Talk by CERN Engineer Adrian Folley



Visit to Exeter Library for Lies, Spies & Secrets

12 students from Huish Sixth attended a workshop organised by Exeter University on Wednesday 5th November to study the Politics of Democracy and Security. The workshop, entitled “Secrets, Lies and Spies”, encouraged students to engage in the problem of how to manage the relationship between our need for security and our democratic rights. Recent events such as the leaks by Edward Snowden and the introduction of new surveillance powers in the UK raised a number of important questions: is there a trade-off between democracy and security? Students worked in groups with students from Coombeshead Academy to decide whether, as newspaper editors, they should publish leaked government documents that could have a major impact on our society.
The workshop was run by Dr Owen Thomas, a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter. Students spent time working with him to discuss a variety of issues that were revealed during the workshop.
The workshop revealed how leading research in Social Science areas can enrich our understanding of contemporary society and our place and role in it and deliver real benefits to a variety of aspects of life. It provided students with the opportunity to experience undergraduate study in the field of Social Science and the chance to develop their critical thinking skills, an essential element of university study. Most students within the group are wishing to apply to Russell Group universities, the top 24 Higher Education establishments in the UK.
Huish Sixth provides personalised support for all students to help achieve their future aspirations by providing the opportunity to attend university/careers fairs, subject specific workshops, organised visits to a range of universities and assist in organising work experience placements alongside one-to-one support from tutors.   


Another successful year for Huish Episcopi Academy!

 Huish Episcopi Academy is once again celebrating the success of Post-16 students in Huish Sixth.

In the context of a dip in the national results the school has achieved some of its best results ever with a 98.3% pass rate, as well as outstripping targets for average points score per pupil and increasing the number of students achieving the A*, A and B grades grades required to get into top universities.

Well done to all of our students who have achieved so highly and are a credit to Huish Episcopi Academy. Some individual successes are highlighted below, however, we believe our overall success is based on the support we can give to every individual student to achieve their very best. So, while we recognise that these top grades are stunning, there are other students who have worked exceptionally hard and often achieved above their target who also thoroughly deserve our congratulations.

In what is a very strong set of results there have been a huge number of individual success stories including:

·        Ellie Mallinson who achieved three A* grades and an A grade in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics respectively who will be going on to Durham University to study Engineering

·        Jamie Neslen who achieved an A* and two A grades in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Music who will be going to Bath University to study Mathematics.

In addition there were very strong performances from:

·         Abigail Abrahams (A*, A, B) who will be going on to study Pharmacology at Bristol University

·         Sam Foulder-Hughes (A*, A, B) going on to study Law with German at Birmingham University

·         Tegan Francis (A, A, B) who will be studying Linguistics at University College London

·         Laura Coppard and Benji Firmin also did brilliantly and will be going on to study Veterinary Science and Architecture respectively

We are pleased that we have seen strong performances from a broad range of subjects that are traditionally very popular and successful within Huish Sixth, such as the Sciences, Mathematics and English, as indicated by the Degree subjects which will be studied by students that range from Mathematics and Pharmacology through to Linguistics. However, we are also delighted to see excellent performances from other subjects such as German, Music and Drama which are subjects that continue to grow in popularity.

Vocational results in Public Services and Physical Education were exceptional with the average grade per entry a Distinction Star –the highest grade possible. A large number of students achieved double Distinction Star including Robert Jones, Rhudi Martin, Connor Allen and Laura James.

There were also brilliantl performances in Year 12 with five students achieving straight A grades across all their subjects, including Toby Baker, Tom Fielden, Trystan Carter, Daisy Curry and Andrew Hill. In addition there were a large number of students who achieved A and B grades which bodes very well for results next year.

Principal of Huish Episcopi Academy, Andrew Davis, commented, “These results have enabled the vast majority of students to go on to their university of choice where we are sure they will excel. Well done to all the students who have worked so hard and my thanks to our fantastic staff who, as ever, have provided exceptional support and great teaching. This has enabled the students to achieve highly and move on to some of the best universities in the country as well as pursuing other careers.

"We are immensely proud of their achievements and look forward to hearing from them in the future about how they are doing. We believe these results, along with results from last year, which placed us amongst the best Post-16 School-based Sixth Form providers in the County, have firmly established Huish Sixth as a great place to study and one which can, and does, deliver great outcomes for students by providing a very individualised and personal approach within small classes”





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