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Cam Leighton

World Championship Success

By | Community, News, On Campus, Sport
Congratulations to Cam Leighton on his outstanding medal haul from the World Racketlon Championships.
 
Cam represented Team GB at the tournament held in Graz, Austria, winning a total of four medals. These were silver as captain of u18s GB team, silver in u18 mixed doubles, bronze in u18 junior doubles and bronze in adult GB4 team.
 
If you are not familiar with Rackelton, here is an outline of the competition format. Each player competes against an opponent at table tennis, badminton, squash and then tennis (in that order), with each sport played to 21 points: the player who scores the most points across all four sports wins the Racketlon match. Every point in every sport count towards the score, so there are a lot of tactics and mental pressure.
 
Over the last two years, Cam studied a very creative programme at Wyke which included A Levels in Fine Art, Photography and English Language. This year, Cam is progressing to the Wyke Art Foundation course to build an even stronger portfolio with an aim of gaining a place at a prestigious visual creative undergraduate programme.
 
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GCSE Results Support

GCSE Help & Support

By | News, On Campus

Good luck to all our applicants as they receive their GCSE results this week.

Whilst you’re busy celebrating, don’t forget to upload your grades to the applicant portal by 28th August. After the bank holiday weekend, remember to attend your enrolment interview that we can make sure you’re placed on the study programme that will really make the most of your time at Wyke.

If your grades aren’t quite what you wanted, we are here to help. From 12pm-4pm Thursday 25th August, and from 10am-4pm Friday 26th August, our liaison team will be available online to offer you help and support. Please click on the chat function at the bottom right of our website homepage and leave your message.

Once again, good luck with your grades, we look forward to talking to you at enrolment.

 

 

absolutely smashed it

Best Results ever for Wyke students 

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

158 A* Grades 

61% High Grades A*-B 

BTEC/CTEC 81% Distinction/Distinction* 

First time these students have sat exams 

Today sees the best results ever at Wyke Sixth Form College, made all the more remarkable by the fact that these students have never sat formal examinations before.  Wyke students have shown remarkable resilience and determination to deliver work at the highest level despite the challenges of lockdowns, remote working in their first year and 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.   

With 3 A*s in Sociology, History and English Language former Caistor Grammar student Lydia Clarke has secured her place to study History at Leeds University. Lydia came to Wyke with excellent GCSE grades which enabled her to join our Flyer’s programme, an enrichment group designed to support high achieving students. Whilst being interviewed live on Sky News, Lydia said: “Leeds is the university I really wanted to go to, I really love the course and I’m so happy to be studying History at degree level.” 

Former Baysgrath School student, Kody Tyson, successfully gained his place at Hull York Medical School to study Medicine. Kody opened his results to reveal 3 Bs in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. He said: “I’ve been inspired by all the medical professionals I’ve seen on my medical journey, and I’ve really been able to reflect on their level of care.” 

Whilst at Wyke, former Trinity Academy student Morgan Mayes was elected President of the Wyke Student Executive. As President, Morgan helped coordinate the College’s White Ribbon Day, a campaign to prevent violence against women. Morgan said: “I sung “Learn on Me” in front of the whole Wyke community as part of the event. It was definitely one of my highlights.” Today, Morgan gained an A in Mathematics, a B in Chemistry and a B in Biology which secured his place to study Biomedical Science at the University of Hull. 

This year, Wyke has also seen a superb 8 students secure places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, including former Kelvin Hall student Alistair McLelland. All eyes were on Alistair as he opened his outstanding results of 3 A*s in German, English Literature and Music. These exceptional grades secured his place to study English and German at The University of Cambridge. Alistair immersed himself into all aspects of college life, including performing in the College’s Orchestra and contributing to the Literature Society. He said: “The Lit Society was just great, and I would encourage anyone with a love of books to add this enrichment to their study programme.” 

Students on vocational courses have also gained fantastic results. Former Beverley High student, Sally Roach, has secured a place at Teesside University to study Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. She achieved a triple distinction star in her CTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. As part of her study programme, Sally captained the netball first team. Her advice to future students considering studying a vocational course is “to get stuck and take every opportunity that’s available at College”. 

Principal, Paul Britton said: 

“I am so pleased that our students have risen to the challenge of sitting formal examinations for the first time and absolutely smashed it!  These results really are remarkable, our students have achieved at the highest level in Wyke’s history with 158 students achieving the top A* grade. All credit to our fantastic staff and parents who have supported our students to such impressive success.  We can be confident of a bright future with such capable and resilient young people going on to play leading roles in our community.” 

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.” 

