Monday, 26 August 2013

Wyke - Top 10% of Colleges and School Sixth Forms

As the new academic year approaches, I have thought long and hard about how I should begin my first blog of the year: perhaps a quote from Bobby D, Sixto Rodriguez or even mention of my beloved Leeds United. No! There is only one place to begin.

Congratulations and a heartfelt Well Done to all of our students, parents and staff for the amazing success that has been achieved by their hard work, sacrifice, support and commitment.

Our results are exceptional: 99.5% pass rate at A2 level; 93.6% pass rate at AS level; a fourfold increase in the number of A*s at A2 level to 85; 49% of our students achieving A* - B grades at A2 level; the largest number of Distinctions and Distinction*s on our BTEC courses. This also means that there has been a substantial increase in our average points score per candidate and per entry. National data indicates that our College is now amongst the top 10% of Colleges and School Sixth Forms, nationally. Wow, how brilliant is that? It confirms that provided that students who come to Wyke are prepared to work hard, listen to the advice and guidance offered and to get involved in all that our College has to offer, there is no limit to what can be achieved. I genuinely believe that we have some of the best teaching staff in their subjects and that combined with the other support that students receive and our superb facilities, we have the recipe for outstanding success. Behind the statistics, there are so many individual success stories: all of our Oxbridge students have been successful; so too in all of our medics and vets: some of our students are the highest achievers in comparison to any National successes. Our “partner” organisations that have previously “re-interpreted” the official performance league tables and may have spread misinformation about Wyke, BEWARE. There is no hiding place now.

Clearly, we are proud of all of our students and every student’s success has a ‘story’. I would like to mention just some of our highest achievers. Calum Barnett and Lydia Edwards (previously Kelvin Hall); Lydia Bloomfield to read Veterinary Science at Cambridge (ex-Longcroft School); Conor Fowler to read natural Sciences at Cambridge (ex-Kingswood High School); Louise Smith (ex-Malet Lambert); Harriet Hobday (ex-Beverley High School); Alex Worrell to read English at Oxford (ex-Hull Collegiate); Millie Bardsley (ex- Hull Collegiate); James Clark (ex-Hymers); Riley Wong (ex-Newland School for Girls); Alice Fairless (ex-Hessle High School); Sol Yi Nam (ex-Hull College); Jacob Phillipson (ex-Cottingham High School); Jennifer Railton (ex-Kelvin Hall); Ian Parr (ex-Winifred Holtby); Ashleigh Davidson (ex-Driffield School); Leanne Burton (ex-South Hunsley School); Christina Tarbotton (ex-South Hunsley School)Hollie Dearing (ex-St Marys); Harry Jarvis (ex-Beverley Grammar); Birgul Onay (ex-Sydney Smith); Katazyna Vaikovska (ex-Endeavour); Amandeep Kaur (ex-Malet Lambert); Rebecca Howman (ex-Malet Lambert); James Ireland (Sirius); Ruth Hill(home educated); Charlotte Green (ex-Hessle High School). We are so proud of all of our students.

Enjoy the remaining holiday to our prospective students, and remember, don’t be put off by what you may hear second hand. Come and judge for yourself. As ever, just as I am very optimistic at the start of each football season for my beloved Leeds United, I am extremely confident about our College success.  

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Outstanding Results at Wyke Sixth Form College

A Level pass rate 99.5%
100% pass rate in 38 subjects
AS Level pass rate 93.6%
100% pass rate in 18 subjects

Yet again, students at Wyke Sixth Form College have shown a combination of talent and hard work to achieve outstanding success.  This, combined with superb teaching and the best possible facilities, has meant that 99.5% of students have achieved a pass grade at A Level with 38 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate.  There has been a three-fold increase in students achieving the much coveted A* grade and 48% of students achieving A*-B grades.

At AS level the pass rate is 93.6% with 18 subjects achieving 100%.

No fewer than 70 students achieved at least three grades at A* or A and particular congratulations go to:

            Calum Barnett 5 A*
            Harriet Hobday 3 A*
            Morgan Mills 3 A*
            Lydia Edwards 3 A*    
            Connor Fowler 2 A*                
            Lydia Bloomfield 2 A*
            Leanne Burton 2 A*
            James Clark 2 A*
            Emily Craddock 2 A*
            Charlotte Failey 2 A*
            Aiden O’Connell 2 A*
            Jennifer Railton 2 A*
            Jessica Whitfield 2 A*
            Alex Worrell 2 A*

The BTEC results at our College were outstanding with the following students achieving the top grades of at least 2 A* or equivalent:

            Alexander Holliday
            Thomas Bottomley
            James Ireland
            Jonathan Jackson
            Sharma Jorgensen
            Saul Kirk
            Tom McAlindon
            Luke Parker
            James Stephenson

Principal, Jay Trivedy, said:

“These are another outstanding set of results and reflect the tremendous work that is done at our College by all the staff and students.  The age range of 16 – 19 is, in my opinion, the most exciting period when young people are fully exploring their own lasting potential.  It is a pleasure to be able to work with them and a privilege to be able to lead such a wonderful College.

The staff at Wyke show year on year their expertise in bringing the best out of each and every student.  Post-16 students are our sole focus and the students at Wyke show what can be achieved when the right teaching, support and facilities are there for them.

I am absolutely delighted particularly with the large number of students achieving the top grades and I know that our College will continue to provide the best possible education for the widest range of young people.  We have consistently shown what can be done in the city.  It is an engine of confidence and achievement for the future.

I am especially pleased that all three of our Oxbridge applicants and all of our medical applicants have been successful.  However, I am delighted for all of the students and their achievements.  I would like to thank the families and staff (teaching and non-teaching) who have been so supportive of our students.”

Mr John Wilson, Chair of the Wyke Sixth Form College Corporation, added:

“Once again our students have achieved a fantastic set of results.  I congratulate them for their hard work and wish them well for the future.  Thanks must go to all the College staff for their hard work and dedication.”

Jay Trivedy

14th August 2013