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Careers Newsletter #2

By | News for Parents

National Careers Week 2021 (1st-6th March) is a fantastic celebration of all things careers guidance, which aims to support young people leaving education and moving on to employment. We have set out some of the main events and activities which are taking place throughout the week.

This has been circulated to all students and we are encouraging students to regularly check the Careers and UCAS Microsoft Teams Page for updates.

Parents/ Guardians can find this in our latest careers newsletter at: National Careers Week Newsletter 2021

Empowering and Advancing Careers Education

By | Course News, News for Parents

Here at Wyke, we are committed to providing a high level of careers education for all of our students. We have a fantastic careers provision at the college and work hard to ensure our students are inspired and well-informed of the fantastic opportunities available to them.

We are extremely excited to announce that we have teamed up with our Venn College Partners for a large-scale Virtual Careers and Progression Event. The event aims to further empower our students in walking confidently into their next steps; whether this be further education, higher apprenticeships or employment.

We look forward to welcoming a wide range of exhibitors on the day including many of the top local companies such as the City Health Care Partnership, KCOM, EY, Bae Systems, RSM, HICA, Orsted and RB, to name a few. There will also be some of our most popular universities offering talks to students and supporting them with any queries they may have.

The event will take place on Thursday 25th March, 4pm-7pm and is open to students and their parents/guardians from the Venn Colleges Group alongside Year 11 students from our Partner schools.

We will be sharing lots of exciting information in the run up to this event over the coming weeks – please do stay tuned. #MakeItHappen

Applicant Update Virtual Event

By | Community, Course News, News, On Campus

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.

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Congratulations Ruth

By | Course News, English

This week, we caught up with former Withernsea High School student Ruth Chapman. Ruth recently found out that she was successful in her interview for The University of Cambridge, impressing all of the staff on the panel.

Ruth is a fantastic student with a real passion for English. She plans to study Linguistics at the Corpus Christi College this Autumn. Read all about her journey below.

How did you feel when you found out that you had been successful?

It felt pretty great when I found out, though it did take a while to sink in because I’d been waiting so long. I got the email while I was in a lesson, so I couldn’t really do anything right away, but celebrated as soon as I could.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?

A Level English Language, English Literature and History.

Do you take part in any enrichments at Wyke?

Yes, I take part in the Creative Writing enrichment, where I have participated in several writing competitions.

What inspired you to apply to Cambridge?

I was inspired in part by my teachers and the Flyers program, because of the case studies that we were told about. However, I was also inspired to apply to Cambridge because I didn’t see any reason not to and wanted to see if I would actually be able to secure a place – there wasn’t anything that stopped me and I wanted to prove to myself that it was possible.

How did you find the application process and what did you do to prepare for it?

The application process was a longer one than the other universities, and it required more work, but it was also incredibly rewarding when I finished my application and did the application assessment. A lot of emphasis is placed on wider reading, but I really enjoyed learning outside the course, and was a good sign that I was applying for the right course.

During the application process I had to submit written work as example of my working standard, and after consideration I submitted English Language coursework. Though it was somewhat stressful, I liked the choice of what I could submit and felt I was able to demonstrate control over what the university would be seeing about my work and the effort I put into it.  Along with this, I had to do an application assessment that was like a diagnostic test. There were several parts to it and I really enjoyed it, I was able to see what the course might be like, but also because the sections were real applications of what I had been learning. For example, the section was a made-up language that I had to analyze and translate.

How did you feel your interview went on the day?

I did two interviews, and I had wildly different feelings about them both. I felt the first one went much better than the first, and I walked out of it feeling much more confident than I had felt going in. It was a fun interview, and I would’ve probably enjoyed doing it for much longer because it was like a lesson and a chance for me to prove to both to the interviewers and myself that I was confident and capable, and that I enjoyed my course as much as I had said in my personal statement.

