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Results Day 2021

By | Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus

Record 10 students secure places at Oxbridge: 5 for Oxford / 5 for Cambridge

16 MDV placements: 5 for Veterinary Science / 10 for Medicine / 1 for Dentistry

185 students secure places at Russell Group universities

A truly sensational day for students at Wyke Sixth Form College, achieving remarkable results at the end of the most disrupted two years of education in memory.  Wyke students have shown remarkable resilience and determination to deliver work at the highest level despite the challenges of repeated lockdowns, remote working and great uncertainty about how they would be assessed.  Their sustained effort, supported by our exceptional teaching and pastoral teams, have led to the best outcomes and destinations in Wyke’s history.  More students have progressed to the most selective universities than from any other provider in the region with 10 students taking up places at Oxbridge, 16 moving on to courses in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science and a remarkable 185 securing places at Russell Group Universities.

With A*s in Criminology and Graphics and an A in Maths, former Baysgarth student Ben Gath has secured his place to study Architecture at Newcastle University. Ben came to Wyke with excellent GCSE grades which enabled him to join our Flyer’s programme, an enrichment group designed to support high achieving students. Ben said: “I’m really happy I got the results I wanted, so I’m ecstatic. I got two A*s and an A, and I needed three Bs to get into Newcastle. I’ve had loads of support from them, telling us about what they’re going to do next year.”

Alongside Ben, 184 other Wyke students secured places at world-class, research intensive Russell Group Universities.

Former Newland School student, Amy Atkinson, successfully gained her place at the Royal Veterinary College to study the Gateway to Veterinary Science course. Amy opened her results to reveal a B in Geography and Cs in Biology and Chemistry. She said: “I’m so excited, with everything that’s happened this year, there was no certainty in anything, and I was so nervous that I wouldn’t get in.”

Whilst at Wyke, former Trinity Academy student Will Huyton got involved with the PE and Sport department’s Pre-Physiotherapy enrichment programme, which is designed to give students an insight into the profession. Will was able to complete a work experience placement with local physiotherapy centre, Flex Health, in February this year. He gained four A*s across all his subjects, including Biology, Maths, Further Maths and PE, which secured his place to study Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This year, Wyke has also seen a record 10 students secure places at Oxbridge including former Withernsea High School student Ruth Chapman. All eyes were on Ruth as she opened her outstanding results of an A* in English Literature, an A* in English Language and an A in History which secured her a place to study Linguistics at The University of Cambridge. Ruth threw herself into all aspects of college life, worked exceptionally hard and was part of Wyke’s Oxbridge Programme.

Students on vocational courses have also gained fantastic results. Former Vale Academy student, Madison Friend, has secured a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study Theatre and Performance. She achieved distinction star in both BTEC Performing Arts and BTEC Music Technology, alongside a C in A level Theatre Studies. Madison’s course has an option of a sandwich year after the second year with an opportunity to go and study in Seoul, South Korea. She said, “I can’t say I’m disappointed about going to study abroad and studying in South Korea is just amazing.”

Principal, Paul Britton said:

“I couldn’t be prouder of the achievements of our students.  They really have shown remarkable resilience and determination over the last two years and fully deserve these exceptional results.  No other year group has faced the challenge of working remotely, accessing the technology they need and dealing with the fear and isolation caused by the pandemic.  We can be very confident that this year group will go on to achieve great things, they have already shown that nothing will stand in their way.”

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.”

 

 

Julia Louw

Government Backs Medical Students

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Drama & Theatre, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Physics, Religious Studies

Medical and dentistry schools across England will get additional funding to expand courses for the coming academic year to fulfil more offers for UK students who achieve the required grades.

In response to this year’s unprecedented situation the Government has adjusted the cap on medical and dentistry places so that more students than ever will have the opportunity to study on these courses in 2021, and in the long-term help boost our future NHS workforce.

2021 has been a record year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme with a record 37 offers made to students who have applied for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

Former Beverley Longcroft student, Julia Louw, has been offered a place at Oxford University to study Medicine. Julia studied four courses at Wyke that included the obligatory Chemistry and Biology, accompanied by Mathematics and interestingly BTEC Performing Arts. On BBC national news, Julia supported the move by the Government. “It’s really good news that the Government is supporting students to study medicine and allowing more students to access those resources.”

Kim Lawrence, coordinator of the Wyke pre-Medical Programme, is very pleased with this year’s outcomes. “I am so proud of what the students and staff have achieved. Pending confirmation of results, 2021 is going to be a fantastic year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme.”

