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As term continues, as well as continually working to improve our school and support our young people, we begin our planning for the next academic year. The first change that I wanted to make you aware of is that after 16 years as Learning Manager for the 6th Form, Mike Fennell has made the decision to relinquish this responsibility. It has been agreed by the Governors that he will remain in post as a teacher at Hardenhuish and will therefore be available to continue to support our 6th Form provision. In line with many other schools nationally, we have made the decision to take the leadership of the 6th Form into the Leadership Team and from September, although handover will begin sooner, Mike Heffernan will become Assistant Headteacher, Director of Sixth Form. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for his efforts and energy whilst in post supporting and steering our amazing young people in the right direction for their futures and I am confident these thanks will continue from the young people themselves over the coming months and beyond.

Well done to our sports teams and individual stars for their continuing success over the last few weeks. I am very proud to lead a school where sport is such a valuable part of the curricular and extra-curricular offer. A big thank you to the staff who give so freely of their time to support and encourage our young people to be so brilliant!

Lisa Percy

News Items


Time to Talk Day Thursday 6 February 2020

On Thursday 6 February we celebrated Time to Talk Day – a day created by the Time to Change charity in order to raise awareness of mental health and emphasise the value of checking in with each other regularly to see how we’re doing. In the lead up to the day, Niamh Taylor, a Time to Change Champion and an ex Hardenhuish pupil, has been talking to all of the year groups to share her personal story and emphasise the ‘power in talking’ message.

As part of our celebrations yesterday, we got involved in an exciting initiative called ‘Postcards for Kindness’. ‘Postcards for Kindness’ is a growing initiative where people from all over the world write postcards to elderly residents in care homes. There are now 31,000 members writing cards to 1375 care homes. The idea is that this communication from the ‘outside world’ makes residents feel less lonely and isolated. Postcards can include everything from holiday adventures to a writers likes / dislikes and day to day activities. Pupils and staff were invited to write postcards as part of their tutor time activities in the days leading up to Time to Talk Day, and lots came along and wrote additional postcards at our lunchtime event. We can’t wait to deliver them to elderly residents in the surrounding areas!

Psychology Review Article

Hardenhuish Psychology Teacher, Mrs Morgan, has had an article published in the latest edition of the Psychology Review.  Read this fascinating piece about cognitive load by clicking here.

Badminton News

Congratulations to Cole Pennington in Year 9 who recently played for the Wiltshire County Badminton Under-16s team against Dorset.  By winning his mixed doubles, singles and his level doubles matches, he helped Wiltshire to secure a 26-10 win.  For more details, please go to the county badminton website:

Hardenhuish Girls Experience Bath RFC’s Farleigh House Training

On a bitterly cold but bright and clear Monday afternoon, 13 Hardenhuish girls were lucky enough to be invited to Farleigh House, the multi-million-pound training facility of Bath RFC. The trip was funded by Project Rugby, an RFU initiative to encourage more girls to play rugby on a regular basis.

The experience included a tour of the amazing facilities, a carousel of rugby skill sessions on an artificial grass pitch and also friendly competitive matches against two other schools. All in all, it really was an amazing experience and the girls who went on the trip thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a great deal.

Mr Fox

Hickstead, Here We Come!

Hardenhuish School Show jumping team has qualified for the prestigious championship at the International venue, Hickstead, West Sussex to be held in May.

Hardenhuish Junior team competed in The Eventers Challenge on 25 January at West Wilts Equestrian Centre.   There were 9 teams and approximately 45 competitors in total. The team of 3 instead of 4 riders all managed to go clear and almost nearly to the optimum time. All scores were crucial to count with not a spare to discard.

Darcy Selman, Abigail Wood and Amelia Niker came second place and have qualified for the NSEA Summer Eventers Challenge Finals at Hickstead in May 2020.  Amelia also came third and qualified as an Individual. Congratulations to all of them; fantastic riding and sportsmanship!

Hardenhuish 6th Form Rugby Students Selected to Represent Wiltshire

Two current and two former Hardenhuish students have been selected to represent the Wiltshire RFU Under 17 team and played their first game against Somerset last Sunday.

This is a great achievement for the boys, and they should be incredibly proud.  Both Tom Bell and Max Marshall are current 6th form students whilst Archie Saunders and Keir Clark left us last academic year.  A huge well done and I look forward to watching you play later in the season.

Mr Fox

Wiltshire Cup v Royal Wooten Bassett

The Year 7 girls had their quarter final football match against Royal Wootten Bassett as they continued their, so far, successful journey in the Wiltshire Cup. As the season has progressed, they have developed brilliantly as a team as they get used to each other’s strengths and playing styles. There have been many games where they have dominated, and this match was no exception.

The attackers went straight into action with Emily scoring an opening goal. This was followed up by several more in the first half with Wootten Bassett battling hard but struggling to get into a good attacking area. In the second half, the Huish team experimented with a different formation with players trying other positions, a testament to their versatility as players. The opposition remained resilient to the end however, the final score was 11-0 to Hardenhuish. This victory means that the girls continue into the quarter finals of the Wiltshire Cup, as well as still being in the English Schools Cup.

The PE Department would like to say a huge thank you to Jude F in Year 10 for doing a great job in refereeing the match and we wish the Year 7s the best of luck in their next games!

Year 7 Inter Tutor Netball

The highly anticipated Inter Tutor Netball event took place with an impressive 78 pupils giving up their time to come and play some friendly but competitive sport. There was a lot of enthusiasm as teams organised their positions with lots of support being given to those who did not have much experience of netball rules – this level of teamwork was lovely to see!

