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Hardenhuish Headlines

Hardenhuish Headlines

It has been a pleasure this week to do assemblies and wish pupils a good end of term, enjoyable activities days and a restful summer holiday. I have taken the opportunity to remind pupils about uniform expectations for next year – particularly in relation to skirt length which as featured on the front page of The Sunday Times is a national rather than Hardenhuish issue. If you are replacing skirts over the break – please ensure that they are below finger-tip length.

I have also enjoyed meeting our new Year 7 at their Induction Evenings – they have been keen and excited to join our community and are looking forward to their Induction Day on Tuesday when current Years 7-9 are not in school.

I wish Year 10 and Year 12 good luck as they embark on Work Experience next week and look forward to hearing all about Year 10s experiences at their de-brief on Friday.

As this is the last Headlines of the academic year can I thank you for all of your support of Hardenhuish and our wonderful young people and wish you a restful and enjoyable summer break. I look forward to working with you in 2018/19.

Lisa Percy

News Items

Hardenhuish First Tennis Success

This year has seen Hardenhuish qualify both a girls’ team and two individual club players through to the Level 3 school games to battle against four other schools.  This proved very challenging, especially in the very warm conditions, but our pupils managed to pull off some excellent shots and showed some determination to keep going! Hopefully we can qualify again next year to represent the school tennis team.

Performing Arts Award

Congratulations to Katie Miller of Year 9 who has been selected as student of the year out of 180 pupils from three performing arts schools.  The award not only recognised Katie’s excellence and achievement across all performing arts disciplines but also because of her exemplary behaviour and attitude.

She received the award at The Civic Centre in Trowbridge on Sunday in front of the rest of the pupils and an audience of 400.

Year 7 Maths Competition

Well done to Years 7 pupils, Sam West and Jonah White, who attended a Maths Games Morning at Sheldon School last week and won!  The “Gecko Maths” event was led by the Chippenham Town Heads and offered two exciting hands-on maths sessions that explored the magic of maths and enavbled pupils to undertake practical hands-on maths activities.

Governor Update

As this term draws to a close the governing body would like to remark on what an extraordinary year the school has enjoyed thanks to the collaboration of all the pupils, parents and staff.  The Ofsted report was a resounding success and the recommended improvement points, while important, were minimal in number and areas the school had already identified and were working on.  While we are not complacent about the areas to improve we believe Hardenhuish is a great school and that has seemingly been borne out by the Good Schools Guide which got in touch out of the blue to arrange a visit.  Do take time to read the independent reviewer’s conclusions. We think they demonstrate what we are all continually working for Hardenhuish to be – a school where every single child can fulfil their potential in an environment where they feel safe and know that help is there when they need it.  The governors have been paying very close attention throughout the year to the progress made by all pupils and the support on offer to them and we will continue to do so.

During the last year the governing body, composed of parents, members of the community and staff, has quietly got on with its duties. Governors visited the school to see pupils and staff in action, continued fostering close links with curriculum leaders and year heads, attended school events and cross curricular days, gave out awards and played active roles in the work of the Friends and the Hardenhuish Educational Trust.   The governors have attended every teaching job interview to support the recruitment of the staff who make the school so special. We have also continued to scrutinise the budget at a time when cash entering school finances nationally is diminishing rapidly in real terms when measured against the increased financial burdens imposed on the sector.

If you would like to know more about who we are, what we do and how to contact us there is information here – Governors .

It’s been a really busy year and we’re sure the next school year will bring as many challenges and delights. Have a great summer and we look forward to working with you in the autumn after the GCSE and A level results are in and our new Year 7 has arrived.

Kirsty Martin, Vice Chair, Hardenhuish Governing Body

Rupert Reports…

Click here to read Rupert’s final report of the year.

Y12 Further Maths Trip

Last week, Year 12 Further Maths students attended an enrichment and development day at the University of Bath entitled ‘Take Maths to the Limit’.

The event was organised by the Further Maths Support Programme and the University of Bath to provide students with information and guidance about applying for mathematics courses at university. In particular, the day focused on what is involved in admissions tests and entrance examinations and provided an opportunity for both students and teachers to try to solve some of the problems.  There were also problem-solving workshops, a mini lecture on key techniques and a varied and dynamic maths challenge.

Year 8 Softball Tournament, John Bentley School, Calne – Tournament Report

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, our intrepid squad of keen softballers set sail for Calne in the minibus with Mr Craig.

There were two pools of three teams from six schools and in our pool, we were to play Corsham and Abbeyfield.

First game vs Corsham School: We managed to beat Corsham 3-1 with some good tight fielding, and, ultimately a big hit by Sam in our second innings to unload bases 1&2 to win us the game. MOTM: Sam Paget.

Second game vs Abbeyfield School: We brushed aside Abbeyfield School 5-2, with Leighton “The Claw” Clifford, plucking out two terrific catches with his mitt, at third base, despite the “Mexican waves” of others around him! Sam also went BIG again, and thanks to that we won by a comfortable margin. MOTM: “The Claw”!

As we won our pool, we were to play the winners of the other pool, who were our very dear neighbours, Sheldon School!

