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Clearing, Returning Items and Your Destinations

By | News, News for Parents

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all getting on well out there.  We are all still working at college and we are all here to help you if you haven’t got a clear plan for next year.  Do get in touch with your tutor if you need help.

We are getting towards the end of what would have been the Summer Term. This means that there are a few things that need sorting out before you move on to your next step:

Returning Items
At the end of your Second Year we would usually ask you to ‘clear’ which involves you returning any college property and ‘signing off’. As much as we would love to see you all, we are not able to put a process like this into place for this year. We do, however, need to ask for all college items to be returned so that we can prepare for next year.

Items you may have could include, but not limited to:

  • Textbooks, books or revision guides
  • Technical equipment
  • Laptops or other IT equipment
  • Fieldwork equipment (Geography)
  • Any outstanding Wyke Extra-curricular Team kit
  • Locker keys (you may need to empty your locker or items will be removed over summer)
  • Lift keys
  • Library books or learning support materials

If you have any college property, can you please collate this and then there are two options:

  1. Drop off at the college reception, any time between 9am and 3pm between the 2nd-10th July
    (excluding Wednesday, 8th July)
  2. Drop off at a ‘collection hub’ (Wyke minibus) that is more local to you (times and drop off points are below)
Service stop Day Date Location Time
Bridlington (Kwikfit) Monday 06-Jul-20 Kwikfit, Bridlington 10:00
Hornsea Monday 06-Jul-20 Newbigin Carpark, Cinema Street, Hornsea 11:15
Aldbrough Monday 06-Jul-20 Main Street bus stop, Aldbrough 12:15
Long Riston Monday 06-Jul-20 Primary School, Long Riston 13:00
Goole Monday 06-Jul-20 Tesco car park, Goole 10:00
Howden Monday 06-Jul-20 Market Place, Howden 12:00
Withernsea Monday 06-Jul-20 Outside High School, Withernsea 10:00
Patrington Monday 06-Jul-20 Opposite Station Pub, Patrington 11:00
Hedon Monday 06-Jul-20 Sainsbury’s Carpark, Hedon 12:00
Market Weighton Monday 06-Jul-20 Tesco car park, Market Weighton 10:00
North Newbald Monday 06-Jul-20 The Green, North Newbald 12:00
Beverley Lincoln Way Monday 06-Jul-20 Lincoln Way Shops, Beverley 13:00
Brough/Elloughton Monday 06-Jul-20 Morrisons Carpark, Brough 10:00
Hessle Monday 06-Jul-20 Hessle Square, Hessle 12:00
Driffield Tuesday 07-Jul-20 Outside Police Station, Driffield 10:00
Beverley – Molescroft Tuesday 07-Jul-20 Molescroft Shops, Beverley 11:15
Beverley – Swinemoor Ln Tuesday 07-Jul-20 Tesco Car park near entrance, Beverley 13:00
Barton upon Humber Tuesday 07-Jul-20 Co-op Car park, Barton upon Humber 09:30
Winterton Tuesday 07-Jul-20 Newport Drive outside Winterton Academy 11:30
Brigg Tuesday 07-Jul-20 Tesco Carpark, Brigg 13:00

If you can, please print out the item return form and bring this with your items to the college reception or the
minibus drop off points. If you don’t have a printer, copies of the form will be available at the point of drop-off.

Results Day
We are planning our results days and will write to you shortly about these. Results can be collected from 8am on the day of your results day. You will find out your final results on results day:

13 August 2020 – A Level and Level 3 BTEC Nationals and Level 3 Technical

20 August 2020 – GCSE Level 2 BTEC Firsts/Tech Awards and Level 2 BTEC Technical.

We will not issue results over the telephone (without prior arrangement). If you want someone else to collect your results for you, they will require a letter of authorisation and their own photographic ID in order to do so. If you do not collect them we will only post them to you if you leave a stamped addressed envelope marked “Examination Results”. Please hand the stamped addressed envelope into the main office before the 10th July.  Write on the front of the envelope whether it is for A Level or GCSE results.

More information about these events will be released closer to the time.

Your Destination
Whether it be university, employment or further vocational study, we need (and like) to know where you are intending to go to after the summer. Please can you log on to your Student Portal (Next Steps) and complete your intended destinations.

