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Huish shortlisted for TES Sixth Form College of the Year for the second consecutive year

Posted on 16th December 2016

Principal John Abbott and Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association with Huish Students.

Principal John Abbott and Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association with Huish Students.

Richard Huish College is delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious TES Sixth Form College of the Year award for the second year running.

The Times 2017 Further Education Awards celebrate the dedication and expertise of colleges who make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners. Winning an award, or even being shortlisted, is a fantastic accolade, rewarding the hard work and achievements of staff and students. Being recognised in this way for the second year running makes the achievement even more exceptional.

The ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ College, in South Road, Taunton, is the only Sixth Form College in the South West of England to be shortlisted and is up against seven other finalists bidding for the title.

The Sixth Form College of the Year Award recognises Sixth Form Colleges that epitomise the qualities which make the sector so distinctive; excellence in 16-18 education, quality of teaching and learning as well as student outcomes. They also look for colleges who are reaching out to other institutions, with a commitment to sharing good practice and raising achievement more widely. Richard Huish College, through The Huish Trust, works with The Taunton Academy and a number of local primary schools to provide a wide range of opportunities to ensure all students make the most of learning and is using its expertise to raise the quality of the student’s experience and attainment.

Finalists were announced on Friday 16th December and the winner will be revealed at a high profile gala awards ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday 24th February 2017. Huish will be featured in The Times in the run up to the awards ceremony.

Principal John Abbott said: “We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award for the second year running. To be a finalist with so many other top Sixth Form Colleges is in itself a huge achievement that is down to the students' hard work and the commitment from the teachers at Huish. As a non-selective college, what we are most proud of at Huish is our ability to work with students and help them achieve results beyond their expectations. To win would be well deserved recognition for all members of the Huish community.”

Visiting the College as the nominations were announced was Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association. He is a great advocate for educational excellence and commented “What a vibrant community of students there is here at Richard Huish College. I am impressed by their commitment to ensuring the best outcomes for all students across a large range of A Level, apprenticeships and vocational courses. They are a worthy nominee for Sixth Form College of the year.”

Richard Huish College consistently achieves some of highest success rates in the country and has been regularly ranked in the top ten for A Level performance. Huish is also in the top performing 15% of all schools and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, for adding value to a students' education. The College has 2,400 learners studying A Levels, Vocational, Apprenticeships and Traineeships, Degrees and Professional Accountancy. 

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