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Dear Parents

It has been an incredibly busy week with lots going on for our staff and young people and the term promises lots more exciting and interesting opportunities both within lessons and beyond.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet with our Carnegie Shadow group on Thursday and discuss the books that we have been reading since the shortlist was announced. The young people were clear about what they had liked and not liked about the books and lovely to experience their infectious love of reading.

There is more sporting success reported below and you will see that Hardenhuish is really on a roll in terms of sporting success with further equestrian success, being crowned champions at the area athletics and the girls Wiltshire Schools U15 County Cricket Champions meaning they will now represent Wiltshire in the South West competition – long may this continue!

It has been Arts week this week with many opportunities for young people to be involved in workshops and activities, concluding today with staff dressing up as artists and works of art.

Next week is Diversity week and I am looking forward to our young people benefitting from the opportunities being offered, including mural painting and a drumming workshop.

A reminder that next Thursday is Successful Lives Day and Friday is a TD Day so there will not be a Headlines next week.

Please see here our link to our latest Good Schools Guide review.

Have a good weekend.

Lisa Percy


News Items

Survey Regarding the Future of Parents’ Evenings

Further to our feedback from the Parents’ Survey shared last week on Hardenhuish Headlines, we are writing to you to gauge your preferences for Parent and Pupil/Student Consultation Evenings (PPCEs/PSCEs) and Parent Information, Advice and Guidance evenings (PIAGs).

During the past two years we have held these remotely using Microsoft Teams but there have been some parents who have expressed that they would prefer these meetings face to face. Your answers to the questions will help our planning for the 2022-23 calendar. Please click on the link below to access the survey.

Thank you for your support.


Chippenham River Run – 6 July 2022

The Friends of Hardenhuish and the Hardenhuish Educational Trust are entering teams in the Chippenham River Run on the 6th July 2022. We would like to enter as many supporters of the school as possible, made up of pupils, students, staff and parents.

There are 2 races, a 2km fun run for participants aged 14 and under, and a 5km run for participants aged 13 and above.

We will be raising money through our endeavours (with half the amount raised going to the Friends and the Trust to support the school and half going to this year’s school charity, Young Minds) but we also want to take the opportunity to get together as a community and have fun.

The cost of entering the 2km run is £5 and the cost for the 5km run is £9. Entry includes a medal for all 2km finishers and a Tech T-Shirt for all 5km finishers. Participants can run in their PE Kit or any green top but we have also sourced some excellent quality, branded running T-Shirts from Sporting Billy for our participants to run in should they want to for a cost of just £10. Entry fees and T-Shirts can be paid for through Wisepay via this link Hardenhuish School – Hardenhuish School – Home Page ( and we will enter everyone with the organisers.

Pupils and students who have already entered through Chippenham Harriers are still welcome to join the Friends/Trust team. Just please let Mr Woollin know that you’d like to be part of the team and have already entered the races.

I look forward to running with you!

Mr Woollin


Hardenhuish Show Jumping Team on a Roll!

Hardenhuish riders had another brilliant day jumping at Rectory Farm last weekend. The first team comprised of Mia Fowler , Izzy Armstrong and Brook Robinson. Izzy and Brook had amazing clear rounds with Louisa Niker, Faith Loveridge, and Zara Ferris all representing the school. The other team won the 80cm, and three of the riders won the 90cm. Darcy Selman was 1st and 3rd individual and Amelia Niker was 3rd Individual. What a stella performance.

We are very proud of the commitment and talent of these riders who fit in their training, looking after their ponies and competing all around their school work. It shows real dedication and motivation.

We now have qualified for three classes at the National Championships at Keysoe in October.


U15 Girls Chance to Compete Wiltshire Cricket Champions

On Tuesday afternoon nine girls from Year 9 travelled to Trowbridge Cricket Club to represent Hardenhuish and compete in the finals of the Wiltshire 8 a-side Chance to Compete Cricket Contest. Following victories over Wyvern School and Clarendon school the team secured a place in the quarter finals. Here the girls beat a strong team from South Wiltshire Grammar School, which then secured a place in the finals against Kingsbury Green Academy. The final was again a superb display of cricket which the girls proceeded to win scoring the required amount of runs, 64, with 17 balls to spare. This crowned the girls Wiltshire Schools U15 County Cricket Champions and means they will now represent Wiltshire in the South West England Chance to Compete finals in Winchester on 30 June.  A huge well done to all involved who were an absolute credit to Hardenhuish School.