Due to some uncharacteristic fielding errors we “gifted” Sheldon a lead of two in their first innings. However, we came back at them and, by our final innings, after a combination of Motty`s pace, Sam`s striking, we were level at 4-4. The ‘moment of the match’ was when Oscar made it to first base, and was only three bases away from ‘free fish and chips’ for the whole squad, but, alas, we could not get that final point, so 4-4 it was, honours even at the end of the day. MOTT: Sam Paget.

It was a pleasure to captain such a fine band of brothers!

Will Snell (Captain)

Squad: Back Row : Oly Venn, Jude Flowerdew, Mr Craig, Sam Paget, Oscar Li

Front Row: Jayden De Melo, Charlie Park, Will Snell (Capt), Byron Taylor, Callum Catt, Leighton Clifford.

Year 11 Prom

Hardenhuish School’s Class of 2013 Year 11 Prom this year was held on Wednesday 27 June at Grittleton House.

The sun shone and the atmosphere was fantastic as the glamourous 235 pupils arrived, coming down the drive in all manner of vehicles, from vintage cars to a fire engine and even a tandem bicycle!  As they posed for their formal photographs, taken by Stuart Ralls, they were watched by proud family and friends who lined the driveway.

Many members of staff joined the pupils for the occasion which began with a two course meal on tables decorated in silver and purple, with everyone receiving a personalised sweet bag.  The meal was followed by a raffle, photo booth and disco.

Year 11 Learning Manager, Ms Amy Webb said “The evening was a fantastic celebration of the pupils’ last five years at Hardenhuish.  Everyone had a great evening and we are very proud of them all.  Mrs Lorraine Young, Year 11 Pastoral Manager added “We are looking forward to congratulating them on well-deserved success on results day in August.”

A lot of hard work went into bringing together such an event but it was certainly the send-off that the Class of 2013 truly deserved!




Year 12 Hampton Court Trip

The weather was perfect for the Year 12 History trip to Hampton Court this year, one week after the famous flower show, but still lots to see. The experience allowed students to put their knowledge of Henry VIII to the test, by visiting locations around the site which showcased his marriages, untimely divorces and general political manoeuvrings. It also allowed them to see how the privy council enacting Henrician policy and the added atmosphere of costumed interpreters real brought history to life.

The visit started with an introductory talk on the nature of the palace and how it grew under Cardinal Wolsey, before it was taken over by the King himself. Students worked together to explore the different rooms including the royal chapel, kitchens, great hall, private chambers of Wolsey (some of the oldest parts of the palace), as well as the Georgian suites, which were used to entertain dignitaries and ambassadors.

To physically stand in the Great Hall, with the reminders of how Henry changed and altered history and politics to suit him, allowed our students to jump out of the classroom and the textbook and to really see the grandeur of such a famous monarch. All students were given an article to read, which accompanied their visit and helped to ground their visit with some interpretations from historians. The saddest part of the trip was the lack of any ghostly apparitions in the haunted gallery, where Catherine Howard is supposed to still shriek. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day out with lots of history to boot.


We got there!  The Summer Lower school production, Emil & the Detectives, was finally performed this Monday & Tuesday to appreciative audiences in Hardenhuish Hall.  My terrific cast have worked like Trojans over the last couple of months to tell the story of Emil, the country boy in 20s Germany who tracks down the villainous Mr Snow, who has stolen money from him on the train journey to Berlin. It feels unfair to single out any of my brilliant cast – and crew –  as they genuinely bonded as an ensemble, and understood the importance of collective responsibility and impact in a busy drama year – I wouldn’t have been able to do it without this.  However, props to Josh Mitchell for his sterling work as Emil – a role that is almost onstage for the entire play, to Elysia Copeman as his harassed but sympathetic mother, and to Luke Sage as the villain of the piece.  The ‘Detectives’ and Ensemble were all wonderful as well.  Many thanks, all, for making my last production here such a fab experience!

Zigi Shipper Holocaust Survivor

Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper visited our Year 9 pupils with his wife, as part of their studies in the History Department, which has been looking at the Jewish genocide of the twentieth century. Zigi spoke to the whole year group about his experiences as a young child during the acts of persecution that took place in the Lodz ghetto and about his brief time at Auschwitz Birkenau, before being rescued by the British in 1945. His story never ceases to surprise any who hear him speak and I was thrilled to see how attentive our pupils were in listening to our guest speak. It was lovely to see so many thought provoking questions raised and several pupils chose to remain at the end of the talk to meet Zigi, shake his hand or have a photograph taken with him.

It is now the work of this year group to act as ambassadors for the next generation; to spread his story and to take action when needed. Zigi’s lasting message to the year group was to challenge hatred in all its forms and engage with the community to ensure stories like his, remain in the past.


Hardenhuish in the Press

AGAT girls cricket players take part in a development session with Susie Bates –

Page 8 of the July/August issue of the Bath and Wiltshire Parent: please click here

Hardenhuish Languages Week

Please click here to view the article.

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 16 July 2018

 Monday 16 July

Year 10 WEX 16 July – 19 July

Year 12 WEX 16 July – 20 July

Tuesday 17 July

New Year 7 & Year 12 Induction Day

Wednesday 18 July

Year 7 – 9 Activities

Thursday 19 July

Year 7 – 9 Activities

Friday 20 July

Year 7 – 9 Activities

Year 10 WEX De-brief -Peter Thompson Hall – 8 am – 12 pm