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Dear Parents

Considering there have only been 4 days, this has been an incredibly busy week with Year 10 and 12 finishing their exams, a wide range of sporting events, French and Spanish speaking exams for our GCSE and A Level linguists, two PIAGs and to finish the week a visit today from the Good Schools Guide.

Year 10 have adapted to their first experience of the formal exam process well which will prepare them well for their Statistics exam this summer and their other GCSEs next summer. Year 12 have started receiving feedback from their exams and considering how they can set themselves up for success in Year 13. The French and Spanish speaking exams herald the beginning of the formal exam season and if your young person/people are sitting exams this summer,  I would like to thank you in advance for your support of them and us over this extended exam period.

There are a number of reports below of the various sporting activities that have taken place this week and there are more to come over the coming weeks. Particular congratulations to the Under 14 Football team who won the Wiltshire Schools Cup Final!

I hope that those of you who attended the PIAGs found them useful. We are always keen to hear of topics that you would like covered in these sessions.

Thank you to those parents and young people who have contributed to our Good Schools Guide visit today to consider our inclusion in the next edition of the Guide. Our school site, staff, young people and wider community are amazing and it is a real privilege to show this off!

Have a good weekend.

Lisa Percy

I have attached a photograph taken by one of our wonderful members of Sheep Club this week to keep you up-to-date with how quickly our Jacobs lambs are growing.

News Items

Perse Coding Team Challenge

In February, 10 students from Y9 -Y11 formed Hardenhuish’s first entry into the Perse Coding Team Challenge. An hour of tackling a collection of significantly challenging problems led to three teams qualifying for the second and final round in March. A further hour, and even more challenging tasks were tackled by our young programmers collaborating in teams of two.

The final scores left Team Hardenhuish in 25th place in a large and prestigious list of schools from the UK and around the world.

Although not all students made it through to the final round, all those who participated gained valuable experience and laid down foundations for future opportunities and similar challenges.

The competition was a team challenge, and whether students chose to sit the first round individually, or as a member of one of the four teams that emerged over the course of the competition, I regard all participants as also belonging to Team Hardenhuish, and all should feel proud of their own, and the team’s performance.

For a competition that is positioned between the Oxford Computing Challenge, and National Olympiads, that is a really excellent result.

We congratulate all members of our team, and we hope to see them all building on this experience in the future.

Simon Carter

Head of Computing


Music Exam Results

Reuben Green Grade 5 Theory of Music: Distinction


Year 7 Boys Football Team Excel in both the Wiltshire and Mid-Wiltshire County Cups

The Year 7 boys football team started the term with a hectic and eventful first week,  playing in the quarter and semi finals of the Wiltshire U12 county cup, and also playing in the final of the Mid Wiltshire Cup at Stanley Park. The week started with Swindon Academy travelling to Hardenhuish where all students involved played some excellent football, with Hardenhuish winning 1-0. We then travelled to Lydiard Park school in Swindon on the Tuesday to play a very talented team who eventually won 3-1. Yet again all of the players gave 100% effort and despite the score line produced an outstanding performance. Finally on the Thursday the same team represented Hardenhuish in the Mid Wiltshire Cup Final in an excellently organised event at Stanley Park. Here we were to face a strong and mature team from Warminster, and Kingdown School, who played some excellent football winning 6-3. The football played by all of the students in all three games was excellent and the boys really were a credit to the school in what was an extremely tiring but enjoyable return to the summer term. Well done to all the boys involved and I have the highest of hopes for more successful and enjoyable cup runs in the future.

Mr Fox


U14 Girls Wiltshire Cup Winners

Melksham Oak 0 – 4 Hardenhuish

Wow what can I say….the U14s are now the County Champions! What an amazing cup run these girls have been on; they have played every round and each round got stronger. It has been lovely to see the confidence and the team spirit grow in each game and I am very proud of this. These U14s are worthy champions and deserve their place in Hardenhuish history as being the first girls football team to be crowned County Champions!

