This week we have the first of our celebratory evening events: the Awards Evening on 13th October is for students who have performed particularly well and progressed onto our second year. I am really looking forward to meeting the winners and their parents.
As I will be reading a short description written by departmental colleagues for each individual winner, I thought that I would share some of the key characteristics that are common for most of the winners. These are: that all of the winners have worked extremely hard; all are well-organised and show great commitment; all have made tremendous progress since coming to Wyke and are team players; all are willing to listen and take advice about further improvement; all have gone beyond what is expected of them and are a real "pleasure to teach".
I am certain that these characteristics are shared by "winners" in all walks of life, whether it is captains of industry, academia or sport. I can imagine Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Trevor Bayliss as well as Alex Ferguson, Brian Clough, Bill Shankly or Don Revie using similar descriptors for their "star" players. The adage that "the more you put in, the more you get out" seems so true of our Wyke winners.
We have a particularly busy period ahead: a parents' evening for our "Flyers", the 75 students who all have mainly A* and As at GCSE. We have put together a unique and exciting programme to meet their needs and to enable them to fulfil their outstanding potential. Thereafter, we have two Open Evenings in November when we hope to meet our prospective students/parents and to "show-off" our wonderful College.