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Parent Power Survey

Wyke Breaks into National Top 50

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

The Sunday Times’ Parent Power national league table for 11-18 schools and colleges has placed Wyke Sixth Form College at 41.

The definitive league tables ranks the 2,000 most academically successful schools in the state and independent sectors.

Using the data from the 2019 examination results, The Sunday Times survey identifies the highest-achieving 11-18 schools in the UK.

The analysis of the data places Wyke in the top 2% nationally, the highest ranked provider in our region.

Principal Paul Britton said, “I am incredibly proud of all the students and staff at Wyke; they make this a fantastic place to study and work, as shown by our recent national performance in the Parent Power table.

We want the very best for our students, our ambition is to be the best provider of sixth form education in the country.  Our view is why shouldn’t the young people of Hull and the Humber region have access to the finest education?  This recognition shows we are getting close to delivering on this vision.”

Applications currently open for a 2021 start. Apply online at https://wyke.ac.uk/apply-online/

If you want to discover more about the Wyke success story, register for Virtual Open Evening on Thursday, 17th December, 5.00pm-7.00pm. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wyke-sixth-form-college-virtual-open-evening-registration-130397477365

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Wyke to Work with Local Health Heroes

By | Course News, Health & Social Care, News

We’re excited to announce that we will be working with the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust from September 2021!

The Trust, who are a leading provider of health and social care services across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, will be supporting the College’s new T Level in Health qualification, offering work experience placements to our students.

T Levels are new qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels. Each T Level course combines classroom theory, practical training and 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of industry placements to best prepare students for a career or further study in their chosen sector. Our course is an excellent choice for any student considering a career in sectors of health care such as Nursing and Paramedic Science.

Applications for our T Level course in Health are open now with a limited number of places available.

To find out more please go to our T Level course page or click here to register to attend our Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 12th November 5.00pm-8.00pm.

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Music Hits the Mark

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

We are proud to announce that Wyke is now a Music Mark School!

The Music Mark School nomination system allows music hubs and services to nominate schools and colleges who have shown a commitment to providing a high-quality music education.

The Music department at Wyke is highly active, offering an A Level in Music and BTEC Level 3 in Digital Music Production as well as offering enrichments such as music lessons and Wyke Sesh.

Upon receiving the award, Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive of  The UK Association for Music Education wrote; “we would like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your college are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.”

Duke of Edinburgh Wolds Walk

Walking in the Wolds

By | College Trips, News

“On Sunday, 24 first year students took part in their first Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award practice walk. This began in the pretty village of Bishop Wilton on the Yorkshire Wolds and took in the equally pretty village of Millington in a circular route.

When we began the walk, the autumnal colours were shining in the low, golden light of the Sun. The weather was settled, albeit in the later afternoon some dull cloud had come in with a light but chilly north easterly breeze. Taking lunch on top of the hill overlooking the beautiful Millington valley was bracing and we didn’t linger long.

There were several purposes for the walk. Students and staff were able to assess their fitness and ability in challenging terrain. In previous years, the value of these walks has been proven when things like ill-fitting boots or medical conditions have become obvious and we have been able to adjust accordingly so that students are successful in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Navigation was practised. This is a crucial skill that the students must know when they will be completing their practice and qualifying expeditions. The best way to practise navigation is by doing it… and then getting it wrong in a safe environment!

So, it was to my surprise that my small group of four, who were in front of me, managed at one point to turn left when it was clearly shown on the map that they should turn right and they were looking at a signpost which pointed to the right! How did they miss that? It would take them about a kilometre of extra walking to realise that they were wrong. However, this was an excellent learning experience because they were able to tell me their error, and it was done in a safe environment. As one of them said to me, “We had got too complacent and thought we were better than we were!” We never stop learning!”

As I write, we have further practice walks and activities planned throughout the year and we are looking forward to doing them, with appropriate adjustments for the current situation.”

David Pickering

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Suda gains a Scholarship

By | Awards, Creative Media, Media, News

Congratulations to Suda Mohamedin who has been awarded the Sir Ray Tindle Scholarship from the University for the Creative Arts.

The former Malet Lambert student, who is now studying Media & Television Production, was one of only 5 recipients of the scholarship, which provides financial support to students who demonstrate outstanding creative potential in their chosen field of study.

The specialist creative arts university, whose alumni include Turner Prize nominated artist Tracey Emin and fashion designer Karen Miller said: “we were overwhelmed by the high volume of quality applications we received and the UCA Disbursement Panel had an incredibly tough job choosing between so many talented candidates. Suda should be immensely proud of this achievement.”

We are immensely proud of you too Suda and wish you the best of luck at university.

Lucy Tessier

Mind the Gap

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

Former South Hunsley student, Lucy Tessier is busy planning her gap year after successfully achieving her A Levels in Music, English Literature and English Language.

Lucy said, “With a place confirmed reading English and Music BA at Liverpool University the following year, I believe a year out of education will provide me with valuable industry experience before I enter education again. Needless to say, Wyke have always been supportive of any decision making regarding future plans but also my personal career aspirations in music.

I would also thank my teachers, peers and everyone part of the community for two unforgettable years studying here, as not only have I gained a plethora of knowledge in these disciplines but also a treasure chest of life skills and memories that I will take forward into my adult life.”

 

Wyke TV Youtube

Thanks Half a Million

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus
More and more people are adding Wyke TV, the College YouTube channel, to their viewing list.
 
Over the summer break, viewing figures for the College’s video channel broke through the 500,000 mark.
 
Established in 2009, Wyke TV is a library of current and archive material that documents student achievement over the last decade. From winning the National Football Cup in 2017, to celebrating all our results days, to watching our amazing theatre performances – Wyke TV is the place to relive the College’s “greatest hits”.
 
To follow the channel visit https://www.youtube.com/user/Wyke01
Applications are closed

2020 Applications Closed

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

Wyke would like to thank all our new students for attending their enrolment appointments. Due to overwhelming demand, applications for a September 2020 start are now closed. Applications for September 2021 will open in mid-October. We would encourage students to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Further guidance and advice about our admissions process will be released throughout the year. Please check the college website and social media channels for regular updates.

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Wyke’s Plans for New and Returning Students

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

Just in case you missed our two webinars explaining Wyke’s plans for the new academic year, here are links to recordings of the two sessions.

Following the online presentations, Principal Paul Britton said, “Thanks to all of you who were able to attend, and contribute to our recent webinars explaining the planning that has gone into ensuring that all students can study at Wyke in a safe way this autumn.  Here are recordings of the presentations for any of you who would like to check back on specific details or who were unable to attend.  Please do treat all the material in the webinar as provisional, we are still waiting for the Department of Education to publish their latest guidance about college opening.  We will all need to be flexible throughout this period to ensure that we can continue to deliver great education for all our students through this most unusual time.

I’m really looking forward to seeing all very soon and getting back to learning!”

Parents of New Students

Parents of Returning Students

 

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Teacher Grades Awarded

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents

I am sure that you will have seen that, today, Ofqual and the Department for Education decided to award grades on the basis of what teachers submitted, what we have been calling the Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs). The switch to centre assessed grades will apply to both AS and A levels. You can see the statement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-roger-taylor-chair-ofqualAs a result, students will be awarded the higher of their CAGs (centre assessed grade) or calculated grade (the grade you received on results day).

We are pleased that the Department of Education has come to the realisation that these grades are a much better reflection of the grades that our students could have achieved should they have had the opportunity to sit the examinations and complete their coursework and practicals.

We are yet to see the guidance or process for the awarding of these new grades. When we have received this, we will communicate with you again about how we will ‘officially’ release the grades to you as a statement of results.

There will be significant media ‘hype’ around this over the next few days, but please await further communication from us. As soon as we are in possession of the advice and guidance and have formulated a process, we will communicate this with you.

University Applications

Many of you will have questions about how this impacts on your university place. Our team is here to support you through this, but we suggest that your initial first step is to contact the university directly and get advice and guidance from them. Similar to us, they will be having to respond to this significant change and may not be able to give you an immediate response.

Centre Assessed Grades

All CAGs are available on the student portal, along with all formal assessment data and collection information (these can be found under the menu ‘Achievement and Reviews’ > ‘Assessments’ > ‘CAG’ assessment option). These are the CAGs that we submitted to the boards. Please do not ask for confirmation of your final grade at the moment as we are awaiting the exam boards to tell us how they will send the confirmed awarded grades.

All CAGs were awarded as part of a rigorous process and no one teacher is responsible for the CAG for any individual.

Our teachers generated the CAGs on the basis of all the assessment evidence each department had collected over the duration of the course. This could include, but is not limited to: formal classroom assessments, non-examined units, coursework, formal college assessments, class and homework tasks that had been graded and practical or verbal elements already assessed. These grades then went through several quality assurance processes as detailed here. We are confident that no bias or discrimination has entered the process and that our quality assurance measures were robust and provided our students with the fairest assessment of their possible outcomes should they have sat the final examinations.

You are not able to appeal the CAGs that we have provided. Please do not ask for this or email teachers asking them why you were awarded the CAG as the process is detailed here and they will only be able to  signpost you to this. Should you believe that there has been an administrative error in your CAGs, reply to this email or send a query to cag@wyke.ac.uk.

We understand that a small number of students will be unhappy with the CAG they have received.  If this is the case, your only option to improve your grade is to enter for the autumn exam. You are not able to appeal your CAG nor are we able to change them.

We are still currently waiting any further guidance on how this might affect BTEC qualifications, Criminology and Extended Projects. We will communicate more when we get information.

We recognise that many of you will still be frustrated, and some will still have questions. At the moment, we are not in possession of all of the guidance that we need to be able to respond to all queries. We will communicate this with you once we have it.

Your year group has had significant upheaval. However, through our collective effort, we are now in a position where all students will receive a grade that fairly reflects, to the best of our ability, the grade they were most likely to achieve had they sat the examinations. We hope that this announcement allows you to feel positive about the effort you have put into your A Level studies.

I do hope everything now gets resolved with you progressing on to your next step,

Paul