The final started off with a bang with Fran running the length of the pitch and finding the top corner to give us a lead of 1-0 in the first minute of the game.  From this moment the girls then pressed and did not allow Melksham Oak any time on the ball, Bethany and Ottie worked hard tracking their runners and being outlets for Fran and Erin when they had to win the ball in defence. Lily made 2 fantastic saves to keep us in the lead and from this Lily was able to play a quick goal kick which Holly won and moved the ball quickly on to Claire to run after and take on the left back which she did convincingly, scoring our 2nd goal. The 3rd goal cam from Emily who linked up well with Angelina in the middle of the pitch showing what a dominant force they were throughout the game. Poppy and Ailia did not stop running and holding the ball up and looking for that quick ball each time to play in their teammates. As half time came the girls were going in with a well deserved lead and we knew Melksham would come back at us strong so we decided to a quick tactical change for the first 10mins of the 2nd half and wait to see how Melksham came out. This change allowed us to soak up some pressure but as always we were looking to attack with Claire being our target each time. Katie provided an extra support upfront for Claire and Emily winning the ball and being determined to not give it up even if it was close to going out! Martha had a fantastic game making superb tackles and supporting our strikers as much as possible. Our 4th goal came mid way in the 2nd half and again Emily showing us all what she can do under pressure with Caitlin winning the ball in defence and making a great pass up the pitch. Overall this was a superb TEAM performance and the girls thoroughly deserve their scoreline and the win!!

It has been a fantastic season for the U14s and a great way for it to end, the PE Department are very proud of this achievement and are already looking forward to next season!

Mrs Davidge-Lumber


Wiltshire Track and Field Cup: Marlborough College, Wednesday 4 May

The Track and Field Cup is open to all schools in Wiltshire with Hardenhuish being the only school to enter teams in every age group, totalling 52 athletes in Years 7-10.

Due to Covid very few athletics events have taken place over the last two years and athletes have not had many opportunities to compete.

With over 75 events across all of the age groups it made for a very busy day, the events included: 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m, 1500m, hurdles, triple jump, long jump, discus, javelin, shot and hammer.

A huge well done to every athlete, it was a fantastic day with everyone striving to perform to their absolute best, getting as many points as possible for their team. For a number of athletes this was their first time competing in an athletics event and we are very proud of them all.

There were a number of stand-out performances including:

Tobi Loughlin  JB – 1st 1500m – 4.46mins

Archie Cooper JB – 2nd 100m – 12.6s

Tommy Mattis-King JB – 1st 80m Hurdles – 12.7s

Jo White IB – 2nd 100m  – 12s

Harry Glover IB – 2nd Shot – 9.70m

Luke Burgess IB – 2nd 200m – 26.3s

Simon Warner IB – 1st Long jump – 5.20m

Ben Harvey IB – 1st Triple jump – 10.40m

Natasha Moyes IG – 1st 100m – 13.03s

Amelia Chalk IG – 2nd 800m – 2.42mins

Alannah Heneghan IG – 1st High jump 1.50m

Inter Boys Relay 1st – Jo, Luke, Paddy and Ryan 49.7s

Junior Boys Relay 1st – Isaac, Ali, Tommy and Archie 61s

Team Results

Junior Boys 2nd

Junior Girls 4th

Inter Boys 3rd

Inter Girls 4th

Not only was it a pleasure to watch every athlete compete and aim for a personal best, it was wonderful to see all of the athletes support and coach each other, demonstrating excellent sportsmanship and team spirit.

The next event is the Area Trials, 12 May at Bath University and is an opportunity for athletes to compete for a place in the North Wiltshire squad.

Over the next 3 weeks we will be selecting the squad for the Area Championships in June, this is a chance for the athletes to compete as a year group against all the local North Wiltshire schools at Bath University.

Athletics Club is on Tuesdays after school 3pm – 4.15pm –  all new members are welcome to come along to try out a new event or perfect and aim for a new personal best.