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Sutton Trust Success

By | News

Former Kingswood Academy student, Vinny Crosskill, is one of two Wyke students who have been successful in their Sutton Trust applications. We recently caught up with him to talk all about his amazing achievement.

Tell us why you applied for the Sutton Trust?
I applied for the Sutton Trust US Programme because I like to challenge myself and get myself out of my comfort zone, which this programme would do because moving to and living in a completely different continent brings a lot of changes and challenges. There are a lot of experiences offered, with a lot more opportunities to study abroad and welcome more cultures into my life to better equip myself for employment. University life is so different at liberal arts colleges, as the professors get to know you as an individual, as classes tend to be no bigger than 20.

Where are you hoping to study?
Currently, the front runner is the University of Richmond in Virginia, because it offers great international experiences and accounting as a major which, at the moment, is a necessity for me. I researched it for my video interview when I applied for the Sutton Trust, because it intrigued me the most. However, I don’t have a concrete choice because there are a lot of amazing institutions which the programme introduces you to. What interested me was the fact that there are 55 US colleges that are ranked higher than Durham University, and the Ivy League is actually a sport league, so I’d recommend to anyone that’s applying to come in with an open mind because it’s a really eye-opening experience.

How did you feel when you found out you’d been accepted?
I remember finding out in economics last thing on a Friday and feeling so excited. I felt quite a lot of pride because it’s no easy feat, with over a thousand of some of the best students in the country applying to the programme. Out of those, only 150 get accepted and even fewer go onto step two, which is actually applying. The programme aims to educate you as much as possible without pressuring you into a decision, so you can make the choice that’s the best fit for you. The programme will also heavily support you in your UK applications. There’s a great network of Alums, who help you quite a lot, whether you’re in the US or UK. With the cohort, you’re a part of 150 great people who become like a tight knit family, especially when you’re in America. Cohort members regularly visit one another in the US, which helps a lot with homesickness or any problems you may have.

What are your career aspirations?
Right now, it’s to become a chartered accountant or earn a doctorate in economics. However, the good thing about US institutions is that you can change your major, especially if you’re at a liberal arts college, whereas in the UK you’d have to reapply to change your course. Hearing some of the classes that the colleges offer has really made me think about the career path I want to take going forward.

Overall, I would definitely recommend applying to the programme because even if you choose not to go to step 2, it’s a very educational experience and it teaches you a lot of handy information for applications and CVs. But most importantly, you’ll meet friends that you’ll be close with for the rest of your life.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us Vinny, we wish you the very best of luck with your future!

For more information about the Sutton Trust, please visit suttontrust.com

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Sarah O'Sullivan

Train to Teach at Wyke

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

From September 2021, Wyke will be offering teacher training, pre-service and in-service, part-time, Cert Ed and PGCE courses, awarded by the University of Huddersfield.

Centre manager, Rachel Hitchenor, is really excited to be offering these new teacher training courses and is looking forward to welcoming new students and working closely with the University. The range of pathways on offer reaches out to everyone who is looking to further their career in a sixth form or college setting.

She said, “If you’re already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) or and looking to progress your career, then the in-service PGCE or Cert Ed is the course for you.

If you’re hoping to go into teaching within sixth forms or further education colleges, or you see yourself taking up a career in adult education or informal education roles, then the pre-service PGCE or Cert Ed would suit your needs. You don’t need previous teaching experience, just an industry skill, an appropriate entry qualification and a passion for teaching and training others.”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

High quality teaching is at the heart of Wyke’s success. Recently, the PE, Sports and Dance department won the coveted “FE Teaching Team of the Year” award. This year, the status of the College was confirmed by “The Sunday Times Parent Power Survey” that placed Wyke in the top 2% of providers in the UK.

Wyke is an established provider of teacher training placements. Sarah O’Sullivan completed her first placement at Wyke and now teaches A Level Geography at the College.

She said, “When given the opportunity to complete my 1st PGCE placement at Wyke, I was excited, yet nervous, and most of all curious to see what it would be like as a trainee teacher at a Sixth Form College.

Wyke supported me in this placement immensely- I had a well-structured programme with my mentor and PGCE coordinator and I felt part of the team straight away. I was given the opportunity to observe teachers from a variety of subjects and got invaluable teaching advice from both well experienced teachers and other recently qualified teachers too. The placement allowed me to put the introduction to pedagogical theories into practice and try different strategies in the classroom to challenge myself in a supportive environment.

Feedback from observations is always constructive and encouraging, which has consequently improved my confidence, and competency in teaching. Completing the PGCE led to me gaining employment in the organisation, where I am currently continuing to develop professionally and gaining a deeper understanding into teaching and learning through the NQT programme.”

If you have any questions or would like further information then please email rachel.hitchenor@wyke.ac.uk or phone 01482 346347. If you would like to apply then please email or phone to discuss the most appropriate route.
To apply via our current vacancies portal https://vportal.wyke.ac.uk/ by 30th June 2021 if possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lucy Tessier

Max the Gap

By | Course News, Music, News, News for Parents

If you think taking a gap year is a chance to sit back and relax, think again!

Former A level Music student, Lucy Tessier is maximising her time by working as a freelance journalist and copywriter. By combining her talent for writing and passion for the indie music scene, Lucy’s work has been published across a range of digital media platforms.

Over that last 7 months, Lucy has been scouting new talent for magazines to promote, pitching new features, interviewing bands and artists for articles, writing album and single reviews and ghost-writing content for blog posts.

Next year, Lucy will begin her undergraduate life, studying BA(Hons) English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds.

Lucy’s work has been published on Gigwise.com and Soundspheremag.com. To get a flavour of her critical ability and engaging writing style, read her article on Wolf Alice https://www.gigwise.com/features/3396348/what-a-wolf-alice-comeback-means-to-the-band-s-fans

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Careers Newsletter

By | News

Welcome back, we hope you have had a great Easter break.

We have lots happening over the next few months, so please make sure you’re checking the Careers Teams page for all the latest updates and information about apprenticeships, virtual work experience vacancies, guest speakers and more.

You can read the latest edition of the Careers newsletter here.

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Joseph Harling

Golden Opportunity

By | Awards, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics

Congratulations to Joseph Harling for winning a Gold award at this year’s Physics Olympiad.

In fact, 2021 has been a great year for our Physics department. Stuart Lyon, Head of Physics, is really happy with the performance of the first year students. “Overall, the college collected one gold, three silver and one bronze. Some of the best results that Wyke has ever achieved”.

This prestigious competition is administered by The University of Oxford and provides an exciting opportunity for students to stretch their problem solving skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations.

For Joseph, who participates in the College’s Flyer and Oxbridge programmes, this award will be a valued addition to his university statement. After Wyke, he is aiming to study at a Russell Group, with an aim to develop an academic career.

To discover more about the benefits of this competitive and Joseph’s future plans, visit our YouTube channel.

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Pre-Hospital Care Programme

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Community, Course News, Health & Social Care, News, Uncategorised

Now in her second year of medical school, former Wyke science A level student, Eric McCabe has been busy volunteering on the Pre-hospital care programme, attending Category 1 and 2 medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, unconsciousness and chest pains primarily in Hull. Additionally, her team had been further trained to assess patients who had fallen down and assist them in getting back on their feet.

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Pre-hospital care programme, in collaboration with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service offers medical students at HYMS further educational experience in the field of pre-hospital medicine.

Last year, Erin and the team of 9 other HYMS medical students attended 188 incidents, ranging from cardiac arrests and diabetic emergencies to falls and fractures. Altogether, the team volunteered 900 plus hours of their time to help the local community.

Watch this short video interview on Wyke TV to find out more about Erin’s experiences. https://youtu.be/89Tup43wnQA

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Spring Re-Opening Webinar

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

Our Spring Re-Opening Webinar is now available to view online. The 40 minute presentation, hosted by Principal Paul Britton, guides you through the testing process, campus Covid safety expectations and also discusses the assessment and awarding process for our second year students.

Visit this link to view the presentation on the College’s YouTube channel. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Wyke.

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Spring Term Newsletter 3

By | News

We have reached the final week of the Spring term and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for all their hard work in keeping the college open and each other safe.

This is the final newsletter of the term, and it’s full of information about Health and Wellbeing, Student Finance, and the Student Executive elections.

We hope you all have a great Easter break and we look forward to welcoming you back next term.

Access the newsletter here: Spring Term Newsletter 3.

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Wyke partners with Flex Health

By | News, Physical Education

Wyke Sixth Form College and Flex Health have partnered up to create a work experience programme designed to give PE and Sport students on the college’s Pre-Physiotherapy Enrichment Programme an insight into the world of physiotherapy.

Flex Health is the region’s leading provider of Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Neurological physiotherapy, offering expert care for clients suffering from sports injuries, spinal, joint and degenerative conditions and neurological conditions including acquired brain injury, strokes and MS.

PE & Sport teacher, Hollie Rhodes, said: “This partnership offers endless opportunity. It is giving invaluable experience to our students at the very start of their potential career in physiotherapy/sports rehabilitation industry.

“It’s making them stand out from the crowd for university and job applications; along with gaining extended knowledge linking to the CTEC Injuries and Massage modules and Component 1 for A Level.”

Despite the pandemic, Flex were able to offer placements to two of Wyke’s PE and Sport students, Will Huyton and EmmieLou Fenton.

Will, who aspires to become a physiotherapist, said: “I took part in work experience to gain a greater insight into the world of physiotherapy.

“It showed me the almost miracle-like work of physiotherapists. The staff at the clinic managed to get a woman, who had suffered spinal injuries after falling from a horse, walking again. To see it first-hand was incredible.

“This work experience has only enforced my desire to become a physiotherapist.”

EmmieLou, who also aspires to become a physiotherapist, added: “Taking part in the Flex Health work experience allowed me to gain a wider appreciation for how varied the profession is.

“I have learned some of the crucial qualities required to be a successful physiotherapist.”

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Applicant Update Virtual Event

By | Community, Course News, News, On Campus

Applicant Update Virtual Event

Thursday, 4th March, between 4.00-5.00pm, Facebook Live

https://www.facebook.com/WykeSixthFormCollege

In this online session we will be celebrating “World Book Day” with English, understanding the career boost offered by Further Maths, and getting to know the Criminology, Psychology, Sociology and Law curriculum. There will also be an update on our transport, with a guide to selecting your best route.

During the event there will be an opportunity to post questions on our Facebook page or through our website virtual chat. The Wyke Liaison team will be online to answer your questions and concerns with helpful advice and guidance.

The invitation to attend this virtual event is open to all applicants to Wyke Sixth Form College. We look forward to meeting you online, on our Facebook page, on Thursday 4th March between 4.00-5.00pm.

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