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Dr Nick Long

Wyke University

By | Community, Criminology, News, On Campus, Physchology, Sociology

A diverse array of visiting speakers, together with a modern campus and a growing notable alumni, are offering current Wyke students a slice of university life whilst studying for their A levels.

Recently, the Sociology and Psychology departments have welcomed some renowned academics to the college. Dr Nick Long of the London School of Economics, and Ben Ambridge from the University of Liverpool, have both recently delivered lecturers as part of the student’s course enrichment.

Dr Nick Long’s talk referred to his own research in an exploration of anxiety and depression across global cultures. Ben Ambridge, author of “Are you Smarter than a Chimpanzee?”, held an entertaining session linking aspects of popular culture to A level psychology theories. Throughout both sessions, students took notes, participated in experiments and questioned the academics directly.

Both, Nick and Ben’s lectures are now available on the college YouTube channel, Wyke TV.

Results Day 2019

Results Day 2019

By | Course News, News, On Campus

A level pass rate 99.7%

BTEC pass rate 100%

100% pass rate in 59 subjects

Top 15% of all Sixth Form providers nationally

Yet again, students at Wyke Sixth Form College have shown a combination of talent and hard work to achieve outstanding success.  This, along with superb teaching and the best possible facilities, has meant that 99.7% of students have achieved a pass grade at A-level.  This includes 315 of the top A* and A grades, 53% of the cohort achieving A*- B grades and a remarkable 82% achieving A*-C grades.

Our students are progressing to exceptional destinations with 10 students progressing to Oxbridge and over 20 taking up places on Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary courses over the last three years.

Once again our BTEC results were outstanding with 80 students achieving 3 Distinction*, the equivalent to three A*s at A level, in comparison to 57 students in 2018.  This represents 80% of our Extended Diploma students.

Overall the results are a further significant improvement and fully justify the College’s position in the top 15% of all Sixth Form providers nationally.

Principal, Paul Britton, said:

“These results really are excellent.  It is so pleasing to know that our students have achieved the results they need to progress onto the exciting course or career they have planned.  These results will help them through the rest of their lives and they should be proud of the impressive levels of effort, determination and ability that they have demonstrated.

The results also reflect the tremendous work of all of our staff.  The care, support and guidance offered at Wyke continues to be outstanding.  Staff at Wyke consistently show their expertise in bringing the best out of each and every student.  Sixth Form students are our sole focus and the students at Wyke show what can be achieved when the right teaching, support and facilities are there for them.

As the largest A-level provider in the region, I am absolutely delighted with the remarkable number of students achieving the top grades and I know that our College will continue to provide the best possible education for the widest range of young people. 

I’ve had such an enjoyable first year at the college.  We are very pleased with these results, an excellent step towards achieving our ambition of being the best Sixth Form College in the country.”

Mr John Wilson, Chair of the Wyke Sixth Form College Corporation, added:

Once again our students have achieved a fantastic set of results.  I congratulate them for their hard work and wish them well for the future.  Thanks must go to all the teaching and support staff for their hard work and dedication.”

Paul Britton

Principal

 

Wyke Sport, PE & Dance Team wins Silver Teaching Award in UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”

By | Course News, Dance, On Campus, Physical Education, Sport

Selected from thousands of nominations, The Wyke Sport, PE & Dance Team is just one of the Silver Award winners from across the entire country who celebrated today, on “Thank A Teacher Day”, as the Pearson National Teaching Awards marks its 21st year of celebrating excellence in education.

The award-winning Team were presented with the prestigious Pearson Silver Teaching Award trophy this morning to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

The award is truly deserved. Each member of the Team continue to go above and beyond for every single one of their students. The impact of all of their hard work has been evident in outstanding student grades and progression (along with the array of medals in the trophy cabinets!)

