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Leading the Way in Continuous Professional Development

By | Course News, Uncategorised

Achieving results that place Wyke in the top 10% of sixth form colleges nationally is not only a result of the hard work and dedication of our students but of the continuous development of teaching practices.

Specialist A Level and BTEC teachers at Wyke have recently completed their second full day of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with a focus on Metacognition and Self-Regulation.

The CPD investigates strategies to challenge and support our students to plan, monitor and evaluate their own learning more effectively. The impact of this on student outcomes has been backed by extensive educational research (Education Endowment Foundation toolkit suggests + 8 months progress).

Teachers on Wyke’s Lead Learner Programme also continued with their exploration and implementation of evidence informed teaching, learning and assessment guided by previous training from Prof. Stuart Kime of The University of Durham.

The group of 20 teachers used an improvement model based on data analysis, quality assurance information, learner voice and student voice to identify an outcome to improve. Following this, they used a deep investigation of research material to find possible solutions and strategies. After planning and carrying out an implementation plan the teachers decided on a method to evaluate their initiative.

This bespoke approach allows hard working teachers to work even more ‘smartly’.

Our Lead Learner projects are diverse, ranging from live marking in Economics and dual coding in English to the use of cognition and memory for learning techniques in History.

We also believe that it is never too early to engage with research. That’s why we have a well-established development programme for newly qualified teachers/ recently qualified teachers which is rooted in evidence from planning a sequence of lessons to motivating students.

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!

Economics

“Since studying Economics, I can’t look at the world the same way!”

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics, Uncategorised

Economics is a contemporary, dynamic subject that at its core allows you to gain a much deeper understanding of the world around you and news stories ranging from the price of milk to Brexit and whether more should be done to address plastic pollution. It is a subject that is prestigious and highly respected by HE and employers as you will need to display mathematical skills in analysing data and using diagrams to illustrate cause and effect relationship. Furthermore, your written skills are exhibited through essay writing on key economic issues such as The USA-China trade war and the recent collapse of Thomas Cook.

Economics also delivers fantastic career prospects, Economics graduates gain some of the most highly paid salaries especially in areas of banking, finance and insurance. If you wish to make a difference, past students have worked in developing countries on economic and development programmes and Economics provides an excellent grounding for Accountancy and Business Management professions.

Lessons are lively involving debate, student teaching, group activities and problem solving.

Read what some of our current 2nd year student have to say:

“Since starting studying economics I Can’t look at the world the same way. It makes you think about how the world works as it all runs on economics. The teaching standard is excellent. Staff really are willing to work and help you at all times which is important as economics challenges you.” Jacob Park, Market Weighton School

“Despite being anxious in the beginning of such an unfamiliar subject, I am so pleased that I stuck with the course. Economics has enabled me to debate and discuss problems and topics that are occurring in the real world. To think how much progress I have made from the start of the first year can be credited to the teaching staff who provide great support in and out of lessons.” Lauren Barley, Baysgarth School

“I enjoy economics because it explains things that happen every day in the real world and although it’s an unfamiliar subject you get a lot of support and it’s really interesting.” Lilli Mortimer, Newland School for Girls

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The Face of EY

By | Accounting, Course News, Uncategorised

Izzy Furness, former Beverley High School student joined EY’s Apprenticeship Programme in 2018 shortly after completing her study programme at Wyke.

Izzy developed a passion for Accounting during her two years on Wyke’s A Level Accounting course and soon decided that this was a career she would like to pursue.

Inspired by her Accounting teacher, Izzy kick-started her career at EY one of the big 4 Accountancy firms. From attending Discover EY in London to the EY Business Academy in Edinburgh, Izzy decided to join the Assurance Apprenticeship Programme in Hull and enjoys every moment of it.

“I heard about EY through my College teacher who discussed the Discover EY programme. After being successful through the process, I attended an event in London which gave me a taster of EY. I then applied to the EY Business Academy which is one-week paid work experience and I chose to do this in Edinburgh! On completion, I thought about my options and what route to take and after being successful at final interview with a partner in the Hull office, I began my career there.

