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Dear Parents

It has been another busy week with the Poetry Slam, our Sixth Form Open Evening and numerous trips, visiting speakers and opportunities for our young people to get involved with – please see the reports below for more details.

It was a pleasure to welcome so many potential Year 12 for September 2023 to our Sixth Form Open Evening and I hope this has helped them to make their decision about where they would like to study their A Levels. Many of the College open events are also taking place this term and our young people choosing this option after Year 11 are being supported in finding out about these and booking their places to go and find out what the Colleges have to offer.

The Christmas Fayre takes place next Friday from 4-6pm and we have some fantastic raffle prizes that have been donated by local businesses and generous parents (thank you!). Please buy your tickets in advance on Arbor or they can be bought on the evening as well as enjoying some festive refreshments and the various stalls and activities run by our wonderful young people.

Wiltshire Council is consulting on the proposed admissions criteria and admission arrangements for its Community & Voluntary Controlled Schools for the 2024/25 academic year. It is also consulting on the proposed schemes for co-ordination of admissions to all maintained schools and academies for the 2024/25 academic year.

The consultation starts on Friday 25 November 2022 and it ends on Friday 13 January 2023.

The consultation documents can be accessed by clicking on the link below.


Please email any comments to the Local Authority so that any returns, give an accurate reflection of the views of all school communities.

To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to admissions@wiltshire.gov.uk or you can write to:

School Admissions Team
Wiltshire Council
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN

A reminder that we finish term on Friday 16 December at 12.30pm. The following buses will collect at 12.30pm Coachstyle B1411, B1413, B1414, B1418, B1419

but Coachstyle Service 99 will pick up at the usual time as will Faresaver services. If you are unable to make alternative arrangements and would like your young person to stay in school until 3pm please contact their Pastoral Manager.

Thank you for encouraging your young person to wear a warm coat to school as the weather gets colder but a reminder that hoodies are not allowed to be worn in place of a jumper or coat.





Friends of Hardenhuish Christmas Raffle 2022

It’s not too late to buy your raffle tickets for this year’s Friends of Hardenhuish Christmas Raffle. We are delighted to be able to announce that we have a new star prize courtesy of the James Dyson Foundation, which is a Dyson Corrale Hair Straighter worth £399!

We also have a £100 M&S voucher, an Oral B Electric Toothbrush (donated by Tesco), a Chocolate Hamper (donated by Lick the Spoon), Christmas Hamper (donated by Dance Spot of Chippenham), a Reiki treatment voucher for £45 (donated by Motiv8 Sports Massage in Chippenham), a silver bracelet making kit (donated by Barking Hen Jewellery), a Family Day pass for the Olympiad Leisure Centre, Vouchers for WHSmith and many more prizes

All proceeds go to providing additional resources to support the school. So don’t miss your chance to win. Tickets available now on the Arbor Shop or on the night of the Christmas Fayre next Friday.

Any parents who would like to help out at the Christmas Fayre, please let us know by completing the form from the following link…

Christmas Fayre Helpers


Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 9 December is Christmas Jumper Day at Hardenhuish – we will be taking part in Wallace & Gromit’s Big Christmas Dress Up to raise money for the school charity of the year, Cots for Tots.

Next Friday, students are invited to wear a Christmas jumper instead of their normal Hardenhuish jumper in return for a voluntary £1 donation, which will be available to pay on Arbor.

Cots for Tots are the dedicated charity for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, which looks after babies who are sick or born prematurely. The unit cares for over 800 babies per year and is the only place that provides care to critically ill and premature babies in the whole of the South West.

We look forward to seeing everyone looking festive next Friday!

The School Parliament


Mental Health PIAG

Thank you to all of the parents who came to our recent Mental Health PIAG – it was great to see everyone back face to face! As part of the evening we shared information about the support systems at Hardenhuish as well as some information on how to have conversations with your child about their mental health. We were really fortunate to also welcome guest speaker James Shone, who gave an inspirational talk sharing his journey and how we can all help young people to develop their self esteem and look after their mental health.

If you were unable to make the evening but are interested in hearing this information, then please feel free to watch the recording below:

(4) Mental Health PIAG Nov 2022 – YouTube

The information PowerPoint from the evening can also be found using the links below:

PIAG 2022

Also, this link:

(4) Mental Health and Wellbeing Support at Hardenhuish – YouTube


Year 10 Business Cadbury World Trip

On Wednesday, the Year 10 Business pupils went on a trip to Cadbury World where they were given a marketing lecture which provided them with a fascinating insight into Cadbury’s marketing secrets. They then went on a factory tour where they learnt about the Cadbury’s story, saw chocolate production first-hand, tried chocolate piping, had a 4D chocolate adventure, and were given lots of free chocolate! Overall, it was a really fun trip with many links to our curriculum.