In order to do this please complete the following three steps on the pathways page tile page of the careers and next steps section of the student portal:

  1. Log into the student portal and find the pathways page.
    studentportal.wyke.ac.uk
  2. Double click the most relevant box to select the route you will be taking after Wyke (boxes will turn green)
  3. Tell us whether you have a live/current application in for anything.

Answer YES = If you have applied for UCAS/Apprenticeship/Job and you have either been successful or you are awaiting a response.
Answer NO = if you have not applied for anything or you have applied and have been unsuccessful. If you have answered no we will be in touch to offer further careers support.

  1. If you have answered yes and you have a live application then please tell us who that application is with e.g. UCAS – Hull University

Do not hesitate to contact vicky.riseham@wyke.ac.uk if you require any further advice and guidance regarding your next steps.

Refunds of the College Campus fee
Your College Campus fee will only be refunded if you have returned all College materials and paid any outstanding fees or fines. If your catering account is in a negative balance, this amount will be taken out of your campus fee refund. Refund payments will be made directly into your bank account by BACS – the finance team will be contacting you separately to collect details about your refunds. Second year students are eligible to receive £15 (half the £30 fee paid at enrolment 2018) subject to all items returned and fees/fines paid.

Locker keys
If you have had a locker whilst at Wyke, you must empty your locker and return the key by the 10th July, even if you are intending to return to Wyke next year.. Make sure you submit your bank account details on your clearing form. All lockers will be emptied and items disposed of during the summer vacation.

Join our Alumni Community
We are still hoping that that we can celebrate all of your achievements and time with us with an event when it is safe, we will share details when we are able to make concrete plans.  And, I would love you all to sign up to our alumni community, you will always be a Wyke student and we would love to see you back in college when you are able.  Do sign up here: https://wyke.ac.uk/about-wyke/our-alumni/

Many thanks for your support and cooperation in this.
Stay safe.

Paul Britton
Principal

 

 

Virtual Wyke Start 2020

Virtual Wyke Start 2020

By | News

July 1st Programme of Events

Experience Wyke Sixth Form College from the comfort of your own home, virtually on July 1st.

Time

Event/ Activity

How to Access

Available from 10am onwards Virtual Campus Tour & Information Videos Access via:wyke.ac.uk/virtual-wyke-start-programme, going live on July 1st
Available from 10am onwards Live Subject Sessions Access via the link sent in your personalised invitation email, going live on July 1st
10am Welcome from the Principal followed by live Q&A. Facebook Live
12pm Introduction to our Flyers, Oxbridge, Medics, Dentists & Vets Programmes. Followed by live Q&A. Facebook Live
1pm Live Musical Performances by Wyke Students Facebook Live
2pm Live Commercial Dance Class “Comp Squad Taster” with David Danville Facebook Live
3pm Live Contemporary Dance Class Facebook Live
4pm Live Personal Training Fitness session. Remember your kit and get stuck in from home. Facebook Live
5pm Live Trips Evening. Receive information about our local, national, and international trips and visits. Facebook Live
To access the Facebook Live videos, simply follow us on Facebook. You can ask questions live or email them to us beforehand to wyke.start@wyke.ac.uk using the subject title ‘Live Q&A.’ Include your name and school for a shout out on the day! We will aim to answer as many questions as possible.
In the meantime, please regularly check your emails and follow us on social media to stay in the know!

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Partial Reopening Plans

By | News, News for Parents, On Campus

As I am sure you are aware, the Government are encouraging all schools and colleges in England to prepare for a limited opening from early June, provided that it is safe to do so (and that the number of coronavirus cases continues to fall).

We have now received further guidance and clarification from both the Government, and from our professional associations, both of which will help us create an action plan for the phased and limited opening of the College.

Our plan will be tailored to the needs of our students and our community, and will be put in place with the safety of our students, their families and our staff as paramount. We would appreciate your support at this most challenging time.

All schools and colleges face different challenges, and each will develop approaches that they believe work best for them. As a member of the Venn Group, a federation of the five sixth form colleges in this region, Wyke Sixth Form College is able to draw upon the considerable expertise and experience of our colleagues as we develop our plan. In this way we hope to be as well prepared as possible so that our students can access the support and guidance they need in a way that is both safe and effective.

