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Excellent Employer Engagement

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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

Transformers: The Last Knight

King of the Screen

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If you’ve recently streamed the latest Transformers movie you may have spotted a former Wyke student in the cast.

Liam Garrigan plays the role of the legendary King Arthur in a scene narrated by Anthony Hopkins in the latest instalment of the global sci-fi franchise “Transformers: The Last Knight”. After studying A level Theatre Studies, History and English Literature at Wyke, Liam attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Soon after graduating from drama school Liam became a household name, playing the role of Nic Yorke in the BBC TV drama Holtby City. Since then he has appeared in a number of film, television and theatre productions in both the UK and USA.

In between his busy schedule, Liam finds the time to return to Wyke to offer advance to our current performing arts students. Drama teacher Andy Feetom says that having regular input from working actors is invaluable. “Alongside Liam, we have also had talks from other successful former Wyke students, such as Rob Aramayo (Harley and the Davidsons, Game of Thrones) and Marc Pickering (Sleep Hollow, Boardwalk Empire). The students really appreciate the opportunity to question former students who had been there and done it.”

At present, the Drama department are in the early stages of this year’s cross-college production, “P T Barnum, the Greatest Showman”. For further information on the college’s outstanding drama and performing arts provision, visit Wyke at our up-coming open events.

National Poetry Day

Poetry Celebration

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Students at Wyke will be celebrating National Poetry Day on the 4th October by hosting their own poetry reading in the Oak theatre.

Jenny West, Head of A level English Language and Literature, wants to extend the invitation to the whole Wyke community. “Anyone is welcome to come along and read their own poem, or a poem they love, or simply to listen and enjoy.  It’s free to attend.  The point is just to enjoy poetry!”

Jenny has also organised a poetry competition to coincide with National Poetry Day. It is open to all Wyke students and the brief is very open as the only restriction is length. The poems can be in any form but no longer than 45 lines. For added interest and independence, Jenny has invited Hull’s premier rap artist Chiedu Oraka to judge the entries.

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, the mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The celebration day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Royal Mail and of course Wyke Sixth Form College.

The Wyke Poetry competition deadline is 3rd October at 4.00pm. All entries should be emailed to jenny.west@wyke.ac.uk

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Wyke Sixth Form College Open Evenings

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Wyke is a true Sixth Form College, and we are dedicated to ensuring our students achieve the best of their potential whilst getting the most out of their time with us.

Our open events are the perfect way to get to know the college and find out what we have to offer. They are designed to help you make an informed decision about what to do once you leave school.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Speak to our A Level and BTEC teachers about the courses you are interested in;
  • Tour our fantastic university style campus;
  • Learn about our enrichment offering;
  • Find out about our extensive transport links including our Wyke buses; and
  • Discover what college life is like from our current students.

There’s no need to book, just come along on the day. You can come on your own or bring friends and family along.

 

Upcoming open evening dates:

Thursday 25th October 2018, 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Thursday 8th November 2018, 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Thursday 17th January 2019, 5.30pm – 8.00pm

 

Location

Wyke Sixth Form College, Bricknell Avenue, Hull, HU5 4NT

We look forward to welcoming you to Wyke Sixth Form College very soon.

RMS

So you want to be a doctor?

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Join Wyke Sixth Form College on Thursday 11th October as we team up with The Royal Society of Medicine to bring you the popular Medical Careers Day 2018.

The day offers students guidance from experts on why to choose a career in medicine and will cover a wide range of topics from the application process to the realities of medical life.

The event is aimed at year 11/12 students, although younger students are encouraged to attend if they believe it would benefit them from hearing more information on choosing a career in medicine.

What will you get out of it?

  • Advice on the application process
  • Interview training
  • Guidance on the different aptitude test
  • Tips on your personal statement
  • Advice on how to get the right work experience
  • Advice on the interview process
  • Tips on choosing the right medical school

Feedback from last year’s event was excellent, with many students saying that it helped them to decide whether they wanted to pursue a career in medicine.

The day also helped many of our own students with a record number of them securing places on medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine courses last year.

 When?

9.00am – 4.00pm, Thursday 11 October 2018

Where?

Wyke Sixth Form College, Bricknall Avenue, Hull, HU5 4NT

How much?

£15 per delegate

£8 reduced rate for Wyke Sixth Form College students

Find out more and register today at: www.rsm.ac.uk/events/smm01

We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting and educational day.

BSF

British Science Festival

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A large contingent of Applied Science students will be visiting the British Science Festival next week as this prestigious event comes to Hull for the first time.

The students will be attending two lectures held at the Hull University campus. “Space Medicine” looks how space exploration affects the health of astronauts. The second talk, “The Weight of Expectation”, explores the health debates surrounding the obesity crisis.

Both lectures are not only informative; they also directly link into the student’s assessment and qualification. One of the units on Applied Science, “How Scientists Communicate their Work”, is supported by the information available at the festival.

The British Science Festival is the longest-standing science Festival in the UK. Organised by the British Science Association, it grew out of the tradition of the annual meetings of the Association – first held in York in 1831, and annually at cities across the UK. The four-day event is one of Europe’s longest-established science festivals, which each year travels to a new part of the UK, bringing a vast array of events, performances and exhibitions with a scientific twist.

