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Celebrating 30 years of Wyke

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This summer, Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating it’s 30 year anniversary.

Since its humble beginnings educating 500 students in 1988, Wyke has since become one of the fastest growing colleges in the UK and currently has over 2,000 students enrolled.

We are holding a celebratory event to mark this special occasion. The event will include live music performances with top hits from across years, a bar, throwbacks and more. It also marks the launch of our brand new Alumni community.

Used to study or work at Wyke? Join us on the evening…

Date: Friday 28th June 2019

Timings: 7.00pm-10.00pm

RSVP: If you would like to attend, please email 30years@wyke.ac.uk stating your full name, year you worked/studied at Wyke and postal address so we can send you an invite.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Wyke!

College in Action Event

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We are holding a College in Action morning on Thursday 2nd May, 10.00am-12.00pm for students and their parents/guardians.

This includes a small introduction and Q&A session, followed by a campus tour in small groups whilst the college is operational, focusing on the subjects you are interested in.

The event is ideal for any student who may still be undecided on their next steps or students who have applied to our college but would like another chance to look around and gain more information before they start with us in September.

If this sounds like something you’d like to attend, please email marketing@wyke.ac.uk or call 01482 346 347 giving your full name and school.

We look forward to welcoming you to Wyke Sixth Form College.

Washington DC Tour 2019

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Visiting Washington DC in the spring-time was a trip to remember. This year the Wyke cross-college trip was scheduled later in the year, the weather was mild and the iconic cherry blossom trees were in full bloom, as twenty five politics and history students toured Washington DC.

Over the six day break, the group visited all the key monuments, historical sites, educational establishments and political institutions. The Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial, the White House, Georgetown University, the Smithsonian Museums, Arlington Cemetery and Capitol Hill, were all visited in a packed itinerary. The visit to the Capitol Building was especially rewarding as the Senate was in-session, giving the students the opportunity to observe American politics in action.

The entire trip linked into the A level syllabus, a point that was constantly referenced throughout the tour. James Goodchild, A Level History teacher and John Whitaker, A Level Government & Politics teacher, took it in turns to deliver mini-lectures at all the landmarks. Catherine Eariss, A Level Sociology teacher, also drew connections to the social changes that the USA experienced during the 20th century.

It wasn’t all museum, landmark and statue. Following the success of last year, the group booked in to watch the Washington Wizards basketball game and others went to see an intense baseball match at the newly renovated National’s Park stadium. Add to this there was even time for shopping at the enormous Pentagon Mall.

To see more of Washington DC 2019, search Wyke Washington DC on Instagram or visit the Wyke Flickr account to download and keep.

Planning is already underway for 2020.

Library

Saturday and Half Term Library Opening Times

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The College Library will be opening on Saturdays from Saturday 27th April as a quiet space to study and revise between 10am and 4pm.

The Library will also open on the following Saturdays between 10am and 4pm.

Saturday 4th May
Saturday 11th May
Saturday 18th May
Saturday 8th June
Saturday 15th June

HALF TERM OPENING DATES (10am-4pm)

Tuesday 28th May
Wednesday 29th May
Thursday 30th May

Any students working in the Library on these days will be required to wear their college lanyard at all times.

Wyke opens the door to Oxbridge

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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.

Wyke Marks 100th Anniversary of Armistice

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This week, Peter Jackson’s film “They Shall Not Grow Old” will be shown every lunchtime on the Wyke big screen as the college commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The screening will also be supported by poppy sales, fact sheets and word searches. James Goodchild and Andy Bentley from the History department are encouraging all students to participant. James said, “I think it’s important that all our students are aware of the significance of this particular Remembrance Sunday. We would also like other subjects at Wyke to link their lessons to this historical occasion.”

As part of the A Level History curriculum, a party of students and staff are visiting Belgium later this month on a Battlefield Tour.

Copies of Peter Jackson’s film are being distributed to all schools and colleges in the UK. The trailer for this amazing piece of work is available on YouTube and will be broadcast of the BBC.

Washington DC

Wyke Make Washington Great Again

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From watching the speeding Trump motorcade to cheering on the Washington Wizards, the annual Wyke trip to DC was certainly action packed.

For six days a group of twenty two students with an interest in politics and history toured the US capital taking in all the key monuments, museums and heritage sites. After the 23 hour journey, day one was dedicated to travel.

Day two took in Union Station as the starting point to pick up the “Washington DC Big Bus Tour”. This hop-on, hop-off service allowed the students to see the majestic monuments to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln. The day finished at the Capital One Area to watch the Washington Wizards take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA league. After over 22 thousand steps it was time to head back to the hotel.

Day two started with a tour of the Capitol Building with an opportunity to witness the Senate and House of Representatives in action. From there the group went to Arlington Cemetery, the burial ground of the Kennedys and the site of the Unknown Soldier. The day concluded with a fun visit to Madame Tussauds and a night tour bus to see the spectacular cityscape illuminated.

Thursday was museum day. Starting off at the National Archive, students saw the closely guarded Declaration of Independence and a special exhibition on the Vietnam War. In the afternoon students elected to visit the National Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of the American Indian and the Holocaust Museum. At the end of the day the group came together for a meal back at the hotel.

The final day divided into a visit to the White House, followed by a frantic shopping spree at the Pentagon City Mall. Wow, what a trip. To see what happened, visit the Wyke Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/44105515@N05/albums/72157692859194381

Here’s to next year!

James Goodchild

Culmination of Five Years of Research

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A level History teacher James Goodchild is celebrating the publishing of his latest book. “A Most Enigmatic War” recounts the history of scientific intelligence during the Second World War. The text focuses on the memories of R. V. Jones, a pioneer in the development of scientific intelligence in the conflict against the Axis powers.

The research builds on the work James carried out when he was studying for his PhD in Modern History at the University of Exeter. James began teaching A level History at Wyke in 2015 with the course becoming one of the fastest growing subjects at Wyke with over 250 level three students.

When reflecting on his achievement James said, “It is great to finally have this extensive research published, and I would be delighted if in anyway it could inspire Wyke College students to undertake high quality research at University after their A-Levels.

No doubt the students I teach find it amusing when I get so excited about the history of science, technology and intelligence, especially when it relates to warfare (as it does so often with Y2 History), but equally I appreciate the impressions of fascination that are generated in the classroom when I discuss these issues in lessons. I would be happy to offer any advice on the University path from A-Level to doctorate to any student at Wyke, from any subject – please come and find me!”

Reviews from the wider public have encouraged James to begin writing a follow-up book that examines the emergence of scientific and technological intelligence in the First World War.

“A Most Enigmatic War” is published by Helion & Company Limited and is widely available from high street and online book retailers.

Promotional advert for the Kings of Hull

Wyke confirmed as Cultural Icon of Hull

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Wyke has been acknowledged as a cultural icon for Hull in the promotional material for Kings Of Hull, a comedy written and directed by John Godber.

According to the Hull 2017 website, “The Kings of Hull tells the remarkable story of the King family across three generations. From life on the docks, to Hull prison, a lottery win and success in the coal trade; this is a family whose sons and daughters are struggling to cope in a changing world. The Kings are a family bonded by love but divided by rugby, a river and sibling rivalry. Join us at their Golden Wedding, before the gloves come off; for a celebration of life in town, from the 1960s through to Brexit and beyond. Whether it’s love, hate, success or failure, the Kings always come out fighting.”

The play will be performed at the newly renovated Hull New Theatre from 27th September-7th October.

Emma Hardy

In the Red Corner

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Congratulations to former Wyke student Emma Hardy on her election to Parliament. Emma is now the Labour MP representing Hull West and Hessle. She successfully contested the seat against a challenge mounted by a confident Conservative candidate to the seat formally held by long serving former Labour Minister Alan Johnson.

Emma will face another former student, Andrew Percy MP, who is the Conservative Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, representing Brigg and Goole. Andrew has now defended his seat at three successive elections and is seen by many as a rising star in the world of politics.

You won’t be surprised to discover that both studied A Level Government & Politics whilst at Wyke.