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Dear Parents

It has been a busy week in terms of sport and careers, with an array of sporting events and careers events taking place.

You will have seen that our annual Christmas Raffle has been launched. Please support the Friends of Hardenhuish in their fundraising by buying tickets via WisePay. Please can I also ask that you consider using the Easy Fundraising site as you do any online Christmas shopping 

Further to ongoing discussions with Public Health and the numbers of positive cases locally remaining high, please can I ask that you discuss the measures outlined below with your young person to support us in doing all we can to  prevent more extreme measures being necessary :

  • 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 this will be checked in tutor time as part of our daily routines.
  • We will continue with good infection control measures including ventilation, hand sanitiser and touch cleaning.
  • We will continue to encourage twice weekly LFD testing.
  • We will encourage hand washing and the use of anti-bac as we enter and leave classrooms.
  • We will wipe down areas used during lessons before we leave.
  • We will continue the advice that if unwell, stay at home until symptom free.

Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping our community safe and trying to reduce the risks of more extensive outbreaks.

A reminder that it is a  TD day on Monday and school is closed to pupils.

Lisa Percy

News Items


Parent Governor Elections

Following the recent parent governor elections, we are pleased to announce the re-election of Sally Dellar and election of Paul Lortal.  We would like to thank the others who stood for election but were unsuccessful this time and all the parents who took time to vote. We would also like to thank David Rousell who decided for business reasons not to stand again as a parent governor, for all his help and ongoing support to Hardenhuish.

Virtual Babies

The Chippenham Virtual Baby Project overseen by the Kauri Trust Charity, very generously donated four virtual babies to Hardenhuish.  This charity has had an educational side which saw them go into local Secondary Schools, and Hardenhuish was the first School in Chippenham to complete the virtual baby project in 2013 something which we continued for many years. Unfortunately, the project was discontinued in 2019 due to volunteers work commitments but it was the Charity’s desire for the babies to be donated locally as they had been originally funded through the Borough Lands Charity and a Wiltshire community grant. The Hardenhuish Health and Social Care department were thrilled to be given the virtual babies, which will be used to support the early years aspects of curriculum as well as core elements of the course such as the values and qualities of effective care.

Year 10 Business Trip to Cadbury’s World

On Monday, the year 10 Business students went on a fantastic trip to Cadbury’s World. The visit involved a tour around a variety of zones showcasing Cadbury’s history and chocolate making which gave students an insight into the heritage of the nation’s favourite chocolate brand. There was an academic talk about the marketing of Cadbury’s, which gave students a great understanding of marketing from the unique perspective of Cadbury’s and the UK confectionery market.  It was an excellent trip that developed students understanding of both marketing and operations, and best of all they got lots of free chocolate!


Classics Club

This year we’ve seen the fantastic success of the Year 7 and 8 Classics Club, who have been exploring and reacting to a variety of myths and legends. The club members also took part in a competition run by Bristol university called ‘Ovid in the West Country,’ where they created their own interpretations of the myth in incredibly varied ways! Three of our Year 7 pupils were selected to move on to the next round of the competition which involves a trip to the Roman Baths for some classical tales and a prize giving. Well done to Classics Club!

Amazon Fulfilment Centre Virtual Tour

Today, some of the Year 11 Business students went on virtual tour of the Amazon fulfilment centre on their busiest day of the year. This gave the students an amazing insight into how Amazon picks, packs, and ships the product to their customers. It was fascinating to see the enormous scale of their operations, to see their use of advanced robotics and technology, and to gain an appreciation of how they operate so efficiently. The tour had links with their learning on both operations and human resource management.

Football Results

Great Western Academy 1-4 Hardenhuish

The U16 girls have secured themselves a fantastic result by winning their round of 16 game with only 9 players! As a team the girls worked so hard from start to finish and were able to take a 2-0 lead at half time. In the 2nd half the girls soaked up the pressure and made some crucial tackles and were able to link well together to score themselves 2 more goals to secure the win. A great resilient attitude shown from the girls who had lots of self-belief to go ahead with their game make Hardenhuish proud! Well done Girls!