Working in partnership with the University of Hull and other organisations in the Humber region, the British Science Festival is a flagship event as part of Hull’s City of Culture legacy focusing on three key areas – energy and the environment; health and the medical sciences; and exploration, movement and discovery.

Paul Britton

Wyke Welcomes Paul Britton

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After yet another year of exceptional success, Wyke welcomes Paul Britton as the College’s new Principal. Paul replaces Jay Trivedy, who after guiding the College through a period of growth and academic achievement, retired from Wyke this August.

Paul was previously Vice-Principal at Nelson and Colne College in Lancashire, responsible for their outstanding advanced curriculum. As an Oxbridge graduate, Paul is passionate about education and the pathways it can open.

“I am extremely excited to be relocating to Yorkshire to help lead Wyke Sixth Form College to continue to offer exceptional sixth form education for the young people of Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

The College already offers a true ‘sixth form’ experience with high quality specialist teaching, a university style campus and a culture that fosters independence and encourages students to be themselves, which we will endeavour to continue with going forward. This is highly successful at supporting students to great destinations with very high numbers progressing to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities, including an unprecedented 8 students securing their Oxbridge offer this year.

I hope to help even more students make exceptional progress while studying at Wyke Sixth Form College, along with developing the wider personal qualities that ensures they truly stand out. Jay and the team have done a fantastic job; our next target will be to confirm our place as the highest performing provider of sixth form education in the country. I very much look forward to meeting you all in the autumn.”

GMB Thanks

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A level results day 2018 at Wyke was a national event. From 6.00am ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” broadcast live from the college campus as students nervously opened their results. In appreciation of the all the students and the their supporting family and friends, Wyke have received thanks from the GMB production team.

“Hello to all the students and staff at Wyke College, Hull.

I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who bravely opened their results this morning live on Good Morning Britain.

It was a pleasure to work with you all, and this morning’s coverage has already been shared online by some of the national papers.

I’m sure that everyone who read their results aloud on our programme will go on to do the most amazing things and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

On behalf of everyone at Good Morning Britain – Thank you again, and best of luck!”

Joe Patrick
Researcher | Good Morning Britain

If you missed the broadcast, here’s the YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAFDEprU2jg

 

Outstanding Results at Wyke Sixth Form College

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A level pass rate 99%.

100% pass rate in 22 subjects.

Yet again, students at Wyke Sixth Form College have shown a combination of talent and hard work to achieve outstanding success.  This, combined with superb teaching and the best possible facilities, has meant that 99% of students have achieved a pass grade at A-level with 22 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate.

At A-level, we have 116 students achieving the much coveted A* grade, and 848 students achieving an A*- B grade.  This represents just over 49% of the cohort.

We are delighted that 8 students have secured successful offers from Oxbridge and 9 students have achieved the grades to study dentistry, medicine or veterinary science.

Once again our BTEC results were outstanding with 57 students achieving 3 triple distinctions in comparison to 48 students in 2017.  This represents 79.5% of our Extended Diploma students.

Retiring Principal, Jay Trivedy, said:

“In a year in which there has been so much curriculum change, these are another set of excellent results for our College.  They reflect the tremendous work of all of our staff and it is a pleasure to be able to work with such wonderful students.  The care, support and guidance offered at Wyke continues to be outstanding.  I would also like to thank parents for their unstinting dedication.

The 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 one of the largest A-level providers in the region, I am absolutely delighted with the large 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.  We have consistently shown what can be done in the city.  It is an engine of confidence and achievement for the future.

I am especially pleased that our Oxbridge applicants and our medical applicants have been so successful.  However, I am delighted for all the students and their achievements.  I would like to thank the families and all staff who have been so supportive of our students.

These are my last set of results and it is a great way to leave our College.”

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.”

Jay Trivedy

Principal

16 August 2018

breakfast club

Breakfast Club Goes Viral

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BTEC Performing Arts at Wyke is always looking to break new ground and push the creative boundaries of theatre. One of the success stories of the last few years was the adaptation to stage of the iconic 80s teen-flick movie, “The Breakfast Club”.

In 2016 students pitched their proposal to Performing Arts teacher Andy Feetom. “The students were really keen to bring The Breakfast Club to the stage. To my knowledge, we were the first production group in the UK to run an adaptation of the film. The performance and feedback were amazing with the recording going viral on YouTube.”

The show ran for three consecutive days, with a matinee performance recorded for release on the College’s YouTube channel, WykeTV. The clip has now recorded nearly 9,000 hits and numerous positive comments. “I want to do this so bad I’m gonna ask next year when I sign up for acting if we can”, was the comment left by YouTuber mckennalorenmsp_

The cast included Alex O’Malley, former Malet Lambert student, who gained a Distinction* in Performing Arts alongside other A and A* grades, is currently on a gap year whilst he considers his future career options. Alex starred in the College productions of “Chicago” and “Our House”  as well as playing the teenage rebel Jon Bender in “The Breakfast Club”.

To watch the performance in full go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN_g3Pa9shc