Richard Huish College students will be celebrating today after an incredibly successful year of A Level and Vocational results. At A Level the Class of 2019 achieved an A* to B pass rate of 53%, and an A* to C pass rate of 78%. The overall A Level pass rate is again an outstanding 99%. Of the students that took Vocational Extended Diplomas, 53% of grades achieved were the very highest distinction or distinction*.

Huish students did extremely well with 72 students gaining three or more A/A*grades, with 17 of these gaining three or more A* grades. Casey Williams is the highest achieving student with an impressive 4 A* grades in Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.

Some of Huish’s highest achievers are:

  • Casey Williams (former Haygrove School) achieved 4 A* grades in Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. Casey has a place to read Computing at Imperial College, London.
  • Keziah Gill-Stevens (former The Castle School) achieved 3 A* grades in Mathematics, Chemistry and Politics and an A grade in Physics. Keziah will progress to University of Manchester to read Physics.
  • Andrew Midenda (former Haygrove School) achieved 3 A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and an A grade in Chemistry. Andrew is going to University of Durham to also read Physics.
  • Jake Moll (former Haygrove School) achieved 3 A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and an A grade in Music. Jake will read Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
  • Josh Goodwin (former Tiverton High School) achieved 3 A* grades in Drama and Theatre Studies, English Language and Literature and Religious Studies. He also gained an A* grade in his Extended Project Qualification. Josh will read English Literature and Philosophy at University of Durham.
  • Caitlin Horne (former Wadham Community School) achieved 3 A* grades in English Language, French and Mathematics and an A* grade in her Extended Project Qualification. Caitlin will read Modern and Medieval Languages at University of Cambridge.
  • Will Swainson (former Stanchester Community School) achieved 3 A* grades in English Literature, Law and Politics. His Extended Project Qualification grade was an A*. Will plans to progress to University of Cambridge to read Law

A further six students achieved an incredible 3 A* grades in their A Levels. These students were Matt Garner (Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics), Arthur Burns-Cox (Biology, Mathematics and Physics), Ellie Taylor (Biology, Chemistry and Spanish), Josh Elliott-Smith (Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics), Jessica Godfrey (Accounting, Business and Psychology) and Mara Carey-Wood (Biology, Chemistry and English Language and Literature).


Ten students achieved the very highest grades, 3 Distinction*, in their Extended Vocational Diplomas. These include: Evan Chase (Pop Music and Music Production), Eren Boga (Pop Music and Music Production), Madi Fisher (Pop Music and Music Production), Sophie Bareham (Information Technology), Finn Anderson-Wishart (Sport), Charlie Bett (Business), Freya Rodgers (Business), Jess Wells (Sport), Sam Coleman (Information Technology) and Hamish Halliday (Digital Media). In addition, Evie King achieved Distinction* grades in Digital Media and Music Production and an A grade in A Level Music. Maxwell Davis achieved a Distinction* grade in Digital Media, an A* grade in Economics and an A grade in Business.

Students achieved a 100% pass rate in the vast majority of subjects. Particularly impressive were the A* – B grades for Further Mathematics (87%), English Literature (73%) and Economics (72%). Notable also are the A*- C grades for Dance (100%), Classical Civilisation (88%), Business (87%), Music (85%), Mathematics (84%) and Biology (82%).

Once again the College’s Vocational students achieved their courses with an impressive set of results. For the first year these Vocational students had external assessments as part of their course, which makes their results even more impressive.  Across all Vocational Extended Diplomas, 53% of students achieved a distinction or distinction* in their grade profile. They also achieved 100% pass rate in all their Technical Vocational qualifications.

The Richard Huish College Class of 2019 has managed to significantly surpass national averages at A Level and equivalent qualifications. College Principal, John Abbott said: “I am immensely proud of the hard work our Huish students put into preparing for these examinations. As one of the country’s highest performing sixth form colleges, and one of the best in the South West, these results show that we are the best place to study locally in the face of rigorous A Level examinations. Technical qualifications are going to have a greater prominence in the future educational landscape, so I am particularly pleased to see our excellent results in these subjects this year. Of course, our students’ achievements begin with the efforts of our partner schools and are consolidated by the commitment, work and expertise of our College staff.”

