ABOUT LIFE AT RICHARD HUISH COLLEGE
ABOUT LIFE AT RICHARD HUISH COLLEGE
- Our results
- The International Team
- Studying in Taunton
- Where will i live?
- Communication with Home
- What our students say
Richard Huish College is one of the leading inspected state Sixth Form Colleges in the UK and regularly ranked amongst the best state colleges nationally for A Level results. As a Tier 4 Sponsor with UK Visas and Immigration we welcome applications from around the world so come study at our elite English college alongside British students.
We fully understand that choosing to study in a different country, often far away from home is a huge step. My team and I, together with your parents and agents, will help you with the application process, applying for your visa if needed, settling in to life in our boarding house or with a home stay family and finally, being a happy and successful student. I have no doubt that you will make friends for life and have many happy memories of your Huish days as you progress to university.
Simply as a set of headline figures our Advanced Level results are some of the best of any Sixth Form College in the country.
The Huish Class of 2020 faced unprecedented times with the whole examination series being cancelled and students instead being awarded Centre Assessed Grades by their centre, however despite this Huish consistently achieves results above the national averages at A Level and equivalent qualifications. In 2019 at A Level they achieved an A* to B pass rate of 53%, and an A* to C pass rate of 78%. The overall A Level pass rate was an outstanding 99%. Of the students that took Vocational Extended Diplomas, 53% of grades achieved were the very highest Distinction or Distinction*. The highest achiever in 2020 was Dak Dakshesh with 5 A*’s for Chemistry, History, Mathematics, Physics and EPQ.
If you are hard working and ambitious you should explore the idea of joining us. We have an enviable reputation in the local area built upon a long history of excellence. We want to help you be the best you can be and reach your potential.
We support all of our students to achieve the best results possible during their time at Huish. In fact, our international students are amongst some of our highest achievers, going on to the most prestigious universities in the UK and abroad. Past high achievers include:
Katrina Yu = 1 A*, 3 A
Katrina is now studying Physiotherapy at the University of Bradford.
Henry Tse = 2 A*, 3 A
Henry is now studying Engineering at HKUST.
Joyce Wong = 3A, 1B
Joyce is now studying Biology and Genetics at HKUST.
Simon To = 2A, 2B
Simon is now studying Classic Archaeology at University College London.
Ariel Tse = 4B
Ariel is now studying Law and Criminology at the University of Cardiff.
Elim Wong = 1A*, 3 A, 1B
Elim is now studying at the University of Durham
Alice Wong = 1A*, 2A
Alice is now studying Fashion in Hong Kong
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MEET THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM
Joe Bennett – Assistant Principal, International Curriculum
Joe oversees the Study Programmes of all our international students. He also co-ordinates the English language and IELTS preparation courses the College offers.
Maria Smith – International Student Officer
Maria will be your first point of contact during your application and admission process. She will also help you settle into your studies at Huish.
Kerry Starmer – Boarding House Manager
Kerry lives in Oak House, our student accommodation. Kerry lives with her partner and dalmatian puppy. She is here to make your stay feel safe and as much like home as possible.
Susan Draycott– House Parent
Susan is the House Parent at Oak House, our student accommodation. Her role is to support and encourage students to be responsible and independent in their living environment.
Lou Harvey – House Keeper
Lou is our Oak House resident Housekeeper. A friendly face who will maintain the high standards of cleanliness that we expect in Oak House.
James Lindsey-White – Huish Estates Team
James is a key member of the Oak House team. He ensures that the house is kept in full working order.
Charlotte Sargent – Head of Recruitment and Admissions
A member of the Marketing Team with previous boarding experience. You may see Charlotte at Heathrow Airport on Arrival Day or in Oak House covering duties.
Sam Boughen – International Marketing Assistant
Sam helps to deliver the International marketing strategy and actively supports the recruitment of International Students through a range of communication channels.
Current students will act as mentors when you first arrive. They will show you around the campus, take you into Taunton, answer your questions and make sure that you’re happy and settled here at Huish.
STUDYING IN TAUNTON
The College is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre. Taunton is located in the rural county of Somerset, the gateway to the beautiful South West of England.
Taunton is the county town of Somerset and is an important centre for leisure and tourism. It is one of the most beautiful parts of England. The Quantocks and Exmoor are great places for walking and cycling. Taunton is surrounded by beautiful countryside and there is a fantastic mix of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities in the town centre and surrounding business parks.
Taunton is two hours from London and a short train ride from the local university cities of Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Bath, seventeen miles from the Bristol Channel and thirty miles from the South Coast and local beaches. The town has a number of cultural venues which the College makes use of such as The Brewhouse Theatre and Somerset County Cricket Club.
