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British Science Week

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

It’s British Science Week, a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, and maths. These are a diverse groups of subjects, which open doors to a wide range of career pathways.

Throughout the week, we will be exploring Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Engineering with our specialist subject teachers. Many of our students have gone on to some fantastic destinations, which we will also be highlighting over the next few days.

We’ll be providing some useful information about our well-established Pre-Medical Programme, which is designed to help aspiring medics, dentists and vets prepare for their university interviews and secure a place on highly competitive medical courses.

Our Careers Team have provided links to some fantastic virtual events, including:

How to get a job in the Space Industry

Science Live

Women in STEM

Keep checking our social media pages for the latest updates and your emails for the chance to take part in our British Science Week quiz.

To find out more about British Science Week, click here.

Flex Health Work Experience: Will Huyton

By | Course News, Physical Education

A Level PE student Will Huyton is an aspiring physiotherapist and is participating in the college’s Pre-Physiotherapy enrichment programme. He decided to take part in the Flex Health work experience partnership to “…gain a greater insight into the world of physiotherapy, as well as some of the challenges that health care professionals face in everyday life.”

After the pandemic disrupted his initial work experience placement, Will was finally given the opportunity to experience the profession first-hand by the team at Flex Health in February this year.

During his placement, he learned a range of different skills to help him develop his knowledge of the role of a physiotherapist. These skills included the importance of taking an individual approach to each client and how adaptability is key to keeping clients engaged.

Will said: “By providing me with experience in this field, I have a good idea of what to expect when I undertake my first placement at university next year. It reassured me that this is the right career path to pursue for myself.

“Plus, universities love work experience, and in a time like we’re in currently, it sets you apart from the crowd in your interviews!”

He has certainly done his research about what his future career is going to look like. After graduating university, he hopes to join the NHS for a few years before moving on to possibly join the RAF or British Army as a physiotherapist and help those injured in combat and gaining his master’s degree.

“This work experience has been a small but massively important step for me to achieve these goals. But ultimately, nothing is set in stone and my aspirations may change depending on my experiences; but I will do all it takes to have a long and rewarding career which I enjoy.

“The little pieces of advice offered to me by the great staff at Flex Health will certainly be taken on board and used in the future.”

Will has flourished during his time at Wyke and has some encouraging advice for the upcoming cohort of PE & Sport students:

“If you’re interested in the sporting world, or how the body works in relation to physical activity, it’s the course for you. The PE team are easy to speak to, so if you’ve got any questions, or need anything, they’re always willing to help.

“Without a doubt, it’s got to be one of the best departments in the college for both the quality of the content taught and the enjoyment.”

Thank you for providing such insightful answers Will, we wish you all the best for your future!



Spring Re-Opening Webinar

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

Our Spring Re-Opening Webinar is now available to view online. The 40 minute presentation, hosted by Principal Paul Britton, guides you through the testing process, campus Covid safety expectations and also discusses the assessment and awarding process for our second year students.

Visit this link to view the presentation on the College’s YouTube channel. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Wyke.

Meet our Careers Team: Chloe Whitaker

By | Course News

From swimming with Elephants in Bali to helping our students progress onto fantastic destinations – meet Chloe, the third member of our Careers Team.

Chloe started her career at Wyke two years ago and is committed to supporting our students in making positive and aspirational choices for their future.

Please give a bit of detail a bit about your working life background.
I grew up locally and attended Wyke College as a student before graduating at The University of Hull with a BA. Hons Degree in Education, Social Inclusion and Additional Needs. Throughout my Degree I worked on several projects with Barnardo’s, the most memorable of these was working with children and young people who had become disengaged or permanently excluded from education, supporting them back into education or training.

For many summers throughout my studies and afterwards I spent my days as a Play Worker for KIDS Yorkshire and Humber, supporting children and young people with additional needs to experience activities and access local amenities. Before coming to Wyke I worked for an Independent Fostering Agency, supporting and guiding children and young people to successfully make positive and aspirational choices regardless of their background or early life experiences.

How long have you worked at Wyke?
I have worked at Wyke College for almost two years, before gaining my current role in December 2020 I worked as the College’s Enrichment Co-Ordinator ensuring students had a range of and participated in extra curricular activity to develop the skills and practices to reach their next steps and achieve their goals.

What is the favourite part about your job?
The favourite part of my job is engaging and working with students and seeing them develop in the two short years that they are with us. Seeing our amazing students grow and go on to great things, or watching them gain the confidence to try something new and make a success of it makes my day!

What are you most looking forward to over the next year?
I am most looking forward to seeing where our students go on to, this last year has been one like no other, but I know that our inspirational students will not let that stop them from going on to some incredible destinations.

Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work I love to bake, I have a three year old son and we love to create a chocolatey mess in the kitchen! We enjoy long walks in the countryside, visiting petting farms and days playing in the sea and sand at the beach.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
On a recent holiday to Bali I swam with Elephants and adopted and released a baby turtle, I named her Teresa!

Why do you believe that National Careers Week is such a good platform?
National Careers Week provides an opportunity for students to focus on their next steps and discover, learn and research areas that they are interested in. NCW is an excellent platform that allows students to become enthused by an aspirational profession and to support them in making an informed choice about their career.

Thanks Chloe! If you have a careers enquiry, please contact:

Meet our Careers Team: Claire Ellis

By | Course News

Meet Claire, our fantastic new Careers Officer. Claire joined Wyke’s Careers Team in January and is a great addition to the team bringing a wealth of experience and fresh ideas. Claire will be working with students one to one, providing careers advice and guidance. She will also be helping to promote all of the fantastic opportunities available to them post Wyke. Learn more about Claire and what she is most looking forward to over the coming months.

What did you do before Wyke?

My working background is quite varied. I worked in an administration role for Social Services, Hull City Council for 7 years, during which time I completed my LLB Law degree with Nottingham Trent University. I then worked as a Legal Secretary for Andrew Jackson Solicitors, before moving on to a HR role at the University of Hull, where I completed my Level 5 CIPD in Human Resource Management. In March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, my role was made redundant. I was, however, lucky enough to then experience the care sector, working as an Activity Coordinator for the Old School House, a home for residents with advanced dementia. In December 2020, I was very excited to find out that I had been offered my current role here at Wyke College as a Careers Officer.

What are you most looking forward to over the next year?

I’m excited about the new Careers Programme we are launching. The Careers Team are putting a lot of hard work into making sure students have every opportunity possible to gain the right skills and access excellent advice and guidance, ready for the future.

 Do you have any interests outside of work?

Getting out! Camping, walking, anything that takes me to nature. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting around a campfire, eating and drinking after a 10 mile hike with the dog. I also love to go on lots of mini adventures with my 2 year old son.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am a qualified Doula! Although it’s not something I have done for a long time now. I also lived in Tenerife for 2 years when I was a young and exciting 21 year old.

Why do you believe that National Careers Week is so important?

National Careers Week is all about getting to know the different careers and employers that are out there. It’s important to look at some of the different events taking place as you may come across a career that really interests you that you had never even considered before. It’s also a great opportunity to talk to employers, ask questions and learn about different companies and what they have to offer.

Thanks Claire and welcome to Wyke. If you see Claire around campus, say hello!

An Entrepreneurial Spirit: Benjamin Underwood

By | Course News, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Media

As part of National Careers Week 2021, we have been lucky enough to catch up with some of the wonderful members of our Alumni Community.

Benjamin Underwood, former student and Owner of the amazing animated video production company Squideo was one of these. Benjamin studied A Levels in Media, Film, Graphic Design and English Language and progressed onto study Broadcast Media at Leeds Met University.

Inspired by his passion for video production, creativity and year in Japan, Squideo was brought to life 6 years ago. The company has since achieved outstanding success growing from a one-man band to a highly professional team of ten who work alongside clients all around the world including the FA, Unilever and Barclays – impressive!

Benjamin gives us a great insight into his journey, along with providing some valuable advice for students aspiring to a similar career.

What is your current position?

Owner of Squideo – Animated video company

What did you enjoy the most about your subjects?

Learning a range of skills that could be of real benefit graphics, editing, filming etc. Having the opportunity to see which one I liked best and finding out which I was strongest in.

Did you take part in any enrichment activities at Wyke?

Media trip to New York which was EPIC! Made me realise I wanted to do and be something big. What is your favourite memory from your time at College? Shooting and editing this music video: Media Studies Video. What a masterpiece.

Please give a little bit of detail about what you progressed onto do after College

University course in Broadcast Media at Leeds Met based at Hull College. I had a year in Japan and came back to set up my own animation business 6 years ago. Grown from just myself to a team of 10 working with clients from around the world including the FA, Unilever and Barclays.

Tell us a little bit about your current role.

I work mainly on developing the business now and managing the team. I do occasionally dip back into production when we get super busy as it’s something I really enjoy. What do you find the most enjoyable about this position? I love creating concepts and ideas as well as learning new creative skills as much as I can. I also enjoy creating opportunities for other people which is something I’ve been able to do through the business.

Has there been a particular highlight for you so far?

Not being told what to do is the biggest highlight. It’s nice to go into the office with a great collaborative atmosphere with motivated people.

How did your sixth form studies help you in your current role?

Helped me through giving me access to the editing suite and equipment. Allowed me to focus my time on doing what i wanted to do with the support i needed around me. Do you have any hobbies or interests in your spare time? I enjoy learning Japanese, Boxing, Weight Lifting and creating other businesses. I always need something to do.

