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Digital Skills Conference

Digital Skills Conference

By | Course News, IT & Computing, Media, News, On Campus | No Comments

Students with an interest in Computing, IT and Media attended a Digital Skills Conference in February, hosted by the University of Hull. Wyke students joined their peers from colleges across the Venn Partnership as part of an initiative organised by Wilberforce Sixth Form College.

Ben Wallis, Wilberforce Vice-Principal, addressed the opening of the conference to an audience of 200 tech-savvy students. Ben highlighted the rapid pace of change that the digital industries had experienced and how Moore’s Law was continuing to accelerate.

Contributors from major employers through to emerging companies were part of the agenda. John Polling from Sauce software development was keen to highlight the many routes students can take post-college. He said, “Students should also consider advanced apprenticeships as an alternative to the traditional university pathway.”

In the afternoon, the day concluded with an opportunity to network with the guest speakers and tour the university campus. Wyke Careers Coordinator, Vicky Riseham said, “This is such a great opportunity for students to talk face-to-face with their potential future employer.”

Romeo &Juliet

One in a Thousand

By | Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts | No Comments

Former Beverley Longcroft student Beth Curry has recently been cast in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic story. Beth, who studied A level Dance at Wyke, is now in her second year of the BA(Hons) Dance programme at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds.

As well as established professional dancers, Beth was cast as part of an initiative to promote emerging dance talent. She is one of six young cast members who will perform at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre alongside the New Adventures Company. This is a significant milestone for Beth as she was selected from over 1000 applicants.

Beth proudly posted on Facebook that she was “so happy to finally announce that I will be performing in Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures brand new production of Romeo and Juliet as part of their young cast! Very excited to be performing in Bradford on the 22-25 May 2019 with this amazing company.”

Bourne said: “New Adventures’ Romeo and Juliet will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and offstage and, uniquely, in all aspects of choreography, design and music through the appointment of a series of young associate artists.

“As we enter our fourth decade as a company, I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling.”

Find out more about Dance at Wyke at our Open Morning, 2 March, 9.00am-12.00pm.

James Hendry

Love Music, Love Life

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Great to hear that former Wyke student James Hendry has recently taken up post as a conductor at the Royal Opera House.

In 2008, James came to Wyke to take A levels from Winifred Holtby School before studying BMus (Hons) Piano at Royal College of Music. He is now recognised as an Honorary Associate Artist by the RNCM in recognition of his outstanding achievements after graduation.

A video clip on Wyke’s Facebook page reveals James’ passion and knowledge of opera at a Royal Opera House Insight event discussing “La Traviata”.

James is returning to Hull on Saturday 23rd February as part of Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are available at https://www.hulltheatres.co.uk/

Jemma signs for LFC

Jemma Signs for Liverpool FC

By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, English, News, Physical Education, Sport | No Comments

Liverpool FC Women have just signed former Wyke A level student, Jemma Purfield. Jemma was one of the star players in a Wyke football team that made the National Cup final in 2015. In the same year, Jemma collected the “Wyke Sports Personality Award”, progressing from college to further her education in the USA by securing a sport scholarship at Arizona State University. Whilst at Wyke Jemma studied A level PE and English Language alongside BTEC L3 Applied Science.

“I’m excited to have Jemma as part of our squad here at Liverpool FC Women. She will add to the depth of our player roster,” said Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson.

“She’s got international experience already and has youth very much on her side. She’s been training with us recently and has fitted in brilliantly with the rest of our squad.

“I’m excited to work with her and see what she can bring to the Liverpool FC Women family. Her international call-ups mean she has played against some of the best teams in the world and now she will have the opportunity to face players of that quality in the WSL.

“It will be good for her development as a player and our development as a team.”

A versatile player with experience all over the park, Jemma will primarily play for the Reds as an attacking full-back or winger going forward.

“I’m delighted and excited to be part of such a prestigious club and can’t wait to get started,” said Jemma.

“It’s a massive club, it’s known worldwide and has always had a fantastic reputation, so I think it’s a big opportunity for me to develop.

“There are some great, experienced players in the squad and there are some youth players coming through the ranks, so it’s a great place for me to learn and take my career to the next level.

“I think WSL has moved on so much in the last four years and I’m going to be challenged on a daily basis.”

We’ve raided the Wyke video archive to bring you the highlights of Jemma’s time at college – the Sports Personality win, the amazing cup final goal and footage of Jemma in the USA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8thTtgqSsWM

Weatherill Twins

Oxford Twins

By | Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics | No Comments

2018 was another outstanding year at Wyke Sixth Form College. Students on the college’s flagship Flyers programme celebrated a record number of offers from Oxford and Cambridge. On A Level results day, eight students confirmed that they had achieved the grades to study at two of the most prestigious universities in the world. This was an even greater achievement when you consider that other institutions in the region had reported limited success in progression to Oxbridge.

