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Fit for a King

By | Course News

Today, Wyke Sixth Form College students visited King’s College Cambridge for an exclusive open day and took part in an exciting programme of activities.

King’s College is one of the 31 constituent colleges that make up The University of Cambridge and was founded by King Henry VI in 144. It has continuously striven to uphold Henry’s love for ‘education, religion, learning and research.’

The day consisted of a campus tour including the chapel and library, lectures with academic staff focusing on students’ subjects of interest, dinner in the prestigious dining hall, Q&A session with current students and a really valuable personal statement workshop.

This experience formed part of Wyke’s Oxbridge Programme, which aims to inspire students and guide them through the highly competitive application process of two of the best universities in the world; Oxford and Cambridge.

Thank you to The University of Cambridge for facilitating the day and we hope our students found it useful in preparing them for their next steps.


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.

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Next Steps Careers Convention

By | News for Parents

Students are invited to our Next Step Careers Convention on Thursday 27th February (10:30am-2:30pm in the Sports Hall). Over 50 exhibitors from Universities, Training Providers, Employers, Armed Forces, Public Services, Gap Year Companies and Volunteer Programmes will provide information on a variety future prospects and we encourage all of our students to attend.

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Parent Voice Survey

By | News for Parents

Our Parent Voice Survey for February 2020 is open and we are really interested in finding out your opinions on Wyke College so far. We would appreciate it if you can please take the time to complete the survey using the links sent via email and text by Friday 28th February.

We are always working to improve the experience for our students and their parents / guardians, and the answers to this survey will be really helpful.

Dance Competition Finals 2020

Dance Bring Home the Bronze

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to the Wyke Dance Team who claimed third place at the “That’s Showbiz” national dance competition finals which took place at the Liverpool Arena on Sunday.

Their Contemporary piece “Body Popping Sage Grouse” placed 1st in the senior open category and 3rd place overall. This is a massive achievement when you consider that over 220 professional dance schools entered the contest, with Wyke being the only sixth form college involved in the competition.

Commenting on the day, the Wyke Dance team posted; “There are no words, you absolute superstars, we are all beyond proud of you!”

Congratulations to all the students and staff who made this year’s finals another successful year. Bring on 2021!

Business Team GB

On your Markets, Get Set, Go!

By | Business, College Trips, Course News, News

Recently our A Level Business students were invited to the University of Hull to test their marketing skills against other sixth forms in the region.

Following the universities exclusive partnership with Team GB, the project set by the university tested our students knowledge of marketing and how to sustain engagement before, during and after the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Our students wowed the judges with their presentation skills and ideas, placing 2nd out of all of the sixth forms invited and winning some great Team GB goodies for their hard work, well done!

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More Than Just Religion

By | Course News, News, Religious Studies

Did you know that studying A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies can help prepare you for a career in medicine?

Here at Wyke, our A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies course is affiliated with our Pre-Medical Programme, which is designed to support students through the application process for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science courses.

By studying Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies, you will gain valuable skills such as critical thinking and analysis, independent study and cultural literacy. All of these are skills which will help you to gain a broader and more in-depth understanding of contemporary society, something which is important to consider when entering the medical profession.

Having strong foundations in transferable skills will help you to not only continue your education at university, but also develop your communication skills in the workplace. Having an understanding of Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies is crucial in today’s multi-cultural society and will help you to build and maintain connections with people from all kinds of socio-economic backgrounds.

Whether you chose to carry on studying the subject at university or chose to apply to transferable skills to Arts and Humanities based courses or vocal subjects like Medicine, or you make the decision to go straight into the workplace in industries such as event planning, marketing or the government; studying an A Level in Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies prepares you for all different types of careers, it is a course which really does broaden your horizons.

Want to find out more?

Why not come along to our next Open Morning on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 9am until 12pm?

We look forward to meeting you!



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.

Mamma Mia


By | Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

Next month Wyke Sixth Form College would like to invite you to see the ultimate feel-good jukebox musical, Mamma Mia! live in our Theatre!

Performed by our students, this musical will take you the beautiful Greek island of Kalokairi and will have you smiling, laughing and dancing along to all of ABBA’s greatest hits.

Show Dates and Times
Thursday 5th March 7:00pm-9:00pm
Friday 6th March 7:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Matinee 2:00pm-4:00pm

Tickets are on general sale on Parentpay at £5, with £1 from every ticket sale being donated to our #Everyone4Elisee campaign.

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Why we chose to study A Level German

By | Course News, German, News

Here at Wyke, we think learning a new language is a great way to enhance your learning and broaden your horizons.

Our Modern Foreign Language department offers A-levels in French, German and Spanish, all with fantastic tutors and support staff.

So we sat down with our current year 2 German cohort to discuss the reasons why A Level German was right choice for them.

What made you decide to pick A Level German at Wyke?

Jenny: “I’ve always enjoyed the subject and Wyke was the only college in my local area that offered German as an A level.”
Holly: “German was my favourite subject at GCSE so it made sense to study it at A Level.”
Jade: “I really enjoyed the taster sessions at Wyke Start so they are what made me choose it.”

What do you like most about studying German?

Finn: “I like that there is a mix of different learning methods, so you’re really engaged in class. I really like the variety.”
Jade: “The classes are really laid-back and you get lots of support from Heather and Gabi. They’re both so helpful and Heather is lovely and really funny.”
Anya: “I really like that the class sizes are small – there are only six of us, so there are plenty of opportunities for one-to-one support.”

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of studying German?

Holly: “The small class sizes really enhance your learning. You’ll get plenty of support and one-to-one sessions and everyone is really nice so you’ll make friends quickly.”
Anya: “The trip to Berlin means that you get to put your skills to use, so you get to enhance your connections with other people.”
Jenny: “I really enjoyed the trip to Berlin too, you learn more than just the language. You get to embrace the culture and history of Germany by visiting memorials and museums.”
Jade: “German is easier to learn than you think. I would say work hard and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.”

Interested in finding out more?

Why not come along to our next Open Morning on Saturday 29th February 9am – 12pm?

We look forward to meeting you!