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Weekly RAG Grade – Remote Learning Engagement 4

By | News for Parents

All students have received a RAG mark to represent the quality of their engagement with the remote working tasks set from 1st – 4th May (Remote Engagement Week 4). The engagement RAG ratings will continue to be collected weekly to inform the pastoral team of the level of student engagement in the remote learning. Teachers and tutors will be following up any concerns and please do get in touch if you have any further issues about the RAG marks.

  • RED RAG Rating: No student engagement (there may be legitimate reasons for this for example illness or IT issues. In this instance, please let your son/daughter’s tutor know.)
  • AMBER RAG Rating: Some student engagement, but poor quality of work.
  • GREEN RAG Rating: Student is fully engaged and producing good quality work.

RAGs are visible under the Achievement & Reviews Tab once logged into Parent Portal.
Please click on Grade Summary for a week by week review of subject engagement. The most recent review (1st – 4th May) is under the heading of RL4 (Remote Learning 4)

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A Mathematical Genius!

By | Course News, Mathematics

We loved hearing from former Wyke student Katie Weatherill who achieved exceptional success both at college and beyond, going on to study at one of the best universities in the world. Katie studied at Wyke along with her twin sister Lucy and left in 2018 after two fantastic years on a highly academic study programme along with throwing herself into many enrichments and trip opportunities.

What was your study programme at Wyke?

I studied Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

What did you go on to do after Wyke?

I am currently studying a Physics degree at The University of Oxford. (Lucy is also at Oxford!)

What attracted you to choose Maths +/ Further Maths as part of your study programme at Wyke?

Maths is the most important subject for an application for a STEM subject at university but having Further Maths as well makes you stand out, especially for an application to a top university. Taking both courses has been an immense help for my degree which is very mathematical.

What did you enjoy most about these two courses?

I honestly enjoyed all aspects of the courses.

How did the courses compliment each other?

Studying both courses means you get a much wider range of maths knowledge and a much better understanding. It’s a good challenge and a great opportunity not to be missed.

What advice would you give to any upcoming Maths/ Further Maths student?

Everything may seem a little bit overwhelming to start off with but keep going, it will all pay off!

Finally, what was your favourite memory of college life?

I liked all of college life. I thought the college trips were particularly enjoyable. Especially the Physics trip to CERN which was fun and also useful as I was asked about it in 4 of my university interviews!

Thank you so much Katie. We look forward to following the rest of your journey and seeing where your degree takes you in the future!

If you would like to share your own success with us, please do get in touch at: marketing@wyke.ac.uk

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Go far with A Level Further Maths

By | Course News, Mathematics

A Level Further Mathematics is a course which is often wrongly believed to be more difficult than A Level Maths. We thought that we’d break down some of the common misconceptions around the subject, in order to help you make the most informed choice when you’re selecting your A Level subjects.

A level Further Maths is not more difficult than A Level Maths, it just covers other areas of mathematics that can’t fit into A level Maths. It means that Further Maths students will cover different maths topics which is very helpful when they go on to university.

Further Maths students are put in a separate A level Maths classes that consist of only students with the highest GCSE Maths grades. If you are getting an 8 or a 9 at GCSE Maths you should strongly consider doing the AS Further Maths.

A level Further Maths is a totally separate A Level to A Level Maths. Students study A Level Further Maths will get a grade in A Level Maths and another grade for A Level Further Maths, plus a separate amount of UCAS points.

You DO NOT have to study Further Maths as a fourth subject. In reality the majority of the Further Maths students study Further Maths as their third A level.

Most universities, especially Russell Group members, see Further Maths as a major plus. Two of our current set of Oxbridge students only study 3 A levels and 1 of these is Further Maths. The majority of Further Maths students are NOT going on to university to study Maths. In fact, they often go on to study a whole range of subjects, including:

  • Engineering,
  • Physics,
  • Natural Sciences,
  • Accounting and
  • Economics.

We hope that you find this useful. More information about our A Level Further Mathematics course can be found on the course leaflet – simply select it from the subject page and click download!

 

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Vocational courses: Important information

By | Applied Science, Course News, Criminology, Dance, Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, News, Performing Arts

From next week, all vocational courses that will complete this year will no longer be setting work for students to complete, taking work in or providing RAG grades for engagement. Teams will continue to support students with work that may help them to prepare for their planned next step, but there will be no compulsion for students to engage in this, nor will this be monitored.

There are a couple of important exceptional cases:

  • Criminology year 1: All criminology year 1 students will CONTINUE to receive set work on a weekly basis and RAG grades will be provided to monitor engagement until the end of the academic year.
  • Foundation year BTEC courses: These courses will now finish. However, many of you will be wanting to progress to level 3 course next year. If you are in this position, you will receive a letter explaining the conditions for your progression in the autumn.

We still do not have clarity on the process for vocational qualifications. It is probable that we will be asked to complete a similar process to A levels and GCSEs, with teachers providing estimated grades and rankings based on what they judge the students would have achieved if their courses had continued.

