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Hardenhuish Headlines

Hardenhuish Headlines

A slightly delayed welcome back to Term 1!

I hope that the last couple of weeks have gone well, that your young people are settling well into the routines of being back at school and are ready for all that this new academic year will bring. It has been a busy summer and I have included below our press release from results days as well as some additional statistics, showing the incredible achievements of our young people.

Here are some of the A Level headline figures:

  • 68% of A level entries were at A*-B grades there was a 100% pass rate at A level
  • 25% of students got 3 or more A*/A grades at A level with 56% students achieving at least one or more A*/A grade at A level
  • 48% of students got 3 or more A*-B grades at A Level
  • 84% of Y13 students entered for the EPQ achieved a A*-B grade and 75% of students entered for Core Maths achieved a A*-B grade
  • the vast majority students got into their first choice university
  • based on progress measures for 2019, students made on average a third of a grade more progress than the national average

Here is the A Level Results Press Release which celebrated the success of our outgoing Year 13 on results day back in August:

Hardenhuish School would like to thank the Year 13 of 2022 who are collecting their results today for their incredible resilience, positive attitude and work ethic through what has been a disrupted two years. They have managed the challenges and pressures of their Sixth Form experience with an incredible level of focus and maturity and we are very proud of them.

Hardenhuish headteacher, Lisa Percy said: “It has been an absolute privilege to work with the young people collecting their A Level results today. Over the last two years in particular they have managed the various challenges incredibly well and now have the fantastic results that they have worked for and so deserve – clear evidence of their amazing work ethic, hard work and all-round loveliness!”

The truly outstanding results they have achieved are the outcome of hard work and determination and will stand them in good stead for their next steps in higher level apprenticeships, employment or University. We would also like to thank their parents and school staff for their support of the young people through their exams having not sat formal GCSE exams and having to negotiate amore assessment focussed two years than normal.

Mike Heffernan, Director of Sixth Form commented “Throughout the challenges of the last two years, this group of students have maintained a phenomenal work ethic.  Everyone in the Hardenhuish community is therefore incredibly proud to see how this approach has brought such richly deserved results.  They have been such a credit to our school over the years and we have no doubt that they have seriously exciting futures ahead.  A huge well done to the Hardenhuish class of 2022!

As well as their fantastic academic results, this year group have made significant contributions to the wider school life and developed skills which will serve them well as they progress on the next steps of their academic or working life. The large majority of our students will go on to courses at some of the most prestigious universities and in the most competitive subjects to pursue their studies as well as many progressing to extremely competitive degree level apprenticeships.

We wish our young people successful and happy futures and look forward to all the success that these amazing young people will go on to achieve as they progress to their next steps.

It was an absolute delight to celebrate their achievements at the Year 13 Awards night and wish them well in person for the next parts of their life adventures.


The Year 11 also did an amazing job and it has been wonderful to welcome so many of them back in to our Sixth Form. I am looking forward to celebrating their achievements at their award ceremony in November.

Here are some of the GCSE headline figures:

  • The headline attainment figure of 53.1 for Attainment 8
  •  81% of our pupils achieved the 4+ basics measure (i.e. 9-4 in both English and maths)
  • 59% achieved the 5+ basics measure (i.e 9-5 in both English and maths)
  • 35% of grades were at 9-7
  • 30% of our pupils achieved 5 or more 9-7 grades with 14 of these pupils achieving at least 10 of the top grades.

This is the Press release that was shared after the GCSE results had been published:

The Year 11 of 2022 at Hardenhuish School are celebrating exam results which reflect their determination and hard work despite the challenges of the last two years. Headteacher, Lisa Percy said “The young people are an absolute credit to themselves and the school. They have achieved amazing results which will open doors for the next steps of their education, enabling them to begin their new adventures with confidence and making further use of the resilience they have developed. I would also like to recognise the efforts of our incredible staff who have gone over and above to provide an even greater level of support this year and will enjoy sharing in the success of our wonderful young people”.

The school would also like to thank the parents who have supported them and the young people throughout their school careers and have played a greater part than normal in the successes that they are celebrating today due to the challenges of the last two years. The pupils have adapted to the changes to the system and their exams incredibly well and have demonstrated how well prepared they are for their moves into apprenticeships, further education and the majority staying on into Hardenhuish Sixth Form. They should also be commended for their support of each other throughout with the extra guidance of the Year 11 Team, looking out for and encouraging each other to achieve their best.

Learning Manager, Amy Webb commented “I am incredibly proud of the achievements of all of our Year 11 pupils. They have risen to the many challenges of the last three years and they have worked so very hard. Their efforts are reflected in the amazing results they have achieved today and I hope each and every one of them are very proud of themselves”.

Congratulations to the Year 11 of 2022 for your fantastic results! We hope that you enjoy your celebrations, wish you well for the future and look forward to hearing of your successes.

In the spirit of support for our local community we have welcomed Silverwood Yellowhammer class who are being housed in a temporary classroom at the Malmesbury Road entrance to the Hardenhuish site. This is to help with the increased demand for special school places locally but due to the proximity also enable the pupils to be a part of the Silverwood Chippenham Campus Community.

I would also like to celebrate the success of one of our Alumni who has had his first book published over the summer. Joseph Doliczny was a pupil here from 2003 to 2007 and attributes a lot of his love for literature having been developed during his time at Hardenhuish. Mr Southwood has ordered a copy of the book and it will be in the Hardenhuish Resources Centre in the near future.

The extra-curricular list for this term is available on the website  Enrichment Activities – Hardenhuish School where there are over 70 activities each week for our young people to get involved with. Thank you to all staff involved in setting these up and being so generous with their time to support the extra-curricular interests of our young people.

As you are aware we have taken on a new Management Information System, Arbor. We are working our way through a few teething problems and are grateful for your patience whilst we do this.

