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Updated January 2020


Students learn of opportunities at Winchester University

Winchester PresentationOn Thursday 16th January, Ruth Boyce from the University of Winchester visited the Sixth Form to deliver a talk to Year 12 students on studying Sociology, Psychology and Criminology degrees at university.


Year 13 Student obtains prestigious Apprenticeship position.

JoelYear 13 student Joel Nugent has been successful in gaining a place on the prestigious degree apprenticeship program with Jaguar Land Rover.


Trenchard students spread festive cheer at Castle View!

Trenchard ChristmasOn Wednesday, Trenchard students visited residents at Castle View nursing home in Poundbury and sang Christmas songs and led a Christmas quiz.


Sixth Form Christmas Appeal

Christmas AppealThis Year Thomas Hardye Sixth Formers ran their Christmas appeal. Each tutor group makes a collection for a hamper to be given to an elderly resident who would not normally see anyone or receive anything at Christmas. 


National Poetry Writing Success

AmelieAmelie Nixon, a Year 12 student, won her age category for her poem “mama” with the Chaucer Heritage Trust in July this year. She won £300 for herself and £1,000 for the school library which will be spent in conjunction with Amelie covering subjects she is studying for A Level.


Broadchurch and Dr Who writer talks to Sixth Form

Chris ChibnallOn Friday 6th December THS Sixth Form were visited by Torchwood creator and the current writer and showrunner of Dr Who Chris Chibnall.

Chris spoke at length about his career so far, how he got his career underway and his inspirations.


Arkwright Scholars for 2019

ArkrightThree Year 12 Thomas Hardye students Elysia Jackson, Ben Richardson and Elliot Twigg have been awarded prestigious Arkwright Scholarships. They were presented with their Scholarship at the Institution of Engineering and Technology at Savoy Place in London in November.


UKNEST Naval Engineering Competition 2019

Team PhotoOn Friday 22nd November 2019, 30 students from the Thomas Hardye School and Dorchester Middle School set about designing a ship that could be quickly deployed to support disaster relief Operations for the Royal Navy.


Martial Arts Success!

Lewis brothersBrothers David and Damien Lewis both achieved outstanding success at the recent World Martial Arts Games, which took place in London in October. David (Year 11) won a gold and a silver medal, while Damien (Year 10) won two silvers.


World Kindness Day

On 13th November 2019, students and staff participated in World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day is celebrated annually and on this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations.


Spanish Exchange.

Spanish ExchangeOn the 5th November, students studying Spanish in years 10 and 12 spent a week in Murcia on the first leg of the Spanish exchange with our partner school, the Instituto Mariano Baquero.


Thomas Hardye Remembers.

RemembranceThe sun shone on Thomas Hardye's Remembrance Day Commemoration today and, as usual, our students shone with the respect and dignity they showed in this annual event.


SOAS University: Sixth Form Open Day for the students
who study or wishes to study Japanese

Soas visitThis event was hosted by SOAS University, Japan Society and Ritsumeikan University in SOAS University Russel Square campus. SOAS University is one of the UCL colleges which specialises in Oriental and African language studies combined with other subjects.


Students attend Amnesty International Event

AmnestyOn Tuesday 5th November, 15 members of The Thomas Hardye School Sixth Form attended Amnesty International’s Stand Up! Human Rights Conference at Talbot Heath School in Bournemouth.



NationalsAfter a very successful year competing in qualifiers for the NSEA Championships five team members of Molly Russell,  Isobel Whitty, Zoe Kibbey, Molly Hayward and Imogen Cole-Holland made the trip to Addington EC near Milton Keynes to compete in six championship classes. 


A Level Classical Civilisation students have visiting Lecturer.

FinglassOn Friday 18th October, year 12 and 13 Classical Civilisation students were delighted to welcome Patrick Finglass from the University of Bristol.
Delivering a lecture on ‘the Barbarian in Greek Tragedy’, Professor Finglass shared his expertise with students and responded to thoughtful questions on Aeschylus’ ‘Persians’ and Euripides’ ‘Medea’.


A New University in London

LISOn Thursday 17th October Sixth Form welcomed Imogen Pemberton from The London Interdisciplinary School a new University setting up for its first degree cohort in 2020.



Rotary Club support a Technology Day

Technology DayOn Thursday 13th June 2019 Poundbury Rotary club in association with the Technology Department held a Technology TournamentYear 8 pupils from Puddletown Middle School, Dorchester Middle School and St. Osmunds Middle School and year 9 pupils from the Thomas Hardye School and the Dorset Studio School, all took part.


'Speakers for Schools' provides useful advice for students

Jill MayOn Thursday 10th October Year 12 Mathematicians and Economists were visited by Jill May, Member of the Prudential Regulation Committee at The Bank of England to talk about her career, working at bank and about the challenges and future of the financial world in the years to come.


“Tree of Knowledge” in the school library

Library TreeThe school library is now the proud owner of a piece of artwork titled the “Tree of Knowledge”. In July, 30 students from the three middle schools took part in a whole day workshop with artist Darrell Wakelam as part of a transition project within DASP.


Ex Students pass on their VSO Experience

VSOOn Monday 7th October former students George Blizzard and Poppy Formon returned to speak to sixth formers about the benefits of Voluntary Work Overseas.


Performance poet changes perceptions at THS

poetTo advocate the importance of oracy and celebrate National Poetry Day (3rd October), performance poet Mark Grist visited THS on Monday 30th September.


