The Thomas Hardye School
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Statutory Information

The Secretary of State for Education has, from September 2012, instructed all schools to display certain items of information on their websites. Some of this information is duplicated in other areas of this website, but in summary, the information required is shown below.

Name and Address

The Thomas Hardye School
Queens Avenue
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 2ET

Additional contact information

Ofsted

Our most recent whole school inspection was carried out in March 2015, when Thomas Hardye School was judged to be outstanding.

An inspection of the school’s literacy and numeracy provision was undertaken in February 2009, when provision was also judged to be outstanding.

2015 Ofsted Report


Curriculum

Full information regarding the curriculum on offer to students is available in the Curriculum area of this website, including a summary of courses and other information relevant to each subject area.

Further details of our Curricula can be found in the School Prospectus and the Sixth Form prospectus available on our Prospectus Page


Key Stage 4 Results 2018-2019

School Local Authority England
Progress 8 +0.35
Attainment 8 Score 52 46.4 46.7
Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSE 54% 41% 43%
Achieving EBacc at grade 5 or above 24% 15% 17%
Entering EBacc 65% 45% 40%
Staying in education or entering employment 96% 94%

Please note that these performance measures are not current.

Key Stage 4 Results 2018-2019

School Local Authority England
Progress +0.15
Average Result 34.83 32.08 34.33
GCSE Retake Progress English N/A 0.22 0.13
GCSE Retake Progress maths 0.39 0.14 0.08
% of students completing their main study programme 93.8% 93.0% 91.2%
Students progressing to education or employment (2017 leavers) 91% 81%

School Performance Tables

Department for Education’s (DfE) school performance tables for Thomas Hardye

This details the summary of results at Key Stage 4 (GCSE or equivalent) and Key Stage 5 (A Level or equivalent).


Attendance

Letter for Parents regarding Attendance (2019)

DASP Statement on Attendance (2019)


Remote / Online Learning

This section is for information and is updated from time to time if new information becomes available.

In the event of a full or partial closure, the school is committed to providing continuity of education to its students and will do so through a process of remote (online) learning.

THS Remote Learning Policy

All remote learning provision, including homework, will be provided via the Microsoft Teams platform.

Please click here for full guidance regarding Microsoft Teams. MS Teams will enable us to streamline all aspects of school provision through one, central online platform ensuring that expectations are clear for staff, parents and students.

We will use MS Teams to share resources and, where necessary, direct students to other relevant platforms. The school would like to thank parents and carers for the tremendous support and understanding you have shown us, and the way in which you have embraced this new way of working.

Access to all the key IT services offered by the school can be found by visiting the IT Services pages on this website. These include:

For help with using any of these services, please visit the relevant help pages linked on the services page.

Students Self Isolating

Students who are required to self-isolate will access the school curriculum via Microsoft Teams. Self –isolating students will have full access to their teachers via Teams. Teaching staff will upload assignments to ensure these students have:

Partial Closure

In the event of a class/year group bubble being asked to self-isolate, THS will:

  • Ensure teaching staff deliver a blend of live lessons and pre-recorded material from school for students to access remotely via Microsoft Teams

Full Closure

In the event of a full closure:

  • Teachers will deliver the curriculum and lessons remotely via Microsoft Teams, using a blend of live live and pre-recorded material as appropriate.
  • Assignment work will be set as per timetable and follow the same curriculum content as would be delivered in school. Assignment/Assessments will be accessible to students without the need for additional adult input. We will provide frequent, clear explanations of new content through high quality curriculum resources, and/or pre-made videos eg. MyMaths, Seneca, Bitesize and Oak Academy resources, where they align with the school curriculum.

Please click here for online learning protocols and expectations


Careers programme

Details concerning our careers programme are available on our Futures page.

Pupil Premium

Purpose of Pupil Premium

There is a significant difference in the achievements of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium support and those who are not. The additional funding allows the school to put in place strategies and resources which are designed to reduce this achievement gap.

The Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher have been on specific training in the use of pupil premium and continue to look for examples of good practice.

Pupil Premium is additional funding the school receives for students who are:

  • Eligible for and in receipt of Free School Meals, or have been in the last 6 years
  • Looked after children
  • Children of members of HM Armed Services

In 2019/20 the school received £200,278

In 2020/21 the expected funding is approximately £197,000

Barriers for disadvantaged students

Although we continue to support all our pupil premium students it is the disadvantaged students who attract the most funding and we have increased our focus on this section of the school community.

In looking at data in the Thomas Hardye School the main barrier to disadvantaged students is attendance. To this end the attendance of disadvantaged students is carefully tracked, and parents are contacted immediately to find out reasons for absence. Where absence is persistent or becomes long term the guidance leaders, college teams and where appropriate outside agencies work on getting students back into school. There is also an attendance panel that has the ability to fine parents who are not supporting their child’s attendance at school.

The support for curriculum access is in place as prior to this funding we found that students were not able to engage with all subjects effectively, and their expectations of what could be achieved in areas such as coursework and controlled assessment was limited.

A significant number of disadvantaged students have a background of complex issues from outside of school, including mental health issues. The guidance team provides support to ensure that these students can engage with school without these issues affecting their performance. The team has a background that includes social work, the police and youth work. This team have the time to liaise with outside agencies without the pressure of a teaching timetable.

