykjanesviti, Iceland’s oldest lighthouse and Mt. Valahnúkur, composed of tuff layers, pillow lava and breccia. The mountain was formed in a single eruption and shows evidence of the different phases of the eruption. A drive along the coast allowed us to observe relic cliffs formed from the isostatic uplift following the end of the last glaciation.
The highlight of the day was dressing in hard hats and crampons to tunnel underground in a hollowed out lava tube.
We stayed at Snotra Hostel in the foothills of Eyjafjallajökull, where Cyril instructed the students on completion of their fieldwork booklet.
The second day was equally impressive. We started by visiting SKogafoss a wide, thundering curtain of water 60m high and then made our way to Solheimajokull to trek on its frozen glacial snout careful to avoid the deep crevasses. Our experienced glacier guide taught us how to use basic ice equipment, crampons and ice axes.
After lunch, we visited Reynishverfi where we could walk along the black volcanic beach to see magnificent basalt cliffs and caves. Then to Dyrhólaey – the name means ‘door hill island’ – with its 120m high natural rock arch, this prominent headland is likely to have been formed in a submarine eruption similar to that of Surtsey Island in 1963.
After visiting another spectacular waterfall, it was back to the hostel for more fieldwork tasks and quiz night. After the quiz we went to seek the Northern Lights with high hopes from the promising forecast – unfortunately none were to be seen.
The last day was the highlight for some students (me) as we were able to relax in the hot waters of the Secret Lagoon. With the steam rising into the air, the place has a magical feeling. The water stays at 38-40 Celsius all year round and is perfect for bathing. We soon cooled off during our next stop at Gullfoss. These double falls drop around 33m then plunge into a mile-long gorge – one of the coldest moments of my life!
We then went to visit the site of Geysir, a spouting hot spring that gave its name to all the world’s geysers. Although it doesn’t often spout nowadays, its neighbour ‘Strokkur’ erupts every 10-15 minutes reaching a height of around 30m. We then had a quick stop at Efstidalur dairy farm so that everyone could enjoy an ice-cream whilst standing in a blizzard.
We really appreciated the warmth of the coach as it took us to our last stop frequently used in The Game of Thrones for cold locations. This National Park is where Iceland’s parliament was established in 930AD. The site straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, its rift valley forming where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pull apart at an average of 3cm a year.
The last night was spent in Reykjavik, where we came face to face with the storm that was to cause havoc in the UK the next day. A windy walk to the Hard Rock Café for tea and then bed after an exciting and exhausting three days of spectacular geography.
This was an amazing trip and one the students will never forget.
Whether it’s the buzz around the iconic Eiffel Tower, the spare, tranquil beauty of the Place de la concorde, or the Sacre Coeur, you could have a heart of stone and Paris would still melt it.
The trip was an opportunity to experience this beautiful city in its fullest sense: whether by foot or by Metro, we saw famous landmarks and uncovered hidden gems.
Those students studying French, got lots of practical experience, speaking French whenever possible. (One particularly moving day was when students translated Charles de Gaulle’s address to the French people inscribed at the Arc d’Triomphe.) French-speaking was optional for English students, whose focus was to explore the context behind some of the texts we study in our Paris Anthology.
So, if you like the idea of eating crepes, soaking up the view from the Eiffel Tower, or having a Dan Brown-inspired dash through the Louvre museum (OK, more of a gentle walk, really), then you would probably have enjoyed the Paris trip as much as we did!
Jamie Farrow, English Teacher and Head of Faculty
Wyke Sixth Form College is a leading institution for supporting students across the region to access Oxford and Cambridge, the often cited ‘top two universities in the world.’
Each year, Wyke provides a valuable stepping stone for those wishing to secure places at these prestigious universities. In 2018, we celebrated a record number of students in doing so, with 9 students going on to study a wide variety of courses from Law to Biomedical Science.
The successful students came from state schools all across Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.
One of these students, Bridget Allenby of Cottingham High School said; “I am happy and over the moon right now. To be lucky enough to secure one of the 40 places available on the course is a huge achievement. Coming to Wyke has been a great step for me to take for my future.”
This exceptional outcome is a combined result of fantastic students working with excellent A Level specialist teacher’s in an outstanding college. We also have a dedicated Flyers Programme to help support students aspiring to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.
In the current environment, were top universities tend to favour students from private schools and particular parts of the UK, this is demonstration that Wyke, an inclusive sixth form provider is going above and beyond in supporting all students in achieving their potential.
Ten months after completing his A levels, former Wyke student Saul Phillipson collected his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from a special event held at Buckingham Palace. Saul, who achieved straight A grades in Geography, Maths and Further Maths, is the first Wyke student on the DofE enrichment to receive the organisations top award. “Pretty damn awesome” was the way Saul described the day and the whole DofE experience.
Wyke has been delivering the DofE since September 2015. Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, the College hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Through the DofE, Wyke is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests. We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family.”
Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.
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.”
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.”
The academic status of the Wyke Geography department at the College has been underlined by the publication of a paper in a leading subject journal.
The research article, written by Wyke Geography teachers Kerry Spamer (Head of Subject) and Cyril Clark, discusses the focus for their A level Geography “Changing Places” unit.
Entitled “Unravelling the Palimpsest of Hessle Road”, the report looks at how an inner-city area with a proud history has developed over the last century. The work, published in the Geographical Associations quarterly magazine “Teaching Geography”, centres on students using their “geographical eyes” in their fieldwork to peel back the layers of the area surrounding Hessle Road in Hull.
This local fieldtrip is complemented by overseas visits to the likes of Iceland, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily. Each year the department alternates the destination to allow a broad experience.
“Unravelling the Palimpsest of Hessle Road”, the full article is available to read on this downloadable pdf document.