28th September 2020

Richard Huish College class of 2018 celebrate another fantastic set of A Level and Vocational results

Richard Huish College – class of 2018

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 2018 achieved an A* to B pass rate of 52.1%, and an A* to C pass rate of 76.3%. The overall A Level pass rate is an outstanding 99% with the Vocational Level 3 pass rate being 100% for the third year running. Of the students that took a vocational qualification, 73% of grades achieved were the very highest distinction* grades.

Huish students did extremely well with 10 students achieving 3 or more A* grades. A further 71 students gained three or more A/A*grades, with 27 of these achieving 2 or more A* grades.  Valeria Samsonova is the highest achieving student with an astonishing 6 A* grades in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Russian and Extended Project Qualification.

Huish’s highest achievers are:

Valeria Samsonova (former Wellington School) achieved 6 A* grades in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Russian and Extended Project Qualification. Valeria has a place to read Natural Sciences at Newnham College, University of Cambridge.

Thomas McKenzie (former The Castle School Student) achieved 4 A* grades in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics. Thomas is going to Warwick University to read Mathematics.

Luke Shirley (former Heathfield Community School) achieved 3 A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and an A grade in Chemistry and Extended Project Qualification. Luke will progress to Durham University to read Physics.

Lucas O’Dowd-Jones (former The Castle School) achieved 3 A* grades in Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and a Distinction* in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music Production. Lucas is going to Bristol University to read Mathematics and Computer Science.

Jack Payne (former The Castle School) achieved 3 A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and an A grade in Geography. Jack will read Mathematics at the University of Bath.

Paul Zhang, an international student from China achieved 3 A* grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Chemistry and an A grade in Psychology. Paul will read Mathematics and Statistical Science at University College London.

Kaan Dal (former Court Fields School) achieved 4 A* grades in Government and Politics, History (Late Modern), Law and Extended Project Qualification. Kaan will read History and Politics at Warwick University.

Elsie Flowers (former The Castle School) achieved 3 Distinction* grades in BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Science and an A* grade in Extended Project Qualification. Elsie will progress to University of the West of England to undertake a degree in Midwifery.

Alisha Cunningham (former The Castle School) achieved 3 Distinction* grades in BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Science and an A grade in Extended Project Qualification. Alisha will study Counselling and Psychotherapy at Edge Hill University.

A further six students achieved 3 A* grades in their A Levels including their Extended Project Qualification. These students were Rhodri Andrews (English Language, Photography and Extended Project Qualification with an A in History), Jordana Mason (Biology, Law, Extended Project Qualification with an A in Chemistry), Alice Thurston (Biology, Mathematics, Extended Project Qualification with an A in Chemistry), Eleanor Fox (Geography, Mathematics and French), Matthew Kingdom (Classical Civilisation, English Literature and Government and Politics) and Rupert Smith (Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics).

Students achieved a 100% pass rate in the majority of subjects. Particularly impressive were the A* – B grades for Further Mathematics (85%), Music (88.9%), Economics (76.5%) and English Literature (74.2%). Notable also are the A* – C grades for Classical Civilisation (93.5%), Geology (96.6%), Drama (89.3%) and Mathematics (80.9%).

Outstandingly, 100% of the College’s vocational students passed their courses with an impressive number of these being 3 distinction* grades (equivalent to 3 A* at A Level). Across all Vocational Extended Diplomas, 78% of grades achieved was a distinction*. For the fourth year running all students studying Vocational IT (Extended Diploma) achieved distinction* or distinction grades (equivalent to A* and A at A Level). Also this year, all 13 students on the Vocational Health Science (Extended Diploma) achieved 3 distinction* grades. A fantastic achievement for these students and their teachers.

Once again the Richard Huish College Class of 2018 has managed to significantly surpass national averages at A Level and equivalent qualifications.  College Principal, John Abbott said: “This year the majority of subjects have been examined under the linear A Level framework and 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. Of course, our students’ achievements begin with the efforts of our partner schools and are consolidated by the commitment, work and expertise of college staff.”