Life after Wyke
Wyke College acts as a key stepping stone and springboard in many young people’s lives. Most progress onto University, others move into employment and some further their qualifications at other specialist colleges.
Whatever your goal or ambition, the staff at Wyke will encourage you to perform to the best of your abilities so that you can succeed in your chosen career too. Below are the profiles of some ex-Wyke students who have gained a higher profile and become well-known figures.
Matthew Hunt is currently the 4th best javelin thrower in Europe and he’s still only 18. Matthew studied Physical Education alongside three other A level subjects whilst at Wyke. He is currently studying for a degree in Sports Science at Leeds Metropolitan University where he is coached by Mick Hill, a former World Athletics bronze medallist. Matthew's next goal is to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.
Robbie Lawson became the first guest presenter of the popular MTV show “TRL”. Robbie studied Media Studies at Wyke and also at University. Whilst on an University trip to New York he visited the MTV studios in Times Square to watch the show broadcast live to 10 million Americans. The producers of the show immediately recognised his “star appeal” and offered him the chance to appear on the show as a guest. They were so impressed with his performance that they invited him back to present the “Top 10 Countdown”. Robbie is now using this unique experience to further his professional career.
Gay-Yee Westerhoff is a member of the internationally successful classical group, “Bond”. She studied music at Wyke and gained a degree in music from Trinity College of Music in London. As a member of Bond she released three highly successful albums that charted throughout the world. In 2009 Peugeot commissioned Bond to record Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" to advertise the 308CC.
Marc Pickering first came to the public’s attention at the age of 12 when he starred opposite Johnny Depp in the Hollywood blockbuster “Sleepy Hollow”. Not happy to sit back on his success, Marc came to Wyke to study Drama to help him progress onto Theatre School. Marc now regularly appears on stage and television, recently starring in Peter Kay's 2008 talent show parody “Britain's Got the Pop Factor”, in which he played R Wayne, a role which involved singing and dancing.