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Valentine Bake Off


Sixth Formers recently raised a total of £167.12 after having a Bake off competition and then selling all the delicious valentine themed homemade cakes to the students and staff.  The charity that they chose to receive the money was the British Heart Foundation.

  Head of Sixth Form, Selena Burroughs, was delighted at the amount of entries the funds raised. “The students love a bake off competition and the cakes they baked were of amazing quality and design. A hard job for the judges to call the winner but congratulations to all the sixth formers who helped make this event a success.”







Year 13 Mock Exams w/b 30th January 2017

The Year 13 timetable has been collapsed Monday 30th January – Wednesday 1st February whilst the majority of the Year 13 Mock Exams are conducted. Therefore there will be no lessons with this period and students just need to register for their exams. Teachers however will have set work to be completed within this time and students are welcome to use the centre as normal within this time. Please contact Selena Burroughs with any queries.


Alzheimer's Society Awards

HCC Sixth Form were extremely pleased and proud when Honiton Dementia Action Alliance was named Dementia Friendly Rural community of the year at the annual Alzheimer’s Society Awards ceremony at Church House Westminster on 30th November.

As part of their curriculum, our sixth form students are all trained in Dementia Awareness with some further volunteering at the memory café.   Representing HDAA and to receive the award were Chairman Heather Penwarden along with Min Rennolds Honiton Memory Café Coordinator and Ben Willis and Victoria Price Honiton our Year 13 students who volunteer at Honiton Memory Café.

The Dementia Friendly Awards are about celebrating the people projects and organisations who understand the challenge of dementia and are making the changes much needed in their communities.

Jeremy Hughes CBE and Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society welcomed about 200 nominees and guests to the sit down champagne lunch saying how astounded he was by the breadth and calibre of the 400 nominations received this year and commended the judging panel made up of people living with dementia along with national experts from the world of dementia.

In announcing the winner Angela Rippon OBE and Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society said “this award recognises a community who have shown evidence of exemplar planning, progress and impact towards being dementia-friendly”.

Following a formal on stage presentation of the award Heather said,

“This is truly an award for a community – our community – where individuals of all ages, voluntary groups, businesses and organisations all understand that life does not end with a diagnosis of dementia and do amazing things to help people live well with dementia. If everyone who has helped Honiton work towards becoming dementia friendly was here today then there would not be enough room for them all on the stage.”



A Level History Trip

A Level History students at HCC had the privilege of working with some of the team at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) last week in their ongoing conservation of the Seaton Down Hoard Project. 

Students were able to experience first hand the sorts of work conservators do, and explore the processes of conservation and the tools used. They had a chance to handle the objects, see how archaeological finds are documented, and appreciate how metal artefacts deteriorate over time.  Much fun was had by all, and we wish the RAMM continued success in their conservation work with this Project.

Mrs Anderson



New Sports and Fitness Building


I am delighted to report that the College has been successful in another bid to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for £1.8 million to build a brand new sport and fitness building.  This follows on from the £230k refurbishment of our English building and the completion 18 months ago of our new £1.6 million Technology and Modern Languages building. 

This new facility will link to the Phase 1 building and will replace our current 1940’s gym with brand new state of the art facilities.  These facilities include a new gym, dance studio, fitness suite, three classrooms, office space, changing rooms with shower facilities and an ICT suite.

We are currently in the process of getting the project up and running but it is the intention that these facilities will be open by September 2017.  Therefore, students joining Year 7 next year will benefit from these superb new facilities.

More details including the floor plans will be available on the College website soon.


A-Level Results Press Release

Mr Smith stated: “Results in the College’s sixth form go from strength to strength with an incredible 97% of students gaining a pass at A-Level, BTEC or OCR National Technicals.
  This is an outstanding achievement for a non-selective sixth form and clearly shows our sixth form provision is very good indeed.”

In year 13 we have had some super performances from some excellent students.  Of those going on to University: Ameerah Askew (off to Surrey to read Nursing), Lauren Hunt (Loughborough to read Sport and Exercise Science), Jamie Johnson (Falmouth to read Photography), Jack Lane (Swansea to read Mechanical Engineering), Yazmine Hoyle (UWE to read Mental Health Nursing) and Amy Marchant (reading Graphic Design tbc).  Top performers going on to study an apprenticeship: Callum Nicholas (Accountancy) and James McLachlan (IT and Web Design).

It is both reassuring and rewarding to know that all of our students are now destined to continue their education either at well-respected universities or on advanced apprenticeships.

Mr Smith believed the success of the students was down to the hard work and determination of the students, as well as the excellent leadership and management of Selena Burroughs (Head of Sixth), first-rate teaching and, of course, our outstanding pastoral support.  He stated: “We have created a real family atmosphere in the sixth form centre where staff know every student well and can therefore support and encouraged them to do reach their potential; not only in their studies but also in their extra-curricular activities, so that the students who leave us are genuinely well-rounded adults that are ready for the next exciting chapter of their lives.”  He added: “Sixth form students partake in a smorgasbord of activities including: expeditions to Tuscany (as part of their DoE), Volunteer work in Ecuador, producing music CDs for members of the Memory Café, a wide range of sporting pursuits and also finding the time to mentor younger students within the College, acting as superb role models.”

In summary, Mr Smith stated: “I am very proud of each and every one of our sixth formers.  Our results reflect our vision which is to nurture and develop our students’ belief in themselves and their potential to succeed, empowering them to develop their own solutions and shape their own futures.  This concept prepares them well for life’s many challenges and opportunities.

He wished Year 13 all the best for the future and looked forward to welcoming Year 11 students into the sixth form on September 2nd, pointing out that they will be supported and challenged to achieve just as well as the cohort of 2015 – or maybe even better!

Mr Smith wished to thank students, parents, staff and governors for maintaining a positive and proactive partnership.  


Registration for Year 12 and 13 students

Year 12

Please register in the centre either on:

25th August                       9.30am – 3.00pm
2nd September                8.00am – 6.00pm


Year 13

Please re register in the centre on:
2nd September                8.00am – 6.00pm



All Year 12 and 13 students to attend Tutor Period 

Monday 5th September 8.50am

All lesson will start P2 onwards


Sixth Form Festival

Students and Staff wished the Year 13’s on their way with style at the sixth form festival on Friday night held at HCC. An emotional time for all but the event was helped by the various inflatable bouncy castles, bungee run and jousting poles to keep everyone’s spirits high. The students remained fiercely competitive against the staff in the rounder’s match they challenged us to with them being victorious in the result. Mr Smith and I were promoted head chefs for the night with the BarBQ and as the sun was setting we said our last goodbyes to this amazing group of students. All of them are continuing their education in either an Apprenticeship, University or full time employment and we wish them very best wishes in their future careers.

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