High achievers listed below (ranked excluding EPQ Grade) 4 A*s

Casey WilliamsA*A*A*A*Haygrove SchoolBridgwaterComputing at Imperial College LondonComputer Science, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics

 3 A*s & A

Keziah Gill-StevensA*A*A*AThe Castle SchoolTauntonPhysics at University of  ManchesterMathematics, Politics, Chemistry, Physics
Andrew MidendaA*A*A*AHaygrove SchoolBridgwaterPhysics at University of DurhamFurther Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Jake MollA*A*A*AHaygrove SchoolBridgwaterEngineering at University of CambridgeMathematics, Physics, Further Mathematics, Music

 3A*s & EPQ

Josh GoodwinA*A*A*A*Tiverton High SchoolTivertonEnglish Literature & Philosophy at University of DurhamDrama and Theatre Studies, English Language and Literature, Religious Studies, EPQ
Caitlin HorneA*A*A*A*Wadham Community SchoolIlminsterModern & Medieval Languages at University of CambridgeEnglish Language, French, Mathematics, EPQ
Will SwainsonA*A*A*A*Stanchester Community SchoolSouth PethertonLaw at University of CambridgeEnglish Literature, Law, Politics, EPQ


Matt GarnerA*A*A*Uffculme SchoolWellingtonEngineering at Magdalene College at University of CambridgeFurther Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics
Arthur Burns-CoxA*A*A*Uffculme SchoolWellingtonGeneral Engineering at University of DurhamBiology, Mathematics, Physics
Ellie TaylorA*A*A*The Castle SchoolTauntonMedicine at Imperial College, LondonBiology, Chemistry, Spanish
Josh Elliott-SmithA*A*A*Uffculme SchoolCullomptonChemical Engineering at Churchill College, University of CambridgeChemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Jessica GodfreyA*A*A*Cullompton Community CollegeCullomptonAccounting Apprenticeship at Milstead LangdonAccounting, Business, Psychology
Mara Carey-WoodA*A*A*Kingsmead SchoolWiveliscombeBiomedical Science at University of ManchesterBiology, Chemistry, English Language and Literature


James DumbeltonA*A*AATaunton AcademyTaunton Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education, Chemistry
Iver EdwardsA*A*AAThe Castle SchoolTaunton Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics
Henry TseA*A*AAOverseas Student  Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Leila AdlamA*A*AAThe Castle SchoolTaunton History, Psychology, Biology, English Language and Literature
Ed CollinsA*A*AA*Wadham Community SchoolCrewkerne Economics, Mathematics, Geography, EPQ
Rachael BaileyA*A*AA*Bishop Fox’s SchoolTaunton Geography, Psychology, English Literature, EPQ
Emily RobinsonA*A*AA*Bishop Fox’s SchoolTaunton Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, EPQ
Addy GormanA*A*AAWest Somerset CollegeBridgwater Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, EPQ
James Onley-GregsonA*A*AATiverton High SchoolTiverton Geography, Mathematics, Physics, EPQ
Shona WithersA*A*AAKingsmead SchoolWiveliscombe Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, EPQ
Bronwyn CheshireA*A*ACourt Fields SchoolWellington Graphic Communication, Business, Classic Civilisation
Aaron FillerA*A*ACourt Fields SchoolWellington Geography, Environmental Science, Spanish,
Rosie GlanfieldA*A*AKingsmead SchoolTaunton Mathematics, Psychology, Chemistry
Joe WaddonA*A*AHeathfield Community SchoolTaunton Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry
Amber O’NeillA*A*BA*Taunton SchoolTaunton English Literature, Psychology, Mathematics,  EPQ

 Vocational students who achieved 3 Distinction* grades:

Evan ChaseD*D*D*CThe Castle SchoolTauntonPopular and recording at University of SalfordExtended Diploma Pop Music and Music Production, EPQ
Eren BogaD*D*D*Queens College, TauntonWellington Extended Diploma in Pop Music and Music Production
Madi FisherD*D*D*Taunton AcademyTaunton Extended Diploma in Pop Music and Music Production
Sophie BarehamD*D*D*The Castle SchoolTauntonApplied Software Engineer at University of CardiffExtended Diploma in Information Technology
Finn Anderson-WishartD*D*D*The Castle SchoolTauntonSports therapy at University of WorcesterExtended Diploma in Sport
Charlie BettD*D*D*The Castle SchoolTaunton Extended Diploma in Business
Freya RodgersD*D*D*Holyrood AcademyChardBusiness and Management at University of ExeterExtended Diploma in Business
Jess WellsD*D*D*Bishop Fox’s SchoolTauntonSports rehabilitation at University of NottinghamExtended Diploma in Sport
Sam ColemanD*D*D*Court Fields SchoolWellingtonComputer Science at University of NewcastleExtended Diploma in Information Technology
Hamish HallidayD*D*D*Kings CollegeTaunton Extended Diploma in Digital Media


Elim WongA*AAABOverseas Student  Mathematics  Further Mathematics, Geology, EPQ, Physics
Alex CochraneA*AAAHeathfield Community SchoolTaunton Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics
Charlie WellsA*AABThe Castle SchoolTaunton Mathematics, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Physics
Georgia BlyA*AABHeathfield Community SchoolTaunton Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, English Language and Literature
Heather DownerA*AAA*Uffculme SchoolCullompton Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, EPQ
Dan RutterA*AAA*The Castle SchoolTaunton Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, EPQ
Abbey BaileyA*AAA*Bishop Fox’s SchoolTaunton English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, EPQ
Lauren SweetingA*AAA*Haygrove SchoolBridgwater Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, EPQ
Emilia SilasteA*AAAKingsmead SchoolWiveliscombe History, English Literature, Politics, EPQ
Will MarekA*AAUffculme SchoolCullompton Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry
George WattsA*AAHoniton Community CollegeTaunton History, Psychology, English Language
Robbie BrandonA*AAThe Castle SchoolTaunton Spanish, History, Politics
Milly PriceA*AAA*The Castle SchoolTaunton Biology, English Literature, Chemistry, EPQ
Maxwell DavisA*AD*Heathfield Community SchoolTauntonBusiness Management at University of BirminghamEconomics, Business, Digital Media
Oliver WilliamsA*AAThe Castle SchoolTaunton Law, Economics, Environmental Science
Rowan DonovanA*AAThe Castle SchoolTaunton Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry
Emily CrudgingtonA*AAThe Castle SchoolTaunton Law, English Literature, History
Amelia CorrickA*AAKingsmead SchoolTaunton Law, Accounting, Business
Chloe MurrellA*AAHeathfield Community SchoolTaunton Law, Mathematics, Economics
Tiegan SimeA*AAUffculme SchoolCullompton Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry
Rebecca DascombeA*AAWest Somerset CollegeMinehead Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Daisy FoxA*AAQueens College, TauntonTaunton French, Spanish, Mathematics

 2 Distinction* grades and A Levels

Evie KingD*D*AThe Castle SchoolTaunton Digital Media, Music Production, Music

1 Distinction* grade and A Levels

Felix AntonelliD*AAOut of County  Applied Science, Computer Science, Photography
Kieran WoodD*AAWadham Community SchoolIlminster Sport, Economics, Mathematics


Cleo StevensAAABWest Somerset CollegeMinehead Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics
Megan PalmerAAAAHeathfield Community SchoolTaunton Biology, Mathematics, Physical Education, EPQ
Sam CunninghamAAAABishops Fox’s SchoolWellington Geography, Psychology, Spanish, EPQ
Edrich LeeAAAAWest Somerset CollegeTaunton Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, EPQ
Charlotte HendyAAAAWellington SchoolMilverton Biology, English Literature, History, EPQ
Megan EcclesAAAA*Blake SchoolNorth Petherton Geography, Mathematics, Psychology, EPQ
Oliver LenthallAAAHolyrood AcademyChard Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics
Emma BraineAAAUffculme SchoolTiverton Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics
Henry ScottAAABrymore AcademyBridgwater Biology, Geography, Geology
Rachel StauntonAAAThe Castle SchoolTaunton English Literature, History, Law
Josh CoppinAAAUffculme SchoolWellington Economics, Mathematics, Physics
Alex ChowdhuryAAAKingsmead SchoolTaunton History, Politics, Spanish
Katrina YuAAAOverseas Student  Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics