In the latest national league tables, published by the Department for Education (DfE), Richard Huish College has excelled across all categories, outperforming all other colleges in the county. The league tables set out comparisons on college performance for A Level and vocational courses in relation to measures such as average grades, value added (progress) and the number of students achieving top grades in facilitating subjects such as maths, sciences, English, history, geography and modern foreign languages.
As a result of the high levels of success the students achieve, compared to other schools and colleges in the South West and nationally, the college attracts students not only from the local Taunton catchment but from a wide regional area. Young people are attracted to study at Huish from schools such as Uffculme, Tiverton High, West Somerset College, Huish Episcopi Academy, Holyrood Academy, Wadham School, Stanchester Academy and the independent sector.
A Levels – Huish has the highest grade averages of B-, higher than all other local colleges who recorded between C+ and D+ average grade. The national average is a grade C+.
Vocational subjects – the average grade at Huish was a Distinction-, one of the highest grades compared to other local colleges, with the national average being a Merit+.
Facilitating Subjects – Huish students also topped the tables for the percentage of students achieving AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects.
Grade and Point Score – In A Levels, Huish had a point score of 35.64, the highest of all the local colleges.
Principal Designate, Emma Fielding, said: “At Huish, we put our students at the heart of everything we do. Students are happy, supported and challenged. They are well informed when making their course choices and are guided to choose a programme that plays to their talents and strengths and that will open the doors to them in the future.
“All of this, combined with the excellent teaching, as evidenced by Huish’s ongoing status as Ofsted Outstanding, makes Huish one of the best colleges locally and nationally for post 16 study and Apprenticeship opportunities. We are delighted that the success of our students and staff is now recognised by the Department for Education with the publication of these league tables.”