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CSI WYKE

CSI:WYKE

By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, Criminology, News, On Campus

Interested in Forensic Science? It’s probably the most discussed profession at a Wyke applicant interview. Recently, our second year BTEC Applied Science Diploma students got an opportunity to experience the role of crime scene investigation at a mocked-up incident.

Wearing hazmat suits, latex gloves, visors and face-coverings, students spent the morning at the Atom pub in Beverley, collecting trace evidence and recording findings. This included samples of blood as well as gathering photographic and drawn evidence of footprints and fingerprint data. All their findings were then brought back to the College laboratories to analyse and identify the suspect.

“The sketches, photographs, evidence, and strategies done today will be included in the students written reports back at Wyke. They will also have to complete an analysis techniques report back at the College labs and review witness statements,” said Sophie Thompson, Head of Applied Science.

She added, “We decided to make this assignment an off-site visit so that students get a more realistic experience of working in the field”.

Find out more about our BTEC Applied Science courses at https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/applied-science/

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Wyke Records

Label Launch

By | Community, Course News, Music, News, On Campus

Wyke has created its very own record label to provide aspiring musicians with a platform to get their music out to the masses.

The Music department has launched “Wyke Records” to give learners studying on its creative music courses the chance to release their own music to the public.

Students signed to the label will see their songs added to leading music streaming platforms, including Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music, thanks to licencing and distribution rights arranged by the College.

The record label is coordinated by Digital Music Production teacher, Steve Cutler, who wanted to give students the opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience and gain professional experience of writing, recording and releasing music.

Steve said, “The College are so excited to be launching our own label. Doing so will go a long way to giving the amazing talent we have here the platform to showcase their music and grow their audiences.”

“Run” by “End of the Line” (EOL) is the label’s first release. The band have been a regular at the College’s open music enrichment, “Wyke Sesh”, and have gained a strong following amongst the student community.

Further releases are plan for the summer term. Visit our social media for updates.

Host Family

Host Families required for Study Programme

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

For the last seven years, a select number of sixth form colleges across the country have been welcoming a small group of Swiss students on a one-year study programme. The programme has been heralded as a great success for the colleges involved as well as the local communities.

From this September, Wyke College is excited to start welcoming a small group of Swiss students as part of this programme. We believe the experience will be of real benefit our local students.

For the programme to be a success, caring host families in Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire with access to Wyke Sixth Form College are needed. Students will be carefully chosen for and matched with the host families involved, who will inevitably enjoy being part of a supportive community network. All of this is managed by Ric Carby of Barnes Host Families.

A Principal from one of the colleges involved said; “Our Swiss guests bring so many different experiences and views with them, which is quite eye-opening for our own students and very beneficial. I think that the Swiss students also gain a great deal from their time here experiencing the local culture. Getting involved in the Swiss programme has been one of our best ventures in recent years and I hope it continues for many years to come.”

Moreover, local families really enjoy the experience of hosting the students as well as benefitting from the extra income. “Luna has enriched our family life and is a pleasure to have around. She has become a true friend and we enjoy sharing activities through fresh eyes.” says host Susan Holloway.

If you have a spare room and are interested in hosting a Swiss student from September for an academic year, please contact Ric on 07748 113782 or email ric@host-families.co.uk

Information about Barnes Educational Services can be found on their website http://www.barnes-educational.co.uk/

Beth Norton

Teeing off in Texas

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

At Wyke, so many students are successful beyond the classroom. Here’s one of them, former Howden School student, Beth Norton.

After completing her CTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Wyke, Beth is progressing to Western College, Texas, USA, where she’ll refine her golfing skills alongside studying for a Sports Science degree.  Western has an enviable reputation for developing the sports stars of the future having recently achieved a highly creditable 6th placing in a national US golfing tournament.

With the support of the Sports & PE department at Wyke, Beth’s timetable allows her to dedicate every Wednesday to golf practice and a programme of strength and fitness. The curriculum has also helped her develop her understanding of the anatomy of sport, a significant factor in achieving a competitive edge.

To discover more about the CTEC Sport programmes at Wyke, visit our course pages https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/sport/

View Beth’s recent interview on the College’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/wpXw3YHPH5c

Christmas Card

Christmas Spirit

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News for Parents, On Campus, Photography, Student Association

This year, Wyke doesn’t have one official Christmas card, it has five!

Each year, students are invited to submit their designs for the College’s Christmas card. As the response from the students was fantastic, and the quality high, it was impossible to select just one. From Banksy inspired traditional designs with a post-modern twist, to beautifully illustrated penguins performing amazing feats, everyone has their own favourite.

Congratulations to our winning students. Evie Spencer (Penguin with Christmas Tree) Maisie Hart (Bird), Ayah Moudares (Christmas Tree), Leia Tonkin (All I Want), and Isobel Smith (Penguin Bauble).

The brief asked the students to create a design that tackles the climate crisis but with a festive/seasonal theme. They were asked to consider how current climate change and environmental issues could be interpreted into the brief, whether it is through the visual imagery produced, a statement or the materials used.

