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Over 800 UCAS Applications Submitted

By | Course News

Wyke Sixth Form College would like to congratulate students who have recently submitted their UCAS applications.

830 students completed applications to a wide range of universities from local institutions including The University of Hull and The University of Lincoln to universities as far reaching as The University of Glasgow and Kings College London.  Courses are also wide ranging including degrees in Law, Media Production, Midwifery, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Physiotherapy, Sociology and Education.

For Wyke students, the UCAS application process begins in the Spring term of their first year, researching suitable universities and courses, attending careers fairs and talks and drafting personal statements. Students are supported by their teachers, tutors, and careers team to then ensure that a high-quality application is submitted which best reflects their interests and future aspirations.

We look forward to our students receiving their well-deserved university offers and further supporting students onto other aspirational destinations including higher apprenticeships and employment. #MakeItHappen

Beth Norton

Teeing off in Texas

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

At Wyke, so many students are successful beyond the classroom. Here’s one of them, former Howden School student, Beth Norton.

After completing her CTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Wyke, Beth is progressing to Western College, Texas, USA, where she’ll refine her golfing skills alongside studying for a Sports Science degree.  Western has an enviable reputation for developing the sports stars of the future having recently achieved a highly creditable 6th placing in a national US golfing tournament.

With the support of the Sports & PE department at Wyke, Beth’s timetable allows her to dedicate every Wednesday to golf practice and a programme of strength and fitness. The curriculum has also helped her develop her understanding of the anatomy of sport, a significant factor in achieving a competitive edge.

To discover more about the CTEC Sport programmes at Wyke, visit our course pages https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/sport/

View Beth’s recent interview on the College’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/wpXw3YHPH5c

Top of the Class

By | Awards, Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics

Congratulations to Adam, Joseph and Sean who were presented with Silver and Bronze awards after tackling the 1st round of the Physics Olympiad.

This 2 hour and 45 minute exam was held at the campus under strict exam conditions and consists of 2 papers, administered by the University of Oxford.

The Olympiad is intended for the brightest and best Physics students in the country, testing their knowledge beyond what they study at A Level and their mental agility in the field of Physics.

Vinny Crosskill

Ivy League Vinny

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Course News, Economics, Mathematics

Second year Wyke student, Vinny Crosskill, has just been informed that he has secured a place at Babson College, Massachusetts, USA, to study Economics and Finance. Babson has a global reputation for educating the future entrepreneurs and leaders of business. According to Google, Babson is “a very selective university”, with just 24% of applicants successfully gaining a place. Over the last 25 years, it has been voted the best university for business in the USA.

In his first year at College, the Wyke tutor team encouraged Vinny to apply for support from the Sutton Trust, an educational charity that champions students from non-traditional backgrounds. Through the guidance of the Trust and help from his tutors, Vinny successfully negotiated a series of Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) to gain the offer of a place.

Vinny came to Wyke from Kingswood Academy, Hull, and is a member of the Colleges Student Executive. Asked about his career ambitions, Vinny replied, “Right now, it’s to become a chartered accountant or earn a doctorate in economics. However, the good thing about US institutions is that you can change your major, especially if you’re at a liberal arts college, whereas in the UK you’d have to reapply to change your course. Hearing some of the classes that the colleges offer has really made me think about the career path I want to take going forward.”

Vinny gained excellent GCSEs from school before enrolling to study A levels in Economics, Business, Accounting and Mathematics at Wyke.

Babson were so impressed with Vinny’s application that they are willing to waive the vast majority of the university fees to ensure he is able to take up his place. Their annual contribution of over $82,000 will not only pay Vinny’s tuition fees, they will also cover living expenses and books.

Congratulations Vinny, enjoy the rest of your studies at Wyke, and keep in touch once you join the “Ivy League”.

Brain Day 2022

By | Psychology
On Thursday 6th January, Dr Guy Sutton, Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychiatry at University of Nottingham came to Wyke to deliver a Brain Day Conference to our Psychology students.
He focused on aspects of Biological Psychology and performed a sheep brain dissection.
During his visit, he also:
• Provided an overview of how the brain works, illustrating some elementary principles of neuroanatomy and brain function.
• Examined methods of exploring the brain and its function, together with contemporary issues in neuroscience such as neurogenetics.
• Explained what happens when the brain becomes damaged and degenerates, with accompanying clinical examples.
Students were enthralled, and had lots of interesting questions for Dr Sutton. They particularly enjoyed being able to hold the brain and learn about the future of neuroscience.
Our Psychology department would like to thank Dr Guy Sutton and The University of Nottingham for their time. #MakeItHappen

Classical Civilisation – an Invitation for Applicants

By | Course News

From September 2022, Wyke are running a brand-new A Level Classical Civilisation course.

If this course is something that may interest you, please read on.

To introduce this, we are holding a short, virtual information event to give you a great insight into this new course and give you the opportunity to change your study programme if you feel this course is better suited to your interests and future aspirations.

During the event, you will get the opportunity to:

  • Find out more about our new A Level Classical Civilisation course
  • Hear from our specialist teachers
  • Explore the many career opportunities open to students studying this course
  • Learn about entry requirements
  • Engage in a live question and answer session

The virtual event will take place on Tuesday 11th January 4.45pm-5.15pm.

