What is the Flyers Programme?
The Flyers Programme is 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.
The Programme has various elements of which students can choose to best reflect their study programme and future ambitions.
The key elements of the Programme are:
- Russell Group and Oxbridge University visits;
- Oxbridge preparation;
- Staff supervisor for the Extended Project Qualification; and
- Foreign cultural visits.
How do I become part of the Programme?
We offer the programme to students who are academic high flyers achieving mainly 7s and 8s in their GCSE’s. However, the programme is not exclusive; throughout the year, students with excellent progress at Wyke can join the programme. In addition, students may also join certain strands of the Programme such as applying for trips or engaging in the Oxbridge programme.
Wyke has great links with both Oxford and Cambridge and has been the host of the East Riding Oxford Application Conference for the last four years.
Our link colleges are Mansfield College (Oxford) and Kings College (Cambridge).
The application process starts in the December of a student’s first year with the Oxbridge Application Programme launch event. Previous Wyke students return to talk about how they came to choose Oxbridge universities. their experience of the application process. and what it is like to study at the universities.
For those students considering applying to Oxbridge, we attend the annual Oxbridge Application Conference at St. James· Park. Newcastle to provide both general and subject specific workshops for our students.
In the Summer of the first year. we run residential trips to Oxford and Cambridge to visit open events and experience the cities first hand. These trips also give our students the opportunity to stay in an Oxbridge College (in the past we have stayed in Homerton. Kings and Mansfield).
As students reach their second year. there is a programme of support to help with personal statements and application tests. We run an Oxbridge Interview Event in November with local academics and industry experts. as well as our senior staff. as interviewers.
All of this supports students who are aiming for Oxbridge to realise their dream of studying at two of the best universities in the world.
Sam Winstanley, Former The Market Weight School Student
Study Programme at Wyke: Maths, Chemistry and Geography
Current Destination: University of Nottingham, Chemical Engineering
“My experience at Wyke has been an overwhelming success. I thought that moving from a small school to a larger college would be a daunting experience yet it wasn’t at all. Everyone is so friendly and approachable. Flyers has provided me with so many useful skills and experiences which I will never forget.”
Lucy Moir, Former Beverley High School Student
Study Programme at Wyke: English Literature, Drama & Theatre and Government & Politics
Current Destination: University of Sussex, American Studies
“The independence and opportunity to meet new people was why I chose to study my A Levels at the College. I enjoyed being able to complete an EPQ as it allowed me to research and write about a topic I found interesting.”
Magda Wilson, Former St. Mary’s School Student
Study Programme at Wyke: Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology
Current Destination: University of Edinburgh, Sociology & Social Anthropology
“I knew Wyke was the College I wanted to study at because I felt it had a much more mature and relaxed environment than other colleges. I knew I wanted to study Human, Social and Political Sciences at university and my teachers and Flyers mentor offered me additional support sessions to further develop my knowledge in these areas.”
Bryan Yalung, Former Vale Academy Student
Study Programme at Wyke: Biology, Chemistry and History
Current Destination: University of Nottingham, Chemistry
“I was attracted to studying at Wyke because it offered me with many opportunities that would allow me to progress into Higher Education. Being a Flyer I have gained invaluable skills, experiences and support with my personal statement for university.”