I wish our new Year 7 a good time at Liddington next week – they have settled really well into Hardenhuish and I am sure will benefit from the opportunity to spend time together as a tutor group.

I am looking forward to Open Week next week when we welcome our prospective parents and young people for September 2023. Thank you in advance to our wonderful young people for making our visitors welcome.

Lisa Percy


Hardenhuish Careers Programme

We have an exciting careers programme planned for 2022/23 which will include several opportunities for businesses and organisations to engage with our students.

We are particularly looking for support with the following careers and employer events:

  • Hardenhuish School Careers Fair Week. This is an opportunity for Companies/ Organisations to have a stand one lunchtime (12.30pm to 1.15pm) during the week commencing 21st November 2022
  • After school careers or employability talks or workshops (3.15pm to 4pm) – dates flexible throughout the year
  • Mock interview day for Year 12 students (date tbc in June/July 2023)
  • Work experience placements needed for Year 10 and Year 12 from the 17th to the 21st July 2023

If you or your employer can offer support with any of these events we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Vicky Brenton, Careers and Transition Manager – Email: Tel: 01249 650693


Online Safety

At Hardenhuish School we are committed to online safety and ensuring young people know the risks that exist when using technology. Many pupils will have a smartphone and will potentially have access to a variety of apps for communication and entertainment. With so many different apps out there, it can sometimes be difficult trying to keep up with what young people are using on their devices.

WhatsApp, Snapchat and TikTok are three apps that many young people use, although there are positives to the use of these apps there are also risks. The ‘National Online Safety’ (NOS) have put together some informative guides on the purpose of these apps and the risks they pose. These guides have been attached to help you gain a better understanding of the purpose of these apps and covers recommended age of use, what are the risks, and advice for parents/carers. We hope these guides will be helpful when making decisions about which apps your child should be using and allow for conversations at home about how to use them safely and responsibly.   

Additionally, the link below from the ‘stay safe initiative‘ will take you to a guide that gives more great advice about online safety and how you can support your child to be safe whilst using technology.

Parents_Online_Safety_Advice_Sheet.pdf ( 

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Hardenhuish Students perform in Bath Theatre School’s productions.

Faye Hadden performed as Miss Trunchball in Matilda the Musical Jr over the summer along with Eliza Eaton and Alex Watt and exceptional performances. Eliza also had a role in the Theatre Royal Bath’s summer company production of Lorca’s Blood Wedding, with six performances of this Spanish tragedy.  Great performances by all – well done!










Jumping for joy with another national championship qualification!

On Saturday 18 September 2022 NSEA members represented Hardenhuish School at Rectory Farm, near Cirencester at a show jumping event hosted by Cheltenham Ladies College.

We had two teams. Team one in the 70-75cmclass comprised of Brooke Robinson, Louisa Niker and Hermione Ferris on their ponies, Leigha, Monkshorn Smart Alec and Apple Blossom. Brooke and Hermione both went clear with lovely rounds in a large class coming 12th and 17th respectively out of 37.

In the second team in the 80-85cm class comprised of Amelia Niker, Louisa Niker, Zara Ferris & Isla Griffin riding Tycooly Tornado, Monkshorn Smart Alec, Apple Blossom and Rinneen Silver Rocket with Isabel Armstrong competing individually on Casino. Amelia, Louisa and Zara completed three great clears to come first overall for the team.  Louisa and Amelia coming first and second placed also qualified as individuals too which means we now have another team qualified for the championships at Keysoe in October.

The girls were presented with beautiful sashes, mega rosettes and a prize each along with a big trophy for the school and an individual huge trophy for Louisa. All in all a great day out and all the girls enjoyed representing the school together. We are so proud of the achievements of these students who dedicate themselves to training and looking after their ponies around their academic studies. They are a credit to the school.

Mrs Bush










The Great Yorkshire Show

I attended The Great Yorkshire Show in July to get animals ready for Showing in the Charolais Cattle classes, as it was the World Charolais Congress being held there.

I had to get our joint owned bull Tweedale Ringmaster ready for his class at the show.  this involves washing and blow drying him, then “soaping up” which is putting a blob of charolais soap into your hand and rubbing downwards on the bull’s coat, then combing it upwards to make his hair stand up and look better before going into the ring.

It was good as he was placed 2nd in his class and won a Rosette!

Also, I had not expected to be showing sheep but stepped in to help another exhibitor in the Sheep Classes with his Dutch Spotted sheep, as ;he had another sheep breed showing at the same time in a different ring so asked if I would show his Dutch Spotted ram lamb for him – of course I was honoured to do so!

All in all, the show was very educational, I  got to meet different people from around the World with an interest in Charolais cattle, and livestock farming in general. Hopefully I will take some more cattle to the show next year from our farm.  The next show I am competing at is in the school holidays, is the New Forest Show with our Blue texel sheep.  It is hard work getting the sheep in show condition and halter trained before the show, but well worth the effort if lucky enough to win a rosette!! – Richard Kimber










Other achievements

Faye Hadden gained her grade 3 clarinet with merit.

Rhys Hadden has been successful in applying for the position of Mayoral Cadet for Chippenham this year. He will be taking part in ceremonial activities with the mayor and representing his scouting troop as part of his new role.

Arthur Hambleton Thomas has recently passed another grading & has received his second adult Kung Fu sash through the Bath Kung Fu Academy.

What’s On – Week commencing – 26 September

ALL WEEK – Open weeks for Y6 parents – tours must be pre-booked

Mon 26th Sept – Y7 Liddington

Tues 27th Sept – Y7 Liddington

Wed 28th Sept – Y7 Liddington – Reading PIAG – remotely

Thurs 29th Sept – Y13 PIAG – remotely

Fri 30th Sept –