Mr Fox

Athletics Athletics Athletics


93 students travelled to Bath University on Wednesday 15 June to compete in the prestigious Area Athletics Championships; the biggest event in the sporting calendar. The schools competing for the crown were: Hardenhuish, Sheldon, Corsham, Abbeyfield, Malmesbury, Royal Wootton Bassett, Braden Forest and Kingsbury Green Academy. Athletes in Years 7-10 competed in 100m, 150m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 800m, 1200m, 1500m, hurdles, shot, discus, javelin, high jump, long jump, triple jump and 4x100m relay.

Each athlete could only take part in one event plus the relay. Points were allocated depending on the position that each athlete finished in their event, 10 points for 1st 8 for 2nd etc.

Hardenhuish dominated throughout the Championships with outstanding performances across all age groups. It was a tense wait at the end of the competition, over 100 events had taken place that day and all of the points were accumulated; in the end It came down to Sheldon and Hardenhuish for the top two spots on the podium.

It was amazing to watch Hardenhuish being crowned Area Athletics Champions 2022 – maybe it was the ice pops that did the trick!

Huge Congratulations to the Hardenhuish athletes for all their hard work and determination. Team spirit and support as always was incredible.

The next event in the athletics calendar is Sports Day on Friday 1 July; this is a chance for all students to represent their tutor group in the biggest Inter-tutor event of the year, and is also an opportunity for the athletes to break school records, some of which have stood for over 50 years!

Year 7 Super 8s Dauntsey’s School Friday 10 June

On Friday 10 June 16 Year 7 pupils travelled to Dauntsey’s School to compete in the annual Super 8s athletics competition.

Super 8s is a team competition which involves each athlete competing in three events, a track, a field and the relay. All the points are calculated on the times and distances for each event and therefore every centimetre and second makes a difference to the final results. It was a very hot afternoon, but our athletes did not let it affect their performances, the complimentary ice lollies at the end of the competition were an added bonus!

All the Huish athletes performed brilliantly and both teams finished 2nd in Mid Wiltshire, qualifying for the County Finals on 6 July at Dauntsey’s. The squad for this competition will be chosen after Sports Day.  We wish all of the athletes the best of luck for the remainder of the season.

County Athletics Championships Swindon Athletics Ground – Saturday 11 June.

On Thursday 12 May, 18 Hardenhuish students qualified to compete in the County Championships.  This competition is for the best of the best from across the 54 secondary schools in Wiltshire to compete for a place in the South West Championships in Exeter on Saturday 18 June. To qualify for the next round not only did the athletes need to finish in the top three but they also needed to achieve a County standard which are times and distances set by English Schools Athletics Association. The event started at 9am and finished at 5pm, which meant a long day in the sun for all of the athletes. Most of the sprint events had heats as well as finals, which added an additional challenge for the athletes having to perform to their best on a number of occasions. This was a true test of their fitness and focus.

The results of the competition were as follows:

Luke Burgess U16 – 3rd in heats 200m, Amelia Chalk U16 – 2nd in 800m, Isaac Chalk U12 – 3rd in 800m, Harry Glover U14 – 4th in 100m,
Alannah Heneghan U16 – 3rd in the High Jump,  Tobi Loughlin U14 – 3rd  in 1500m, Claire Marshall U14 – 2nd in 300m and 1st in Long Jump,
Tommy  Mattis-King U14 – 3rd in 75m Hurdles and 1st in Long Jump, Natasha Moyes U14 – 3rd in 75m Hurdles and 2nd in 100m, Kirsty Treglown U18 – 1st in 100m, 3rd in 200m, Simon Warner U16 – 3rd in Long Jump and 4th in Triple Jump, Henri Cotineau 5th in 1500m.

Huge Congratulations to Natasha Moyes, Claire Marshall and Kirsty Treglown who have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the South West Championships in Exeter, we wish them the best of luck for this next competition.

Phoenix Harding Qualifies for a World Title

On 8 April Phoenix travelled to Derby to fight in her first international kickboxing bout, competing against Oceane Maratra from France in an under 54kg bout for a European title. Phoenix had the height advantage and Oceane had the weight advantage.

The bout lasted the full five rounds, with Oceane winning the first round, but Phoenix won the other four rounds by unanimous decision. In winning this bout Phoenix has earned  the right to go to New York to fight for a World title in late November, where she will fight an American opponent.

Congratulations to Phoenix for this amazing achievement.

What’s On Information: Week Beginning 20 June 

Wednesday 22 June

Year 8 Big Bang Fair

Year 10 Geography Trip – Forest of Dean

Summer Concert 

Thursday 23 June

Successful Lives Day

Friday 24 June

Training and Development Day: no pupils/students in school

Year 10 Maths Statistics Exam