 

 

Get Ready for Results Day 2022

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

Here is the information for Results Day this Thursday 18th August. We are really looking forward to celebrating your success, good luck!

Collecting your results in person

We will be releasing the results from 8:30am from the Oak building. Once inside the college, results will be collected from the learning street. You can then make your way into the central garden area or the library to celebrate further with family friends and college staff.

We will have a number of curriculum, pastoral and support staff on hand to support and advise you on the day should you need further guidance on your next steps.

If you are unable to attend during the morning, you may send a nominated individual. They will need a signed letter of authorisation from you stating you give them permission to collect your results. It must include your name and their name. They will also need to produce ID to confirm their identity. We are unable to provide results by email or over the telephone.

Digital release of results

We will be publishing all results through the student portal and parent portal from 10:30am and you can use your usual login to access these.

We will have a large team of people here to support you with guidance, support and advice to help you make the best decision for your next steps, please take advantage of this. We can support with university progression, clearing and / or next steps into employment or further education opportunities. Should you need support and are not able to come in, please email your tutor directly on results day. Following results day, there will be a smaller team of pastoral support on site until the new academic year starts.

We wish you the best of luck for the day and look forward to sharing your celebrations with you.

Regards,

The Exams Team

Conserve-2-Preserve

On the Waterline

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Geography, News, News for Parents, On Campus

Congratulations to Shelby Coulson and Declan Whittaker for making it to the final of the “Waterline Competition Challenge 2022”. As finalists, they were invited to pitch their idea at the University of Hull, to a panel of judges from local and regional industry.

The competition was open to individuals and teams from across the region and the brief invited entrants to create innovative solutions to environmental problems. Shelby’s and Declan’s project centred on an environmental app with a social media spin.

The app tracks and records an individual’s environmental credentials and translates this impact into tangible outcomes. The social aspect encourages the user to engage with tips and advice on how to improve their carbon footprint. Feedback from focus groups has enabled Shelby and Declan to refine their product, adding more articles and news stories.

Entries were judged by a panel of representatives from Humber-based businesses and organisations (SSE Thermal, Yorkshire Water, Ørsted, Associated British Ports, Willerby, KCOM and more!) with finalists announced ahead of this year’s Waterline Summit and an overall winner announced at the event.

Shelby and Declan, well done on your presentation and amazing app. You’re in with a great chance of winning.

Watch Shelby’s and Declan’s explain their app to the panel of judges on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/mYfS9jcSg5I

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CSI WYKE

CSI:WYKE

By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, Criminology, News, On Campus

Interested in Forensic Science? It’s probably the most discussed profession at a Wyke applicant interview. Recently, our second year BTEC Applied Science Diploma students got an opportunity to experience the role of crime scene investigation at a mocked-up incident.

Wearing hazmat suits, latex gloves, visors and face-coverings, students spent the morning at the Atom pub in Beverley, collecting trace evidence and recording findings. This included samples of blood as well as gathering photographic and drawn evidence of footprints and fingerprint data. All their findings were then brought back to the College laboratories to analyse and identify the suspect.

“The sketches, photographs, evidence, and strategies done today will be included in the students written reports back at Wyke. They will also have to complete an analysis techniques report back at the College labs and review witness statements,” said Sophie Thompson, Head of Applied Science.

She added, “We decided to make this assignment an off-site visit so that students get a more realistic experience of working in the field”.

Find out more about our BTEC Applied Science courses at https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/applied-science/

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Washington DC 2022

The DC Experience

By | College Trips, Course News, Government & Politics, History, News, Sociology

Wyke students are back on their global tours – “The Wyke Experience”.

Highlights of the visit are now on the College’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/T8Q9PivDkbw 

The cross-college visit to Washington DC was Wyke’s first international trip since the lifting of Covid restrictions. Scheduling the tour in early spring meant that the group were able to enjoy the iconic cherry blossom in full bloom through the spring sunshine.

Over the six-day break, the group visited all the key monuments, historical sites and political institutions. The Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, Arlington Cemetery and Capitol Hill, were all visited in a packed itinerary. The visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture was particularly significant as entry is limited to pre-booked tickets due to the centres level of popularity.

The entire trip linked into the A level syllabuses, a point that was constantly referenced throughout the tour. James Goodchild, Head of A level History teacher and A level Government & Politics, delivered mini lectures at all the key landmarks. Catherine Eariss, Head of A Level Sociology teacher, also drew connections to the social changes that the USA experienced during the 20th century. For example, the visit to the Martin Luther King memorial linked to the “Beliefs in Society” topic and how religion has impacted on social change.

