Senior leadership team

“I am privileged to be part of our amazing college. Wyke Sixth Form College offers exceptional sixth form education for the young people of Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. We ensure that our young people develop the skills, the character and the confidence to go on to be leaders of our community. Our students achieve at least as well, if not better, than at any other sixth form provider in the country. This means that they progress on to the most aspirational destinations with 26 students moving on to medical courses and 25 students to Oxford and Cambridge over the last three years.

The College offers a true ‘sixth form’ experience with high quality specialist teaching, a university style campus and a culture that fosters independence and encourages students to take ownership of their learning and development. We believe that our young people do best when supported to make their own decisions. We challenge our students to achieve better than they thought they were capable of but we also provide the guidance and support to ensure this becomes a reality.  

The future of the college is bright, we have increasing numbers of students wanting to study with us and we are investing to develop our estate to provide best in class facilities for academic education.

My career has seen me study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University before working at a range of colleges across the country as a teacher of philosophy and a leader of academic education. My mum is from Hull and it gives me great pleasure to contribute to great education for young people. At Wyke, we aspire to be a cornerstone of educational excellence in Hull and the Humber region and I contribute and lead a range of collaborative groups that serve the local area. I have four children aged 11 and under so I am never struggling to find something to do!

I do hope you find the college to be the inspiring a supportive place we aspire to be. Please do get in touch if you have any feedback or any questions I might be able to help with.”

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Paul Britton

"One of my main roles as Deputy Principal is ensuring the study programmes we offer our students are exceptional. I lead a team of staff which include Curriculum Directors and Heads of Faculty who all work tirelessly to ensure our students receive the very best of educational experience, in and out of the classroom.

In addition, I oversee the college calendar and I am responsible for coordinating our extensive offering of trips and visits. I am exceptionally proud of Wyke and the provision, experience, and opportunities we offer our students which leads them to fantastic destinations and careers.

Outside of work, I have a busy and active family life, which revolves heavily around sport.”

Julie Peaks
Deputy Principal

“My role, as Vice Principal (Student Experience), includes maintaining the provision and quality of the safeguarding, pastoral support, careers and UCAS provision. I lead several teams of student support staff, including: learning support, student careers and work experience guidance, safeguarding and our team of specialist progress tutors. I also manage the UCAS application process and I am responsible for ensuring that our library remains an outstanding resource. All of these areas work tirelessly to support our students, specifically focusing on student transition from year eleven to twelve, academic support and guidance, and progression into University or employment. We are proud of the level of support available here at Wyke and we endeavour to ensure that all students have the appropriate care required for them to achieve their potential.

Most of my free time is spent with my family, visiting play farms and soft play centres with my young daughter. I have a keen interest in sport, particularly football and athletics (as a spectator these days). I also enjoy music, performing in a local band.”

Chris Herring
Vice Principal

"My role as Assistant Principal is to ensure that our teaching and learning is of the highest quality, that Wyke students experience amazing enrichment, and that our communication and liaison with schools keeps our future students informed about the fantastic opportunities at Wyke.

I love to celebrate student success. There’s nothing better than seeing students achieve their potential, whether that’s gaining a place at Oxbridge or that prized Advanced Apprenticeship.

Through my role, I encourage our staff and students to push the boundaries. The result – our outstanding dance shows, brilliant College drama productions, national and international trips, national award-winning teaching, the legendary sports presentation evening, and engaging online exhibitions from our visually creative students. These examples of student experience, combined with outstanding progress, meant Wyke was recognised as a top 2% provider of post-16 education by The Sunday Times in their 2021 Parent Power Survey.

Before my current role, I was a Head of Faculty for PE, Sport, Dance, Performing Art, Media and Film having previously successfully led the Sports and PE department. That same passion, commitment, and teamwork skills that I gained from teaching sport, I use today to drive for even higher standards."

Mark Lucid
Assistant Principal

“My role as H.R. Manager is to ensure we have the right members of staff, in the right place, at the right time and appropriate employment policies and practices. This involves recruiting new members of staff, arranging their working hours, contracts and the necessary safeguarding checks, ensuring they have regular reviews and dealing with any other staffing issues such as absence.

When things change within the college, I am involved in the staffing implications of this. Staff development is also an area I am passionate about, working alongside the Assistant Principal for Quality and the Head of Faculty who leads on Teaching and Learning.”

Jenny Anderson
Human Resources Manager

"My role as Assistant Principal is to coordinate our teaching resources in the form of the College timetable. This ensures that every student has a bespoke timetable that supports their selected study and enrichment programme.

With 12,645 possible course combinations, this is a detailed process. Add a single enrichment to a students timetable from a portfolio of over 40 activities, then this expands to over a mind-blowing 500,000 possible options. The size, scope and flexible capacity of Wyke allows 99.9% of our students to be given a timetable that answers their needs.

Previously at Wyke, I was the Faculty Head of Science for six years, teaching A Level Physics and elements of Applied Science alongside my leadership role. Seeing students celebrating their achievements on results day is amazing, particularly when they secure a place at a prestigious university or advanced apprenticeship."

Robin Jackson
Assistant Principal

"My role as Chief Operating Officer is to lead on the key operational support services within the College including finance, central services, health and safety and the estates infrastructure which incorporates premises and IT.  I also work in collaboration with the wider support functions within the College to provide the best systems and resources to ensure that all our staff are fully supported, and that our students have the best possible campus experience.

This is a proactive role and I enjoy working with the amazing teams across the college to ensure we achieve the best outcomes for our students, something I am very passionate about.

Before I started my role at Wyke, I was the Director of Operations and Compliance at The Consortium Academy Trust, prior to this I worked for a local Secondary School, bringing over 20 years of experience in the education operational sector, to the Wyke Sixth Form College."

Clare Thorley
Chief Operating Officer
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