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Richard Huish College wins national award for going above and beyond during the pandemic

The Sixth Form College Association (SFCA) has credited Richard Huish College for its work during the past year, awarding the college in the COVID Above and Beyond category at the annual SFCA Awards.

Huish was shortlisted for two categories: Covid Above and Beyond and Enrichment and Employability. The SFCA awards celebrate the past year of achievements and success of colleges across the country, as well as highlighting the great work they have done behind the scenes and for the community.

Due to current restrictions, the ceremony took place virtually this year but staff at the college were able to gather in a socially distanced bubble to tune in live and hear the winners announced.

Huish missed out on the Enrichment and Employability award but was recognised in the shortlisting for the programme of activity they provide alongside the taught curriculum to enhance students’ knowledge and skills.

Activities at Huish this year have included book club, Rainbow Alliance, music, sports, debating, film club, photography, blender animation, student e-newsletter, creative writing, wildlife identification, eco action group, science clubs and DofE to name just a few. Despite the lockdown, Huish was also delighted to run it’s annual Original Writing and Illustration Awards for local schools.

The team at Huish was delighted to receive a COVID Above and Beyond award. This special category was added for 2021 to recognise those that have made a significant positive impact over the past 12 months in a time of disruption and separation. Alongside opening the college’s COVID-19 testing facility to local schools and successfully supporting their learners both on site and remotely, a number of #HuishHeroes arose to support the community. Apprentices and volunteers worked on the front line in schools, hospitals, and care homes whilst other staff and students raised funds for charity.

Principal, Emma Fielding, said: “We strive to provide students with a broad and holistic education where, as well as achieving excellent results, our young people have the opportunity to develop their interests and wider skills in a way that prepares them for all aspects of life beyond college.

“The support of our staff, students and community has been tremendous in the past 12 months and their collective innovative and creative ideas have helped us to continue to offer a variety of enrichment possibilities. I am very proud of everything they have achieved together, and it has been wonderful to see their hard work recognised by the Sixth Form College Association.”


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