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MP Letter

Keeping the Show on the Road

By | Community, News for Parents, On Campus

Wyke has received a supportive letter from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education.

An extract from his letter reads, “I am aware of the challenges that everyone in the further education sector and all those educating young people and adults over 16 years old are facing. I want to express my deepest gratitude for the absolutely vital service that you are providing to young people, adults, and of course your local communities – for which I know colleges and further education institutions play a central role.

In a week of unique circumstances, one thing that hasn’t surprised me is the resilience, resourcefulness and real commitment of you all. Your sector has not only risen to the challenge, its expertise and ingenuity has shone through – using creativity and technology to keep the show on the road for the thousands of learners who rely on you.

On behalf of the Prime Minister and the entire Government, thank you once again for all your work.”

World Book Day

Leave A Book You Love

By | Course News, English, News, On Campus

The English department at Wyke are encouraging students to share their passion for reading.

On World Book Day which take place on Thursday 5th March, students have been asked to bring in a book they have loved, add a note saying why they love it (either written inside the front cover or inserted on a slip of paper), and leave it somewhere in college to be found by someone new.

Jenny West, Head of English Literature, said, “Finding a real book, left by a real person who loved it, could really make someone’s day, or more.”

Discover more about our excellent English department at the next open event, Saturday 29 February, 9.00am-12.00pm.

Diana Johnson

Diana Johnson Returns to Wyke

By | Community, Course News, Government & Politics, History, News, On Campus

We would like to thank our local MP Diana Johnson for visiting our College this afternoon.

During her visit, Diana spoke to our A Level Government & Politics students about her journey to becoming Hull’s first woman MP, her involvement in campaigning for issues such as the contaminated blood scandal which was then followed by a Q&A session with our students.

Pete Carpenter, teacher of History and Politics said; “thank you Diana for your time today and for discussing a wide range of political topics with our students from the impact of protest groups to Donald Trump! What was discussed today will really benefit our students in their study of both UK and US politics.”

Radio 1

Let’s Talk About Sex

By | Media, News, On Campus

Today BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat’s Nesta McGregor visited Wyke to interview students about their experiences of sexual health education in school.

The news programme, which is aimed at a target audience of 16-24 year olds, is broadcast worldwide via BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1XTRA and the BBC Sounds app.

Six students, Joe, Arthur, Tyler, Ryan, Nadia and Meg, were interviewed about their thoughts on sexual health education lessons and what they think could be done to improve them.

Nesta’s visit comes after a joint report by the Terrence Higgins Trust and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, claimed that spending on sexual health education in England has been cut by 25% since 2014.

It follows on from the announcement that sexual health education will become a statutory feature in all schools and colleges in England in September 2020, in accordance to the proposals made in March 2017 by then Education Secretary, Justine Greening.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Nesta for taking the time to come and speak to our students.

flyers forum

Flyers Forum

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Creative Media, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Law, Mathematics, Music, News, On Campus, Physchology, Physics, Religious Studies, Spanish

The next whole Flyers’ meeting is on Thursday 13th February at 12:40pm in the Theatre. Attendance is compulsory for all Flyers’ students.

Topics to include; deeper reading, raising aspirations, aiming for high grades, applying to Russell Group universities & Oxbridge, amongst other relevant topics.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Make It Happen!

German students speaking

Study German at Wyke

By | Course News, German, News, On Campus

Here at Wyke we have an excellent Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department, offering A Levels in French, German and Spanish.

Studying an MFL is a hugely rewarding experience which will seriously broaden your horizons, whether you choose to study at university, undertake an apprenticeship or progress straight into employment.

So why choose to study A Level German at Wyke?

We’ve compiled a list of the top five reasons to select German as one of your A Level options:

  1. DESTINATIONS: Did you know that 91% of our A Level German students’ progress to university? Studying an A Level in German gives students the opportunity to study a vast array of university subjects, such as: Law, Maths, Primary Education, Engineering, Dance, Politics and Journalism. Two of our students even went on to read both German & French at the University of Cambridge.
  2. RESULTS: Our A Level German students achieve fantastic exam results. In the last seven years we have had a 100% pass rate. In 2019, 91% of our students achieved A*- C grades, with a further 74% achieving A* – B grades.
  3. EMPLOYABILITY: Studying German opens up a huge range of employment opportunities. Languages are important to businesses and they also show that you can demonstrate your ability to perform under pressure, as well as highlighting that you have great listening and multi-tasking skills and a sense of cultural awareness. Previous students have gone on to work at large-scale companies such as Barratt Homes, as well as a major FTSE 200 company in their internal and external marketing department.
  4. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES: The A Level German course offers a fantastic range of enrichment activities to support your studies, from the option to apply for the 2-day Linguastars residential university visit, to our annual inter-departmental trip to Berlin. Both visits are always a huge success, giving our students the opportunity to hone their language skills and experience the culture and history of modern Germany.
  5. TOP TUTORS: You will be guided through your studies under the fantastic tuition of Heather Lorch. Heather has 20 years of teaching experience and has been with us for seven years. She is hugely popular with our students and particularly enjoys teaching German grammar and discussing German history. Heather is aided in the classroom by Language Assistant Gabi, who is a native speaker of German and has been with us since 2014. You will attend a 30-minute session with Gabi each week in order to help you practice your German speaking and listening skills, therefore allowing you to expand your vocabulary.

Ready to find out more?

Why not visit us on our next Open Evening on Thursday 23rd January 2020 5:30pm – 8:00pm?

We look forward to meeting you!

#MakeItHappen

top 5 reasons

Top 5 Reasons to Visit our Open Event

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, Economics, French, German, Music, News, On Campus, Religious Studies, Spanish

Our next Open Evening takes place on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 5.30pm-8.00pm.

If you have not applied yet, or need a bit of extra help in making a decision regarding your next steps here are our Top 5 reasons to come along;

  1. Visit our beautiful university style campus
  2. Visit our wide variety of subjects and speak with specialist A Level and BTEC teachers
  3. Catch one of our Principals Welcome Talks
  4. Chat with current students about their experiences at Wyke
  5. Feel well prepared to join us in September 2020!

#MakeItHappen

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!