The winning students will all receive prizes and their designs will be printed for sale from the Student Executive at £2.50 per pack of five, with proceeds donated to the Student Hardship Fund.

Paul Britton

Wyke Awarded £3.6M Capacity Fund

By | Community, Course News, News, News Bulletins, News for Parents, On Campus, Student Association

Yesterday, Wyke Sixth Form College was named as a post-16 provider to share a £83 million capacity fund to build facilities to accommodate a demographic spike in 16 to 19-year-olds. 

With the £3.6M allocation Wyke is planning to build additional classrooms, new student social spaces and a large careers hub. This financial award recognises the growing demand for places at Wyke. With a strong reputation for academic excellence, the College has doubled its student in-take to 2150 level three places over the last decade. The planned extension of the campus will allow Wyke to meet the pressure on places at the College. 

Principal Paul Britton announced the good news at a staff briefing. “We have been awarded a £3.6M investment into the College that will allow us to double the size of our canteen, house seven new specialist classrooms, and have a wonderful dedicated pastoral space including a new careers hub in the atrium. This means we can continue to meet the needs of students from the local area over the next 3-5 years.  It’s super news, it’s going to be hard work, but that’s very exciting.”  

The Sixth Form Colleges Association estimates there will be 260,000 additional 16- to 19-year-olds that will participate in education in the coming years. 

According to the Department for Education, the fund will also support the government’s drive to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with all successful colleges and sixth forms required to show how their projects will contribute to the target. 

Skills minister Alex Burghart said: “Every young person should have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to reach their goals and go on to have successful careers.  This investment will boost capacity so we can make sure there is a place for every 16 to 19-year-old, giving them access to the high-quality learning facilities they need to succeed.” 

DoE 2021

Truly Determined and Stoical

By | Classics, College Trips, Community, News, News for Parents, On Campus, Student Association

Qualifying Expedition for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

“Very proud of these young people… what they’ve done these past four days is truly determined and stoical, a great achievement after this crazy COVID time. Well done all of you!” The words of the accredited assessor perfectly summed up the successes of our fantastic fourteen students who had just completed their Gold expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh award. The look on their faces when the assessor told them they were members of this exquisite Gold club was priceless; so well deserved!

“I’ve gained so much confidence doing Duke of Edinburgh,” said one of our students with heartfelt emotion, thus highlighting one of the many reasons that students participate in this prestigious award. “Duke of Edinburgh makes you a more rounded person,” the assessor expressed, then added, “When my husband used to interview people, if they had D of E on their application, then it gave them something to talk about.”

One of the teams named themselves after Bob, who was a gorgeous little teddy bear with a dark brown fur coat acting as their mascot and being integral to the team’s aim. All teams need an aim. Bob was seen everywhere, being strapped to the belt of the student; on top of mountains, on trails upholding a laminated copy of the countryside code, helping a team member recover after an unfortunate fall into a muddy bog and being a much-valued member of the group. Team spirit was evident throughout.

For four days, walking just over forty miles and camping for three nights, our adventurous students had pitted their skills and cleverness against the bracing October cold and dampness; using their wits to solve navigational challenges on the bleak splendour of the stunning North York Moors that were donning their autumnal attire – golden leaves echoing the Gold award!

What an amazing accomplishment in such challenging circumstances! Our remarkable students worked hard for their Gold and truly deserved their success.

So, come and develop your skills and wits and earn your Gold! Contact Sarah.Thackray@wyke.ac.uk (manager of Duke of Edinburgh award) or office@wyke.ac.uk for more information.

Results day 2021

Results Day 2021

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

Record 10 students secure places at Oxbridge: 5 for Oxford / 5 for Cambridge

16 MDV placements: 5 for Veterinary Science / 10 for Medicine / 1 for Dentistry

185 students secure places at Russell Group universities

A truly sensational day for students at Wyke Sixth Form College, achieving remarkable results at the end of the most disrupted two years of education in memory.  Wyke students have shown remarkable resilience and determination to deliver work at the highest level despite the challenges of repeated lockdowns, remote working and great uncertainty about how they would be assessed.  Their sustained effort, supported by our exceptional teaching and pastoral teams, have led to the best outcomes and destinations in Wyke’s history.  More students have progressed to the most selective universities than from any other provider in the region with 10 students taking up places at Oxbridge, 16 moving on to courses in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science and a remarkable 185 securing places at Russell Group Universities.

With A*s in Criminology and Graphics and an A in Maths, former Baysgarth student Ben Gath has secured his place to study Architecture at Newcastle University. Ben came to Wyke with excellent GCSE grades which enabled him to join our Flyer’s programme, an enrichment group designed to support high achieving students. Ben said: “I’m really happy I got the results I wanted, so I’m ecstatic. I got two A*s and an A, and I needed three Bs to get into Newcastle. I’ve had loads of support from them, telling us about what they’re going to do next year.”