It wasn’t all museum, landmark and statues. To sample some “real” American culture, the group booked to watch the Washington Capitals National League Ice hockey game. The following day, some of students went to see the Washington’s Nationals baseball match at the stadium adjacent to the group’s hotel.  Outside of the political and cultural centre, the group explored Washington’s suburbs, visiting the city’s zoological gardens. During the week, there was even time for shopping at the enormous Pentagon Mall.

“Washington DC 2022” was an amazing visit. New students get ready for “The Wyke Experience” – planning is already underway for 2023.

 

 

Preparing for the Gold

By | Awards, Community, News

After a week when the weather flicked between warm sunshine and cold snow, the Spring season began with twenty-four students walking a ten-mile, circular walk on the North York Moors in preparation for their summer expedition as part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. The weather was favourable as the Sun shone brilliantly and all but the last traces of this week’s snow hid in the shadowy corners of the landscape.  

The students practised their navigational skills and pitted their fitness against the hills and moors of the NYM National Park, beginning from an Ancient Scheduled monument – an earthwork not unlike an untidy ploughed field a couple of miles from the quaint village of Snainton – and affording magnificent views and instilling an appreciation of the landscape; one of the tenets of the Duke of Edinburgh philosophy.  

The students eager to re-connect with the countryside stomped their trusty boots up and down hills, navigated forests and conquered fatigue (at least until the welcome of a seat in the minibus!). They walked, made friends, and collectively discussed the location of their routes.  

Flagging spirits were lifted when lunchbreak was called in a grassy field where two groups met; an anticlockwise meeting a clockwise group. Laughter was heard as stories of their respective walks were shared.  

“Oh, so cute!” accompanied several other comments when the students came across a field scattered with ewes and their lambs; many were twins, some were triplets. A slight dip in the landscape hid from view the tiniest lamb until we were almost upon it. With startled bleating, it quickly rose to its feet and followed us for a few moments until its mother’s baa-ing coaxed it back.  

A former Wyke student, called Ben, completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award some six years ago (one from our first cohort) and enjoyed his experience so much that he has since progressed to become a DofE Assessor. Ben has returned from time to time to accompany our students on their walks and expeditions, offering advice and help; a legacy of the course at the college. 

The next practice walk is at the end of April when the students will practise and hone their skills further for their summer practice expedition. Their very own Gold edging nearer and nearer… 

Wyke Records

Label Launch

By | Community, Course News, Music, News, On Campus

Wyke has created its very own record label to provide aspiring musicians with a platform to get their music out to the masses.

The Music department has launched “Wyke Records” to give learners studying on its creative music courses the chance to release their own music to the public.

Students signed to the label will see their songs added to leading music streaming platforms, including Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music, thanks to licencing and distribution rights arranged by the College.

The record label is coordinated by Digital Music Production teacher, Steve Cutler, who wanted to give students the opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience and gain professional experience of writing, recording and releasing music.

Steve said, “The College are so excited to be launching our own label. Doing so will go a long way to giving the amazing talent we have here the platform to showcase their music and grow their audiences.”

“Run” by “End of the Line” (EOL) is the label’s first release. The band have been a regular at the College’s open music enrichment, “Wyke Sesh”, and have gained a strong following amongst the student community.

Further releases are plan for the summer term. Visit our social media for updates.

Jemma Purfield

Sporting Goal

By | Awards, Community, Course News, News, Physical Education, Sport

Congratulations to former Wyke Sport student, Jemma Purfield, on her nomination for the Leicester City FC “March Goal of the Month” competition.

Jemma is an established professional in the topflight of the women’s game, playing her third season in the Women’s Super League. At the beginning of the season, Jemma signed for newly promoted Leicester City, having previous played for Liverpool and Bristol City.

Whilst at Wyke, Jemma played in the highly successful women’s team, won “Sports Personality of the Year” and gained a scholarship to USA to complete her sport education. Having adopted 23 as her squad number, Jemma is a recognised attacking full-back, specialising in free-kicks and corners.

During her signing press conference, Jemma highlighted the exciting progression made by Leicester as it transitioned into a full-time, professional outfit last summer, gaining promotion at the first attempt.

“I think it’s been brilliant,” she explained. “You know, Leicester’s team last year was talented, and they’ve got some great players and so I’m looking forward to playing with them.

“And I just think that the vision of the Club and where they’re pushing this team is in the right directions, so I’m excited to join that.

“I know a few of the girls, so there’s some familiar faces about and some that I’ve not played with before. I’m excited to link up with those I know and also excited to get to know the new girls as well”.