Y13 Physicists recently had a once in a lifetime trip to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

The visit included a private tour of the main CERN site in Geneva provided by incredibly knowledgeable tour guides – it was fascinating to hear about their careers. Highlights of the day included a tour of LEIR, a lead ion accelerator that connects up to the Large Hadron Collider. Everything shown was based upon what has been learnt at A Level, which allowed us to understand their work at a detailed level. We recently covered particle accelerators and it was an incredible opportunity to see how theory applies in real life.

Another highlight was visiting the CERN Data Centre and learning about how they have and still are contributing to some of the biggest breakthroughs in technology, from the World Wide Web to Distributed Cloud Computing. As a Computer Scientist, I thoroughly enjoyed this talk as it showed how CERN brings together two of my favourite subjects to collect and analyse vast amounts of data, enabling them to enhance our understanding of the universe.

Geneva is also a wonderful city and everyone thoroughly enjoyed exploring all the shops and sights in the city centre.

The work they do at CERN is incredible and it’s really inspiring that they employ so many graduates from many different disciplines from Theoretical Physics to Computer Science.

It’s certainly not a trip you want to miss! (So, make sure you pick Physics if you haven’t already!)

Ben (Y13 Physics Student)


Hardenhuish 5-5 Bournemouth High School For Girls

Hardenhuish win 3-2 on Penalties

Wow what a game – we made it very hard for ourselves, but we came out victorious….in the end!

This game was always going to be a tight game due to us being 1 of 32 teams left in the competition, but we started the match very well moving into a 3-0 lead very quickly. However, Bournemouth were quick to respond at the start at the 2nd half by using the slope like we had to our advantage in the first half and were able to draw themselves level very quickly. The girls kept working tirelessly but with the momentum shifting we found it difficult to get our passing game going. Before we knew it we were 4-3 down and we had to get back in the game to give us a chance for extra time. We succeeded and were able to take the game to extra time and again take an early lead in the 1st half of extra time to then switch off and let them back in at the start of the 2nd half to equalise to make it 5-5.  At this point we all knew it was going to be penalties. Special mention to our penalty takers Poppy, Fran, Angelina, Emily and Erin who stepped up and volunteered and our GK Lily who pulled of 3 fantastic saves to ensure we progressed to the next round. Well done girls for making it to the last 16 which we will play in January!


Year 7 pupil Imogen Drew recently took part in two Badminton England sanctioned tournaments in Devon, coming away on the Saturday with a silver medal in the U15 girls’ singles and a bronze in the U15 girls’ doubles.  On Sunday Imogen achieved a silver medal in the U17 girls’ doubles.  Well done Imogen on these achievements, all in age categories above your own.


Year 7 Netball Tournament

Wednesday 30 November saw our year 7s cross the field to Sheldon to take part in the annual district netball tournament. The team played exceptionally well and threw themselves into every game. They seemed to grow in confidence as the tournament progressed, even when mixing up the formation and playing in different positions. The overall results were:

HH v Kingsbury Green – won 7-2

HH v Abbeyfield – won 3-0

HH v Corsham – won 11-1

HH v Shelson – lost 5-2

HH v Devizes – won 5-4

HH v Malmesbury – won 7-2

HH v Lavington – won 6-2

Overall, player of the Match went to Martha Lawton who scored lots of goals in every match, meaning that Hardenhuish actually scored more goals than any other team!

The results meant that Hardenhuish came second overall, and the girls were delighted to receive their medals and should be proud of all the effort they put in.


Countdown to Christmas

Thank you to those who entered our November Giveaway. We’ve given out some fantastic prizes to the winners such as VIP Boarding passes for the IFS Cloud Cable Car in London.

We’ll be launching the Hardenhuish Radio Advent Calendar with some fantastic prizes to give out each day until we break up.

Prizes include Echo Dot, Chocolates, Board Games and more!

These giveaways are open to all Hardenhuish Students & Staff Members.

For a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, all students/staff need to do is tune in and make sure to take part!

Prizes can be won by completing the following:

  • Entering our Music Trivia Quiz.
  • Submitting your 3 favourite songs.

Hardenhuish Radio will also be at the Christmas Fayre with more prizes to be won on the day!

You can tune in and read more information on our website: https://radio.hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk/


On Behalf of The Hardenhuish Radio Team


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