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PP4 Assessment Release on Parent Portal

By | News for Parents

Since the February half-term, our YR1 cohort 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 most recent RAG ratings for this academic year (Progress Point 4 Assessments – PP4) 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 visit News for Parents and Guardians – Wyke 6th Form College.

 Attention now turns to preparation for the Year 1 summer assessments (25th April – 29th April) and external May/June exams. Further assessments and examination information will be posted on the News for Parents and Guardians page shortly.

Jemma Purfield

Sporting Goal

By | Awards, Community, Course News, News, Physical Education, Sport

Congratulations to former Wyke Sport student, Jemma Purfield, on her nomination for the Leicester City FC “March Goal of the Month” competition.

Jemma is an established professional in the topflight of the women’s game, playing her third season in the Women’s Super League. At the beginning of the season, Jemma signed for newly promoted Leicester City, having previous played for Liverpool and Bristol City.

Whilst at Wyke, Jemma played in the highly successful women’s team, won “Sports Personality of the Year” and gained a scholarship to USA to complete her sport education. Having adopted 23 as her squad number, Jemma is a recognised attacking full-back, specialising in free-kicks and corners.

During her signing press conference, Jemma highlighted the exciting progression made by Leicester as it transitioned into a full-time, professional outfit last summer, gaining promotion at the first attempt.

“I think it’s been brilliant,” she explained. “You know, Leicester’s team last year was talented, and they’ve got some great players and so I’m looking forward to playing with them.

“And I just think that the vision of the Club and where they’re pushing this team is in the right directions, so I’m excited to join that.

“I know a few of the girls, so there’s some familiar faces about and some that I’ve not played with before. I’m excited to link up with those I know and also excited to get to know the new girls as well”.

Host Family

Host Families required for Study Programme

By | Community, News, News for Parents, On Campus

For the last seven years, a select number of sixth form colleges across the country have been welcoming a small group of Swiss students on a one-year study programme. The programme has been heralded as a great success for the colleges involved as well as the local communities.

From this September, Wyke College is excited to start welcoming a small group of Swiss students as part of this programme. We believe the experience will be of real benefit our local students.

For the programme to be a success, caring host families in Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire with access to Wyke Sixth Form College are needed. Students will be carefully chosen for and matched with the host families involved, who will inevitably enjoy being part of a supportive community network. All of this is managed by Ric Carby of Barnes Host Families.

A Principal from one of the colleges involved said; “Our Swiss guests bring so many different experiences and views with them, which is quite eye-opening for our own students and very beneficial. I think that the Swiss students also gain a great deal from their time here experiencing the local culture. Getting involved in the Swiss programme has been one of our best ventures in recent years and I hope it continues for many years to come.”

Moreover, local families really enjoy the experience of hosting the students as well as benefitting from the extra income. “Luna has enriched our family life and is a pleasure to have around. She has become a true friend and we enjoy sharing activities through fresh eyes.” says host Susan Holloway.

If you have a spare room and are interested in hosting a Swiss student from September for an academic year, please contact Ric on 07748 113782 or email ric@host-families.co.uk

Information about Barnes Educational Services can be found on their website http://www.barnes-educational.co.uk/

Students at Drax

A Renewable Future

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Physics

Wyke Applied Science students were one of the first colleges to visit the Drax power station since it reopened post-Covid, taking part in a tour that supported their work in renewable electricity generation.

Sophie Thompson, Applied Science teacher, said: “The students had a great day at Drax, learning about how the electricity system works and where our electricity is generated. Visits like this are so valuable because seeing the power station and the scale of the operations is impossible to replicate in a classroom – it really brings the subject to life.”

Our students were taken on a full tour of the site, which included seeing Drax’s Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project. BECCS is a vital negative emissions technology which Drax plans to use to permanently remove millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year, whilst also generating the reliable, renewable electricity the country needs.
BECCS at Drax will support over 10,000 jobs at its peak, and it is vital that the region’s workforce has the skills needed to deliver this green energy technology, enabling the UK to meet its net zero target.

Plant Director Bruce Heppenstall said: “These tours are so important – they fire up students’ imaginations by showing them some of the cutting-edge green technologies we’re pioneering, such as BECCS which could play a vital role in addressing the climate crisis as well as delivering jobs and clean growth here in the North.”
During the tour, students learnt how renewable electricity is generated and discovered how sustainable, wood pellets have enabled Drax to reduce its carbon emissions by 95% in a decade, making it Europe’s biggest decarbonisation project.

They saw the 427-metre turbine hall that houses the huge turbines which power the generators to produce electricity, as well as the wood pellet storage domes – each large enough to fit The Royal Albert Hall inside, and the 115m high cooling towers, which are taller than the Statue of Liberty.

Aspiring Lawyers

By | College Trips, Law

Recently four of our Law Society students participated in the Inaugural Sixth Form Mock Trial Competition, hosted by the University of Hull Law School.

Luke, Eleanor, El and Narcisa took the roles of senior and junior respondents during the moot, dealing with a criminal appeal case in the brand new court room at the university.

It was noted by the Dean of the University how well the students had conducted themselves throughout the day and expressed the standard of the moot was very high. A special mention was given to Eleanor Spratt for her confident and convincing presentation to the court.

Teacher of Law Faye Sims said: “The students did remarkably well in their first experience of mooting. Their organisation and commitment to the preparations for the moot was very impressive, the presentation of their legal arguments demonstrated fantastic legal understanding and creativity and their delivery of their moot points to the mock court room was exceptional. It was very positive experience for our budding lawyers, the skills from this day will almost certainly be the start of very successful legal careers for our students.”

