This month, former Beverley High School student, Imogen Wright is making her professional dance debut at Piece Hall, Halifax, in the performance of “The Aftermath”.
After studying A Level Dance, PE and Psychology at Wyke, Imogen gained a place at the highly prestigious Northern Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating, Imogen has embarked on a career in dance, choreography and performance.
“The Aftermath” is an open-air dance theatre piece exploring the passion and agency of youth in the age of COVID-19. In this brand new show devised with the young people of Calderdale, Northern Rascals and Northern Broadsides place them front and centre like never before. 20 young people explore their feelings of isolation, anger and hope about a world hurtling towards a future they will inherit but is out of their control.
Northern Rascals is a Hebden Bridge Dance Company who have teamed up with Northern Broadsides and The Piece Hall to bring you this explosive piece of dance theatre in the unparalleled surroundings of the world’s last remaining eighteenth-century Cloth Hall. Make sure you have booked your free tickets so you can join us for one of the many performances that will occupy the The Piece Hall courtyard throughout the weekend of 26 and 27 September in this celebration of live performance.
Visit the Piece Hall website for further details, https://www.thepiecehall.co.uk/events/the-aftermath
Show Times and Dates
Saturday 26 September 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
Sunday 27 September 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm
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.”
A diverse array of visiting speakers, together with a modern campus and a growing notable alumni, are offering current Wyke students a slice of university life whilst studying for their A levels.
Recently, the Sociology and Psychology departments have welcomed some renowned academics to the college. Dr Nick Long of the London School of Economics, and Ben Ambridge from the University of Liverpool, have both recently delivered lecturers as part of the student’s course enrichment.
Dr Nick Long’s talk referred to his own research in an exploration of anxiety and depression across global cultures. Ben Ambridge, author of “Are you Smarter than a Chimpanzee?”, held an entertaining session linking aspects of popular culture to A level psychology theories. Throughout both sessions, students took notes, participated in experiments and questioned the academics directly.
Both, Nick and Ben’s lectures are now available on the college YouTube channel, Wyke TV.
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.
This year, Wyke Sixth Form College celebrated a record number of students receiving offers from Oxford and Cambridge, with eight students confirming that they achieved the grades to study at two of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Bridget Allenby achieved A* A*A* A, confirming her place at the University of Oxford to study Biomedical Sciences.
Upon opening her results, Bridget said: “I’m happy and just over the moon right now. To be lucky enough to be offered one of the 40 places available on the course was a huge achievement, but to finally know I’ve got the grades I needed is an amazing feeling. I’m excited to experience being a student at Oxford which is known internationally for it’s incredible academic reputation and high standards of teaching.”
For Alice Gowland, now studying Psychology at the University of Oxford, choosing to study at Wyke was due to the additional support and academic excellence of the college: “I chose to study at Wyke for its academic excellence. I also felt that Wyke would be the best college to support my ambition of studying at Oxford. As part of the Flyers programme, I was provided with a lot of support in being an early applicant to university. My teachers gave me the encouragement and confidence in myself to work hard to achieve the results that I have today.”
To see how we can help you in securing a place at a top university, come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 25th October 5.30pm-8pm.
So you want to be a doctor?
For the first time, the Royal Society of Medicine’s popular Medical Careers Day will be taking place in Hull at Wyke Sixth Form College on Thursday 12 October 2017.
Applying to medical school can be somewhat confusing. So the RSM has put together a service for school students, which aims to provide information needed to navigate your way through the application process and getting into medical school.
This day offer’s school students guidance from experts on the application process for applying to study medicine and gives an insight into life in the medical field.
The event is aimed at year 11/12 students, but younger students are also encouraged to attend if schools believe they would benefit from hearing more information on choosing a career in medicine.
The day will inform students interested in a medical career on how to choose the right medical school, provide tips on their interview technique and discuss the importance of the right work experience. Students will also gain an insight into life as a medical student.
Wyke Deputy Principal Mark Rothery said, “We are delighted that the Royal Society of Medicine have chosen this year to offer one of their hugely popular Medical Careers Day courses in Hull. It’s great to see another facet of the National recognition we are enjoying as City of Culture – we are certainly more on the map!
I’m doubly delighted that they have chosen Wyke Sixth Form College as the venue for the event. This one day conference is open to all Year 11 and 12 students that are considering becoming doctors.”
Booking and further details are available at https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/events-listing/2017-2018/groups/schools-programme/smk01-2017-rsm-medical-careers-day-so-you-want-to-be-a-doctor-(hull)
You can also find out more and sign up to the RMS careers newsletter at www.rsm.ac.uk/careers-in-medicine
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.”
In recent years, Wyke Sixth Form College has seen twenty-six students successfully go on to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary science at university. This is a figure Wyke are extremely proud of and this year it’s set to increase even more as we have a record number of students with offers for the above courses.
This year, nine students have gained places at fantastic universities across the country to study these prestigious courses; two students have been offered places to study dentistry, four for medicine and three are hoping to study veterinary science.
Valerie Evans, Head of Faculty, said, “All of our students have done fantastically well to secure these offers and we wish them the best of luck in the rest of their examinations. All the staff at Wyke have shown nothing but support to all our students applying to university and have gone above and beyond to help them secure the future they want and subsequently deserve.”
Former Malet Lambert student, Sian Forrester, has accepted an offer on a BDF Dentistry course at Sheffield University and has appreciated all the support offered by Wyke. She said, “Through the Wyke Medics Society I attended a dentistry summer school at Sheffield University. This introduced me to dental charting and working with phantom heads. The whole experience really gave me an insight to what it would be like to be a dentist.”
A full interview broadcast on BBC Radio Humberside with Sian and fellow medical students is available to watch on the Wyke YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHUEtdAqE4k
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