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I think “hit the ground running” certainly sums up this week!

Team Hardenhuish did us proud at the Chippenham Half Marathon as you will read below and would be grateful for your donations in recognition of their efforts.

I have visited many classrooms and delivered assemblies and it has been a privilege to see such engaged and enthusiastic learners (and amazing teachers) settling in to their studies (and teaching).

The extra- curricular list for this term will be published next week and I think that you will agree that 60 opportunities each week (31 lunchtime clubs and 29 after school) certainly gives our young people plenty to do to enrich their learning!

The Year 13 Awards Ceremony on Wednesday was a lovely evening to celebrate their many achievements and I wish them all well as they progress to their next steps.

Lisa Percy

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Dancing Success

Congratulations to Macy Fosker (8KEL) who, back in July, auditioned for Ballet Cymru’s 2018/19 Mid-Associate Programme.  She has accepted a place starting this September and we wish her luck as she starts her training there.

Hardy the Stag Runs for Hardenhuish!

On Sunday 9 September, a team of 13 staff, parents and friends of Hardenhuish School ran the Chippenham Half Marathon to raise money to fund a new outdoor eating area for pupils to enjoy at break and lunchtimes.

The team included a mixture of seasoned runners and half marathon debutants in the team, but everyone managed to finish the gruelling 13.2-mile course around the streets of Chippenham and the surrounding villages.  Deputy Headteacher, Dr Bassford, was the first in the team to cross the line with a time of 1 hour 30 minutes but perhaps most impressive was Mrs Leafe who ran in full ‘Hardy the Hardenhuish Stag’ costume in an incredible 1 hour 43 minutes.

So far, their efforts have raised over £900 towards the £2,000 target and the school would like to thank all those who ran, as well as all those who have sponsored so far.

As Mrs Leafe, one of the school’s Science teachers, explained, “We were delighted to take part and to raise money for such a good cause.  It means that the pupils will have somewhere to enjoy their lunch outdoors!”

It is not too late to show your support. Please do so at

Good Energy Trip

Last week, a small group of Year 9 girls had the opportunity to experience ‘STEM in a Day’ with STEMettes, at the offices of Good Energy in Chippenham. The girls learnt about some of the many different career opportunities in STEM and listened to presentations by the CEO of Good Energy and other staff. They enjoyed a tour of the offices and the chance to interview Good Energy staff about their careers and training. They also learnt some new tech skills, working in pairs to design a Smart Home App using At the end of the day they courageously presented their ideas with prizes for the winners and goodies for everyone.

Well done all!

Mrs Brenton, Careers and Transition Manager

Knitting Club at the Frome Cheese Show

Congratulations to Charlie Collins in Year 9 for winning third place in the ‘knitted toy scene’ class at this year’s Frome cheese show. Charlie was competing against adults and represented the knitting club extremely well! Charlies skill and attention to detail was commented on by the judges as well as his creativity. Well done Charlie!

Music Exam Results

Congratulations to the following pupils for their success in music exams in the Summer Term and please do let us know if you have achieved a Music Exam but aren’t listed below.

Holly Gould – Trumpet

Kara Pearce – Violin grade 2

Katie Bunney – Saxophone Diploma

Tamsin Law – Clarinet Grade 5

Antonia Cooke – Saxophone Grade 4

Emily Macinnes – Saxophone Grade 4

Alice Nash – Jazz Saxophone Grade 3

Alex Witt – Clarinet – Grade 4

Finn Pidduck – Grade 4 piano

Katie Miller – Grade 6 piano

Message from the Governors

At the risk of repeating what Mrs Percy will have said, it was an honour this week for a number of us to attend the Year 13 awards evening and for me to be able to hand out certificates and prizes to many of the young people who left the Sixth Form this summer. It’s always an early highlight in the calendar as most of our former sixth formers are off to university within the next few days.   As one group leaves another comes in and we hope the pupils in Year 7 are finding their feet, settling in well and no longer finding the site quite as daunting to navigate as it first seemed.

Some governors started this school year on day one by joining staff for the TD activities the day before Year 7 and the new Year 12 began the term. It was the first time we have been invited in to observe the day and it was fantastic to see the staff throwing themselves into the activities which varied from training sessions in child and data protection to year tutor and faculty meetings. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm across the site that day and it was very rewarding to see behind the scenes in a way we’ve not done before and to share the buzz of the school waking up to the new academic year.

The work of the governing body now begins in earnest. We will be scrutinising the exam results in detail over the next few weeks and working on the school plans for the coming year. We are delighted by the summer results with the best ever GCSEs but we’ll also be looking to see that as many pupils as possible made the predicted progress against their targets. Governors should be visible in school as they visit the various departments and attend events and activities and of course there’s the Year 11 awards evening to look forward to in November.

If you’d like to find out more about the work of the governors, or to contact us, please look at the Governors’ page.

Kirsty Martin, Vice Chair of Governors

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 17 September 2018


Wednesday 19 September

Year 12 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting (PIAG) – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall

Thursday 20 September

Year 7 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting (PIAG) – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall