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Louis Mobbs

The Louis Mobbs Story

By | Accounting, Course News, Economics, Law, News, Physchology, Sport, Uncategorised

Recently, we contacted former Wyke student Louis Mobbs to chat about his post-Wyke life. It’s an inspirational story and really outlines what is possible if you really set your mind on achieving your goals. From his Hull secondary school, to Wyke, to Saint Peters USA on a soccer scholarship,  to a career in New York city; Louis’ story is great to read. So instead of editing and rewording, we’re publishing Louis’ email in full.

“I started Wyke in 2010 and finished in 2012. I studied Sports, Psychology, Accounting and Law. My original career choice was either to be a Lawyer or an Accountant as I enjoyed those classes most and the teachers were the ones I was closest too. They had the most influence on me and that’s where my interests lied at the time. I’ll always remember being in accounting with Nicola Baker and having banter about Man Utd and it was her approach to teaching made me enjoy it the most. When it came around to Uni decision time, I didn’t even apply to any universities. I decided that education wasn’t for me and instead of continuing into university, I started work as an accountant at an insurance broker. I soon grew to hate that also (not the job so much, just the 9-5, no ambition lifestyle more than anything) and it was around this time my football was somewhat hitting it’s prime.

I was just selected to play semi professional with North Ferriby and I was also just chosen to be the vice-captain for England Schools u’18s. This really propelled my footballing opportunities and the channels to global football. This is where I was linked to a ‘soccer’ scholarship program to play in the US. I signed up on a Tuesday, had a trial match in London on Thursday in front of 60 US coaches and by Friday had offers on the table for various colleges over the US. I had good connections with two specifically (Fairfield, CT & Saint Peters, NJ) due to players I played with at England choosing the same route and venturing to the US the year before I did. Both coaches came over to Hull to watch me at North Ferriby and I decided to go with Saint Peters. The college is in Jersey City which is a 10 minute ride into NYC, and that was enough to sell me into the move.

I was offered a full scholarship for a 4 year degree in economics, to live on campus and play as a center back. One week after accepting I broke my Patella (knee) and worried if I would be able to make it or if they would rescind the offer as a result. Luckily, I got back to fitness and left in the summer of 2013. I played the first 2 years as a center back before moving into center forward. My junior and senior year I was the captain for the team and was top goal scorer. Through out my collegiate career, I had many chances to play for professional teams and start on the ladder towards being a pro, but none worked out as I wasn’t willing to leave a degree and 100s of thousands of dollars behind to pursue – my goal was to stay in America and get a job I love in NYC. I did just that when I decided to get my real estate license and work for a start up brokerage firm selling and renting properties. One of the best things Ive ever done. I saw apartments, houses, penthouses etc that blew my mind. I attended viewings and parties of the mega rich and famous. This opened my eyes to the NYC life and from there I was addicted; I’m never coming home I told myself. Due to visa requirements, I then left to join an English based recruitment firm who had a NYC office and I’ve been with them since. I’ve since had a beautiful little girl, Alivya, and now live in my own apartment in Downtown Jersey City.

I would re-live my days at Wyke in a heartbeat. There was a feeling of acceptance and unity with Wyke that has never been matched in any endeavor I’ve had since. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some pretty great things since, but Wyke was always a milestone in my life that put me where I am today. It resonated from the upper management staff, through to coaches and assistants and into the teams. From football, to rugby, netball, basketball etc, we were all one, which is hard to find (especially in the US). At the time, Lucid, Julie, Ben, Mike and Gaffa were the ones I was closest to and they are the ones that make Wyke what it is. They respect you and push you – that’s everything you need in a coach/mentor. Wyke is certainly an era of my life that will be unmatched. The people I met, the things I/we accomplished, the friends I made, the memories I created, the lessons I learnt… all are some of the best. As cheesy as it is, they are definitely your best days. I still get excited thinking about some of the memories we had as a team there. My biased opinion is that our class of 2012 was a turning point for Wyke’s sports and where Wyke started to become a known name in most, if not all, sports.”

Law

Preparing for Study: A Level Law

By | Course News, Law

If you are an upcoming student and starting to think about preparing for your A Level Law course at Wyke, there are a variety of free online resources available that we would recommend using; The Open University and Future Learn.

Both websites offer free short courses covering a wide range of fascinating and current topics including:

  • An introduction to Law
  • Human Rights
  • Inequality
  • Property Law
  • European Law
  • Changing Laws

These are really useful for doing some deeper reading, getting a head start on your subject along with exploring university/career pathways and identifying how your subjects relate to everyday life and society.

They also provide a great way to discover potential EPQ topics if you are looking to include this course in your study programme.

mandeep

Mandeep Wins Top 30 Award

By | Awards, Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Law, Photography
Congratulations to Mandeep Kaur on collecting her  Humber “Top 30 under 30” award. 

BusinessLive, part of the Hull Daily Mail online output,  have been celebrating the winners this spring. They wrote, “Mandeep always offers to go above and beyond to cater for everyone’s needs. After university, Mandeep started working for the Schools and Colleges Liaison Service, where she still resides today, firstly as an office assistant before rising through the ranks and becoming an officer responsible for student recruitment. Throughout her role, she has become an integral member of staff who continues to pursue opportunities to better herself and her costumer service.Mandeep is a true unsung hero of the university. All the time and effort she puts into her work is not just because it is her job, but also because it is her passion.”

We contacted Mandeep, asking her to reflect on how her time at Wyke impacted on her future direction.

She said, “I am delighted to be one of the Top 30 Under 30 winners for 2020. The award not only recognises the skills and achievements of young people within the Yorkshire and Humber region, it also inspires young people to learn about the range of opportunities and potential in this area.
 
I hope that young people can see the journey that I have been on to get to where I am and feel inspired to also achieve the best for themselves. A lot of my success stems from my time as a student at Wyke Sixth Form College (2007 – 2009).
 
Reflecting back on my time at Wyke, I was a very proactive student and got involved in many brilliant opportunities. I represented the college during Open Evenings as a Student Crew member. This was a role I took a lot of pride in as I welcomed prospective students and their families to Wyke. I also had the opportunity to raise funds, organise and participate in events for various organisations, such as the first ever Wyke Fashion Show. Through studying Law, I became a ‘witness’ in the Bar Mock Trial at Leeds Crown Court against other colleges and sixth forms in the region and I was also interviewed by John Prescott in my Art class as part of a BBC documentary.
 
I have so many wonderful memories of my time as a student at Wyke. I now realise how those two years had provided me with a strong foundation of skills and confidence to progress into Higher Education, working life and now achieving a Top 30 Under 30 award.”
Oxbridge Logos

The Oxbridge Eight

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, Law, News, Physics

Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating students receiving Oxbridge offers for September 2020. This year, eight students have received offers, on courses such as English Language and Literature, Law, Natural Sciences, Economics and Veterinary Science.

Paul Hamer, Oxbridge Programme Coordinator said, “All the staff at Wyke would like to congratulate the eight students who have got offers from Oxford or Cambridge. This prestigious offer is a testament to the hard work, dedication and tenacity that they have show throughout their time here at Wyke.

It is also proof that anyone from any background can be successful at Oxford or Cambridge. Here at Wyke we will help you to achieve this success.”

Discover more about Wyke’s bespoke Oxbridge and Flyer programmes at our next Open Evening, 23rd January between 5.30-8.00pm.

Prison Me No-Way!

By | Criminology, Law, News

Thanks to Prison Me No-Way who have visited Wyke over the past 2 days to talk to our first year Criminology and Applied Law students.

The talks given by the organisation were based upon the themes of choices and consequences and where they can take you, with first-hand accounts given by former and serving offenders.

Lauren Whittaker, Head of Criminology and Applied Law said, “The talks today and yesterday have provided our students context about the sentences and tariffs given to those who commit crime. They also have put the theories taught on both courses into practice. Some of the second years asked if they could come to talks again this year, and commented on how memorable the talks were and how they had a big impact.”

Neil McCunnell, representative from Prison Me No-Way, thanked our students for their engagement during the talks. “The students we have met have asked us some challenging but really good questions which I believe will help solidify their understanding of the criminal justice system.”

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

 

Kiana Tait

Wyke Backs Kiana in World Championships

By | Community, Economics, Law, News, Sociology, Sport

Kiana Tait will be putting her college work briefly “on ice” in 2019 as she has been selected to represent Team GB Ice Hockey at U18 level.

Alongside her sporting involvement, Kiana is currently studying A Level Economics, Law and Sociology at Wyke. The former Malet Lambert student said, “It’s an honour to represent my country at such a young age, the tournament is an important step for me as I wish to play for the Great Britain Women’s team.”

The six-team IIHF tournament runs from 6th to 12th January 2019 at Dumfries Ice Bowl and GB will host China, France, Poland, Netherlands and Norway.

GB’s first game is on Sunday 6th January against Poland U18 Women, before facing France U18 Women the following day.

After a rest day, GB then go head-to-head with Norway U18 Women on Wednesday 9th January.

A second rest day is followed by GB facing China on Friday 11th January and the tournament is wrapped up with Great Britain against Netherlands 24 hours later.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “This was one of the toughest under-18 squads the coaching staff have ever had to name.

“There is so much competition for places but that is a great position to be in for the women’s programme.

“It will be a tough tournament for sure as there are some top nations competing and many of the roster are still very young.

“But we have had good preparation and I know the squad is really looking forward to playing on home ice.”

GB U18 WOMEN’S SQUAD
Lucy Beal – Slough/Bracknell
Sophie Campbell – Kirkcaldy/Fife
Grace Garbett – Telford
Megan Gourlay – Solway Sharks
Emily Harris – Bracknell
Aimee Headland – Northwood Huskies
Chloe Headland – RSL Islanders U19
(N/M) Ella Howard – Romford
Verity Lewis – Ontario Hockey Academy
Kaitlyn Morrison – Ontario Hockey Academy
(N/M) Emma Nichols – Chelmsford
Chloe Riley – Sutton/Sheffield
Amy Robery – Streatham
Elizabeth Saunders – Sutton/Sheffield
Jessica Sprules – Okanagan Hockey Academy
Kiana Tait – Kingston
Jessie Taylor – Bracknell
Ellie Wakeling – Romford/Bracknell
Hannah Ware – Sutton/Sheffield
Audrey Wood – Kirkcaldy

Outstanding Support, Outstanding Outcomes

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Law, News, Uncategorised

What courses did you study at Wyke?

Accounting – B

BTEC Business – Distinction*

Applied Law – Distinction*

Did you enjoy your College experience?

I really enjoyed my college experience.

College for me was a time of significant change in my life, I made lots of new friends, with whom I created a lot of great memories. For the first time I began to enjoy education and take it much more seriously, I think the driving factor behind this was a great network of teachers who were very knowledgeable and brought their personalities and life experience into the role which made the classroom a better place.

What was your favourite subject?

My favourite subject was Accounting. This was closely followed by Law. Both subjects are integral to the society in which we live, which made them that much more interesting to learn because I felt like I was learning more about how the law and economics of society functions around me whilst studying.

What was your highlight of College life?

A single highlight of my college life is extremely hard to pinpoint, I woke up every morning feeling positive and looking forward to the day ahead and there are times in life were that doesn’t happen, so I don’t think it can be understated how important that was to the enjoyment of my 2 years at Wyke.

What skills/ knowledge did you take away with you that have helped post Wyke?

The greatest skills I obtained from Wyke were life skills, I left with a motivation to constantly improve myself, and I left with a wealth of stories from my teachers on their career paths through life, which helped me develop my own idea of what I might wish to do with my future. In addition to this I left Wyke with people who I consider now to be lifelong friends, and who I still regularly catch up with now almost 4 years later.

Did you have any barriers to overcome whilst studying with us?

My biggest struggles during my time at Wyke occurred in my personal and home life. I come from a disadvantaged background, and during my A Level education I found myself with nowhere to live and facing the possibility of homelessness.

Luckily, I had many friends around me who offered up a sofa to sleep on, and I received help from a particularly caring and pro-active member of support staff within the college, who managed to organise financial aid for me as well as a permanent place to live. She went to extra mile to ensure I would be OK. Without that help at the time my situation today could be very different.

 What did you go on to do after college?

After college I went to join EY, who are one of the biggest financial services firms globally, and for them I worked as an Auditor. After 2 years there I achieved a low-level professional accounting qualification known as CFAB and in order to open more careers in the world of finance I went on to start Uni at the University of Sheffield studying Accounting where I still am today.

What are your overall career aspirations?

After gaining some experience of the world of finance through Audit, I’m now planning to go into Tax Accounting, where I will have the choice of being self-employed or working as a tax advisor for another company.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years it’s that life can change very quickly, and if another opportunity presents itself that is of interest to me I’m not afraid to change course and try new things along the way, as long as I’m always gaining new skills, knowledge and experiences.

What advice would you give to current sixth form students?

My strong advice to any current sixth form students would be not to worry if you don’t have your career path planned out already.

Keep your options open by putting 100% effort into everything you do, and ensuring you’re constantly growing as an individual by gaining new skills and experience throughout life, eventually you’ll find yourself in a place you’re happy, which will lead you on a path to were you’re supposed to be rather than where you planned to be.

Wyke opens the door to Oxbridge

By | Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, History, Law, Mathematics, Music, News, Physchology, Physics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish

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.

The causes and consequences of crime with Prison Me! No Way!

By | Course News, Criminology, Law

This week saw charity Prison Me No Way visit Wyke Sixth Form College to deliver some really thought provoking sessions for our Law and Criminology students.

The sessions were delivered by three prisoners who shared their own unique stories of crime, including the lifestyle choices which led to their imprisonment and the effects that this has had on themselves, their families and future.

The aim of the week was to compliment topics from their A Level and BTEC courses with first-hand accounts of the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.

Students were really appreciative of the open and honest accounts given and we would like to thank each individual for sharing their stories.

“It was really interesting to hear their unique stories and how they have made choices and unfortunately had to learn the hard way” Caitlin Cursons Year 1 Criminology

“Amazing and interesting experience; eye opening and would love to listen again” Isabelle Heath Year 2 Criminology