North Wiltshire Cross-Country Champsionship

49 runners from Years 7-13 represented Hardenhuish School at the North Wiltshire Cross-Country Champs on Wednesday 17th November. This was the first year that the event was held at Beversbrook in Calne, it was a great venue for cross-country with a number of tricky corners, but thankfully very few hills. This was a team and individual event, each school had 8 runners in each race and the top 6 runners scores were added together for their team. There were AMAZING performances in every race and once again Huish students demonstrated their incredible talent.

All of the team scores are added up and we are very proud to say that Hardenhuish were crowned overall North Wiltshire Cross-Country Champions.

The team results were:

Minor Boys – Year 7

1st – Hardenhuish

2nd – Braydon Forest

3rd – Corsham

4th – KGA

5th – RWBA

6th – Sheldon

7th – Abbeyfield

8th – Malmesbury

Junior Boys – Years 8 & 9

1st – Hardenhuish

2nd – RWBA

3rd – KGA

4th – Sheldon

4th – Corsham

6th – Braydon Forest

7th – Abbeyfield

8th – Malmesbury

Inter Boys – Years 10 & 11

1st – Sheldon

2nd – Hardenhuish

3rd – Corsham

4th – RWBA

5th – Abbeyfield

6th – Malmesbury



Minor Girls – Year 7

1st – Sheldon

2nd – RWBA

3rd – Corsham

4th – Braydon Forest

5th – Hardenhuish

5th – Malmesbury

7th – Abbeyfield

8th – KGA


Junior Girls – Years 8 & 9

1st – Corsham

2nd – Hardenhuish

3rd – Sheldon

4th – KGA

5th – Braydon Forest

6th – Abbeyfield

7th – RWBA

8th – St Mary’s

9th – Malmesbury

Inter Girls – Years 10 & 11

1st – Hardenhuish

2nd – Sheldon

3rd – Corsham

4th – Abbeyfield

5th – RWBA

6th – ST Mary’s

7th – Malmesbury

For the individual event the top 12 runners in each race were selected to represent North Wiltshire at the County Championships at Hardenhuish/Sheldon on Saturday 15 January  2022.

Those students selected and their finishing positions were:

Minor Boys – Isaac Chalk 1st, Will House 3rd, Barnaby La Bouchardiere 4th, Daniel Coward 6th

Minor Girls – Hermione Ferris 13th (Reserve)

Junior Boys – Tobi Loughlin 1st, Joe White 3rd, Daniel Phelps 7th, Kieran Kennedy 9th

Junior Girls – Louisa Niker 2nd, Sophia Johnson 6th

Inter Boys – Henri Cotineau 4th, Josh Bailey 5th, Asher Jones 8th, Freddie Lawton 11th, Jack Blackburn 15th (Res)

Inter Girls – Amelia Chalk 2nd, Jasmine Kennedy 3rd, Phoenix Harding 5th, Polly La Bouchardiere 7th, Darcy Selman 8th, Naomi Reed 10th

Senior Boys – Luc Cotineau 1st, Laurie Upton 7th.

Senior Girls – Esme Penton 1st

This is a new record for Huish – 23 runners representing North Wiltshire.

A huge well done to everyone that took part, bring on the next round!

Mrs Place

Year 8 Rugby

The Hardenhuish boys Year 8 rugby team competed in the annual district rugby competition on Wednesday 24th November which was hosted here at Hardenhuish. After a brilliant day of rugby the boys remained unbeaten and needed to win their last match by 3 tries to secure the title of district champions. However, a 2 – 0 victory saw us finish as joint winners with Malmesbury. Both teams had the same points, same try difference, same number of tries scored and even drew 1 – 1 when they played each other so could not be separated.

The boys were a credit to the school and played some brilliant rugby displaying all the values that we like to see in our Hardenhuish teams.

Congratulations boys bring on the Year 9 competition next year!

Mr Brailey

What’s On Information

Monday 29 November

TD Day, school closed

Tuesday 30 November

U14 Girls Football Tournament
Y12/13 Psychology Trip

Wednesday 1 December

Y7 Rugby Competition

Thursday 2 December

6th Form Open Evening

Y9 Rugby Competition

Y11 Rugby Semi Finals – Dorset and Wiltshire Cup