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The Louis Mobbs Story

By | Accounting, Course News, Economics, Law, News, Physchology, Sport, Uncategorised

Recently, we contacted former Wyke student Louis Mobbs to chat about his post-Wyke life. It’s an inspirational story and really outlines what is possible if you really set your mind on achieving your goals. From his Hull secondary school, to Wyke, to Saint Peters USA on a soccer scholarship,  to a career in New York city; Louis’ story is great to read. So instead of editing and rewording, we’re publishing Louis’ email in full.

“I started Wyke in 2010 and finished in 2012. I studied Sports, Psychology, Accounting and Law. My original career choice was either to be a Lawyer or an Accountant as I enjoyed those classes most and the teachers were the ones I was closest too. They had the most influence on me and that’s where my interests lied at the time. I’ll always remember being in accounting with Nicola Baker and having banter about Man Utd and it was her approach to teaching made me enjoy it the most. When it came around to Uni decision time, I didn’t even apply to any universities. I decided that education wasn’t for me and instead of continuing into university, I started work as an accountant at an insurance broker. I soon grew to hate that also (not the job so much, just the 9-5, no ambition lifestyle more than anything) and it was around this time my football was somewhat hitting it’s prime.

I was just selected to play semi professional with North Ferriby and I was also just chosen to be the vice-captain for England Schools u’18s. This really propelled my footballing opportunities and the channels to global football. This is where I was linked to a ‘soccer’ scholarship program to play in the US. I signed up on a Tuesday, had a trial match in London on Thursday in front of 60 US coaches and by Friday had offers on the table for various colleges over the US. I had good connections with two specifically (Fairfield, CT & Saint Peters, NJ) due to players I played with at England choosing the same route and venturing to the US the year before I did. Both coaches came over to Hull to watch me at North Ferriby and I decided to go with Saint Peters. The college is in Jersey City which is a 10 minute ride into NYC, and that was enough to sell me into the move.

I was offered a full scholarship for a 4 year degree in economics, to live on campus and play as a center back. One week after accepting I broke my Patella (knee) and worried if I would be able to make it or if they would rescind the offer as a result. Luckily, I got back to fitness and left in the summer of 2013. I played the first 2 years as a center back before moving into center forward. My junior and senior year I was the captain for the team and was top goal scorer. Through out my collegiate career, I had many chances to play for professional teams and start on the ladder towards being a pro, but none worked out as I wasn’t willing to leave a degree and 100s of thousands of dollars behind to pursue – my goal was to stay in America and get a job I love in NYC. I did just that when I decided to get my real estate license and work for a start up brokerage firm selling and renting properties. One of the best things Ive ever done. I saw apartments, houses, penthouses etc that blew my mind. I attended viewings and parties of the mega rich and famous. This opened my eyes to the NYC life and from there I was addicted; I’m never coming home I told myself. Due to visa requirements, I then left to join an English based recruitment firm who had a NYC office and I’ve been with them since. I’ve since had a beautiful little girl, Alivya, and now live in my own apartment in Downtown Jersey City.

I would re-live my days at Wyke in a heartbeat. There was a feeling of acceptance and unity with Wyke that has never been matched in any endeavor I’ve had since. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some pretty great things since, but Wyke was always a milestone in my life that put me where I am today. It resonated from the upper management staff, through to coaches and assistants and into the teams. From football, to rugby, netball, basketball etc, we were all one, which is hard to find (especially in the US). At the time, Lucid, Julie, Ben, Mike and Gaffa were the ones I was closest to and they are the ones that make Wyke what it is. They respect you and push you – that’s everything you need in a coach/mentor. Wyke is certainly an era of my life that will be unmatched. The people I met, the things I/we accomplished, the friends I made, the memories I created, the lessons I learnt… all are some of the best. As cheesy as it is, they are definitely your best days. I still get excited thinking about some of the memories we had as a team there. My biased opinion is that our class of 2012 was a turning point for Wyke’s sports and where Wyke started to become a known name in most, if not all, sports.”