A huge congratulations to all those involved.

John Godber

An Audience with John Godber

By | Community, Course News, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

As a department, the Drama & Performing Arts team are always looking to make connections with local practitioners, to inspire our actors in training. This term, John Godber OBE, the third most performed playwright in the world, visited Wyke to hold an open floor discussion about his work with our second year A level Drama and Theatre students.

As part of the A level, students are studying, ‘Moby Dick’ by Nick Lane, and applying John Godber as their practitioner. John Godber initially developed ‘Moby Dick; as an indoor piece of theatre and during Covid reworked the production with his theatre company at the “Stage @ the Docks”, acknowledging Hull’s fishing docks and historic whaling industry.

John sent Wyke a free copy of Nick Lane’s script Moby Dick along with a recorded version of his production. John has been a massive advocate for aspiring actors and most recently has launched with his daughter, and Wyke alumni, Martha Godber, “The Godber Foundation”. The foundation supports actors in training with fees for auditions and portfolio building, whist also offering industry experience. Wyke have two Alumni currently with the foundation, Laura Banks (Bristol Old Vic) and Sophie Huckstep (UCLan), who will be returning to Wyke this term to workshop with our Performing Arts students.

During the conversation with John, he explained the importance of creating a ‘connection to your own world’. ‘Moby Dick’ is our second year A-level students final extract for their Component 3. The talk helped students identify what is at the heart of John Godber’s methodology, storytelling, physical theatre, fast and sharp dialogue, and emphasised the importance of imagination. Students are now going to, in John’s words, ‘invite the audience to be part of an active part of the play’!

 

Entrepreneurs of the Future

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics

A big thank you to Hull University Business School and Cranswick Foods for hosting a fantastic day for our first year A Level and BTEC Business students.

The first part of the day, saw students attend lectures, learning about Cranswick’s business model including their management styles, sustainability and product portfolio. Following this, students were set an exciting task to develop a brand-new product for the company, incorporating all aspects of the marketing mix such as product features and how this would be promoted. Students then pitched their ideas to their peers and staff representatives from the company.

Our students really impressed the judges with a range of new product ideas including:

  • Peri peri platter
  • Sustainable dog food
  • A roast dinner food box for busy families
  • Vegetarian tikka masala
  • Meal Plan Product suited for needs of individuals who go to the gym
  • ‘Make at home chicken nuggets kit’ for young children

The day provided a fantastic opportunity for students to apply the concepts learnt in class to a real scenario with students taking a lot from this experience.

 Feedback from the day:

“I learnt that you should incorporate current trends into your product and design to target a wide audience. My group developed a product called ‘Medimeals’ which is a customisable pet food sold by Cranswick which includes pet medicine to make the consumption of this easier and more enjoyable for the pet and owner. The 7Ps marketing concept is now more memorable now that we have used this in an activity.” Shayan, A Level Business Student

“I got a great insight into new product development from the trip. My favourite parts were developing the product within a group and experiencing a real university lecture as I now know what to expect in the future. The trip provided a really food context for the topics we are studying including operations.” James, A Level Business student

 “I learnt a lot about Cranswick’s corporate values and the difficulties in creating a unique product that hasn’t been made before. My team developed a roast dinner in a box with all of the components needed for the meal. The idea was that it saved consumers time in having to find everything in a supermarket and was called ‘Cransquick.’ My favourite part of the trip was working in a team. The topics related to marketing and advertising and will help me to apply concepts to real life cases going forward.” Kate, A Level Business student

#MakeItHappen

Extra Consultation Event Added

By | News for Parents

As you are aware we will be hosting a consultation event for parents/guardians on Tuesday 1st February but due to demand we have scheduled a second consultation event on Thursday 17th February 4:30pm – 7:30pm to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.

These appointments will be available for booking from Monday 31st January from 4pm and all appointments will be conducted via the student’s Microsoft Teams account. Students can book 10 minute appointments with their teachers through the Student Portal or you can make appointments on the Parent Portal through the ‘Contact’ section.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Virtual Consultation event this term.

Apply for 2022

Over 800 UCAS Applications Submitted

By | Course News

Wyke Sixth Form College would like to congratulate students who have recently submitted their UCAS applications.

830 students completed applications to a wide range of universities from local institutions including The University of Hull and The University of Lincoln to universities as far reaching as The University of Glasgow and Kings College London.  Courses are also wide ranging including degrees in Law, Media Production, Midwifery, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Physiotherapy, Sociology and Education.

For Wyke students, the UCAS application process begins in the Spring term of their first year, researching suitable universities and courses, attending careers fairs and talks and drafting personal statements. Students are supported by their teachers, tutors, and careers team to then ensure that a high-quality application is submitted which best reflects their interests and future aspirations.

We look forward to our students receiving their well-deserved university offers and further supporting students onto other aspirational destinations including higher apprenticeships and employment. #MakeItHappen

Classics

Protocol to ensure that learners having to isolate due to the Pandemic are not unduly disadvantaged

By | News for Parents

Due to the continued impact the pandemic is still having within education and particularly for some students during this January Vocational exam series, we have made the decision in correspondence with both OCR and Edexcel exam boards, that any Year 2 student who have not been able to sit their exam at this time as planned due to Covid self-isolation, whether or not they had a positive test result, will have an application for special consideration entered with the relevant exam board.

Please read the full protocol here: January Vocational Exams Protocol