During the lockdown the lack of ICT facilities was another potential barrier. To this end the school distributed 80 refurbished laptops to families who requested them, and in two cases supported the setting up of internet provision. This was done in addition to the government’s scheme.

Pupil Premium Strategy

Our work with pupil premium students is assessed each time a set of data is collected for a year group, with an overall assessment of progress each term. The progress of pupil premium, and particularly disadvantaged students, is a focus in the Headteacher’s meetings with Subject leaders in September and January.

During lockdown an extended management team met each week and the first item on the agenda was vulnerable children. They were being monitored and contacted regularly, and the meeting then went on to consider the progress of disadvantaged students. Interventions were much more difficult due to the circumstances of lockdown, but the school remained open to vulnerable students throughout, including holidays.

We have looked carefully at the evidence and research about the most effective ways to use the Pupil Premium funding, as well as evaluating the impact of Pupil Premium work in the Thomas Hardye School. We are aiming to eliminate the variation in performance between pupil premium and non pupil premium examination performance, as well as ensuring that all students have equal access to educational opportunities.

Since the return from lockdown a particular emphasis has been placed on supporting the mental health of disadvantaged students and trying to ensure that attendance is as high as possible, although these factors continue to be affected by the pandemic.

Currently the funding is being spent on the following:

The pupil premium strategy will be reviewed in July 2021

Monitoring and Impact

Every student eligible for Pupil Premium is individually monitored by their Deputy College Leader and detailed records are kept of all interventions and support, academic progress, attendance, participation and well-being through the SIMS system.

When data is collected about the progress of students, pupil premium progress is also identified as a category.

Progress 2019-20

In the last set of exams disadvantaged students in the Thomas Hardye School continued to make better progress than this group of students nationally. Their progress is broadly in line with non-disadvantaged students nationally. This years results did not include formal exams due to the pandemic and the data is as accurate as it can be in the circumstances.

Pupil Premium Budget 2019-20

 
Curriculum Access Expenditure (GBP)
Books and Materials 12,000
Uniform 400
Stationary/Postage 250
ICT 4,000
Training 1000
Trips and Visits 4,000
External Providers 4,800
Vehicle hire/Transport 2,000
Catering costs 1,000
Music Tuition 850
Curriculum Development
Pathways courses (WOEC) 5,000
Ebac GCSE groups 8,000
Support
Deputy College Leaders 23,060
Guidance Leaders 115,500
Maths support 10,600
English Support 10,660
ICT Support 15,000
Effective Tracking
Data manager 1,900
Attendance 3,769
Careers guidance 2,154
Other
Dual registration 4,100
Alternative provision 10,500
Total expenditure 240,603
Main school budget contribution 40,325

Planned Interventions

Some of the interventions that took place or are planned to take place:

  • All 185 pupil premium students were mentored by their Deputy College Leader and tutor along with support from SLT. Their attendance was tracked and their progress in subjects specifically monitored. This continued during lockdown.
  • All year 11 pupil premium students were offered free revision guides for their GCSEs along with support to organise revision.
  • All year 11 pupil premium students were invited to a weekly maths club with refreshments.
  • All pupil premium students were given the opportunity to take advantage of breakfast club.
  • All year 11 pupil premium students were able to use targeted revision and homework clubs.
  • 48 pupil premium students received subject specific support.
  • 51 pupil premium students received ongoing support from the guidance leaders.
  • All pupil premium students were offered financial help to fund educational related trips.
  • All predicted and potential data for year 11 students was split into focus groups to ensure that pupil premium progress is being monitored in all subject areas.
  • It was planned that all year 10 pupil premium students would take part in a day with a visiting business leader develop their aspirations and interview skills. This should have gone with sessions on CV writing. These had to be cancelled due to lockdown but we hope to run them this year.
  • All pupil premium students in year 8 have their transition into year 9 monitored through the colleges and Deputy College leaders. All year 8 students were able to visit the school in the summer term and the summer holiday activities for vulnerable students still took place.
  • 7 pupil premium students benefited from the E4E summer club.
  • 6 pupil premium students had enhanced opportunities in conjunction with WOEC.
  • 4 pupil premium Students received free music tuition.
  • 8 pupil premium students used the new ICT resources for exam access with dictation software.

Review

The next review of the school's strategy will be in September 2021.

 

Covid Catch up funding 2020-21

The Thomas Hardye School will receive £108000 for the lower school and £7500 for the sixth form to support lost learning during the pandemic.

We have identified the key priority is to make the most of the time in school. To this end we have recruited a new learning mentor in the sixth form, and we are increasing our capacity for cover supervisors in the main school to ensure that students can be given subject specific support.

As we identify gaps we will put in place other catch up support including:

  • Easter revision school
  • After school clubs
  • Increased support in E4E
  • Access to a new online learning platform through Century Tech
  • The National Tutoring Programme with a trial group of students

As time goes on we will be assessing these initiatives and looking for other examples of best practice that has an impact on helping students catch up.

Catch up premium

Gender Pay Gap Information

Charging & Remissions

Complaints Procedure

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