The Governments measure brings the total of medical and dentistry places to over 9,000 in universities in England for this year to support courses and public services which are essential to protect into the future.

For this academic year, universities that can accommodate an increase to medical and dentistry places for students that have met the grades and hold a firm offer at a university with pressure on places will be supported to do so. For these universities that can take on more students that have met the grades whilst also ensuring teaching, learning and assessments standards are maintained, there will be flexibility to add to their numbers.

You can watch the full BBC news report on Wyke’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/FwFN6WSrTPY

Going Above and Beyond

By | Awards, News

At the recent Sixth Form Colleges Association awards, Wyke was one of several colleges who received recognition for their efforts in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. From the beginning of lockdown, the college endeavoured to make sure that students suffered as minimal disruption to their studies as possible and adapted its approach to teaching and learning to support everyone.

Principal Paul Britton said: “I am immensely proud of all students, staff and parents for their remarkable efforts throughout the last year. Despite all the challenges, every student has been able to access every lesson and we are confident they will go on to achieve the fantastic results they deserve. We have learnt a lot but we are now looking forward to getting back to giving students the fantastic face to face experiences that we are known for this autumn.”

The college utilised Microsoft Teams as a learning platform, enabling staff to maintain teaching a full curriculum for all students. The high standard of teaching provided remotely was helped by significant investment in student devices, ensuring that every student at the college could access their lessons remotely and engage fully in their learning programmes. Upon returning to the site when restrictions were eased, the college adopted a 50:50 approach with a year group attending in-person teaching on site and the other engaging with remote learning, before switching over the following week. Following the most recent lockdown, the college utilised lateral flow testing as a way of identifying cases and minimising the risk of an outbreak. The outstanding effort from volunteers at the college testing centre resulted in a swift and easy process which allowed staff and students to return to work and lessons as normal.

With the cancellation of all live and in-person events, the college came together and delivered a series of livestreamed events and taster days, including Virtual Wyke Start and Legally Blonde. These enabled new applicants to virtually tour the site, interact with teachers and support staff, ask questions about life at the college, and see what opportunities are open to them. Enrichment activities were able to continue throughout the pandemic by engaging with virtual platforms. Students were able to experience a range of different guest speakers, including local MPs, universities, and career experts. Staff and students also produced a series of videos for the “Wyke Workout”, which aimed to motivate and encourage the college community to engage with physical activity as a way of promoting positive mental wellbeing.

The college’s efforts were reflected in some of the kind and positive comments received from both students and their parents/guardians, including: “I wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for all the support and information that you have given over the last few weeks. Thank you for trying to alleviate as much stress for your students as you have possibly been able to.”

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all our students, staff, parents and guardians for all your hard work and resilience through what has been an incredibly tough year. This award recognises all of you and your remarkable efforts to keep going despite the disruption and uncertainty. We wish you all a happy and safe summer break.

#WeAreWyke

results day plans

Results Day 2021

By | Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus

We are really looking forward to meeting everyone on Tuesday, 10th August. Come along to the Wyke campus to celebrate results day 2021 with your friends, teachers, and support staff.

Here’s a detailed guide to our results days from Principal Paul Britton that has been emailed to all our leavers.

I’m looking forward to seeing those of you who are receiving results through this week.  We have the level 3 (A level and vocational) results day on Tuesday 10th August, followed by GCSE results day on Thursday 12th August. College is open so you can collect your results and the team will be available if any of you need support.

Level 3 Results Day

Results will be available to collect in the Oak building from 8.30am on 10th August.  You are welcome to bring family with you.   We ask you to pick up your results from the Oak building and then take them out to the courtyard to open them.  After that, please see the tutor team in the library to confirm your destination after Wyke.  Results will also be available on the Student Portal.

Should you need further advice and guidance, the tutor and careers team will be available to help you in the library.

Covid infection rates are still high in the local area so please do follow all the guidance we have become familiar with over the last year.  We recommend taking a test in advance and responding accordingly.  Hands, face, space are still the best ways of controlling the spread of the virus so please maintain good hygiene and keep your distance where you can.  We recommend that you wear a face covering when you are moving about inside and can’t guarantee that distance will be maintained however this is now a personal choice.  The event will be busy so please do your bit to look after each other.

GCSE results day

Results will available in the Oak building from 8:30. The tutor team will be there if you need further help given the outcomes.  The results will also be available on Student Portal.