I found the second interview a bit more stressful, because of a few factors, and in the end, I felt liked it had destroyed the impression I’d put forward in my first interview. Afterwards I just burst into tears because it felt like the end of the world, but after I’d talked it over with some teachers and my parents, I felt a bit more confident. Overall, there was a sense of relief that I’d done.

Can you remember a particularly tricky question that was asked by the University? Or any questions you feel you answered really well?

During the second interview there were a few questions about inference that I struggled to answer but managed to remain calm and figure them out. The first interview had a few questions that I felt that I’d worked out quite well and I ended up enjoying them.

It was a test of my critical thinking skills and my knowledge surrounding grammar – since I’d applied to study Linguistics – but there were a few questions about language features that I’d learnt within the classroom that were fun to discuss with leading academics.

Do you have any advice for upcoming students who are considering applying to Oxbridge?

It will be a tough process, because they want to see the best that you can be, but it’s incredibly rewarding. It’s also best to prepared in advance because the deadlines creep up on you. If you ever feel unsure of any parts of the application, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your tutors and teachers – they want to make this as easy as possible for you.

How has Wyke’s Oxbridge Programme helped you in your application?

The programme ran days that provided support on the process and explained explicitly what we should expect when applying. They also provided a lot of support in making sure my personal statement was strong enough, and mock interviews – which I felt really helped my pre-interview nerves.

My tutor and English language teacher both offered to do mock interviews with me, and these were key to my confidence going into the interview. We went through questions that I might be asked, and I was able to put into practice the knowledge that I’d been learning in my wider reading.

Congratulations Ruth. We are really proud of everything you have achieved so far and can’t wait to follow your journey.

Leah Runs for Cancer Research

By | News

Wyke’s own Leah Darvell is undertaking a marathon challenge for a cause close to her heart. Throughout February, Leah is running two miles a day, 56 miles in total, to raise money for Cancer Research UK and has so far raised over £3,000 for the charity.

She said: “Cancer has dominated the last 10 months of my family’s life, with my mum being diagnosed at the beginning of Lockdown in March.

“A group of us decided to do something to fundraise for Cancer Research, as it is something close to a lot of people’s hearts. None of us are runners, so this is a real challenge for us.

“We set our fundraising goal to £150, hoping that people could spare a few pounds, so to have raised over £2,600 on day 4 of our challenge was very overwhelming.”

Well done Leah, we are all supporting you!

If you would like to donate to this great cause, click here.

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Tutorial Updates

By | News for Parents

Each term, we will be updating parents and guardians on the content that we will be covering in our Tutorial Scheme of Work.

Please see the below recordings of Katy Burgess who is one of the Pastoral Leads at Wyke, discussing what is coming up for the rest of this half term and next half term in the year 1 and year 2 scheme of works.

Year 1 Tutorial Updates

  • The introduction of Unifrog (The complete destinations platform) to offer support on next-steps.
  • Researching next-steps – Booking a careers appointment, university, apprenticeships, gap years, employment, travelling, work experience etc.
  • Dissecting and structuring a personal statement in preparation for life after Wyke.
  • Help with creating a CV and how to write a covering letter/job application.
  • Mental health check-in point with internal and external support reminders.
  • Regular 1-1s during the second tutorial of the week where students can discuss any academic of personal concerns in a more intimate setting.

Year 2 Tutorial Updates

  • How to accept a firm and insurance university offer.
  • Researching next-steps if a student is not going to university– Booking a careers appointment, apprenticeships, gap years, employment, travelling, work experience etc.
  • How and when to book university accommodation.
  • Interview techniques and practice.
  • Budgeting for living away from home or post Wyke.
  • Mental health check-in point with internal and external support reminders.
  • Regular 1-1s during the second tutorial of the week where students can discuss any academic of personal concerns in a more intimate setting.

Spring Term Newsletter 2

By | News, Uncategorised

We hope that you are all looking forward to the half-term break. Thank you to students, parents and staff for your continued support during these uncertain times.

You can now view the latest Tutorial newsletter, in which we hope you find some interesting updates and information including: well-being information, careers and next steps opportunities.

