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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

webinar

Spring Re-Opening Webinar

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

Our Spring Re-Opening Webinar is now available to view online. The 40 minute presentation, hosted by Principal Paul Britton, guides you through the testing process, campus Covid safety expectations and also discusses the assessment and awarding process for our second year students.

Visit this link to view the presentation on the College’s YouTube channel. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Wyke.

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.

#MakeItHappen

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