The Thomas Hardye School

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Updated June 2019


Waitrose spread the joy of fish!

WaitroseMaria and Claire from Waitrose Dorchester kindly came in to school last week, on several days, to deliver their fun and informative fish demonstration and practical lesson to all year 10 GCSE food students. 


Students 'Walk for Water'

Water Aid65 students participated in the ‘Walk for Water’ this year, in order to raise money for that incredible charity, WaterAid. 



Students at the House of Lords inspired by leading engineers

LordsOn June 5th, five Year 12 students with an interest in aeronautical engineering, were invited to take part in an APEG lunchtime debate at the House of Lords.



Good news for University Early Applicants

OxbridgeWe are delighted to be able to report on another really successful year for our Early Applicants. Whilst the Oxbridge offers arrive in January, our other Early Applicants often have to wait until late spring to find out their interview results and we can now announce the details of the full cohort of this year’s successful Early Applicants.


Inter School Rounders hosted by Thomas Hardye

RoundersOn 16th May, the Thomas Hardye School hosted its Annual Invitational Rounder’s Tournament. This is for both Year 9 and 10 girls with over 10 different schools coming from across Dorset to compete.


Students on track to be future Engineers

ArkwrightThree year 11 students have made it through to the interview stage of the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship Scheme. Elysia Jackson, Ben Richardson and Elliot Twigg attended interviews at Southamption University during the Easter break.


100% pass rate for ‘Skills for Life’ students

Skills for LifeAfter two years of work and dedication, both inside and outside of the classroom,  all ten Year 11 ‘Skills for Life’ students received their Asdan CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) Level 1 certificates..


George's Coursework Tribute

BenchYear 13 student George Howell combined his DT Coursework with helping to work with the local community.


Ali sails to victory

AliAli Holborn (9HR), took part in the RYA Youth National Sailing Championships 2019 at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy last week. 


Fantastic Achievement for Oz

OzLast Saturday, Oz Eastlake in 12MT travelled to Exeter College to take part in the regional final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition where he beat seven other finalists to win a place in the national final! 


A Feast of Maths

Last Thursday 2 teams went to a Maths Feast competition at Colfox School. This was a competition where the students worked in teams of 4 against the top mathematicians from other schools. There were 4 different rounds which required them to use problem solving skills, demonstrate their mathematical ability and work well as a team under time pressures.


Dorchester Science Festival a Hit!

Science Festival

The Family Science Festival was held in the Corn Exchange this year. Moving location from the Thomas Hardye School, it proved to be just as successful. Attended by almost two thousand people, there was queueing down High West Street for most of the event.


The Thomas Hardye School Ball

Summer Ball

The school will be celebrating the completion of its new ‘Hardye Rooms’ dining and conferencing facilities at The Thomas Hardye Ball on Saturday 6th July 2019, 7pm until late. 



Thomas Hardye UKLO success!

Olympiad finalists

Last month 13 languages students from years 12 and 13 took part in the UK Linguistics Olympiad at advanced level. This is a phenomenally difficult competition and congratulations are due to all for just taking part (not least for staying after school to do a two-and-a-half-hour test).


Students Organise Amnesty Lecture

Amnesty Group

The Thomas hardye School Community Lecture ‘The Refugee Crisis’ was planned and organised by the Thomas Hardye Sixth Form Amnesty group, which was founded by year 13 students (Holly Anderson, Celia Hounsell and Tilly Mason) and comprises of students from year 12 and 13.


Stratford College Environment Group

Stratford Poster

On Friday the 1st of March, the Stratford environment committee and 25 volunteers took the morning to help save our oceans from human pollution.



Austria Trip Feb 19


Two staff (Miss Hunter and Mrs. Biddle) and six students spent a night in Munich, sleeping in a youth hostel and spending time in the city on Saturday 16th February. This gave everyone the opportunity to meet up with their German Exchange partner for lunch and to explore the city.


Sensational Ski in St Anton

Ski Trip

Wow, what a half term 41 students had in St Anton, skiing in the most sought after conditions. On Friday 15th February team Thomas Hardye embarked on their 24 hour coach journey in order to hit the slopes for a week of skiing. The long journey was worth every second, because we got to ski in some of the most amazing conditions.


Maths Trip to London

Maths Crew

On Tuesday 5th February before the sun rose, 32 students from years 11 and 12 set off from school London-bound for a day of maths, music and comedy combined. 



Wessex Amazing Book Award

Book prizes

Four students from the Year 9 Book Club took a trip to Bryanston for the prize giving ceremony of the Wessex Amazing Book Award (WABA). The students have been shadowing five books from different genre over the last few months and this was the celebration event to pick an overall winner.


Thomas Hardye students win Maths Competition - again!


We first reported this amazing achievement just before Christmas. The Maths Department at Thomas Hardye School celebrated winning the Ritangle Maths competition for the second year in a row, now student Joel Nugent writesabout the experience:


Triple success for food students


This week has been a huge success for Thomas Hardye food students!  Year 12 Food Diploma student Oz Eastlake recently took part in the district final of the Rotary Young Chef competition in Yeovil, wowing the judges and securing a place in the Regional final in March. 


Ethan Success


Many congratulations to Year 13 student Ethan Harwood who has just secured a LEVEL 4 apprenticeship in project management with Atkins Aerospace Consultancy in Britsol.



EPQ Success


Students from the Thomas Hardye School are celebrating another series of excellent Extended Project Qualification results. Extended Project students are required to undertake a research project on a topic of their own choosing, with support from a supervisor.


Success in The Great Debate Competition

Debate Success

Two Year 12 Historians recently represented the school in the regional heats of the Historical Association’s annual public-speaking competition.



Triathlon Award for Marnie Worthington 11BH


Marnie has taken part in four Triathlons this year, winning her age group of the under 20’s in 3 of 4.




Famous Author and ex student talks to Year 9

Damien Lewis

Former Thomas Hardye pupil, Damien Lewis spoke to all Year 9 students about his journey to becoming an author, his previous life as a reporter in some of the world’s most extreme conflict zones, his books and his roots in Dorset.  




Stories from last year are still available in the Archive pages below.

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