#ThankATeacher

#ThankATeacher

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Dance, Physical Education, Sport

Last year, the PE, Sport and Dance teachers at Wyke proudly won the Gold Award for “FE Teaching Team of the Year”. These prestigious awards are sponsored by Pearson Education, and backed by the BBC and the Department for Education.

In the build up to this year’s awards, The Teaching Awards Trust, who coordinate and celebrate excellence in teaching, are promoting “The Thank a Teacher Day” on 20th May.

The aim of the day is to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have with pupils, parents and the wider community, and show teachers how much they are valued.

We’ve all had a great teacher. They show a real interest in who we are, listen to our thoughts, inspire us to learn and encourage us to achieve our best, no matter what our goals are. The influence of a good teacher lasts a lifetime.

If you know someone who deserves a “thank you”, visit: https://bit.ly/2shxPAj. They’ll receive a lovely card in the post as part of the #ThankATeacher campaign. It will make their day and it’s free to do!

dance team

The Fab 4 Return to Liverpool

By | Awards, Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts, Sport, Uncategorised

Congratulations to our dance team, who this weekend successfully secured all 4 of their routines a place in the Grand Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition, which will take place at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena next month.

Wyke’s dance teachers said: “What an amazing weekend at That’s Showbiz. We honestly cannot begin to tell you how proud we are of you all, every single dancer was amazing. Finals here we come!”

Over the course of the weekend, the team received an astonishing nine trophies for their outstanding performances:

DAY 1 RESULTS
1st in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd place overall for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd in Hip Genre for ‘The Incredibles’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘The Incredibles’

DAY 2 RESULTS
1st in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
2nd place overall for ‘Ghost Town’
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
3rd in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
4th place overall for ‘Anatomical Metronome’

It is another fantastic achievement for Wyke’s dancers, who last year were crowned overall champions of this competition for their Contemporary routine “1942 Land Girls Struggle”. The team overcame tough competition from dance groups from over 200 dance schools across the country to bring home the trophy and £2,500 prize money.

This year’s Grand Final will take place on the 22nd and 23rd February 2020 and we wish our dancers the very best of luck in defending their national title!

Dancers at competition

The Incredibles

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts, Sport

On Saturday our national award winning dance team competed in the heat stages of the That’s Showbiz dance competition at Ellesmere Port and came home with an exceptional 9 trophies, with  4 routines successfully progressing into the semi final stages of the competition which will take place in Blackpool.

Heat 1 results:
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
3rd place overall in Senior category for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘ The Incredibles’
4th place overall in Senior category for ‘The Incredibles’

Heat 2 results:
Highest Mark in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Ghost Town’

Huge well done once again to all our dancers, bring on Blackpool! 👏

Our dance team will be performing all of these routines at our Christmas Showcase on 3rd December, see our event on our Facebook page for more details.

#MakeItHappen

Sport, PE & Dance Teachers

FE Teaching Team of the Year

By | Course News, Dance, News, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

Wyke Sixth Form College’s P.E, Sport and Dance Teaching Team have been recognised for their “inspirational work in education” at the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.

The Team were awarded Gold in the ‘National Team of the Year’ category at last night’s glamorous ceremony, hosted by BBC presenters Tina Daheley and Sean Fletcher.

Commended for going “above and beyond,” the Team were praised for the significant amount of hard work they put into the College, well beyond their timetable commitments.

The Team are a vital part of Wyke’s success, both inside and outside of the classroom; offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for students including our national award winning dance, rugby and football teams, trips around the world and a high level of dedicated support beyond lessons.

Delighted by the news, Principal Paul Britton said:

“What fantastic news! The staff and students in Wyke’s Sport, PE and Dance team are deserving winners of the Pearson National Teaching Award for FE team of the year.

With literally hundreds of students engaging in sports teams each week we were national semi-finalists in rugby and football, finalists in netball and national champions in dance.  In addition to exceptional sporting success, our students achieve consistently in the top 5% in the country for their main qualifications.  Perhaps most importantly, the team’s goal is to help all students develop the personal qualities that will ensure that they excel in their future careers.

An exceptional team and a great recognition for all their efforts.”

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday, October 26, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

There is also an opportunity to meet with the Team and find out about Wyke’s exceptional Sport offering at our Open Evening, Thursday 24th October, 5.30pm-8.00pm.

Want to become a personal trainer?

By | Course News, News, Physical Education, Sport

This year, Wyke’s Sport department are offering a brand-new Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer Qualification exclusively for students studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport course.

The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing is a foundation course, to be studied in the first year that provides a qualification recognised by employers as a necessity should you be considering a coaching/fitness-based career. Completion of the course will allow students to progress to the Level 3 Personal Training qualification in their second year of study, with Level 2 specialist qualifications including Kettlebells, Circuits, Studio Cycling and Group Exercise available at a discount through our external training provider.

For more information, there will be a talk in Elm 2 on Friday (6th September). The full information regarding the course cost and times are available on the document below.

Personal Trainer Level 2 qualification information

Andy Takes Silver

By | Awards, Course News, Physical Education, Sport

Congratulations to Andy Dunne, Sport & PE teacher at Wyke, on winning a BTEC Silver Teaching Award.

The judges recognised Andy for his clear passion for sport and a significant contribution to the life and study of others. They also acknowledged his “above and beyond” commitment and his involvement in extracurricular activity.

This year, Andy is helping with the Wyke Kilimanjaro expedition, accompanying students to Thailand and assisting student in achieving their DofE qulaification. All of this is alongside teaching a full timetable and coaching the college’s 5th football team.

Toni Knight, Head of Sport, PE & Dance siad, “Well done Andy, this award is well deserved. The students and staff all recognise the amount you contribute to college life. You certainly have taken your teaching and enrichment roles to another level – the students really appreciate all that you have done for them.”

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!

Successful Year for Wyke’s Netball 1st Team

By | Course News, News, Physical Education, Sport

Our netball first team travelled to the University of Nottingham this weekend to compete in the Association of Colleges (AoC) National Netball Championships.

The AoC is the leading organisation for college sport and physical activity in 16+ education. The event saw over 1,800 competitors from colleges across the UK compete in 13 different sports.

Our netball first team performed exceptionally well, coming away with 5th place overall.

The teams coach Debbie Brettell praised the team’s excellent performance; “Our team have trained really hard and have had a very successful year competing in cups and getting through to many finals. The team competed in three rounds to get through to the AoC finals. It was the first year Wyke has ever made it to through to the championships so they have done an amazing job – they are such a good team.”

A big congratulations to Team Wyke for all of your hard work and achievements and well done to all of the other colleges who took part in this national competition.

1942 Dance

Wyke Win National Dance Title

By | Awards, Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Sport

The Wyke College Dance Team are celebrating taking the “That’s Showbiz” dance competition by storm, winning four category awards and picking up the ultimate accolade of National Champions.

Our team of 22 dancers began their long journey to the finals back in 2018, competing in two regional qualifying rounds. Over 6000 dancers participated in this highly regarded competition, from over 200 dance schools and academies. Wyke were the only sixth form college to compete in the finals, held in the Liverpool Arena.

Whilst patiently waiting back stage, Toni Knight, Head of Dance at Wyke, nervously predicted that “this could our year”. The judge’s feedback from the qualifying rounds had been very positive and Wyke took to the stage as one of the favourites to take the national crown.

“Arachnophobia” and “1942 The Land Girls Struggle” won awards in their respected genres but it was the award of the National Champions trophy to Wyke Sixth Form College for “1942 The Land Girls Struggle” that really topped the day.

Deputy Principal Julie Peaks said, “I’m very proud of everyone involved and so happy to have been part of the day. Eden Walker and Daisy Betts have both done a fabulous job as Dance Captains.Thank you also to Toni Knight and Laura Bulless for making this happen. What a fab, nerve wracking and emotional day. Just fantastic!”

After collecting the £2500 prize money and National Trophy, student dancers Keziah Dean and Daisy Grannon were both overwhelmed. “We’re are all extremely proud of everyone involved, we’ve all worked really hard”, commented Daisy. Keziah added, “We must be favourites to win the Wyke College Team of the Year at Wyke Sports Presentation, bring it on!”.