Outside of the curriculum, the Team put on a wide range of sporting enrichments which have excellent student engagement. Wyke has 5 male football teams, 5 netball teams, 2 women’s football teams, rugby league and union teams plus 3 teams in basketball. Students also regularly compete in badminton and cross-country. Add to this, the recently formed dance team and yoga classes. The Team have also introduced many positive initiatives into the wider College such as the recent Health MOT’s made available to all students and staff.

Community engagement is also a priority with visits to local primary schools, helping to improve their sporting experience, along with raising money for various charities.

The Team has now been shortlisted to win one of just 13 Gold Awards at the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers” – a glittering event held at the Roundhouse on the 20th October. It will be broadcast on BBC2 the following week, on 27 October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” as a showcase of excellence in education.

Congratulations Team Wyke!

Summer Work 2019

Wyke Start Update

By | Course News, News, On Campus

If you have sent back your Wyke Start Choices form, thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Wyke Start. We will send you a text or email to confirm that we have received your form. If you have not yet returned your form, it’s not too late but please send it back as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Please read through the information below which provides some more information about Wyke Start.

Financial Support information for 2019-20 is available on the College website under Financial Support, which is accessed via the “Parents” tab. Please refer to the website and if you think you may be eligible to apply, complete an application form which is available to download from the website or by request from the main office.

The College will be providing a total of thirty one bus and minibus services to a host of locations in Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire. Maps and timetables of all services can be found at www.wyke.ac.uk. Students will need to make sure they know which number they are on and catch the same service on the way home. All College transport services are free during Wyke Start and students who cannot access one of the College bus routes and who use other forms of public transport to get here will be reimbursed at the end of Wyke Start. Please ensure that any tickets are retained in order to be reimbursed.

If there any access or mobility concerns about transport please contact us. Important information regarding how to purchase annual, termly or half-termly passes will be sent out at the beginning of August when we confirm enrolment interview appointments.

During Wyke Start we will be carrying out some of the administrative tasks that form part of the enrolment process. Students will have a digital photograph taken for their College ID. Details will be provided on the first day about this, and about where to have photographs taken.

Activities – students will have the opportunity to take part in lunch-time activities throughout Wyke Start. These activities will be promoted in a leaflet issued on the first day and will include a range of careers information events and activities within subject areas.

Overseas event – an information event is taking place on Tuesday 2nd July between 5.30pm and 7.00pm.

A reminder will be sent by text message (or e-mail if a mobile number is not available) shortly before Wyke Start to let students know which room to report to on the first day. Students need to arrive at the College each day for 9.00am and individual timetables will be issued. A pen and notebook should be brought, together with money for snacks, bus fares etc. A free lunchtime BBQ is provided on the Tuesday. Kit is also required if PE, Sport or Dance classes are being taken. Subject specific information is available for certain subjects in the booklet that was mailed out an is also available on the Wyke Start section of the website.

Please check that you have

  • Checked the transport arrangements for the first day of Wyke Start

(see www.wyke.ac.uk )

  • Made a list of any additional items to bring.
Results Day 2015

Wyke take the Honours

By | Course News, News, On Campus

Of the 350 Wyke students who graduated from university in 2017-18, over 80% gained a first class or upper second class honours degree.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) report confirms that students from Wyke achieved higher degree classifications then their peers from school sixth forms. Wyke is the ideal stepping stone for students who are looking to study a degree. Last year, over 75% of level three students applied through UCAS, with over 70% confirming their place on A-level results day.

Great students, great teachers and fantastic outcomes!

Celebrating 30 years of Wyke

By | Course News, News, On Campus

This summer, Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating its 30 year anniversary.

We are holding a celebratory event to mark this special occasion. The event will include live music performances with top hits from across the years, guest speakers, a bar selling cocktails, prosecco, beer, wine and soft drinks, a fresh stone-baked pizza van, throwbacks and more. It also marks the launch of our brand new Alumni community.

Join us on the evening:

Date: Friday 28th June 2019

Timings: 7.00pm-10.00pm

RSVP: If you would like to attend, please email 30years@wyke.ac.uk stating your full name, year you worked/studied at Wyke or your relationship to the College.

