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Top of the Class

By | Awards, Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics

Congratulations to Adam, Joseph and Sean who were presented with Silver and Bronze awards after tackling the 1st round of the Physics Olympiad.

This 2 hour and 45 minute exam was held at the campus under strict exam conditions and consists of 2 papers, administered by the University of Oxford.

The Olympiad is intended for the brightest and best Physics students in the country, testing their knowledge beyond what they study at A Level and their mental agility in the field of Physics.

Vinny Crosskill

Ivy League Vinny

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Course News, Economics, Mathematics

Second year Wyke student, Vinny Crosskill, has just been informed that he has secured a place at Babson College, Massachusetts, USA, to study Economics and Finance. Babson has a global reputation for educating the future entrepreneurs and leaders of business. According to Google, Babson is “a very selective university”, with just 24% of applicants successfully gaining a place. Over the last 25 years, it has been voted the best university for business in the USA.

In his first year at College, the Wyke tutor team encouraged Vinny to apply for support from the Sutton Trust, an educational charity that champions students from non-traditional backgrounds. Through the guidance of the Trust and help from his tutors, Vinny successfully negotiated a series of Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) to gain the offer of a place.

Vinny came to Wyke from Kingswood Academy, Hull, and is a member of the Colleges Student Executive. Asked about his career ambitions, Vinny replied, “Right now, it’s to become a chartered accountant or earn a doctorate in economics. However, the good thing about US institutions is that you can change your major, especially if you’re at a liberal arts college, whereas in the UK you’d have to reapply to change your course. Hearing some of the classes that the colleges offer has really made me think about the career path I want to take going forward.”

Vinny gained excellent GCSEs from school before enrolling to study A levels in Economics, Business, Accounting and Mathematics at Wyke.

Babson were so impressed with Vinny’s application that they are willing to waive the vast majority of the university fees to ensure he is able to take up his place. Their annual contribution of over $82,000 will not only pay Vinny’s tuition fees, they will also cover living expenses and books.

Congratulations Vinny, enjoy the rest of your studies at Wyke, and keep in touch once you join the “Ivy League”.

Brain Day 2022

By | Psychology
On Thursday 6th January, Dr Guy Sutton, Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychiatry at University of Nottingham came to Wyke to deliver a Brain Day Conference to our Psychology students.
He focused on aspects of Biological Psychology and performed a sheep brain dissection.
During his visit, he also:
• Provided an overview of how the brain works, illustrating some elementary principles of neuroanatomy and brain function.
• Examined methods of exploring the brain and its function, together with contemporary issues in neuroscience such as neurogenetics.
• Explained what happens when the brain becomes damaged and degenerates, with accompanying clinical examples.
Students were enthralled, and had lots of interesting questions for Dr Sutton. They particularly enjoyed being able to hold the brain and learn about the future of neuroscience.
Our Psychology department would like to thank Dr Guy Sutton and The University of Nottingham for their time. #MakeItHappen

Classical Civilisation – an Invitation for Applicants

By | Course News

From September 2022, Wyke are running a brand-new A Level Classical Civilisation course.

If this course is something that may interest you, please read on.

To introduce this, we are holding a short, virtual information event to give you a great insight into this new course and give you the opportunity to change your study programme if you feel this course is better suited to your interests and future aspirations.

During the event, you will get the opportunity to:

  • Find out more about our new A Level Classical Civilisation course
  • Hear from our specialist teachers
  • Explore the many career opportunities open to students studying this course
  • Learn about entry requirements
  • Engage in a live question and answer session

The virtual event will take place on Tuesday 11th January 4.45pm-5.15pm.

You can access the event on the day at:

Further information on this course, can also be found at:

There is no need to book, just (virtually) turn up on the evening.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Wyke Sixth Form College


Winter Exams and Assessment Information

By | News Bulletins, News for Parents

Winter Exams: 

Throughout December and January, the majority of our student body will engage in either internal or external examinations for their A-Level or Vocational course choices. The exam timetables for next week are now populated with individualised details of exam times and seating. Exams will be based in the Sports Hall, Theatre or Elm Dance Studio. Students with special arrangements will take their exams in allocated rooms.

Students can see their timetable on the Student Portal and they should arrive at the appropriate location at no more than 10 minutes before the start of the exam. The official rules and regulations of exams are on the student intranet.

Morning exams start at 9AM and afternoon exams start at 1PM.

All visual arts students will also have a session in the art department. These times will be released shortly, and teachers will begin informing accordingly.

Exam Timetable:

Internal results will be returned by our subject teachers in class as part of the student review that starts the first weeks of January.

All internal results will also be released through the Parent Portal in early January and followed up with parental consultation events early in February.

Winter Exams: Lessons & College Arrangements

Both A Level and Vocational exam will be taking place for both Year 1 and Year 2 students and so there will be no lesson timetable for week commencing 13th December. Some vocational courses will still have specific lessons and your teachers will tell you about this.

Transport will be running as normal throughout this period and the library and catering facilities will also be open as normal throughout the exam period. Any exams finishing after 4pm will be required to ensure they have transport home.

Any students who need to self-isolate during the examination week and are too unwell to undertaken assessments will be required to undertake their assessments upon return to college after the break.