As ever, if there is something you would like to include in the next edition please email student.newsletter@wyke.ac.uk

Access the newsletter here: Spring Term Newsletter 2

Return to College in 2021

Ace your Interview!

By | Course News

Your Wyke Sixth Form College interview gives you the chance to find out more about your courses and what life as a Wyke student is like. It also gives us the chance to get to know you a little better.

To help you feel more prepared, we’ve put together some top tips to help you ace it!

  • Set out a quiet space

Before your interview is due to start, set out a quiet space for the interview to take place. This may be in a quiet room away from the TV/ radio or any other distractions.

  • Be well prepared

Charge your mobile phone. Have any documents available that you may wish to refer to during the interview such as our college prospectus. Have a pen and paper ready to take down notes.

  • Take your time

Take your time when answering any questions and ask for time to think if you need it. It is always better to give a full answer rather than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.

  • Changing your course choices

Since making your application to the College, you may have changed your mind on your study programme. Read up on your new course choices and make sure to tell your interviewer of these new subjects.

  • Input the correct qualifications

Before your interview, it would be helpful to make a list of the qualifications you were working towards at school with the correct qualification type, e.g. GCSE or BTEC. If any of these were originally inputted incorrectly, please do let your interviewer know.

  • Stay positive!

It can be normal to feel a little nervous before any interview but try to remember that these next steps are really exciting. Your Wyke interview really is nothing to worry about; it is informal and there to help ensure you are well informed about all aspects of college life and on the right track to your future career goals.

  • Ask questions

If you’ve got questions, don’t be shy. Ask away and find out as much as you can. It shows that you’re interested. You can always write a list of specific questions beforehand. Common questions include: How is the timetable structured? What makes Wyke different to other colleges? What are the first few weeks like?

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“The Oxbridge Programme made me believe I could achieve something as big as Oxford”

By | Course News, Uncategorised

After falling in love with Lincoln College at The University of Oxford, former Bridlington School student Holly knew that she had to apply. Holly took part in the highly competitive application process and recently found out that she had been successful at interview to study Modern Languages.

Holly’s passion for Languages really shines through. Hear all about her interests, application journey and advice to students considering this prestigious university.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?

My study programme consists of A Level Spanish, A Level English Literature and A Level English Language.

What has been your favourite part of studying at Wyke so far?

The best thing about Wyke for me is the way in which I’ve been allowed to completely fall in love with my subjects. The staff are brilliant, and I have had some really great teachers who have a genuine passion – this makes studying all the more interesting. It is through this that I have been able to find and explore three subjects that I honestly enjoy.

Do you take part in any enrichments at Wyke?

In year one I participated in the BSL enrichment. This was an eight-week introductory course into British Sign Language – I think it’s really important that Wyke offers this.

What inspired you to apply to Oxford?

Applying to Oxbridge was always something I was interested in, but it only ever felt like a dream before I came to Wyke – I never felt it could be a possibility for me. At the first Flyer’s session, I remember seeing a lot about Oxbridge and how people from previous years had got in. I thought applying would be a waste of time, but Andrea reassured me that I had the grades and that I might as well go for it. I had known for a long time that I wanted to study MFL so after researching the course at Oxford, I fell in love with Lincoln College and knew I had to apply.

How did you find the application process and what did you do to prepare for it?

The application process really highlights that you have to have a genuine passion for your subject because if you do, as stressful as it is, it can actually be quite enjoyable. Preparing for the process wasn’t necessarily a huge struggle for me because it simply meant that I had to do further reading and I enjoyed it. I explored Spanish cinema, literature, traditions and society further than we had done in class. I wrote over eight drafts of my personal statement, which focused on literature as a form of communication.

I then had to submit two essays to Lincoln, one in English, which I had already written in class, and one in Spanish on ‘Volver’, a film we had studied. For the admissions assessment (MLAT), I sat many past papers which was really helpful. I actually quite enjoyed preparing for it. The preparation that I did for interviews was incredibly useful. I did multiple mock interviews with Amalia and Emma who both made me feel so calm and confident about the whole process.

How did you feel your interview went on the day?

My first interview was Spanish. I didn’t feel particularly brilliant about it afterwards but compared to my second one, it was a walk in the part. We talked a lot about translation and my reasons for choosing Oxford. I was then given a poem in English that I just had to talk about – my interpretations, analysis, etc. Towards the end of the interview, I spoke for ten minutes in Spanish about Don Quixote, a novel I had mentioned in my personal statement, and other works of literature that I had read in English. Nerve-wracking as it was, the tutors were so kind, and it was really refreshing to be able to openly express my passion with like-minded people.

It was my second interview (Beginner’s Italian) that made me sure I had completely missed out on the chance to study at Oxford. It lasted over an hour and consisted of constant questioning – I felt like nothing I said was good enough. I actually came out of the interview crying because I honestly thought I had just ruined years’ worth of preparation. As daunting as this sounds, it just goes to show that you really can’t know how well you’ve done in the application process until they tell you. I had heard from many people that the interview wasn’t actually an interview – it is simply a mock tutorial, similar to the ones that take place when studying at Oxford, and so I should just say my thoughts aloud, be perceptive, and show passion. Though it felt like it at the time, the interviewer really isn’t trying to catch you out, they’re simply trying to see if you’re teachable and passionate.

Can you remember a particularly tricky question that was asked by the University? Or any questions you feel you answered really well?

In the interviews, you can be asked what seem to be really strange questions. I got asked things like ‘what gets lost in translation’ and ‘compare child language acquisition to adult language acquisition’ but I had been aware beforehand that the questions could be quite challenging. I remember preparing for a question I’d found online: ‘think of a painting of a tree, is it real?’ This terrified me because I didn’t know where to start but after approaching it calmly, I realised it was just a confusing way of asking about translation and how it is essentially one language’s reproduction of another. All the questions asked in the interview have a purpose and they actually all make sense in the context. The interview is built up in terms of difficulty; the tutor will have an idea as to where the conversation is headed from the beginning so really, most of the questions link. It’s important to just think out loud and express your honest answer, not what you think they want to hear.

Do you have any advice for upcoming students who are considering applying to Oxbridge?

I would say that it’s really important to ensure that you are applying for you, not anyone else. The application process is incredibly tiring and stressful but if you have a genuine passion for your subject, it makes it so much easier and so much more worth it. I would also advise not to be put off by misconceptions or stereotypes. Don’t not apply because you think you won’t get in. Obviously, it is a very prestigious university, and the application process is difficult but at the end of the day, they are simply looking for students who love learning their subject as much as they love teaching it.

How has Wyke’s Oxbridge Programme helped you in your application?

The Oxbridge Programme at Wyke was the first thing that made me believe I could achieve something as big as Oxford and pushed me to do what was best for me. They are there to help every step of the way. I’m so glad that I went to that first meeting, otherwise I wouldn’t have had this amazing opportunity.

Congratulations Holly! We wish you every success in your next steps and can’t wait to follow your journey.

Sam Running the AoC Lunar Challenge

Sam Runs to the Moon

By | Community, News, Sport

We would like to congratulate Sam Pattinson who is currently topping Wyke’s Strava Lunar Challenge Leaderboard.

The challenge launched by AoC Sport last week is asking students and staff to run, walk or cycle 238,855 miles, the equivalent of travelling to the moon.

Sam, who is visually impaired, decided to take on the challenge to represent the Additional Learning Support department at the College. “I set out to prove that it is the ability rather than the disability that defines me and others in the department.”

The Challenge’s aim is to encourage students and staff  to keep active and maintain mental wellbeing during lockdown, something that Sam has enjoyed about the challenge so far. “I have always enjoyed keeping fit and it is a massive part of my life. I have noticed that the Lunar Challenge has had a positive effect on my mental health and well-being.”

Well done Sam!

If you want to sign up for the Lunar Challenge please contact Kate Clark on Teams for more information.

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