 

Former Withernsea High students Lucy and Katie Weatherill gained excellent A levels in Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Chemistry to secure their offers. They are currently both studying at the University of Oxford, Katie reading Physics at Christ Church College and Lucy taking Chemistry at Balliol College. “Proud Mum” Mrs Wetherill recently emailed Wyke photographs of both Lucy and Katie attending their matriculation, a ceremony that marks their formal admission to the University.

 

To see how we can help you in securing a place at a Russell Group University or how to access the Flyers programme, come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 17th January 5.30pm-8pm.

“An excellent preperation for applying to Medicine”

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The eyes of millions of breakfast television viewers were on former Hornsea School student Max Joy as he opened his results live on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, revealing the 1 A* in Chemistry and 2 A’s in Biology and Maths that secured his place at Hull York Medical School.

“I chose Hull York Medical School after attending open events where I fell in love with it. The staff and the experiences that I had there were amazing. As a student at Wyke Sixth Form College I was part of the Pre-Medical Programme which was excellent in preparing for me for the whole process of applying to Medicine which included help with the entrance examinations, advice on my UCAS application and mock interviews.

Wyke is a fantastic college and I have absolutely loved every single moment. My subjects, the experiences and the teachers are amazing.”

Max was just one of 9 Wyke students who secured a place on a Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science (MDV) courses last year.

Wyke’s Pre-Medical Programme

We recognise that University applications for MDV courses are highly competitive, therefore, we offer an established two-year Programme to support students aspiring to these careers.

Our Pre-Medical Programme ensures our students are well advised about all aspects of their future career and receive all of the guidance and support needed to make a competitive application. Whether this is individual subject support to secure top grades, help locating work experience, information on university applications or preparation for interview, Wyke Sixth Form College is there at each stage of student’s Medical career journey.

We also welcome first-class speakers, organise high-quality workshops and run a variety of events including the popular Royal Society of Medicine Careers Day.

Visit our next Open Evening where there will be a dedicated talk on the Programme or see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz_PZUgehtE
Kiana Tait

Wyke Backs Kiana in World Championships

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Kiana Tait will be putting her college work briefly “on ice” in 2019 as she has been selected to represent Team GB Ice Hockey at U18 level.

Alongside her sporting involvement, Kiana is currently studying A Level Economics, Law and Sociology at Wyke. The former Malet Lambert student said, “It’s an honour to represent my country at such a young age, the tournament is an important step for me as I wish to play for the Great Britain Women’s team.”

The six-team IIHF tournament runs from 6th to 12th January 2019 at Dumfries Ice Bowl and GB will host China, France, Poland, Netherlands and Norway.

GB’s first game is on Sunday 6th January against Poland U18 Women, before facing France U18 Women the following day.

After a rest day, GB then go head-to-head with Norway U18 Women on Wednesday 9th January.

A second rest day is followed by GB facing China on Friday 11th January and the tournament is wrapped up with Great Britain against Netherlands 24 hours later.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “This was one of the toughest under-18 squads the coaching staff have ever had to name.

“There is so much competition for places but that is a great position to be in for the women’s programme.

“It will be a tough tournament for sure as there are some top nations competing and many of the roster are still very young.

“But we have had good preparation and I know the squad is really looking forward to playing on home ice.”

GB U18 WOMEN’S SQUAD
Lucy Beal – Slough/Bracknell
Sophie Campbell – Kirkcaldy/Fife
Grace Garbett – Telford
Megan Gourlay – Solway Sharks
Emily Harris – Bracknell
Aimee Headland – Northwood Huskies
Chloe Headland – RSL Islanders U19
(N/M) Ella Howard – Romford
Verity Lewis – Ontario Hockey Academy
Kaitlyn Morrison – Ontario Hockey Academy
(N/M) Emma Nichols – Chelmsford
Chloe Riley – Sutton/Sheffield
Amy Robery – Streatham
Elizabeth Saunders – Sutton/Sheffield
Jessica Sprules – Okanagan Hockey Academy
Kiana Tait – Kingston
Jessie Taylor – Bracknell
Ellie Wakeling – Romford/Bracknell
Hannah Ware – Sutton/Sheffield
Audrey Wood – Kirkcaldy

Outstanding Support, Outstanding Outcomes

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What courses did you study at Wyke?

Accounting – B

BTEC Business – Distinction*

Applied Law – Distinction*

Did you enjoy your College experience?

I really enjoyed my college experience.

College for me was a time of significant change in my life, I made lots of new friends, with whom I created a lot of great memories. For the first time I began to enjoy education and take it much more seriously, I think the driving factor behind this was a great network of teachers who were very knowledgeable and brought their personalities and life experience into the role which made the classroom a better place.

What was your favourite subject?

My favourite subject was Accounting. This was closely followed by Law. Both subjects are integral to the society in which we live, which made them that much more interesting to learn because I felt like I was learning more about how the law and economics of society functions around me whilst studying.

What was your highlight of College life?

A single highlight of my college life is extremely hard to pinpoint, I woke up every morning feeling positive and looking forward to the day ahead and there are times in life were that doesn’t happen, so I don’t think it can be understated how important that was to the enjoyment of my 2 years at Wyke.

What skills/ knowledge did you take away with you that have helped post Wyke?

The greatest skills I obtained from Wyke were life skills, I left with a motivation to constantly improve myself, and I left with a wealth of stories from my teachers on their career paths through life, which helped me develop my own idea of what I might wish to do with my future. In addition to this I left Wyke with people who I consider now to be lifelong friends, and who I still regularly catch up with now almost 4 years later.

Did you have any barriers to overcome whilst studying with us?

My biggest struggles during my time at Wyke occurred in my personal and home life. I come from a disadvantaged background, and during my A Level education I found myself with nowhere to live and facing the possibility of homelessness.

Luckily, I had many friends around me who offered up a sofa to sleep on, and I received help from a particularly caring and pro-active member of support staff within the college, who managed to organise financial aid for me as well as a permanent place to live. She went to extra mile to ensure I would be OK. Without that help at the time my situation today could be very different.

 What did you go on to do after college?

After college I went to join EY, who are one of the biggest financial services firms globally, and for them I worked as an Auditor. After 2 years there I achieved a low-level professional accounting qualification known as CFAB and in order to open more careers in the world of finance I went on to start Uni at the University of Sheffield studying Accounting where I still am today.

What are your overall career aspirations?

After gaining some experience of the world of finance through Audit, I’m now planning to go into Tax Accounting, where I will have the choice of being self-employed or working as a tax advisor for another company.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years it’s that life can change very quickly, and if another opportunity presents itself that is of interest to me I’m not afraid to change course and try new things along the way, as long as I’m always gaining new skills, knowledge and experiences.

What advice would you give to current sixth form students?

My strong advice to any current sixth form students would be not to worry if you don’t have your career path planned out already.

Keep your options open by putting 100% effort into everything you do, and ensuring you’re constantly growing as an individual by gaining new skills and experience throughout life, eventually you’ll find yourself in a place you’re happy, which will lead you on a path to were you’re supposed to be rather than where you planned to be.

Wyke opens the door to Oxbridge

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Wyke Sixth Form College is a leading institution for supporting students across the region to access Oxford and Cambridge, the often cited ‘top two universities in the world.’

Each year, Wyke provides a valuable stepping stone for those wishing to secure places at these prestigious universities. In 2018, we celebrated a record number of students in doing so, with 9 students going on to study a wide variety of courses from Law to Biomedical Science.

The successful students came from state schools all across Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

One of these students, Bridget Allenby of Cottingham High School said; “I am happy and over the moon right now. To be lucky enough to secure one of the 40 places available on the course is a huge achievement. Coming to Wyke has been a great step for me to take for my future.”

This exceptional outcome is a combined result of fantastic students working with excellent A Level specialist teacher’s in an outstanding college. We also have a dedicated Flyers Programme to help support students aspiring to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

In the current environment, were top universities tend to favour students from private schools and particular parts of the UK, this is demonstration that Wyke, an inclusive sixth form provider is going above and beyond in supporting all students in achieving their potential.

A Level Film Studies

Extra Work For Film Students

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Both first and second year A level Film Studies students had the opportunity to step in front of the camera when they became “extras” at a feature film shoot.

The title of the film is a closely guarded secret and students had to commit to a non-disclosure agreement with the film producers. This meant no mobiles on set and an agreement not to distribute material through social media.

The film, a psychological thriller based around an enigmatic relationship, will be released in UK cinemas in 2019. Students spent the day at the KCOM stadium, the location of a flashback sequence, shooting the days rushes.

Harvi Kaur, A Level Film Studies teacher, coordinated the opportunity and said, “Taking part in a real film shoot enabled students to experience the technical process and the scale of production required to create a feature film.”

Film Studies at Wyke is one of a family of courses that supports creative students. These include Media Studies, Creative Digital Media, Photography, Graphic Design and Performing Arts. Applications are now open for 2019 and interviews are currently beginning scheduled. To avoid disappointed, we recommend that students apply by February 2019.