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On behalf of staff and governors I am absolutely delighted to inform our community that the sixth form results this year have broken all previous records!

Our students achieved a 100% A*-E pass rate with 50% achieving A*-B grades.


Top performers include:

 Todd Beanlands: (AABB) - off to read History at Exeter University

 Gabriel Parker-Gifford: (AAB) – off to read Mathematics at Cardiff University

 Carys Lilley: (ABC) – off to read Applied Sports Science at Edinburgh University

 Rachel Larcombe: (BBC) – off to read Sports and Exercise Science at Swansea University

 Oliver Gorman (Distinction*Distinction*BC) – Employment in Business Management with Brent Hotels


Selena Burroughs, Head of Sixth, stated: “The results achieved both in A levels and the Applied BTEC’s are a true testimony to the hard work, commitment and focus that the students have given to their studies over the last 2 years. We are immensely proud. It’s an exciting time for them in their next step in education with many going to University or starting their professional apprenticeships with one of our students volunteering abroad in Nepal. We wish them every success for their future and thank all the students for being part of our amazing sixth form community.”

What is strikingly obvious about our sixth form is the atmosphere. A blend of hard work and dedication from students and staff combined with the fun, excitement and reward from participating in the many extra-curricular, fund-raising and work experience opportunities on offer.

There are many advantages to a school sixth form, especially one that is not large and impersonal. We not only offer first rate teaching across the school, including post-16 subjects, but we also provide a personalised service because we know each student extremely well (you’re basically getting the same package, in this sense, as you would from a fee-paying school). So, if you are expecting GCSE results next week and have already signed up for our sixth form in September then, obviously, you’ve made a great choice but if you are still deliberating, then these fantastic results should help you make the right one!


Glenn Smith



Silver School Games Mark Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the Silver School Games Mark Award for the 2016/17 academic year. 

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. 

With many of our young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. 

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. 

A special thanks to: The PE department, staff, students and parents for their support. Club-links with Honiton Golf Club, Honiton Football Club, Honiton Rugby Club, Honiton Cricket Club, Honiton Gym Club & LED.

 PE Department


Three Peaks - A Magnifient Challenge

The aim of the challenge set back in January was to climb the Three highest Peaks over a 24hr period ……..and the Team from HCC Sixth Form succeeded in this remarkable challenge last weekend in a total time of 23hrs and 32 minutes. This was a triumphant end to months of preparation and training by all of the team. The climbing team which was made up of 6 sixth form students and 5 staff  were supported by 3 back up crew who negotiated the roads in the early hours and refuelled them with food and water to keep to the 24hr deadline they had set themselves.

The students aim was  to raise awareness of the importance of keeping fit and active for both physical and mental well-being as well as raising money for the Dartmoor Rescue Team .




Peak 1 - Ben Nevis


4hr 48min

Peak 2 – Scafell Pike


5hr 23min

Peak 3 – Snowdon


3hr 34min

Team: Climbing Students : Carys Lilley, Rachel Larcombe, Weasel Hooper, Ben Prangley, Sam Prangley, Cerys LittleClimbing Staff : Mr Glenn Smith, Miss Marie-Claire Adams, Mrs Miriam Theeten, Warren Oak and John LilleyBack Up Crew: Mr Dave Dagger, Mr Andy Holt & Mrs Selena Burroughs


The Team


Ben Nevis


Scafell Pike


The team before Ben Nevis



We also would like to thank our very generous sponsors of the event and individual people who have donated to the Dartmoor Rescue Charity. Local sponsors of : Honiton Freemasons, Stamps Coaches, Alan Rowe Barbering, Honiton Town Council, Windmill Garage , Combe Estate and Duralife Windows all made this event possible and for the event to continue.





 Dear Parent / Carers 

I would just like to point out how deeply saddened I am about the recent events in London and Manchester. The murder and maiming of innocent victims, young or old, is disgusting and despicable! No religion condones such heinous acts of violence against other human beings. We must hope and pray that terrorists realise that we will not let terrorism win. 