Futures support for Sixth Form Students

Kate GamstonOn Tuesday 1st October, we were pleased to welcome Katie Gamston, student recruitment officer at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Katie visited the Sixth Form to support Year 13 students with their personal statements, delivering a talk in the morning before providing one-to-one support throughout the day.


Bishop of Salisbury visits Thomas Hardye

Bishop of SalisburyOn Monday 30th September the THS Sixth Form were pleased to welcome The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam and Lindsey Fielder Cook representative for climate change at the Quaker United Nations Office.


The Great International Bake Off!

EDL StaffThe 26th of September is always a very special day for us in the MFL department. This year, we decided to celebrate European Languages Day with a bake off competition. Lots of students took part and brought in very colourful cakes with an international theme to raise awareness on the importance of other cultures and languages;


Recognition for Design & Technology Achievements

Valter prize WinnersCongratulations to former Thomas Hardye students  Maggie Ayles, Juilet Braidwood, Louisa Bratby, Henry Ridgway, and current Year 12 student Benedict Richardson, Year 11. They have been awarded prizes and certificate from representatives of Dorset Asset, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology in recognition of their work in Design and Technology.


From success to success

GCSEFollowing on from our exceptional A level results, Thomas Hardye reached another milestone with record results in maths and English. Despite the introduction of new, more demanding examinations 76% of students achieved 5 passes including English and maths. The school continues to excel in the core subjects whilst offering a broad and balanced curriculum to cater for the full ability range.


Another great year of A level results

A levelThe Thomas Hardye School is celebrating another outstanding set of A Levels results. The overall pass rate was 99% with over one quarter of passes at grade A or A* - a remarkable achievement in a comprehensive school. The results confirm Thomas Hardye’s position as a leading provider of post-16 education with a national reputation.


'Rising Star' in Art

NadiaThe Arts Society Dorset County again selected several Year.13 art pieces to be submitted for the prestigious RBA annual Rising stars exhibition held at the Mall Galleries London annually.  Nadia Jenkins’ painting of “Nigel and teddy” was selected by the RBA Rising Stars judges and her painting went on display in the Mall Galleries.


Sports Festival a big success again.

SportsThe PE department hosted their annual two week Sports Festival from Monday 1st July through to Friday 12th July. It was a fantastic two weeks with a host of sports on offer to all students in the school. The PE department put on clubs every lunchtime and afterschool. Every day we logged how many students were at the events and awarded college sports points for their participation.


Stratford clean up local beach.

Beach CleanThe third Stratford College Beach Clean took place at Ringstead Bay on Thursday 12th July. Free parking had been exchanged for our services and the café and parking staff were very accommodating. 25 students and 4 accompanying staff enjoyed beautiful weather as they split into two groups and went searching for beach waste.


Students take part in Diversity Week.

DiversitreeDiversity week was a week-long event including hundreds of schools across the country. During the week of July 1st – 5th there were events happening across the school to celebrate diversity and raise awareness of the issues surrounding this.


Would you go the extra mile for charity? We did!

Go the Extra mileThis week Trenchard’s Go the Extra Mile event took place. Lots of students and teachers travelled a mile around our school field to raise money for Julia’s House. Some students ran, some walked, one even travelled the whole mile backwards! Julia’s House is an amazing charity that supports many people in Dorset and plays a vital role in our community.


Students work on show in Lyme Regis

PosterYear 12 photography students at The Thomas Hardye School have been working on a project instigated by the human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith.



Middle School Art Workshop held at THS

Art WorkshopOn Tuesday 9th July 30 students from the three middle schools arrived at the Thomas Hardye School for a whole day workshop with artist Darrell Wakelam.



Student wins Writing Competition

Amélie Nixon, of Year 11, recently won 1st prize in a national writing competition.  The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition, organised by the Chaucer Heritage Trust, is open nationally to students from all ages from 5 to 19 and the theme of this year’s competition was ‘Magic and Trickery’. 



Rounders TeamOn Wednesday 26th June the Year 9 girls rounders team were crowned Dorset County Champions at the Dorset Schools Games Tournament at Bryanston. It was a spectacular day of sport, we arrived at Bryanston early doors, to be greeted by the amazing facilities and of course the ‘free t-shirts’ and Thomas Hardye were representing West Dorset in purple.


Dorset Secondary Schools Regatta 2019

Regatta TeamDorchester schools again took part in the Dorset Secondary Schools Regatta; in excellent sailing conditions of a steady force 4 throughout the day. Nine schools participated this year. First place was awarded to Lytchett Minster, second Poole Grammar and third Parkstone Grammar - a rerun of last year’s results.


Thomas Hardye Crowdfunding for an MFL Assistant

BBC FilmThomas Hardye MFL Department have started a crowdfunding initiative to raise money to help pay for a Foreign Language Assistant for our A' Level language students. These assistants are invaluable for helping students with their language knowledge and pronunciation.


THS Students win Martial Arts Awards

Karate WinnerOrganised by Grand Master Gary Wasniewski, 10th Dan, the 14th Annual London International Martial Arts Hall of Fame united top martial artists from across the world, who are at the forefront of their disciplines - Karate, Taekwondo, Kick Boxing, Aikido, Wing Chung and others - to be inaugurated in the Hall of Fame.


Cake Sale for Julia's House

Cake saleTrenchard students raised £92 for Julia’s House in their recent cake sale. The point of this was also to generate support for our Go The Extra Mile Event on 11th July. We can’t wait to see lots of students and staff taking part!


Success for Art & Photography Students

RA ShowEight A level photography students and two GCSE art students are included in The Royal Academy "The Young Artists Summer Show" curated by Royal Academician Bob and Roberta Smith.


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.  




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