My role entails working in teams with a range of different levelled staff to, in short, check/inspect all the financial information of our clients. This means most of our time is spent on a client site.

I’m most looking forward to progressing within EY. Experiencing the new opportunities that different levels and roles will give me, along with passing all my exams and becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant!”

As part of Wyke’s Alumni Programme, Izzy has also returned to the College on numerous occasions, helping to support and inspire our current students.

You can find out more about Accounting at Wyke at https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/accounting/

To read more about Izzy’s journey visit: https://ukcareers.ey.com/students/locations/hull

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.

“You could have a heart of stone and Paris would still melt it”

By | Course News, English, French, Geography, German, News, Uncategorised

Whether it’s the buzz around the iconic Eiffel Tower, the spare, tranquil beauty of the Place de la concorde, or the Sacre Coeur, you could have a heart of stone and Paris would still melt it.

The trip was an opportunity to experience this beautiful city in its fullest sense: whether by foot or by Metro, we saw famous landmarks and uncovered hidden gems.

Those students studying French, got lots of practical experience, speaking French whenever possible. (One particularly moving day was when students translated Charles de Gaulle’s address to the French people inscribed at the Arc d’Triomphe.) French-speaking was optional for English students, whose focus was to explore the context behind some of the texts we study in our Paris Anthology.

So, if you like the idea of eating crepes, soaking up the view from the Eiffel Tower, or having a Dan Brown-inspired dash through the Louvre museum (OK, more of a gentle walk, really), then you would probably have enjoyed the Paris trip as much as we did!

Jamie Farrow, English Teacher and Head of Faculty

Wyke’s Student Media Teams First Magazine!

By | News, Uncategorised

You may have noticed Wyke’s new Student Media Team busy around college over the last few months.

The student media team is a new enrichment activity at Wyke. Students with an interest in any aspect of the media can get involved in the team alongside their academic programme.

The team consists of photographers, journalists, videographers, editors, social media managers and graphic designers who work together to report on all of the latest news and events from across the college.

Student News includes features on trips to New York, Berlin and Poland, an interview with our Netball Team and much more. The magazine is a product exclusively designed, edited and publicised by our students.

Have a read of the first edition here: http://bit.ly/2O9MAjP

Outstanding Support, Outstanding Outcomes

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Law, News, Uncategorised

What courses did you study at Wyke?

Accounting – B

BTEC Business – Distinction*

Applied Law – Distinction*

Did you enjoy your College experience?

I really enjoyed my college experience.

College for me was a time of significant change in my life, I made lots of new friends, with whom I created a lot of great memories. For the first time I began to enjoy education and take it much more seriously, I think the driving factor behind this was a great network of teachers who were very knowledgeable and brought their personalities and life experience into the role which made the classroom a better place.

What was your favourite subject?

My favourite subject was Accounting. This was closely followed by Law. Both subjects are integral to the society in which we live, which made them that much more interesting to learn because I felt like I was learning more about how the law and economics of society functions around me whilst studying.

What was your highlight of College life?

A single highlight of my college life is extremely hard to pinpoint, I woke up every morning feeling positive and looking forward to the day ahead and there are times in life were that doesn’t happen, so I don’t think it can be understated how important that was to the enjoyment of my 2 years at Wyke.

What skills/ knowledge did you take away with you that have helped post Wyke?

The greatest skills I obtained from Wyke were life skills, I left with a motivation to constantly improve myself, and I left with a wealth of stories from my teachers on their career paths through life, which helped me develop my own idea of what I might wish to do with my future. In addition to this I left Wyke with people who I consider now to be lifelong friends, and who I still regularly catch up with now almost 4 years later.

Did you have any barriers to overcome whilst studying with us?

My biggest struggles during my time at Wyke occurred in my personal and home life. I come from a disadvantaged background, and during my A Level education I found myself with nowhere to live and facing the possibility of homelessness.

Luckily, I had many friends around me who offered up a sofa to sleep on, and I received help from a particularly caring and pro-active member of support staff within the college, who managed to organise financial aid for me as well as a permanent place to live. She went to extra mile to ensure I would be OK. Without that help at the time my situation today could be very different.