If you are not happy with your grades

The first thing to do is to come and speak to our tutorial and careers team who will be able to help you consider all the options for your next step.

There will be the opportunity to resit exam courses in the autumn, a small number of students did this last year and were successful.  With the exception of Art and Design subjects, the assessment for the autumn 2021 exam series will consist entirely of written examinations.  There will be no coursework or non-exam assessment, and any coursework or NEA completed previously will not count towards the grade you are awarded. If you wish to be entered an examination, complete the form in your results envelope.  There will be no cost for this.

You can also appeal against the results.  However, you do need to be clear that, unless there was an administrative error, there is a high bar for results to be altered.  Teacher Assessed Grades will only be altered if they are ‘an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement’.  I expect that at least one grade higher or lower than the Teacher Assessed Grade is likely to be considered ‘reasonable’.  So, if you were awarded a C and you think you should have been awarded a B, it is unlikely that this would be overturned.  Full details, and the forms to be completed if you do wish to appeal, are available here: https://wyke.ac.uk/tags/.   There is no cost to an appeal.   You do need to be aware that your grade could go down as well as up.  Priority appeals are for those students who have not received the grades needed for their firm choice of university, these appeals need to be lodged by the 16th August.  Completed appeals forms need to be sent to tags@wyke.ac.uk.

The very best of luck to all of you, see you in the morning!

Paul”

 

 

Alicia Abbott designs County Lines Awareness music video

By | Fine Art, Graphic Design, News

Wyke student Alicia Abbot has been busy working on her final portfolio for her Fine Art and Graphics courses, but has found the time to work with Hull based design company INIT Creative to design and develop a music video to raise awareness of county lines drug running. Working in conjunction with Hull charity, BeatsBus, the video is designed to highlight the issues and dangers surrounding county lines drugs running and how to the spot the signs of a young person becoming involved.

Alicia was involved throughout the whole process, which has seen her create the characters in the style of Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz fame. Adam Storch and Brendan Storch of INIT Creative said: “All of us here really believe that she is already among Hull’s most accomplished visual artists. We had known from talking to her previously that her real passion lies in character design; and this really shines through in this piece.

“When your work has already drawn compliments from Jamie Hewlett, you know you’re doing something right! Her ability to interpret briefs and creative such fantastic, professional-level work at such a young age in a credit to both her and the teaching and support offered to students at Wyke College.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that we could not have produced what we did without her.”

Here Alicia has kindly given us an insight into the project and her involvement throughout.

How did you get involved with the County Lines Awareness Project?

I’m very close to INIT Creative, who often notify me of any storyboard or art jobs that I can do for them. I received a message back in January asking if I was interested in working on a music video for BeatsBus. I try to take on any opportunity I can no matter how busy I am, which I don’t always recommend – but it works for me!

What was your inspiration?

For this project specifically, there wasn’t any other media I used to help inspire me, which I really should have done! Although the positive to this is that it makes it a lot more authentic, I used no artistic references, it is completely my style. But an art style doesn’t come from nowhere, and I’d say artists like Jamie Hewlett and Katsuhiro Otomo have inspired my art significantly.

What do you hope the campaign will achieve?

As shown by the County Lines music video, we are made aware that social media is very significant to the reason why young people  find themselves delving into dark paths. I hope that the campaign will not only encourage safety, but also spread awareness about the internet is becoming and easy way for criminals to target troubled youth.

What are your plans after Wyke?

After a year in the Wyke Foundation Course for Art & Design, I will be looking into finding a Comic and Concept Art course at university, because I believe that it’s a course that I can truly flourish in. I want to continue collaborating in projects like this, alongside discography design, game art and any other sort of art involved with media. I’m undecided about what job I want to focus my art on, so I’m hoping that I can work in a varied artistic field.

 

Click here to see the County Lines Awareness video.

Watch Alicia and INIT Creative’s interview here.

To see more of Alicia’s work, watch out for our upcoming Virtual Art Exhibition 2021.

#MakeItHappen

Navigating North Yorkshire

By | College Trips, News

“Ten of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award students participated in a ten mile practice walk over the weekend.

This took place in the pretty North York Moors with the sunshine raining down and highlighting the beauty of the area. We are so lucky to have this area so close to the college where our students can safely practice their skills of navigation, which are needed for both their practice and qualifying expeditions. Teamwork is one of the mainstays of the Duke of Edinburgh award and these walks allow students the opportunity to get to know each other and form friendships.