As you are aware, we are already working closely with our students using on-line and other remote learning. This is proving to be very effective for most young people in keeping them on track, and ensuring that they make the progress they are capable of. Our plans for limited reopening in June will in the first instance focus on those students who have found it difficult to engage with on-line learning, as well as those students who could benefit most from some additional support.

Our plan is, from week beginning 15th June 2020, to invite in students that fall into the above categories for a discussion / support with a named member of staff. We will then roll out invitations to wider groups of students in small numbers who are able to get into College for specific support and/or catch-up discussion in the weeks commencing 22nd and 29th June. This will include those students making early UCAS applications to medicine, veterinary science and Oxbridge.

This is a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we will be doing everything that we can to ensure that our building, and our ways of working are as safe as we can make them. As Principal, I will only reopen the College if I (with the support of my staff and Governors) believe it is safe to do so.

Rest assured that we will not be placing pressure on students or their families to attend College at this time, although we do expect all young people to continue to engage with their teachers using the online learning systems we have provided. The situation and guidance is subject to change, so we will keep you informed about our preparations for the limited reopening so that you can make an informed decision.

I will be in contact again shortly with further details. On behalf of all the staff, and our Governors, may I thank you for your continued support in helping our students learn from home. It is likely that these extraordinary circumstances will be with us for a while to come, so please continue to do what you can, and stay in touch with us if you are concerned about the progress that your son or daughter is making.

If you have any questions about the preparations we are making, please see our website for relevant contact details or if you have anything urgent you can contact us on urgent@wyke.ac.uk. We will get back to you as quickly as we can. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to telephone calls at the moment.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Britton
Principal

Louis Mobbs

The Louis Mobbs Story

By | Accounting, Course News, Economics, Law, News, Physchology, Sport, Uncategorised

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.”

Poppy-Shotts

Soprano Star

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, English, Music, News, Performing Arts

In 2010, former Beverley High student Poppy Shotts performed at the Wyke Christmas Concert, which is still available to view on our YouTube channel. Listening to Poppy sing was one of the highlights of the evening, showcasing her amazing talent and foreshadowing a great career to follow.

Poppy has fond memories of studying at Wyke.”My time at Wyke built my confidence, and nurtured my passion for the Performing Arts. I went out into the world with the drive to create meaningful work, and with the necessary tenacity to keep pursuing my dreams.” 

After studying Music, Performing Arts, and English at Wyke, Poppy was inspired to train in Classical Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), gaining a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2017. She then went on to gain a Master of Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music (RCM), in London, where she trained as a Derek Butler Scholar. In London, Poppy worked with a wide range of directors, conductors, and vocal coaches, including Alison Wells, Caroline Dowdle, and Gary Matthewman. During her training in London, Poppy was supported by a number of awards including the Countess of Munster Award, the Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association Award, and the Mario Lanza Trust.

Performance highlights from recent years include performing with Roger Vignoles in the Britten Theatre, RCM, and making her solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in a performance of Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Opera credits include Barbarina, (RCM Opera School), Léïla (RCM Opera Scenes), Nedda (RCM Opera Scenes), Cleopatra (RCM Opera Scenes).  Further credits include Pamina with Ensemble OrQuesta, Susanna with Matchbox Opera, Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with the Berlin Opera Academy.

In between time performing at venues across the world, Poppy regularly returns to Hull to perform with Hull Urban Opera.

Since graduating in 2019, Poppy continues to work as a performer in a wide range of projects, and as a private voice teacher. To listen to her performances, visit Poppy’s website www.poppyshotts.com

Vocational courses: Important information

By | Applied Science, Course News, Criminology, Dance, Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, News, Performing Arts

From next week, all vocational courses that will complete this year will no longer be setting work for students to complete, taking work in or providing RAG grades for engagement. Teams will continue to support students with work that may help them to prepare for their planned next step, but there will be no compulsion for students to engage in this, nor will this be monitored.

There are a couple of important exceptional cases:

  • Criminology year 1: All criminology year 1 students will CONTINUE to receive set work on a weekly basis and RAG grades will be provided to monitor engagement until the end of the academic year.
  • Foundation year BTEC courses: These courses will now finish. However, many of you will be wanting to progress to level 3 course next year. If you are in this position, you will receive a letter explaining the conditions for your progression in the autumn.

We still do not have clarity on the process for vocational qualifications. It is probable that we will be asked to complete a similar process to A levels and GCSEs, with teachers providing estimated grades and rankings based on what they judge the students would have achieved if their courses had continued.

