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There are three clear and simple expectations of students at Huish: be on time, do the work given (if you can’t, ask for help), and be nice. No strict policies or statutory rules – one of the differences between a sixth form college and a school. One family told us, ‘We did consider other colleges, but chose Richard Huish mainly due to the respect the teachers gave the young people and how they treated them as adults...

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What the school says...

Based in Taunton, Richard Huish College delivers high-quality education to more than 2,000 students a year and is one of the only a few state Sixth Form Colleges in the country to offer a boarding option.

Our wide course choice and EnRICH programmes allow our students to be part of a diverse community.

We strive to provide exceptional, student-centred education, through a broad and wide-ranging curriculum. students can select from over 40 Level 3 courses, progress with our Level 2 Pathway, start a career with our Accountancy or Education Apprenticeships, or complete an adult learning qualification.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2020, Emma Fielding, previously deputy principal for two years. Before that, assistant principal at Exeter College, following a stint as head of school at Varndean College. Read contemporary history at Sussex, where she also gained an MA in Russian and East European studies.


Requires five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including maths and English language or literature. Offers a 12-month GCSE resit programme – around 80 students are currently on this.

Prospective students can join taster sessions and days. Students can choose a combination of A levels and BTECs and there is a two-week period at the beginning of term when changes can be made. Good parent feedback on this. ‘Starting at college is always daunting, however RHC made it a controllable process, offering flexibility, points of contact...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

All students are encouraged to develop independent study skills whilst at Huish and we are committed to supporting you to achieve. We support all students including those with a disability, medical condition or learning difficulty. Learning support may include the following: Access to online study skills resources One to one Support Tutor meetings Group study skills sessions Exam arrangements

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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