Lunch was taken at the top of a hill, which commanded spectacular views around the full three hundred and sixty degrees of the vista. Breaking for lunch allowed our students the chance to talk and take stock of their walk, discussing how they might adapt their kit and techniques for their expeditions.

The final, most welcome, bonus was to arrive at the lay-by where we had parked the minibus and found an ice cream van! On such a hot and sunny day, this was a fitting end.”

David Pickering

Image of the new Wyke Student Executive

Introducing the Wyke Student Executive

By | News

At Wyke, we are proud to work with our students to get their voices heard. One way this happens is through the Wyke Student Executive, an elected cohort of students who come together to arrange events for a huge number of different causes across the college.  We recently elected a new Student Executive and our new panel are here to introduce themselves and give a little more information about their roles.

Morgan Mays, President: “The role of Student Executive President means that I manage the team to ensure that everyone has a job and it is completed on time. I organise key events in the college and meet with senior staff on a regular basis to propose ideas for events and get them approved.”

Autumn Stewart, Vice President: “As Vice President of the Student Executive, I fill in for Morgan during meetings when he isn’t available. I also attend meetings with senior staff to get ideas approved. Another part of my role is to help with the organisation and planning of events across the college, as well as helping put together promotional information.”

Harvey Jarvis, Secretary: “My role as Secretary to the Student Executive is to write the minutes for each meeting to ensure we have a record and an action plan for the various roles across the executive. I am also there to be another voice in the room and actively take part in meetings.”

Vinny Crosskill, Treasurer: “My role as Treasurer means that I finalise payments and take care of anything to do with money. I make sure that everything arrives on time for events and I also help to set everything up as well.”

Sophie Bellringer, Environmental Officer: “In my role as Environmental Officer, I evaluate the environmental impact the college has and come up with possible solutions to any issues. I also raise awareness on environmental topics, such as plastic pollution. I am also responsible to try and help minimise the environmental impact of the executive and organise environmental awareness events in the college.”

Sam Pattinson, Wellbeing Officer: “My role as Wellbeing Officer is to ensure the Student Executive events and promotional materials are inclusive and keep within the college guidelines. I help with the day-to-day running of the executive and planning of events.”

Finnan West, Marketing, Media & Promotions and Wyke Pride President: “My role is to put together the promotional materials to highlight what the Student Executive have planned across the college. I am also President of Wyke Pride and organise Pride events across the college.”

Alisha Rainger, Additional Member: “My role in the Student Executive is to help and support the team wherever is needed across the college. I pick up any job that needs to be done to make sure the executive runs smoothly.”

Elizabeth Hitchenor, Additional Member: “My role is to support the Student Executive in the running of their events across the college. Like Alisha, I pick up any job that needs to be done to make sure everything runs smoothly.”

Be sure to stop and say hi whenever you see them around the college!

#WeAreWyke

37 offers

Medical Record

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Performing Arts

Students and staff in our Science Faculty are celebrating the record breaking 37 offers made to students who have applied for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

Kim Lawrence, coordinator of the Wyke pre-Medical Programme, is very pleased with this year’s outcomes. “I am so proud of what the students and staff have achieved. Pending confirmation of results, 2021 is going to be a fantastic year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme.”

Former Beverley Longcroft student, Julia Louw, has been offered a place at Oxford University to study Medicine. Julia studied four courses at Wyke that included the obligatory Chemistry and Biology, accompanied by Mathematics and interestingly BTEC Performing Arts. She has some excellent advice to pass on to future students. “Get your work experience sorted because it can take a long time to organise. Ask your teachers as many questions as possible, and read more about topics that you find particularly interesting.”

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the offers received.

Medicine: 13 students receive 22 offers between them. Universities are: Oxford, HYMS, Nottingham, Liverpool, Imperial, Lincoln, Keele, Anglia Ruskin. Glasgow, UCL, Manchester, Birmingham.

Typical offer is AAA.

 

Dentistry: 3 unconditional offers for 1 alumni student at Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.

 

Vet Med: 12 offers for 6 students. Universities are: Cambridge, RVC, Harper and Keele. Nottingham, Bristol, Surrey and Liverpool. 1 of those students has been offered Gateway at RVC. Typical offer AAA/AAB

 

Wanting to become a doctor, dentist or a vet? Details of the Wyke Pre-Medical programme can be found here on our YouTube channel.

