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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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Since 2013, John Abbott, originally from Blackburn, studied sport and exercise science at Manchester Metropolitan University, then completed a masters in sports psychology and exercise physiology. Previously assistant principal, Abbott joined RHC in 2003 as faculty director for maths and sciences, before being promoted in 2009. Prior to that, he was section leader at Bridgwater College. Father of two girls, he is a keen sportsman, particularly passionate about squash and basketball. He ensures all 1,500+ students know him, through tutoring and recording video messages for college induction tutorials and other messages. Plus his office is in a prominent position at the front of the college, and he does his fair share of bus duty. One parent told us, ‘He is a calm, inspirational leader who wants the best for every student in his care....

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