There are still some students who have not submitted work that was due before the national closure. If this applies to you, please urgently discuss this with your subject tutors, as staff will not have the evidence they need to support giving you the best possible grades.

If you’d like more information, Ofqual released their consultation on the processes for vocational courses completing this summer last Friday. This is still very much focused about defining the rules for exam boards to use.

You can access it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-consultation-on-awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-summer-2020

Edexcel have also been updating their information and have started a weekly bulletin: http://view.ocrm1.pearson.com/

Welcome Back Students

Tutorial Newsletter 7

By | News for Parents

Welcome to issue seven of our tutorial newsletter. We have lots of information for you this week on a wide variety of topics, whether your courses are continuing or not. It is our aim to help support and guide you as much as we can to enable you to be successful. For those of you whose courses have finished, we also want you to feel assisted in your next steps, whatever they may be: Tutorial Weekly Notice Week 7

Weekly RAG Grade – Remote Learning Engagement 3

By | News for Parents, Uncategorised
All students have received a RAG mark to represent the quality of their engagement with the remote working tasks set from 24th – 28th April (Remote Engagement Week 3). The engagement RAG ratings will continue to be collected weekly to inform the pastoral team of the level of student engagement in the remote learning. Teachers and tutors will be following up any concerns and please do get in touch if you have any further issues about the RAG marks.
  • RED RAG Rating: No student engagement (there may be legitimate reasons for this for example illness or IT issues. In this instance, please let your son/daughter’s tutor know.)
  • AMBER RAG Rating: Some student engagement, but poor quality of work.
  • GREEN RAG Rating: Student is fully engaged and producing good quality work.

RAGs are visible under the Achievement & Reviews Tab once logged into Parent Portal.

Please click on Grade Summary for a week by week review of subject engagement. The most recent review (24th April – 28th April) is under the heading of RL3 (Remote Learning 3)

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First Class Education

By | Awards, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Spanish

An official report shows that 33% of former Wyke students, who graduated in 2019, achieved a first class degree classification.

The HESA report, published by the Sixth Form Colleges Association, reveals that the academic performance of Wyke students, who progressed onto university, achieved higher than any other sector average. That includes the independent school sector ( 30.4%) and school sixth forms (28.1%).

For more information about our Oxbridge and Flyer programmes, visit https://wyke.ac.uk/wyke-flyers/. Both these Wyke programmes are designed to further support our students in achieving outstanding success and preparing them for transition to highly competitive universities such as the Russell Group and Oxbridge, further study or progression into competitive industries.

A Level Physics Prep

Preparing for Study: A Level Physics

By | Physics

If you’re in Year 11 and looking at studying Physics with us in September, there are some excellent free online resources to help you prepare and expand your knowledge of the subject!

Gresham College have a collection of free lectures which focus on Astrophysics and Astronomy. Lectures include ‘Why Society Needs Astronomy and Cosmology’ by Professor Roberto Trotta and ‘Are We Alone in the Universe?’ presented by Professor Joseph Silk.

Future Learn offers a number of free short courses with topics including energy systems, flight mechanics and battery storage technology.

By using these resources, you will be able to explore how Physics links to everyday life, society and potential career or university pathways.

These resources will also be beneficial for any students considering completing an EPQ and may even help inspire your topic!

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Wyke goes the distance

By | News

On Friday 8th May, 32 members of staff from the college will be running the equivalent of four virtual marathons in order to raise money for the NHS.

The runners will be split into four teams to run the 42k marathon distance via a virtual relay event, run in real time. At 9.30am the first runner from each team will run the first 5k. This will be done as part of their daily exercise. As they complete the first leg, they will record their time and then contact the next runner in their team and so on. Each member of the team will run 5k and the final runner will run 7k,  logging their time as they do so.

If you would like to support our runners and donate to this fantastic cause, you can do so via our JustGiving page which can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wykerunsamarathon

We wish our runners the very best of luck and on behalf of our runners and Wyke’s staff and students, thank you to all NHS workers.

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Preparing for Wyke: Transition Work

By | Course News, News for Parents

As we are currently unable to confirm our traditional Wyke Start taster event, on Wednesday June 3rd, Wyke will be launching transition work for year 11 applicants.

Each subject will be providing a number of assignments to help guide you towards starting Wyke in September. These assignments will be designed to support your understanding of your selected study programme, to make you feel comfortable with the subject themes and curriculum topics.

Although the work will not be assessed and graded, or inhibit your enrolment at college, we would encourage you to complete the work for your selected subjects before enrolling to Wyke in September. It may be used to support your enrolment if you are slightly under the required criteria.

The work will be made available through our main website and publicised through our social media channels at the beginning of June, just after half-term. We will also send you another email nearer the date, with a link to our website page.

If you need any more help or guidance, please contact office@wyke.ac.uk and they will direct your email to the relevant member of staff.

Stay safe, enjoy learning about your new subjects and we look forward to welcoming you to Wyke in September.