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Applicant Update Virtual Event

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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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Exams Cancelled

Exams Update

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Vocational examinations in January cancelled

We will cancel all of our planned vocational exams during January.  I had expected the government to make this clear but they have left the decision to colleges.  It seems completely obvious to us that if it is unsafe to open schools and colleges then it is also unsafe to run examinations.  We also believe that it is unfair to ask students to sit examinations under such conditions, you would be unlikely to perform at your best.  The exam boards have promised that no students will be disadvantaged by not sitting their exams now.  Hopefully all your hard work can be recognised through whatever centre assessed grade process is decided on.

To be clear, we will not be running exams in the following subjects this January:

  • CTEC Computing
  • CTEC Sport
  • CTEC Engineering
  • Criminology

Please get in touch directly with your subject teachers who will provide you with information about their planned replacement for this activity.  You will have lots of work to do to ensure we have the evidence to justify our teacher-assessed grades.

 

A level and GCSE exams are cancelled and will be replaced with ‘teacher-assessed grades’

The Secretary of State made this clear in his speech yesterday.  There now begins a process to determine what system will replace examinations with the claim that “This year we are going to put our trust in teachers rather than algorithms.”  We will see what this means but, for now, we all need to keep working as normal as every piece of work we do contributes to the evidence base for a teacher-assessed grade.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/education-secretary-statement-to-parliament-on-national-lockdown

The Chief Regulator of Ofqual has also published a brief response today.  In this he is clear that the review includes vocational and technical qualifications which is reassuring as neither the Prime Minister or the Education minister have been clear on this.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a-message-from-simon-lebus-chief-regulator-on-exams-in-2021

 

Webinar on Wyke’s response to Lockdown 3.0 today 1pm

A reminder that I am hosting a webinar for students and parents today at 1pm.  I will be explaining the detail of my updates this week, I haven’t got lots of new material to share so don’t worry about missing out if you are comfortable with the plans.  Here is the link to the session:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NzhiOWE0YWEtMjJjYi00OGE4LWFkNjctMjA2YzU3ODliNWU2%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%227c9a22fc-db53-42a6-94cf-73b6cdcbe9a7%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2211f37e22-8e03-4799-8581-5db08acfdd09%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

And here is the link to submit any questions in advance.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_CKafFPbpkKUz3O2zcvpp3NdIk3c7hhLuTBzw2KJ339UMTZDR0tDSE03UVpaR1ZDVFg1T0hGRVlPMS4u

Lockdown 3.0

Lockdown 3.0 Plans

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Here are the details on the college’s response to the announcement of a national lockdown from Wednesday 6th January 2021. 

The overall plan is that college will continue as normal, just delivered from home.  We will provide the full curriculum to all.  We will be working towards substantial assessments to justify the evidence requirements of whatever centre assessed grade process gets put in place therefore, you must continue to work as hard as you have been all year 

I want to reassure you that we have planned for this eventuality since the summer.  I outlined to you the three potential scenarios for this year and this included scenario C, a further full national lockdown including the closure of schools and colleges.  We have had a term of using remote delivery as a key part of our provision ensuring that students and staff are confident with the technology required.   

 

College opening: 

The college site will be closed from Wednesday 6th January 2021 with a planned return on Monday 22nd February 2021. 

We will have a limited provision for vulnerable students and the children of key workers during this period.  I want to stress that the safest place for the vast majority of our students and staff is at home so this provision is only for those who really cannot engage in learning remotely.  There will be no onsite teaching, students will access remote lessons in the library along with limited support during study periods.  There will be no mixing allowed between students, this is to ensure their complete safety.   We will need students to commit to attending five days a week from 9am -4pm so we may be able to arrange transport and appropriate levels of staffing. We desperately want our students onsite, but this is not a safe option at this time.  The guidance is clear, we all need to stay at home whilst this current crisis passes. 

We have records of those students who are vulnerable, and we will be contacting them to develop a plan to best support them.  If you are the child of a key worker and it is not possible for you to work from home, then please contact wfh@wyke.ac.uk so we can have a conversation about how best to support you.  We need to get these plans in place quickly so please can I ask for replies by 9am Thursday 7th January 2021.  

 

Delivery of the curriculum: 

Throughout this lock down period, we will deliver all lessons, tutorials, support and enrichments as per the timetable. 