Do you have any advice for Wyke students aspiring to a similar career?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get your foot in the door where you can. If you want something bad enough it will happen. Never stop learning and do things for free. Your skills and portfolio are your biggest assets in this industry

Thanks Benjamin! We are excited to see where your business takes you over the coming years. #MakeItHappen

Wyke partners with Flex Health

By | News, Physical Education

Wyke Sixth Form College and Flex Health have partnered up to create a work experience programme designed to give PE and Sport students on the college’s Pre-Physiotherapy Enrichment Programme an insight into the world of physiotherapy.

Flex Health is the region’s leading provider of Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Neurological physiotherapy, offering expert care for clients suffering from sports injuries, spinal, joint and degenerative conditions and neurological conditions including acquired brain injury, strokes and MS.

PE & Sport teacher, Hollie Rhodes, said: “This partnership offers endless opportunity. It is giving invaluable experience to our students at the very start of their potential career in physiotherapy/sports rehabilitation industry.

“It’s making them stand out from the crowd for university and job applications; along with gaining extended knowledge linking to the CTEC Injuries and Massage modules and Component 1 for A Level.”

Despite the pandemic, Flex were able to offer placements to two of Wyke’s PE and Sport students, Will Huyton and EmmieLou Fenton.

Will, who aspires to become a physiotherapist, said: “I took part in work experience to gain a greater insight into the world of physiotherapy.

“It showed me the almost miracle-like work of physiotherapists. The staff at the clinic managed to get a woman, who had suffered spinal injuries after falling from a horse, walking again. To see it first-hand was incredible.

“This work experience has only enforced my desire to become a physiotherapist.”

EmmieLou, who also aspires to become a physiotherapist, added: “Taking part in the Flex Health work experience allowed me to gain a wider appreciation for how varied the profession is.

“I have learned some of the crucial qualities required to be a successful physiotherapist.”


Meet our Careers Team: Vicky Riseham

By | Course News

We are kick-starting our National Careers Week celebrations by introducing our amazing Careers Team. We start by introducing our fantastic Careers Lead, Vicky Riseham;

Tell us a bit about your working life background

I started my career as a Business Apprentice at BAe Systems and worked there for 16 years ending up in the supply chain department, planning the delivery of aircraft parts and monitoring their progress and delivery. After taking voluntary redundancy, I was approached by The Children’s University to be their employer co-ordinator, helping employers to mentor young people in schools. I was then asked by Hull City Council to run a project called the Skills Fund offering funding to employers for academic courses, which I did for 4 years. This then led to me working for the training provider linked to the Council, Hull Training and Adult Education, delivering apprenticeships and ended up as their Engagement Manager. I was recruited by Wyke College as Work Experience and Careers Co-ordinator for Wyke College and in 2019 was promoted to Careers Lead.

I have recently completed the OCR level 6 Careers Guidance Course and the OCR Careers Leader Course.

How long have you worked at Wyke?

I have been at Wyke 5 years in June and still feel like I am learning every day.

What is your favourite part of your job?

Watching a child walk into my office at the start of their 2 years at Wyke and leave as a young adult prepared to take on the world 2 years later. I will always shed a tear when a student comes to see us to say they have been successful in achieving a great university place or apprenticeship – I can’t help it!

What is your best memory of working at Wyke so far?

Singing karaoke “How Deep is your Love” with the Major of Phitsanulok in Thailand on a college trip.

What are you most looking forward to over the next year?

We have just created a brand new team, with two excellent Careers Officers and lockdown has given us a chance to reflect and look at how we deliver our service. I am most looking forward to delivering a careers programme that is absolutely suited to our students, so they leave the college with a full understanding of the exciting opportunities ahead of them.

Do you have any hobbies/ interests outside of work?

I used to play netball to a reasonable standard until I became too fat and old!! In the last lockdown I did the couch to 5K and really enjoyed it, so I try and keep that up a few times a week (once a week really)!! I also have a one-eyed mental dog that needs walking every night.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I have had the same group of girl friends since I was 15. We worked together at my Saturday job when I was at school and we have been best friends ever since. We have gone through so many fantastic times together from engagements, marriages, children and all the bad stuff. I am so lucky to have these friends, they have saved me thousands of pounds on therapy!! A boring fact to other but really special to me.

Why do you believe that National Careers Week is so important?

There are so many career opportunities out there for our students, many that we don’t know about as careers is ever evolving and it is about our student knowing how to not just plan, but manage their career and National Careers Week is a great platform for highlighting this and some of the great career paths that are available.

Thanks Vicky!  We can’t wait to see how the careers programme develops over the next year.

Got an enquiry about careers or supporting our students? Contact:

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