The tournament had been organised by Year 12 students, Yasmin, Nadia and Lily, who did all the planning in advance as well as running the event as part of their Level 3 Sports Leaders Course. They set up a round robin format, so that each team got to play 8 games. After some fantastic goals, excellent teamwork and plenty of cheering, the results were in, and 7RMH were crowned Year 7 inter tutor netball champions!

Thank you to the Sports Leaders for organising such a fun event, as well as the Year 7 tutors who came after school to cheer on their groups.   

Primary Dance Festival

On Monday and Tuesday, primary schools across Chippenham and surrounding areas had the opportunity to take place in a dance festival at the Neeld Hall with the exciting theme of the Olympics.

Over 280 pupils performed over the 2 nights to packed out audiences. As part of this display, the KS4 Hardenhuish Dance Company were invited to perform and showcase their talent on stage, illustrating the high standard of dance here. Dancing to a mash-up of songs, the girls’ dance epitomised teamwork and empowerment. They had great timing, poise and did themselves proud – well done girls!

Thank you to Miss Billington for working so hard with the girls and supporting them at the event.

U13 Cricket v Kingsbury Green

The Year 7 and 8 girls took on Kingsbury Green in a qualifying match as part of the Chance to Shine Indoor Cricket Tournament.

The Hardenhuish girls were up to bat first, showing some confident batting skills. Both Emily and Erin managed to get to 15 runs, the maximum allowed in this event before you are forced to retire. In the field there were some confident performances and excellent bowling. Special mention needs to go to Madeleine for a consistent bowling performance as well as Lily who bowled 5 dot balls in a row in the final over.

It was a highly enjoyable and close game; however we didn’t realise quite how close it was until the scores were calculated: 64 runs to 66 runs, with Hardenhuish unfortunately missing out by just 2 runs! We wish Kingsbury Green the best of luck in the next round and look forward to seeing the Hardenhuish team in action again in the summer term!

ESFA U12s Football National Cup Fourth Round

Hardenhuish 6-1 Pittville Academy

Emily F x3

Claire M

Hope M

Angelina C

The girls were very excited about this fixture and were full of confidence from their wins the week before. They started strongly with several shots being taken and the Pittville keeper being called into action making some good saves.

Finally, the deadlock was broken by Emily F jumping onto a loose pass and scoring with a well taken goal. This seemed to settle the nerves and the girls got into their passing rhythm with Erin and Ottie directing their passes out wide from the back to Niamh and Holly who were keeping the width. Angelina was working well through the middle and making tackles and winning loose balls and her reward came when she linked up well with Holly and finished it off with a good strike.  Hope and Aila were fantastic with keeping the defending busy putting them under pressure at every opportunity which resulted in Hope scoring her first goal!

After half time we changed lots of positions to rest players but also to give everyone match time. Poppy and Martha put in solid performances even though they played out of position and Claire keeping our momentum going with scoring as well.

Well done girls this is a fantastic achievement – onto round 5!

Netball Results

Year 10 vs St Marys B

21-33 – L

MVP – Molly B and Molly M

Year10/11 vs St Marys A

11-28 – L

MVP – Pixi N-M

Both games were well-fought battles with the girls showing good patterns of play. There were lots of positives and things to take forward and improve in our next matches after half term.

North Wiltshire Gym and Trampolining Competition

On Tuesday 28 January we took a large squad of girls to the Wiltshire School of Gymnastics to compete in the annual District Gym and Trampolining Competition.

We had a range of abilities competing from beginners with this being their first competition to more advanced performers who have many years of experience competing at the top level.

Gymnastics Club has been running since September on Thursdays after school and is a very popular club where the pupils have been working hard to perfect their routines and performances over the vault.

Team selection was tough as we were limited to numbers in each team.  Next year we will need a bigger coach!

The whole squad did Hardenhuish proud; they supported each other and ensured everyone performed at their best by helping to control nerves and cheering them on. You can never underestimate how nerve wracking it is to perform a solo routine in front of hundreds of other performers and the judges’ panel.

The results were:


Beginners A squad – 2nd

Beginners B squad – 4th

A special mention to Eve Sage who scored 9.8/10 for her floor routine which was the highest scoring in her competition.

Intermediate A Squad – 2nd

Intermediate B Squad – 4th


Pixi Nickless-Mooney 1st overall

A Squad – 2nd place overall

Gymnastics Club has now finished for the season, instead on Thursdays after school we will have Boot Camp 3.15-4.15pm ALL WELCOME.

Year 10 and 11 Netball V Kingsbury Green Academy 

Well done to all the girls who played in the Year 10 and 11 netball fixture away against Kingsbury Green Academy on Thursday 30 January. Both teams played some outstanding netball.

The Year 10s have stepped up their game in training this term and this was reflected in their 18-2 win. Movement down the court was fast and shooting was on point, our defence was also incredibly strong, not allowing any balls into the circle.

The Year 11s had tough opposition, but this did not stop them from demonstrating what a great squad they have become; many of the girls play netball outside of school for ladies’ teams and this is clear to see in their tactical awareness on court. Their determination and team work paid off and the final whistle went with Huish winning 9-8.

It is important that all Year 10s continue coming to training on Wednesdays after school as they have their District Tournament coming up after half term.


What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 10 February 2020


Thursday 13 February

Year 11 Drama – Woman in Black – London

Friday 14 February