You can access the event on the day at: https://wyke.ac.uk/classical-civilisation-information-event/

Further information on this course, can also be found at: https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/classical-civilisation/

There is no need to book, just (virtually) turn up on the evening.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Wyke Sixth Form College

Ruth Walmsley

Employee of the Year

By | Awards, Course News, English, Graphic Design, Media

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Ruth Walmsley, on winning her nomination for “Employee of the Year” at the recent Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.

Ruth came to Wyke from Wolfreton School and studied A levels in Media Studies, Graphic Design, and English Language & Literature.

Starting as an Apprentice Designer at Blab digital design agency back in 2019, Ruth made an outstanding amount of progress and worked hard to complete her apprenticeship six months early.

Jessica Clark, Creative Director at Blab, recognises Ruth’s fantastic contribution to the agency. “We are so impressed with her attitude to knuckle down, despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic and shifting to work and learn remotely. It was a no-brainer for us to keep her in the company after her studies finished and now she shines as one of our full-time Designers.

A true team player, Ruth shares her ideas, leads creative brainstorms and organises social events to get everyone together. She is a huge part of Blab and we couldn’t be prouder of her!”

Ruth modestly replied, “I’m super chuffed to have been shortlisted for Employee of the Year. I couldn’t have done it without Courtney and Jess believing in me every step of the way. Bring on the awards night with the best team!”

Well done Ruth, you’re a great example to students who want to progress into the workplace once they complete their Wyke studies.

Christmas Card

Christmas Spirit

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News for Parents, On Campus, Photography, Student Association

This year, Wyke doesn’t have one official Christmas card, it has five!

Each year, students are invited to submit their designs for the College’s Christmas card. As the response from the students was fantastic, and the quality high, it was impossible to select just one. From Banksy inspired traditional designs with a post-modern twist, to beautifully illustrated penguins performing amazing feats, everyone has their own favourite.

Congratulations to our winning students. Evie Spencer (Penguin with Christmas Tree) Maisie Hart (Bird), Ayah Moudares (Christmas Tree), Leia Tonkin (All I Want), and Isobel Smith (Penguin Bauble).

The brief asked the students to create a design that tackles the climate crisis but with a festive/seasonal theme. They were asked to consider how current climate change and environmental issues could be interpreted into the brief, whether it is through the visual imagery produced, a statement or the materials used.

The winning students will all receive prizes and their designs will be printed for sale from the Student Executive at £2.50 per pack of five, with proceeds donated to the Student Hardship Fund.

anna-obrien

An Absolute Inspiration

By | Awards, Community, Course News, English, Health & Social Care, Sociology

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Anna O’Brien, on winning the “Newly Qualified social worker of the year” gold award.

Anna came to Wyke from the Marvell College and studied BTEC Health & Social Care alongside A levels in Sociology and English Language.

Anna joined Hull City Council as a social work student and completed her placement in a Locality Safeguarding Children’s Team. She qualified with first class honours in social work and then applied for a permanent position with the council.

Pauline Turner, Director of Children’s Services, said: “During her assessed and supported year Anna has gone above and beyond and demonstrated outstanding social work practice. She continues to be professionally curious when working with children and seeks to understand the impact of harm they face.

“Her enthusiastic approach to her role as a front-line social worker results in better outcomes for children and families, and she is a fantastic role model for others who are new to the role.”

Anna’s manager, Claire, describes two of the ways Anna has gone above and beyond. Claire said: “During the pandemic, Anna co-ordinated a community response to helping those families who were isolating due to ill health and had no extended family support.  She called local charities and businesses who could help fund activities, food or general help. Over the course of the lockdown she delivered food parcels, activity packs and booklets around Covid to help children who were worried and parents who struggled to explain this in a child-centred way. Anna did some of the activities on FaceTime, she dropped off colouring pens and games in gardens, and this helped those families living in poverty stimulate the children during those worrying times.

“Anna also went the extra mile working with a young person by working flexible hours and being on-hand for advice and support. She booked to see the young person most days and at least twice a week on an evening she would go running and allow the young person to let off steam and improve her moods.”

Councillor Shane McMurray, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services said: “Anna is someone who has come into the profession because she has an inner desire to help others; she is an absolute inspiration to the profession. Her achievements to date have all been down to her determination to make society a better place and to help children and young people, and she is fully deserved of this award.

Gold-Award Mathematicians

By | Course News, Mathematics

Earlier this month, 46 Wyke students entered the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, a 90-minute multiple choice competition. The challenge is non-calculator so really tests the students’ mental agility and problem-solving skills.

Nationally, certificates are awarded to the top 60% in the following proportions: Gold for the top 10%, Silver for the next 20% and Bronze for the next 30%. Additionally, the top 6000 entrants in the country qualify to enter the next round of the competition.

Given the nature of the challenge, all of the entrants nationally tend to be strong mathematicians, so to achieve any of these certificates is a fantastic result, so congratulations to all of our winners and participating students.

Of particular note, 5 of our students, including 2 first years gained Gold certificates, which is an incredible achievement and they have reached the threshold for the follow-on round of the competition later this year. #MakeItHappen