Alongside Ben, 184 other Wyke students secured places at world-class, research intensive Russell Group Universities.

Former Newland School student, Amy Atkinson, successfully gained her place at the Royal Veterinary College to study the Gateway to Veterinary Science course. Amy opened her results to reveal a B in Geography and Cs in Biology and Chemistry. She said: “I’m so excited, with everything that’s happened this year, there was no certainty in anything, and I was so nervous that I wouldn’t get in.”

Whilst at Wyke, former Trinity Academy student Will Huyton got involved with the PE and Sport department’s Pre-Physiotherapy enrichment programme, which is designed to give students an insight into the profession. Will was able to complete a work experience placement with local physiotherapy centre, Flex Health, in February this year. He gained four A*s across all his subjects, including Biology, Maths, Further Maths and PE, which secured his place to study Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This year, Wyke has also seen a record 10 students secure places at Oxbridge including former Withernsea High School student Ruth Chapman. All eyes were on Ruth as she opened her outstanding results of an A* in English Literature, an A* in English Language and an A in History which secured her a place to study Linguistics at The University of Cambridge. Ruth threw herself into all aspects of college life, worked exceptionally hard and was part of Wyke’s Oxbridge Programme.

Students on vocational courses have also gained fantastic results. Former Vale Academy student, Madison Friend, has secured a place at Manchester Metropolitan University to study Theatre and Performance. She achieved distinction star in both BTEC Performing Arts and BTEC Music Technology, alongside a C in A level Theatre Studies. Madison’s course has an option of a sandwich year after the second year with an opportunity to go and study in Seoul, South Korea. She said, “I can’t say I’m disappointed about going to study abroad and studying in South Korea is just amazing.”

Principal, Paul Britton said:

“I couldn’t be prouder of the achievements of our students.  They really have shown remarkable resilience and determination over the last two years and fully deserve these exceptional results.  No other year group has faced the challenge of working remotely, accessing the technology they need and dealing with the fear and isolation caused by the pandemic.  We can be very confident that this year group will go on to achieve great things, they have already shown that nothing will stand in their way.”

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.”

 

 

results day plans

Results Day 2021

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

We are really looking forward to meeting everyone on Tuesday, 10th August. Come along to the Wyke campus to celebrate results day 2021 with your friends, teachers, and support staff.

Here’s a detailed guide to our results days from Principal Paul Britton that has been emailed to all our leavers.

I’m looking forward to seeing those of you who are receiving results through this week.  We have the level 3 (A level and vocational) results day on Tuesday 10th August, followed by GCSE results day on Thursday 12th August. College is open so you can collect your results and the team will be available if any of you need support.

Level 3 Results Day

Results will be available to collect in the Oak building from 8.30am on 10th August.  You are welcome to bring family with you.   We ask you to pick up your results from the Oak building and then take them out to the courtyard to open them.  After that, please see the tutor team in the library to confirm your destination after Wyke.  Results will also be available on the Student Portal.

Should you need further advice and guidance, the tutor and careers team will be available to help you in the library.

Covid infection rates are still high in the local area so please do follow all the guidance we have become familiar with over the last year.  We recommend taking a test in advance and responding accordingly.  Hands, face, space are still the best ways of controlling the spread of the virus so please maintain good hygiene and keep your distance where you can.  We recommend that you wear a face covering when you are moving about inside and can’t guarantee that distance will be maintained however this is now a personal choice.  The event will be busy so please do your bit to look after each other.

GCSE results day

Results will available in the Oak building from 8:30. The tutor team will be there if you need further help given the outcomes.  The results will also be available on Student Portal.

If you are not happy with your grades

The first thing to do is to come and speak to our tutorial and careers team who will be able to help you consider all the options for your next step.

There will be the opportunity to resit exam courses in the autumn, a small number of students did this last year and were successful.  With the exception of Art and Design subjects, the assessment for the autumn 2021 exam series will consist entirely of written examinations.  There will be no coursework or non-exam assessment, and any coursework or NEA completed previously will not count towards the grade you are awarded. If you wish to be entered an examination, complete the form in your results envelope.  There will be no cost for this.

You can also appeal against the results.  However, you do need to be clear that, unless there was an administrative error, there is a high bar for results to be altered.  Teacher Assessed Grades will only be altered if they are ‘an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement’.  I expect that at least one grade higher or lower than the Teacher Assessed Grade is likely to be considered ‘reasonable’.  So, if you were awarded a C and you think you should have been awarded a B, it is unlikely that this would be overturned.  Full details, and the forms to be completed if you do wish to appeal, are available here: https://wyke.ac.uk/tags/.   There is no cost to an appeal.   You do need to be aware that your grade could go down as well as up.  Priority appeals are for those students who have not received the grades needed for their firm choice of university, these appeals need to be lodged by the 16th August.  Completed appeals forms need to be sent to tags@wyke.ac.uk.

The very best of luck to all of you, see you in the morning!

Paul”

 

 

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.