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Dear Parents

The Year 11 Awards evening last night was a lovely event, even if it did happen remotely. A big thank you to the Year 11 Team of last year for all of their support of these wonderful young people who are now well established in their next adventures, but I am sure grateful for the support and guidance they received whilst here.

Looking forwards, the Student Leadership Team have arranged a food bank collection for December 10th – further details to follow. It will be great as a school to be able to support our community.

As you may be aware a Hardenhuish young person was hit by a car at Yewstock on the way home yesterday. Thankfully, they are not seriously injured but it is a reminder to us all about road safety.

A number of residents and parents mentioned to me that a reminder would be useful and I would ask you to reinforce this with your young people. Please encourage them to take the time to check where they are going and their surroundings when crossing the road, particularly at the end of the day when they are often catching up with friends either in person or on their mobiles. Please encourage them to take care to prevent a more serious accident happening in the future.

Further to a letter from Kate Blackburn, Wiltshire Director of Public Health  and Lucy Townsend Wiltshire Corporate Director of People, I can confirm that whilst Covid cases and rates across the South West are falling, they remain high in school-aged children and young people and as a result, a decision has been made to extend previous advice until the end of November.

For us at Hardenhuish, this means that:

  • We will continue to halt large gatherings such as assemblies and events which involve large groups.
  • We will continue to expect young people and staff to wear face coverings in indoor communal areas – please remind young people to bring a face covering to school to minimise our use of single use disposable face coverings.
  • We will continue with good infection control measures including ventilation, hand sanitiser and touch cleaning.
    We will continue to encourage twice weekly LFD testing and finally,
    we will continue the advice that if unwell, stay at home until symptom free

Please report any concerns to

Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to manage this challenging situation.

Have a good weekend.

Lisa Percy

News Items

Hardenhuish School’s Cross Country Runners Make it to the National Finals in Newquay!

After overcoming tough competition during a series of cross-country events, Hardenhuish School has earned a place at the National Final of the English Schools Cross Country Cup due to take place on Saturday 4 December in Newquay. This is the first time the school has been in a  national cross-country team event and an achievement well worth celebrating.

On 13 October, six Hardenhuish cross-country teams took part in the County round of the English Schools Cross-Country Cup at Downside School in Radstock.  This is a team competition consisting of six runners, with the best four runners scoring for their team.  Schools from Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset went head-to-head to try and gain a place in the next round.  Over two thousand teams from more than six hundred schools throughout England started the competition in October, competing against local schools in their County. The leading teams from each county then progressed to one of the Regional Finals. The National Finals pits the three leading teams in each age group in each region against each other.

Due to Covid 19 it was, for many of the runners, their first event and their first time representing Hardenhuish School.  All the teams ran with courage and resilience, but it was the Junior and Inter Boys who excelled on the day finishing in 3rd and 2nd place.  This gained them a place in the South West round at Kings College, Taunton, on Saturday 13 November.

The course at this event was always going to be a challenge with plenty of tree roots, plenty of mud and of course a steep hill just before the finish.  The Junior Boys team, led by captain Tobi Loughlin, got off to a strong start with Toby taking an early lead.  The other 5 members (Isaac Chalk, Daniel Coward, Laurie Abbots-Lyons, Daniel Phelps and Will House) were fighting to keep their place in the front group.  The results for this demanding 2.8km race were Tobi Loughlin 1st, Isaac 16th, Daniel Phelps 25th, Laurie Abbots-Lyons 28th, Daniel Coward 43rd and Will House 46th.  These results gave them a third place overall and a place in the National Finals.  The Inter Boys Team ran 4.5km and also had some commendable results including Josh Bailey 23rd, Joe White 29th, Ollie Upton 38th, Selby Archer 42nd, Kieran Kennedy 40th, and Will Hobin-Bucksey 46th.

The school is incredibly proud of all the runners who have taken part in these events and are excited to see how they perform in Newquay.


World Scout Jamboree 2023

Congratulations to Alaric Childerhouse who has been selected as one of 36 Scouts to represent the Wiltshire contingent of UK Scouting at the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea in August 2023.

Challenge Series Talk

On Wednesday 17 November Hardenhuish held the second of its Challenge Series talks with a focus on sports therapy. Sam from Active Potential Therapy in Chippenham joined us and presented on what it is like being a sports therapist together with the different career pathways into the sector. The talk was attended by students from Years 7-13 and they were able to ask a serious of interesting questions about the profession. For those students unable to make the talk, a link to the recording can be found here: .

Next month there will be a talk from Network Rail.