 

Homecoming

Alastair takes the Top Prize

By | Awards, Course News, English, News, News for Parents

Congratulations to A level English Literature student, Alastair McLelland, on winning the E-Magazine Close Reading Competition 2021. Alastair’s 500 word entry was selected from over 200 entries, the first time a student from Wyke has won the top prize.

The competition centred on an extract from the award winning novel “Homecoming” by Yaa Gyasi.  Published in 2017, the book has received numerous awards and much critical acclaim. The Stylist magazine named it as one of the decade’s 15 best books by remarkable women. Their review highlighted the power of the text. “This incredible book travels from Ghana to the US revealing how slavery destroyed so many families, traditions and lives – and how its terrifying impact is still reverberating now.”

Wyke’s Head of English, Jamie Farrow, encouraged Alastair to participate and was very pleased with the judge’s decision. “Well done, Alastair! You have managed to do what no student at Wyke has before you!”

Alastair has been very modest about his success and he does acknowledge that he has learnt from the process. “The competition definitely improved my essay writing skills. The 500 word limit meant that I spent most of my time trying to improve the efficiency of my language.”

Alastair’s A level English Literature teacher was also happy with the awarding of first prize. “I was thrilled to hear the news. Alastair is an excellent student and thoroughly deserved the win.”

The competition judge and education consultant, Dr Jenny Stevens, was full of praise for this year’s submissions.While a successful competition response inevitably requires strong reading skills, it also requires strong writing skills. All of the interpretations I read were lucidly and accurately expressed. What put some writers ahead of others, however, was their ability to condense an idea or comment on stylistic technique into a telling phrase of their own, without relying on an armoury of literary terms. Alastair’s observation that the third-person narrative was ‘repeatedly slipping away from the present and into Ness’ memory’ was a notable case in point.”

Listen to Alastair read from his winning work on the College YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKhsV9mTsKA

Tom Bolton

Wyke College to Master’s Tom

By | Course News, Engineering, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Physical Education

At Wyke, we are always happy to hear from our former students. We caught up with Tom Bolton, who has just completed his Master’s in Engineering at the University of Sheffield, to find out his highlights of Wyke, and the challenges and rewards of university life.

What are your best memories of Wyke? 

“I played in the football team at Wyke and absolutely loved it. We won the national cup with Nick Barmby and Michal Pujdak- training twice a week and playing every Wednesday at a good standard was such a fun part of college.

I’d also say meeting new people was such an important part. Most of my best mates now I didn’t know before going to Wyke. Finally, obviously Sports Pres was always a class night, Mark Lucid always smashed it.”

How did your Wyke studies help space your future? 

“Uni exams would be a big shock to the system. It really helps you prepare for having to put the hours in. The careers team at Wyke were great at helping me decide what path to go down when I was unsure and I’m really grateful to them for that.”

What advice would you give our current students? 

“I would say make sure you put the work in at exam time and it will be worth it.

Also, if you’re choosing to go to Uni don’t take the easy option and follow where your mates are going. Go where you want to go and do your own thing.”

 Describe your time at University of Sheffield? 

“The best 4 years of my life hands down. Getting to halls in first year was daunting- I didn’t know anybody going to Sheffield and I wanted it to be like that. But it turns out first year is just about finding your feet and having a massive socialise without many troubles so it’s absolutely class.

I did Mechanical Engineering so I had to work hard around exam time, it’s a tough course so you do have to put the hours in when it matters. I was worried starting the course that I wouldn’t be able to cope. However, it isn’t as scary as you think, you will be able to cope and do other things. The step up from college to Uni is tough but you adjust quickly.

You’re obviously at Uni to get a good mark in your degree, but it’s so important to have a good time. There are so many quality places to go out in Sheffield, house parties, beautiful parks everywhere and the Peak District round the corner. Amazing Uni and city I couldn’t fault it and can only recommend it from my time here.

I also played in the men’s football team throughout my time there, called SUMFC. It’s a good standard, training once a week and playing once a week. The best part about it though is the socials, they’re so much fun and a great opportunity to meet a lot of lads similar to you.”

Discuss your future plans and potential career pathway 

“I’m staying in Sheffield for the summer but have plans to move to Manchester to find a job. I’m going to be applying for jobs in the Medical Device sector or related to biomechanics as that’s what I ended up specialising in and did my dissertation on. I’ll look to become a chartered engineer within the next 5 years.”