 What did you go on to do after college?

After college I went to join EY, who are one of the biggest financial services firms globally, and for them I worked as an Auditor. After 2 years there I achieved a low-level professional accounting qualification known as CFAB and in order to open more careers in the world of finance I went on to start Uni at the University of Sheffield studying Accounting where I still am today.

What are your overall career aspirations?

After gaining some experience of the world of finance through Audit, I’m now planning to go into Tax Accounting, where I will have the choice of being self-employed or working as a tax advisor for another company.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years it’s that life can change very quickly, and if another opportunity presents itself that is of interest to me I’m not afraid to change course and try new things along the way, as long as I’m always gaining new skills, knowledge and experiences.

What advice would you give to current sixth form students?

My strong advice to any current sixth form students would be not to worry if you don’t have your career path planned out already.

Keep your options open by putting 100% effort into everything you do, and ensuring you’re constantly growing as an individual by gaining new skills and experience throughout life, eventually you’ll find yourself in a place you’re happy, which will lead you on a path to were you’re supposed to be rather than where you planned to be.

Life at Wyke with Isabelle Heath

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

Where did you go to School?

Wolfreton School

What are you currently studying at Wyke?

A Level Dance

Physical Education

Criminology

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I chose to study at Wyke due to the specialist A Level teachers, good facilities and wide variety of courses to choose from such as Dance and Criminology.

There is also a more mature approach to learning compared to school and it provides a new and exciting environment with lots of opportunities.

What is your favourite experience of Wyke?

My favourite experience of Wyke so far has got to be the Sports presentation as it is a really fun and inclusive event celebrating sporting achievements throughout the college.

Have you taken part in any of our enrichment opportunities and if so what do you enjoy about this?

Yes, in my first year I was involved in both the Netball first team and Dance team and I have followed the Dance team through to my second year. I really enjoyed both of these enrichments.

In your opinion, what is your greatest achievement at College so far?

Getting through to the Blackpool Winter Gardens semi-final competition in Dance has been my highlight. Wyke were the only college there, competing against professional Dance groups!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I am aiming to study a degree in Professional Dance in London at a Vocational College and then progress in a Dancing career from there.

What do you like to do outside of College?

Outside of College, I Dance at NAPA three days a week.

If you had to describe Wyke in one word, what would it be?

Exceptional.

Life at Wyke with Megan Coates

By | Biology, Course News, Criminology, Mathematics, News, Uncategorised

Our students get up to some pretty amazing things.

Read aspiring Forensic Scientist Megan’s case study, where she talks about her studies, ambitions for the future and volunteering trip to South Africa!

Where did you go to School?

Wolfreton School

What do you study at Wyke?

Biology

Maths

Criminology

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I wanted a fresh start rather than staying on at school.

I visited Wyke at a number of open days and I liked how it had a university style feel and that students have a lot more freedom and the opportunity to be more independent.

Unlike staying on at school, I also have specialist A Level teachers who are solely focused on you.

What is your favourite experience of Wyke?

I went on Wyke’s trip to South Africa where I was able to volunteer in disadvantaged areas for two weeks helping to improve living conditions for people there with other Wyke students and staff. This was in association with the charity Botshabelo – it was a fantastic experience!

Have you been involved in any of Wyke’s enrichment opportunities?

Alongside the volunteering trip to South Africa, I have been on quite a few subject trips for Criminology which have all been really interesting. I am also part of the Wyke’s Flyers Programme.

What is your greatest achievement at College so far?

Achieving an A in my Criminology course has definitely been one of my greatest achievements. I have also recently completed my UCAS application and believe I did this to the best of my ability too!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I’d love to go to University to study Biomedical Science and in the future branch out and specialise in Forensic Science.

What do you like to do outside of College?

I dance at my dance academy three times a week and participate in exams in various genres, pantomimes and shows.

If you had to describe Wyke in one word what would it be?

Inclusive

 

If you have been inspired by Megan or any of our other students case studies, come and find out more about Wyke at one of our upcoming Open Events.