Wyke Sixth Form College is situated on a beautiful £28M university-style campus which provides a student centred community. The College has four separate buildings; Oak, Ash, Elm and Wilson. Together, these buildings house our extensive offering of over 45 Level 3 subjects and are linked by the outside landscaped courtyard and extensive social space.
The Oak Atrium is home to a state-of-the-art Library with space for students to access both reading and online resources. There is also a contemporary Theatre which accommodates Drama & Theatre and Performing Arts subjects along with our annual Cross College Production.
The Refectory serves a varied breakfast and lunch menu daily and is open for drinks and snacks throughout the day.
Upstairs in Oak, the Music Department have a high-tech recording studio and our Media Department have video editing facilities, an apple mac suite and a visual effects green room.
Ash is home to various subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Applied Science with their accompanying labs and experiment rooms. It is also home to Wyke’s creative hub; Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography with an inbuilt Photography Studio.
Next door, we have the Wilson Building, named after our long standing Chairman John Wilson. The building is home to our Social Science subjects including Sociology, Psychology and Criminology, alongside Humanities and Law. Not forgetting the famous Wilsons Waffles eatery.
Our final building is Elm. This building houses our fantastic Dance and Fitness Studio which is used by Dance, Physical Education and Sport students. The studio is frequently used for many of our fantastic enrichments such as our lunchtime Yoga classes and our award-winning Dance Team. The upstairs teaching space is dedicated to our BTEC in Health & Social Care, along with our brand new T Level in Health course.
Take a look for yourself with our 360-Degree Virtual Campus Tour below.
360-Degree Virtual Campus Tour
Take a virtual stroll around our university-style campus. Hover over the areas of interest to hear our specialist teachers give a short introduction to the course. You can also download our course leaflets by clicking on the pointers in each room.
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.