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Meet our Music Students: Joe

By | Music, Uncategorised

Last week, we caught up with Joe in his first year A Level Music class. Joe impressed us with his excellent cello performance and gave us an insight into passion for Music.

What School did you go to?

I went to Kelvin Hall School.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?

My study programme at Wyke consists of A Level Music, A Level Geography and BTEC Applied Science.

Tell us a little bit about your interest in Music…

I was asked to try out an instrument in Year 3 and I persisted with it and it has now payed off. I have developed a passion for classical music and composers.

In addition to this, I always see my teacher as my inspiration, I’d love to be as good as, if not better than them at some point in the future.

Why did you decide to study Music at Wyke?

I knew that this course would allow me to develop upon my existing knowledge of Music and I was also keen to learn new things. Both of these things will help me to do well in my exams.

What do you enjoy the most about your Music lessons?

My favourite part about the lessons is the people, the students are friendly and so are the staff which all makes for a great environment for learning.

Do you take part in any Music enrichments in your spare time?

I’d like to take part in the choir once this starts at Wyke in the New Year.

What is your favourite piece of Music/ Artist/ Composer?

My favourite composer is Bach and Vivaldi and Mozart. In terms of favourite Music, I like all types of music.

Thank you Joe! It is great to hear about your interest in Music and we are excited to follow your journey and see where this takes you.

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“Enjoy Virtual Wyke Start as this is a completely unique experience for you”

By | Course News, Uncategorised

Current student, Mikey has nearly completed her two year study programme with us and kindly shares her experiences as a Wyke student along with giving some invaluable advice to upcoming students about Wyke Start and on how to get the most out of your college experience.

What is your study programme at Wyke?

A Level Sociology, WJEC Criminology, A Level Photography and an Extended Project Qualification

What has been your favourite part of college life?

My favourite part of college life has been the lessons. You get so much support from your teachers and you’re able to develop a good relationship with them. In every class, there is a mutual respect between the students and it’s a wonderful learning environment; you don’t feel awkward or nervous to put your hand up and say something and you make good friends with others in your lessons. I always love coming out of every lesson having learnt something that was genuinely interesting and always looked forward to my next lesson.

Tell us a little bit about a subject you are really passionate about.

Within Sociology, you can debate and talk a lot with other people about the topics you are studying. You are able to give your own opinions and thoughts on theories, and often you’re able to apply what you have learnt to a real life scenario. For example, with the education topic you can look around college and see that content in action. It changes your perspective on multiple parts of everyday life and this was especially exciting for me as I found myself connecting what I had learnt to real life situations. Sociology is all about the real world and you see it come to life around you which makes it really fun. 

Have you taken part in any enrichments at Wyke? 

I travelled to London with the Sociology Department. We travelled to London to go to a Sociology conference and this gave us an advantage as some theorists we learnt about were speaking at the conference.

To see the theorists you learn about talking about their research in real life gives you so much more valuable information for you to use in the course and it was a fascinating experience.

We also saw the musical Matilda which related to the childhood topic; as you were watching, you would find yourself picking up on different sociological concepts shown as part of the story, and it reinforces the idea that sociology is everywhere around us.

I also travelled to Washington DC which gave me a completely unique outlook on Beliefs in Society as I was able to witness ‘civil religion’ first hand amongst other concepts we had learnt in the classroom.

Do you have any future aspirations?

Starting in October I will be studying with the Open University. I will be studying towards an Open Degree with Sociology as one of my chosen modules. I loved studying at Wyke and I was very passionate about the subject’s I studied, which is why I chose to continue studying them at degree level. Interestingly, one of the theorists we learn about in Crime and Deviance is part of the Open University team; knowing that is part of the reason I chose this university. My teachers at Wyke truly believed in me and pushed me to achieve, and they are part of the reason I hope to study a PGCE after finishing my degree.

What did you find helpful about Wyke Start?

 Wyke Start was what helped me to decide on my courses definitively. It was hard to decide before having a taster lesson in the particular subjects and it made me excited to start in September.

Do you have any advice for Year 11’s attending a Virtual Wyke Start?

Enjoy Virtual Wyke Start as this is a completely unique experience for you. Hopefully, the taster lessons will help you feel more prepared and help you become excited for sitting in the wonderful classroom environment come September.

What advice would you give to upcoming students for their first few weeks at college?

Wyke can appear like quite a big campus at first but that will soon pass. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the library, whether to use it as a study space or take books out. Don’t be afraid to talk to other people in your classes, as there’s a good chance many of them won’t have friends in that class either. The friends you make in the first few weeks are the friends you will probably keep for the years to come.

Organisation at the beginning is also key, as you can soon find yourself with an overflowing folder if you don’t keep everything in an order. Also, don’t leave creating revision resources until you’re told there will be an exam: it’s best to start making resources alongside learning the content.

Most importantly, if you feel as if you need help such as use of a computer or extra time, tell your teachers. After a disappointing result on my first test at Wyke, I told my teacher I thought I needed help and they arranged it for me very quickly, and after my next test with these new arrangements I received an A. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you think you need it.

Thank you Mikey!

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The Louis Mobbs Story

By | Accounting, Course News, Economics, Law, News, Psychology, 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.”

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Information, Advice and Guidance on Your Next Steps

By | Course News, News for Parents, Uncategorised

Please take a read of the below for information on your next steps, this has also been emailed to all students directly.

2nd Year Students

Please find below two information documents that are important to read. The first is a series of things to consider if you are intending on going to university, the second is advice and guidance around alternative pathways if you are not intending to go to university.
As always we are here to support you. If you require any further guidance then please contact your tutor, teachers or our careers’ team ( and book a meeting (remotely). 


1st Year Students

We would usually begin the UCAS application process after the summer exam period (June 1st). Given the unprecedented nature of the current situation we are going to begin this process a little earlier. The team are currently working on converting all of the information that would traditionally be delivered in a lessons into a format that works remotely. We aim to have all of the guidance information with you by early next week so that you can start to write your application.
If you have any queries or questions following publication of this information then please contact your tutor, teachers or our careers’ team ( and book a meeting (remotely).

Weekly RAG Grade – Remote Learning Engagement 3

By | News for Parents, Uncategorised
All students have received a RAG mark to represent the quality of their engagement with the remote working tasks set from 24th – 28th April (Remote Engagement Week 3). The engagement RAG ratings will continue to be collected weekly to inform the pastoral team of the level of student engagement in the remote learning. Teachers and tutors will be following up any concerns and please do get in touch if you have any further issues about the RAG marks.
  • RED RAG Rating: No student engagement (there may be legitimate reasons for this for example illness or IT issues. In this instance, please let your son/daughter’s tutor know.)
  • AMBER RAG Rating: Some student engagement, but poor quality of work.
  • GREEN RAG Rating: Student is fully engaged and producing good quality work.

RAGs are visible under the Achievement & Reviews Tab once logged into Parent Portal.

Please click on Grade Summary for a week by week review of subject engagement. The most recent review (24th April – 28th April) is under the heading of RL3 (Remote Learning 3)


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.

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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:

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’

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!