GALLERY OF TAUNTON
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There are two options for accommodation when choosing to study with us.
Oak House is our purpose built student accommodation which opened in September 2017. This house offers our students a more independent living experience in preparation for university life and beyond. Oak House is walking distance to college, allowing for easy access into College life, both academically and socially.
Oak House offers a fantastic communal area and living space downstairs, and has both single and twin bedrooms. All rooms are en-suite, meaning you have your own bathroom (toilet, sink and shower). With each room you will have a single duvet, pillow, mattress protector, fitted sheet, desk and chair, bookcase, notice board and coat hooks. Please bring with you a duvet cover and pillow case and your own towels. Breakfast and a 3 course evening meal is provided each day. You also have free access to a laundry room equipped with washing machines and tumble dryers. Our Housekeeper will clean your bedroom and bathroom on a weekly basis. Your pastoral care is very important to us and Oak House has two live-in House Parents who will help you settle into life in Taunton and with your studies at Huish.
Please read our Statement of Boarding Aims and Values document. Throughout the week and on a weekend there is a planned programme of Enrichments for you to take part in. This includes use of the sports hall, cooking, film nights, fashion and beauty and Challenge the Houseparent competitions. Trips are also organised to celebrate special times such as Chinese New Year and Christmas or to just have some fun! Please click the thumbnails to view larger
MY SON HAS RAVED ABOUT OAK HOUSE AND IS VERY HAPPY. IT WAS DEFINITELY THE RIGHT MOVE. I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR HELP WITH HIS SWIFT MOVE AND YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. IT’S LOVELY TO HEAR HOW HAPPY AND SETTLED HE IS.
Parent (Mrs Odoli), UK boarding student
Homestay accommodation is a popular choice if you are experiencing the UK for the first time. We will only place you with families who regard you as a member of their household and who will help you integrate into life in the UK. You will have your own private bedroom with ample storage and study space. You will also have free access to the WiFi within the house. Your host family will provide you with breakfast and a home cooked dinner in the evening. But more than that, they will help you settle in to college life, advise you on your studies and support you at all times.
We take great care in matching you to the right family and all families have Criminal Record Checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Your Homestay family will welcome you to the UK and give you a truly unique experience of British culture and family life. Living with a UK family will not only provide you with security and support but will also help you to learn a new culture and improve your English language skills. Please read our Statement of Home Stay Accommodation Aims and Values document.
It’s been an amazing experience to live with and be part of an English family, sharing experiences of their culture. I felt very welcome from the first day I arrived and we did lots of enjoyable things together like playing board games on Sunday, watching films at night, shopping, eating out, walking or going to the beach. I have a cosy bedroom and the rest of the house is really English. I enjoyed every single moment in these two years and the food is absolutely delicious.
Ariel , Hong Kong student in Homestay accommodation
Ariel is like one of the family now. She is like a big sister. She’s the best friend in the world and she has taught me so much. She does so much with me and always enjoys just sitting down on the sofa whilst relaxing. She constantly remains a good friend.
Wendy, aged 9 – daughter of a Homestay provider
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
Aya who joined us from Japan talks about her experience studying at Richard Huish College.
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PROGRESSION AFTER HUISH
Our International Leavers progressed to:
- 83% Higher Education
- 2.5% Employment
- 2.5% Gap Year
- 6% Higher Education Foundation Year
- 6% Unknown
SUPPORT WITH UCAS
We provide progression sessions which are refined and delivered especially for international students so they can learn about their progression options and how the UCAS System works.
We subscribe to a number of software packages to help students with career ideas and university selection. Students are encouraged to book an individual guidance appointment with our Careers and Progression Manager, who is also a regular visitor to Oak House Boarding.
As a College, we run trips to the UCAS Exhibition, Oxford and Cambridge Universities and invite speakers in from a variety of careers areas.
Our international students progress on to a full range of UK universities, including the Russell Group universities. We have students attend Higher Education overseas, predominantly in Hong Kong, and we also encourage students to look at European Universities, particularly in the Netherlands.
Subjects studied at university include:
- Accounting and Finance
- Aerospace Technology
- Actuarial Science with a Year in Industry
- Business Management
- Biomedical Science
- Cancer Biology and Immunology
- Economics and Social Studies
- Engineering: Civil
- Engineering: Mechanical
- Engineering: Aeronautical
- English Language and Linguistics
- Finance and investment Banking
- Hotel Management
- Language and Translation
- Law with Business Studies
- Law and Criminology
- Professional Accounting
- Psychology with Clinical & Health Psychology
- Tourism Management
- Wildlife Conservation