To be able to achieve outstanding success, we believe that you need to be in outstanding surroundings, and this is what we offer here at Wyke. The College boasts four separate buildings, each housing different subjects and amenities that are linked together by the outside, landscaped area which provides an extensive social space.
There is an enormous Learning Resource Centre, allowing more students than ever to access both reading materials and on-line resources. We provide excellent sporting facilities; with a four badminton court sports hall, a dance and fitness suite and an all-weather outdoor pitch.
The contemporary theatre space accommodates Dance, Drama and music performances. The Music department have a high tech recording studio and Media have video editing facilities, an apple mac suite and a visual effects green room.
Students can also enjoy the Refectory, which serves breakfast and lunch, and the Coffee Bar which is available for drinks and snacks throughout the day.
The aim was to provide a ‘University Campus’ feel to the College, which certainly has been achieved and which is being utilised and enjoyed by all our students.
COVID-19 Cross College Risk Assessment
Over the last two months the college has put into place significant controls to ensure that risk of infection from COVID-19 is reduced to both staff, students and the wider community. This has involved stakeholders from all areas of the college including, but not limited to: the senior leadership team, all teaching and support staff, the College Corporation, teacher and support staff union representatives and our insurance providers. Our controls come from a review of a variety of guidance from the DfE and other appropriate bodies. You can find our overarching college risk assessment below. As with any risk assessment process, this is dynamic and is reviewed weekly by the senior and college leadership teams, reported to the college Corporation bi-weekly, and is therefore subject to change or modification at any point.
All appropriate controls have been considered and put into place across our site and transport provision. We have links with both local and regional public health teams who support an ongoing dialogue where needed around suspected and confirmed cases. In the case of any suspected or confirmed cases we will follow their guidance on communication timelines and audience.
The risk assessment provides a top level view of strategies that are in place. On a practical level, a selection of controls include:
- all are highly recommended to wear face coverings in all social area of the college
- all staff and students to be provided with face coverings
- one way systems in place
- reduced class sizes and modifications to seating in all areas
- cardboard barriers in place in class and work rooms where social distancing is not possible
- a significant increase in sanitisation stations
- test and trace processes in place
- safety screens in high traffic support areas
- privatisation of all transport provision
- individual risk assessments for all curriculum and support areas
- reduced capacity in library, social and canteen areas
- enhanced cleaning across the site
- continued reviews of controls through all levels of management
- unless necessary, all meetings with external agencies and parents/carers are taking place online
- all initial information events are taking place online
The college has taken appropriate measures to quality assure the risk assessments and controls and members of staff at all levels have been involved in identifying risks and putting controls into place. External bodies have also been involved in assessing the controls put into place. All our risk assessments and guidance documents are based around the most recent Department for Education opening guidance
You can find our top level risk assessment here as well as the guidance we have provided to all students about being COVID safe on site. We presented several webinars for students and parents/carers in late August and you can see videos of these here. All our risk assessments and guidance documents are based around the most recent Department for Education opening guidance and will be reviewed in light of any changes.