These sessions will meet the minimum requirements for remote sessions that we set out at the start of the year.  All sessions will: 

·         Be delivered live via the Teams platform 

·         Have a register taken with attendance marks recorded on the system in the normal way 

·         Include as a minimum for the live element a review prior learning, check of understanding of the tasks set and some form of wellbeing activity 

As far as we are concerned, you are all still enrolled to your courses, you need to do all the work and it is this work that will get you the grade come the end.  We are planning for substantial internal assessments for second years at Easter and for all students in the summer.   

 

Examinations and resources 

We are following the announcements about the cancellation of A levels and GCSEs along with all of you.  As yet there are no details about the system that will replace this although it must be something based on teacher assessments.  As we have said all year, this means that every piece of work you do counts!  There has not been a similar announcement about vocational courses, but I expect this to follow in due course. 

Our teaching teams have marked the majority of your winter assessments and we will be posting these out to you over the next two weeks as they are a valuable part of the learning process. 

Some of you have BTEC, Criminology and Engineering CTEC examinations planned for the next couple of weeks.  I am sure that the government will cancel this, it is completely disingenuous to hold public examinations in a national lockdown, but sometimes it takes a little while to get these things sorted.  I will keep you updated about our plans for these over the coming days. 

Similarly, we have GCSE results day next Thursday (14th January 2021) for those students who sat examinations in November.  Your results will be emailed to you on Thursday morning as well as a copy posted to your home address. Your teachers and progress tutor will be able to advise you through teams during the days that follow as to your next steps following the results.  

 

Student support 

As per the overall plan we will be running all of our support functions as normal.  Safeguarding and wellbeing support will continue, please see the attached for details.   

We have consultation events coming up and we are in the midst of plans for running these virtually this year.  We will send out more details next week. 

I’m sorry that our absence text system has not been working properly since the start of the year.  We are now turning this back on fully and parents will receive notification when students are absent from lessons, including remote lessons.  

Where we have concerns around student underperformance we will still be operating our behaviour management system.  As ever, this is about trying to support our students to achieve their potential. We will only issue warnings when we know that you can do better but you need a formal reminder of what you need to do to improve and what the consequences of not responding are.  So, warnings up to and including case conferences will continue as normal.  We will not be holding disciplinary hearing meetings during the national lockdown as these important discussions need to be held face to face. 

 

Student access to learning 

We are now well set up for students who have connectivity issues.  We have spent over £150k on supporting their education and are grateful for the kind support of the University of Hull with this important work.  If you encounter new connectivity issues please contact financialsupport@wyke.ac.uk 

Students in receipt of the free college meals or a bursary allocated to providing meals will receive their funds via BACS payments on a weekly basis. 

Transport costs will be refunded on the next ticket. 

 

Wellbeing 

I think we all need to contribute to this.  What can we do to come together as a college community and look after each other through this dark winter?  The staff team did a brilliant job with the Wyke Workout sessions last March (if you haven’t seen these check them out on the Youtube channel Wyke TV) but my challenge to all of you is what can you do for our community?  Please do get in touch with the Student Executive (student_executive@wyke.ac.uk) if you have some great ideas about wellbeing activities for the college. You can also contact them via Teams.  

I have also asked all teachers to build in some time to check how you are all doing into their lessons.  As I see it, it is our responsibility to challenge, stretch, inspire and support you through this period.  You all have a job to do, material to learn and skills to develop.  Let’s get on with it.   

 

Communication 

Due to the college site only having a very limited opening, from Wednesday 6th January 2021 the college phone line will not be open and all communication should go directly to the teams involved.  We have a list of email contacts posted on the website if you are not sure.  Your tutor will be a key port of call through the period. You can find the contact details of your teachers and progress tutor in your Student Portal.  

I am still going to hold the webinar this Thursday at 1pm.  I will explain all of the detail in this email including and further information that comes out over the next couple of days.  It seems I was a bit hasty with the planning for lateral flow testing but the webinar time will still be useful! 

So, that is it.  Here we are again.  But, we know what we are doing and we are going to provide a full educational experience through this lockdown.  As I said back in March, there are three things to work on: keep in touch, work hard and look after yourselves and each other. 

 

Paul Britton

Principal

Parent Power Survey

Wyke Breaks into National Top 50

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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

Music Mark Logo

Music Hits the Mark

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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.”

Lucy Tessier

Mind the Gap

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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

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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

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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.

FAQs Exams

Wyke’s Plans for New and Returning Students

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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