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Welcome back to Term 6!

It has been lovely to see our young people back in school this week and enjoying the amazing opportunities that our site allows when the weather is so good as well as working so hard in lessons.

A massive congratulations to Years 10 and 12 who have managed their mock exams with such maturity and a really good work ethic this week. On their behalf, thank you for supporting them at home and our teachers and the Year 10 and Sixth Form teams for supporting them in school.

There is no doubt that this has been a challenging year and we will be ending the year with activities days for all year groups to enable us all to finish the year with some out of the classroom learning activities! Further communications will be sent out shortly but I would like to give you advanced notice that the off-site days’ timings are as follows:

Year Group Date Offsite Location Departure time Return time
7 15 July Paultons Park 8:45am 5pm
8 16 July Paultons Park 8:45am 5pm
9 16 July Thorpe Park 8:15am 5pm
10 15 July Thorpe Park 8:00am 5pm
12 16 July Thorpe Park 7:45am 5pm


The other activity day will be an Olympics themed day on site for each year group apart from Year 12 who will be starting to consider opportunities beyond Sixth Form.

Enjoy the lovely weather we are promised this weekend.

Lisa Percy



Hardenhuish Arena Eventing  win, we are back!

On Friday 4 June, the Hardenhuish Riding team competed at St Mary`s NSEA Arena Eventing with style! There was strong competition due to lockdown with teams travelling from far away to qualify. In all there were 75 riders and 15 teams.

Hardenhuish team made up of Lilly Goverd, Kate Selman, Amelia  & Louisa Niker. The team pulled off 3 clears with great style marks to give them the 1st place win they needed to qualify for the Championships held at Addington 22-25 October.

The previous week the team consisting of Kate and Darcy Selman and Amelia and Louisa Niker competed at the National championships at Hickstead. The team produced a commendable result  finishing  7th out of 29 teams and  127 competitors. After the restrictions of lockdown it is fantastic to see our students achieving such positive results and being fine sports ambassadors for our school.


Wiltshire Track and Field Athletics Championships.

A huge congratulations to all of the Hardenhuish students who competed in the Wiltshire Athletics Championships on Saturday 29 May at Swindon Athletics Track.

This is a club competition, where all athletes from across Wiltshire compete in the hope of being crowned Wiltshire Champions and gaining a place at the South West Championships on Sunday 18 July at the Exeter Arena.

The following students from Hardenhuish competed:

Natasha Moyes– Year 8 – Yate Athletics Club

Natasha was running against girls in Years 8 and 9 and came 3rd in 75m hurdles and with amazing performance in the 100m she came 1st, she got a PB with a time of 13:06s. She also competed as part of the 4 x 100m relay team, and they came 1st.

Alannah Heneghan – Year 9 – Team Bath AC

Alannah was crowned Wiltshire Champion in the U15 girls high jump, with an incredible jump of 1.56m (for comparison Mrs Place is 1.58m tall!).

Henri Cotineau – Year 10 – Team Bath

Henri stormed the 1500m in and was crowned Men’s Under 17 Wiltshire Champion running it in a time of 4.31min.

James Lamacraft – Year 10 – Lavington AC

James competed in the U17 Men’s Long Jump and came 3rd with a jump of 5.33m, he also came 4th Men’s U17 100m with a time of 12.3s.

Luc Cotineau – Year 12 – Team Bath AC

Luc came 2nd in the Men’s U20s 5000m race with a time of 17.07min.

Scott Collier – Year 12 – Yate AC

Scott ran in the U20 men’s 100m and 200m, he came 2nd in the 200m with a time of 23.45s and 4th in the 100m with a time of 11.6s ( the winner ran in 11.2s, it was a very close race).

Kirsty Treglowan Year 12 – Yate AC

Kirsty competed in both the U20 women’s 100m and 200m, she demonstrated outstanding speed to win Gold in the 100m in 12.4s and Silver in the 200m with a time of 25.91s

A huge well done to all of our athletes and we wish them well for the remainder of the season and the best of luck for those who have qualified for the South West Champs.

Mrs Place and Team PE


Rugby 7s Tournament Success

Hardenhuish Pupil Oliver Bell was recently selected by his head coach at Chippenham Rugby to represent the U13s at a Rugby 7s tournament which they went on to win.  The tournament was hosted by the National Rugby 7s Academy, which is an achievement in itself.  Following the Team’s success the Academy made contact with Oliver’s parents as his performance had caught the eye of one of their coaches as showing great potential and standout attributes for the game.  They expressed their interest in giving Oliver a spot in the National Sevens Academy for 2021/22 in the SW Region which gives the  opportunity to young aspiring 7s players to be involved in a highly developed academy with a speciality in Rugby 7s.

Congratulations Oliver on this fantastic achievement.


Cricket Congratulations

Congratulations to Year 8, Sophie Vaughan, who has been selected to play in Wiltshire U13 Girls Performance cricket squad.  She received her debut cap last Sunday, travelling to Wimborne to play a double-header match against opponents Dorset, where she took her first county wicket and catch.  Wiltshire came away with wins from both matches and next travel to Wembdon to play Somerset on 20th June. Quite a remarkable achievement for Sophie as she only started playing cricket 2 years ago!


Art and DT Blog Post 15

Starting off with our Year 9 Artists this week, we are excited to share their insect studies that have been in progress for several weeks now. Starting with a collage background to create a mixed media texture, the artist then used a variety of black and white materials to investigate the shapes and forms of insects. From pencil to charcoal and biro, a range of mark-making techniques have been refined to capture the three-dimensional forms of these creatures in a 2D space. Take a look at some of their outcomes below!

Year 8 designers in Systems & Control have been designing their Programmable Toys this week and there are some fantastic ideas being bounced around! Our young people have considered the size of their product, the function, and its aesthetics to come up with a range of initial design ideas inspired by some of their favourite things. From Harry Potter to Snow White, there is a vast range of concepts at work. Some of ideas are shown below so take a look and pick out which one you are most looking forward to seeing constructed!

We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe.

The Hardenhuish Art & DT Team


School Sheep Shear

Hardenhuish School’s flock of Jacobs Sheep have had an appointment with the Shepherd for their annual shear. The flock, consisting of five ewes and six lambs were shorn in front of an audience of pupils from ‘Sheep Club’ and staff. Some of the black and white fleece will be kept here in school as a teaching resource for Textiles lessons, explaining the lifecycle of wool fleece, from the initial shearing, to creating useable yarn to make a wearable item of clothing.

Finance Officer Vacancy

37 hours per week – £22,627 – £24,291 per annum

(salary level will be dependent upon experience and relevant skills)

We wish to appoint an efficient and highly organised Finance Officer to support our busy Finance Department.  The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking a range of financial responsibilities, will ideally have previously worked within an accounts environment and hold relevant qualifications.  Experience in an education setting would be advantageous, although not essential.

This position is permanent, 37 hours per week completed on an all year-round basis.  An application pack can be downloaded from the Vacancies page on our website www.hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk

Closing date:                   8.30am on Wednesday 23 June 2021

Interviews:                      Will be held within a fortnight of the closing date

Hardenhuish School is an equal opportunities employer and requires enhanced DBS clearance as part of its commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


What’s On Information

Please see below a list of trips and events taking place week commencing –Monday 14 June

Thursday 17 June

Year 7 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting -7 pm – Remotely