RICHARD Huish College, Taunton has been judged 'outstanding' for its third successive Ofsted inspection.

The college has attracted the top grading for more than 20 years, a period during which it has been praised for its commitment to improvement, striving to enhance and maintain excellence as standard and delivering an exceptional experience.

The latest report notes the college has a vision to provide top quality education based on a broad and holistic educational offer to students.

It says: "Teachers set high academic standards.

"In turn, learners set high standards for themselves. They meet these by studying hard and making the most of the excellent opportunities the college offers.

"The strong local reputation of this college is justified. Leaders and staff establish and promote a culture of respect and high aspirations.”

It adds: "(Huish) provides education, encouragement and a wide range of excellent additional activities to develop learners’ knowledge, character, articulacy and ambition.

"As a result, learners develop their subject knowledge, a clearer understanding of their place in the local community and wider world, and pursue their interests and hobbies with enthusiasm.”

Huish students benefit from a comprehensive pastoral curriculum, important human values are well-developed and there is an inclusive and supportive culture.

“Learners enjoy their time at college and feel safe as a result of the respectful relationships that exist between members of the college community," the report says.

Huish was 'outstanding' across the key inspection areas - quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

Course units are selected to meet student interests, staff passions and employment opportunities.

Students are at the heart of planning, are proud of their academic achievement and grow their self-esteem at the college.

Principal Emma Fielding said: "The report acknowledges a well-established culture that is passionately committed to individual success, developing independent learners and which results in tremendous pride among the educational community.

“I couldn't be prouder of our staff and students at Huish. This is an incredible achievement and testament to their talent, hard work and dedication.

"I'm pleased that the inspection team noted the high quality of teaching, learning, personal development and support at Huish and how far above and beyond staff go to provide an exceptional educational experience.

“It's a tremendous privilege to be part of such an amazing educational community and to be, once again, acknowledged as one of the best post-16 providers in the UK.”