We look forward to welcoming you on the evening!

Stuart Lilford

A Level Media Studies Conference Day

By | Course News, IT & Computing, Media, News, On Campus

The Wyke Media Department welcome Hull University academic Stuart Lilford to the college this week. Stuart, who lectures in Game Design, will be discussing issues of media regulation, censorship, age certification together with legal and ethical considerations in game development, to A level Media Studies students.

Before taking up his post at Hull, Stuart worked for a number of prestigious companies, such as Rare and Codemasters. He also developed his own gaming titles. Time Stone, a point and click adventure game that won the 2013 Adventure Game Studio Award for Best Short Game, and Splodey Vaders, is a mobile game available on Android.

Read more about Stuart’s independent games development company at https://scared-square-games.itch.io/

 

Digital Skills Conference

Digital Skills Conference

By | Course News, IT & Computing, Media, News, On Campus

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.”

A Level Film Studies

Extra Work For Film Students

By | College Trips, Course News, Film Studies, Media, News, On Campus

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.

Employers

Excellent Employer Engagement

By | Accounting, Applied Science, Business, Course News, Graphic Design, Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, Law, Media, News, On Campus

Whilst over 70% of students progress onto university when they leave Wyke, an increasing number are looking at the opportunities offered through Higher Apprenticeships. Many nationally recognised companies run these schemes that are targeted at recruiting future employees with A levels and level three BTEC qualifications. The most sort after programmes guide students to a sponsored place at university and a professionally recognised qualification.

Wyke work in partnership with many employers across the region and understand the importance of making our students aware of the many different job roles and opportunities that are available.  We want to help our students to understand that there are some great companies to work for and we are continually developing ways to engage with them.

Employers face increasing demands to engage with education and there are many reasons why they want to get involved, the main one being to actually meet our students and realise that they may be talking to their future employee.

We are continually building solid and long lasting relationships with our local employers and work with over 100 on a regular basis with activities such as work experience, employers coming into the college to give industry talks and also talk about their own career path, our students are given the chance to visit employers to be able to observe and understand what goes on. Below are some of the examples of our students having a taste for what the world of work is really like.

G F Smith – Students were invited into G F Smith who are a paper product manufacturer and offer high end bespoke paper based products, the students were there for the full morning, to get a real feel for how each department works in their business and what they actually do on a day to day basis.  A member of each department was on hand to talk to the students and explain their role in detail.

M & W Construction – Students were invited to look around the construction site of the RB Centre for Scientific Excellence arranged by M & W Construction.  They spoke to lots of different people throughout the morning who gave them real life stories of the job roles they carried out such as architect, civil engineer etc.

The Centre will house a new industry-leading healthcare development facility and after visiting the centre, many of our students said they could see themselves in the future working in the laboratories.

IT @ Spectrum – is a huge supporter of helping our students understand the nature of their business and how they can become part of their organisation.  Tim Davison, Commercial Director, is very passionate about working with our students to inform them about their organisation and what they are looking for when they recruit their new employees.  They offer work experience, but also encourage students to come to their facility and have a look around and ask questions about what they do.  Students have attended a coffee morning with Tim for a general chat and at the end did say to students that this was their first interview!

BAe Systems – also supports our students, not only with work experience, some of Wyke ex-students that are now apprentices with BAe Systems come in and talk to our student about what their role on the site.  When student have completed work experience, they have to give a presentation to staff and parents about what they have been doing.

KPMG – also encourages ex-students to share stories about their journey with the organisation and the many different job roles available.

Students also attend sector specific events, such as the “hands on Health” day hosted by the Careers and Enterprise Company.  Students that have an interest in working within the health sector took part in interactive activities from various health departments. The activities ranged from pathology, nursing to nuclear medicine and pharmacy. The aim of the event was to inspire students and find out about the different careers, some which they may not have previously considered.

For further information please contact Vicky Riseham on Tel 346347 ext 522 or vicky.riseham@wyke.ac.uk