Students return to college on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Ruth Walmsley

Employee of the Year

By | Awards, Course News, English, Graphic Design, Media

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Ruth Walmsley, on winning her nomination for “Employee of the Year” at the recent Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.

Ruth came to Wyke from Wolfreton School and studied A levels in Media Studies, Graphic Design, and English Language & Literature.

Starting as an Apprentice Designer at Blab digital design agency back in 2019, Ruth made an outstanding amount of progress and worked hard to complete her apprenticeship six months early.

Jessica Clark, Creative Director at Blab, recognises Ruth’s fantastic contribution to the agency. “We are so impressed with her attitude to knuckle down, despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic and shifting to work and learn remotely. It was a no-brainer for us to keep her in the company after her studies finished and now she shines as one of our full-time Designers.

A true team player, Ruth shares her ideas, leads creative brainstorms and organises social events to get everyone together. She is a huge part of Blab and we couldn’t be prouder of her!”

Ruth modestly replied, “I’m super chuffed to have been shortlisted for Employee of the Year. I couldn’t have done it without Courtney and Jess believing in me every step of the way. Bring on the awards night with the best team!”

Well done Ruth, you’re a great example to students who want to progress into the workplace once they complete their Wyke studies.

Christmas Dinner

By | Catering

The colleges Christmas dinner will be taking place on Wednesday the 8th December on the main counter in the Oak refectory.

Meals will be priced at £3.00 and there will be pigs in blankets, sprouts, roast parsnips and all the trimmings!

The first 100 customers get a free Christmas cracker too!

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Best wishes for the festive season from the catering team.

Christmas Card

Christmas Spirit

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News for Parents, On Campus, Photography, Student Association

This year, Wyke doesn’t have one official Christmas card, it has five!

Each year, students are invited to submit their designs for the College’s Christmas card. As the response from the students was fantastic, and the quality high, it was impossible to select just one. From Banksy inspired traditional designs with a post-modern twist, to beautifully illustrated penguins performing amazing feats, everyone has their own favourite.

Congratulations to our winning students. Evie Spencer (Penguin with Christmas Tree) Maisie Hart (Bird), Ayah Moudares (Christmas Tree), Leia Tonkin (All I Want), and Isobel Smith (Penguin Bauble).

The brief asked the students to create a design that tackles the climate crisis but with a festive/seasonal theme. They were asked to consider how current climate change and environmental issues could be interpreted into the brief, whether it is through the visual imagery produced, a statement or the materials used.

The winning students will all receive prizes and their designs will be printed for sale from the Student Executive at £2.50 per pack of five, with proceeds donated to the Student Hardship Fund.

Year 1 and Year 2 RAG Mark/ Ratings

By | News for Parents

During this first term, both YR1 and YR2 students have had the opportunity to complete a number of subject assessments. From these assessments students are awarded a RAG mark/rating to represent their progress in each subject. The college uses a Red, Amber or Green rating to indicate whether our students are on track to achieving or exceeding, slightly below or significantly below their Minimum Expected Grade (MEG) in each subject area. The second RAG ratings for this academic year (Progress Point 2 Assessments – PP2) are now available for parents to view in the Achievement & Reviews tab of Parent Portal. For further information on how to access parent portal please see the information to the left of this post.

Attention now turns to preparation for the winter assessments (29th Nov – 17th Dec) and external January examinations. Further winter assessments and January exam information will be posted on the News for Parents and Guardians page shortly.


An Absolute Inspiration

By | Awards, Community, Course News, English, Health & Social Care, Sociology

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Anna O’Brien, on winning the “Newly Qualified social worker of the year” gold award.

Anna came to Wyke from the Marvell College and studied BTEC Health & Social Care alongside A levels in Sociology and English Language.

Anna joined Hull City Council as a social work student and completed her placement in a Locality Safeguarding Children’s Team. She qualified with first class honours in social work and then applied for a permanent position with the council.

Pauline Turner, Director of Children’s Services, said: “During her assessed and supported year Anna has gone above and beyond and demonstrated outstanding social work practice. She continues to be professionally curious when working with children and seeks to understand the impact of harm they face.

“Her enthusiastic approach to her role as a front-line social worker results in better outcomes for children and families, and she is a fantastic role model for others who are new to the role.”

Anna’s manager, Claire, describes two of the ways Anna has gone above and beyond. Claire said: “During the pandemic, Anna co-ordinated a community response to helping those families who were isolating due to ill health and had no extended family support.  She called local charities and businesses who could help fund activities, food or general help. Over the course of the lockdown she delivered food parcels, activity packs and booklets around Covid to help children who were worried and parents who struggled to explain this in a child-centred way. Anna did some of the activities on FaceTime, she dropped off colouring pens and games in gardens, and this helped those families living in poverty stimulate the children during those worrying times.

“Anna also went the extra mile working with a young person by working flexible hours and being on-hand for advice and support. She booked to see the young person most days and at least twice a week on an evening she would go running and allow the young person to let off steam and improve her moods.”

Councillor Shane McMurray, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services said: “Anna is someone who has come into the profession because she has an inner desire to help others; she is an absolute inspiration to the profession. Her achievements to date have all been down to her determination to make society a better place and to help children and young people, and she is fully deserved of this award.