Although the threat level is ‘Severe’ there is currently no government or police advice not to travel to major cities or through major travel hubs. In light of this and local authority advice, to be vigilant and have a well supervised trip with a robust emergency plan, the College will continue to operate as normal with regards to trips and excursions. However, the recent events in Manchester and London focus the mind on the reasons why we have robust plans and risk management for trips and enrichment activities to ensure we plan for every eventuality. 

In a democracy, it is unfortunately true that absolute security is impossible when people are prepared to murder and maim innocent people, but the important thing is we mustn't cower, we mustn't allow the terrorists to succeed and to destroy our way of life, or to divide communities. 

A headteacher's priority is the safeguarding of every young adult and their staff and that remains true, though I believe you will understand and support my view (and those of many of our politicians and prominent figures) which is concisely summed up by Dr Steve Maraboli when he wrote: 

"Don’t let the evil actions of broken people define your view of our world! Don’t be terrorised into a diluted, hopeless reality.” 

I know I can count on your continued support as we seek to provide our students with a rounded and fully comprehensive education. 

Yours sincerely 


Glenn Smith, Principal



Presentation to Devon Air Ambulance

Presentation of the 24hour Cycle Cheque

Students presented a cheque to Devon Air Ambulance's Captain Richard Tate on Friday following their 24hr cycle event held in March. Students and Staff cycled continuously to complete the mileage from John O Groats to Lands End and then as the target was completed within 12 hours – we cycled back again to John O Groats managing the complete round journey in just under the 24 hrs.  The final amount of £1880.69 was an amazing effort by all who took part either cycling or lending their support by providing food , drink and plenty of encouragement – especially at 3am!  Captain Tate started the event for us by cycling a few miles so we were delighted that he could return to receive the cheque and explain the importance of fundraising events like ours to support this lifesaving service.

Events like these really demonstrate the resilience, teamwork and determination our students develop whilst they study in sixth form and both Mr Smith, their tutors and myself are very proud in all that they achieve. We are however slightly worried about the challenge they will set for their 24hr event next year….



Student Visits Buckingham Palace

On the 24th of May I travelled to Buckingham Palace to collect my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award having achieved the final recognition of my work completed whilst I have been at HCC. Once I had I registered we had time to look around before the official ceremony. A bit of celebrity spotting and I met Greg Rutherford the Olympic Long jumper and had a quick chat about strictly! A lovely surprise was meeting up fellow HCC student Ameerah Askew who left last year to start her nursing degree. Ameerah and I completed our gold expedition together in Tuscany so was lovely to see her also receive her award on the same day as me.  We spoke to the Countess of Wessex;  the Duke himself and also Prince Edward and then got presented our certificate by Jon Culshaw the impressionist. The day was truly fantastic with only a select few people of my age having had the privilege to be invited to Buckingham Palace and it is something I will never forget. DofE has been an incredible experience and has given me lots of opportunities which I never thought I would even do with volunteering, to hiking in Italy for 4 days to even going to the Palace. DofE has helped me develop numerous skills which have allowed me to hopefully go to Lancaster University in September to start my degree as well as giving me some memories which I will forget.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 Cerys Little, Sixth Form Student




Cerys and Greg Rutherford

Cerys and Jon Culshaw










KEY STAGE 4 Information Evening (Yr.9,10,&11)



(Years 9, 10 and 11)

 Wednesday, 14th June at 5.30 to 6.30 pm.

Sixth Form Centre | Honiton Community College | School Lane | Honiton

 Dear Parent/Carer

 I would like to invite you to attend the third Information Evening meeting of 2016-17 for parents of students in Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11). Information Evenings are an informal opportunity for parents/carers to find out more about College life and to ask questions of staff and Governors.

 Based on feedback from parents to a survey last year we are holding separate Information Evenings for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) and Key Stage 4 this year. The agenda for this Information Evening is below.

 Please can you confirm if you are attending by contacting Shelagh Andrews on 01404 518667 or by emailing sandrews@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk by Monday, 12th June so we can arrange refreshments accordingly.

 I look forward to seeing you on 14th June.

 Thank you

 Mireille Gaches    (Parent Governor)


  1. Welcome
  2. Preparing for Post-16 Education.
  3. Question and answer session. 
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