There are still some students who have not submitted work that was due before the national closure. If this applies to you, please urgently discuss this with your subject tutors, as staff will not have the evidence they need to support giving you the best possible grades.

If you’d like more information, Ofqual released their consultation on the processes for vocational courses completing this summer last Friday. This is still very much focused about defining the rules for exam boards to use.

You can access it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-consultation-on-awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-summer-2020

Edexcel have also been updating their information and have started a weekly bulletin: http://view.ocrm1.pearson.com/

Wyke goes the distance

By | News

On Friday 8th May, 32 members of staff from the college will be running the equivalent of four virtual marathons in order to raise money for the NHS.

The runners will be split into four teams to run the 42k marathon distance via a virtual relay event, run in real time. At 9.30am the first runner from each team will run the first 5k. This will be done as part of their daily exercise. As they complete the first leg, they will record their time and then contact the next runner in their team and so on. Each member of the team will run 5k and the final runner will run 7k,  logging their time as they do so.

If you would like to support our runners and donate to this fantastic cause, you can do so via our JustGiving page which can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wykerunsamarathon

We wish our runners the very best of luck and on behalf of our runners and Wyke’s staff and students, thank you to all NHS workers.

#WeAreWyke

Student working in the library on her Extended Project Qualification

University Mentorship Scheme

By | Course News, News

Are you thinking of applying to university and want to get an insight into what life as a student is really like?

Then why not sign up for the Project Access scheme?

Project Access will find you a mentor already studying at a university you are interested in and/or studying a degree you think you might also want to apply for in just a few months’ time. You will be matched with a current university student, taking your next steps plans into account.

Your mentor will arrange to meet you online to cover a variety of useful topics from choosing the right degree programme and what university life is like, to writing an excellent personal statement. These topics will adapt to your needs, with opportunities to speak to your mentor about student finance or choosing accommodation being made available later in the application process.

To sign up, follow the link: https://projectaccess.typeform.com/to/PWPAtX

Miriam Payne

Sleep Deprivation, Blisters and Waves

By | Community, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics
Former Wyke student, Miriam Payne, is planning a record-breaking year in 2022.
 
After studying A Level Physics, Maths and Further Maths at Wyke, as well as taking part in the Netball team and a successful summit up Mount. Kilimanjaro, Miriam is now studying for a degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow.
 
Miriam said, “At university I’m part of the Boat Club’s high-performance squad. Together, with one of boat club friends, I’m entered in the “Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2022”. This is a journey which will see us row 3000 miles across to Atlantic Ocean, from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.
 
During the race, we will row in shifts of 2 hours on and 2 hours off, rotating between the two of us. As the race is classed as unassisted, we will have to carry everything we need for the crossing from the beginning. We cannot accept any supplies and we must learn how to work/fix all the electrical equipment on board. We will battle seasickness, sleep deprivation, blisters and waves of up to 30ft.
 
We are aiming to become the youngest and fastest female pair to row any ocean, aiming to complete the challenge in under 50 days. And that’s just the race. In the lead up to the race we need to find a lot of corporate sponsorship to enable us to buy a boat and the equipment we need as well as aiming to raise around £100,000 for charity. Our charities are ‘Mind’ and ‘Wellbeing of Women’.”
 
To help Miriam achieve her goal, break the record and back her charities, follow her on Instagram @seastheday2022
Student working in the library on her Extended Project Qualification

What can I do with an Extended Project Qualification?

By | Course News, News

The Extended Project Qualification, or EPQ, is an extra qualification that is worth half an A Level. It is highly regarded by university admissions staff, as it often viewed as excellent preparation for your university studies.

It is a qualification which enhances your independent study skills and encourages personal development, which is typical of university studies.

The EPQ enables you to provide evidence of your study skills, including:

  • Research
  • Independent learning
  • Extended academic writing

These skills are also transferable, which means that you can use them when entering your chosen profession. In other words, the EPQ helps you to open doors for future study or the world of employment.

You can find out more about the EPQ here: https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/extended-project-qualification/

If you need some help with your academic writing skills, why not get in touch with our Library Mentor, Sandy Clark, who can offer you helpful tips and advice? Click here to find out more: https://wyke.ac.uk/want-to-polish-up-your-writing-skills/