Latest DfE league tables analysed
In the latest league tables, published in January 2018 by the Department for Education (DfE), Richard Huish College has excelled in all categories. The league tables set out comparisons on college performance at A Level and vocational courses in the following categories:
• Average grade (the average grade of all students in all subjects taken)
• Value added (The increase or decrease in all students’ achievement based on their predicted outcomes from GCSE)
• Number and percentage of students achieving AAB or higher in at least 2 facilitating subjects (Maths, Further Maths, English Literature, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages). These are subjects that the top universities in the country more frequently require for entry to degree programmes.
• Grade points for a student’s best 3 A Levels. Universities look at the best three grades as entry criteria, so the DfE uses this measure to compare results across the country.
Huish has a wide catchment area for students, drawing from Uffculme School, Tiverton High School, West Somerset College and Huish Episcopi Academy as well as schools closer to Taunton. This is because Huish students consistently achieve at high levels when compared to other schools and colleges in the South West and nationally.
A Levels - Huish has one of the highest grade averages of C+, higher than most 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*-, higher than any other local colleges who recorded between Distinction+ and Distinction-. The national average is a Distinction.
Facilitating Subjects - Huish students also topped the tables for the percentage of students achieving AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects with 15.7%, beating the second best college, Exeter College, by 3.8%
Grade and Point Score – In A Levels, Huish had a point score of 32.61, the highest of all the colleges, with the average grade a student achieves in their best three A Levels being a C+.
The Times Educational Supplement has also, for the third year running, nominated Richard Huish College for its Sixth Form College of the Year Award praising it particularly for its support for students, provision of enrichment and its multi-million pound investment in extending and enhancing the facilities for students.
Principal, John Abbott commented, “At Huish, we put our students at the heart of everything we do. Students are happy, well supported and challenged. They are well informed when making their choices of a programme of study and are guided to choose what suits their talents and strengths and will also open the doors to 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. This success is now recognised by the Department for Education with the publication of these league tables.”
The DfE League Tables 2018 can be accessed here: www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk