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Updated September 2017


Indoor Bowls Success for James Roe


James Roe 10EM has been selected for the U18 Indoor Bowls squad for Dorset academy and with the hope of representing the nationals squad. James will begin his training with the squad in the coming weeks with the hope of progressing through to the national squad and potentially having the chance to represent England.


Sweet Reward for Thomas Hardye Teaching Assistants

TA Cakes

Friday 15th September was National Teaching Assistant Day. In order to celebrate this Wessex FM, with the Dorset Cake Company, kindly provided the School's TA team with cakes from their well known 'Bun Run'. Thomas Hardye School has a team of 30 Teaching Assistants who work hard supporting our young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.


From success to success


This week Thomas Hardye found out that their A level results have put them in the top 10% of schools in the country, so morale was already high approaching GCSE results day and they were not disappointed. Despite the introduction of new, more demanding examinations in English and maths 83% of students achieved a pass in English and 77% in maths.


The Bar Has Been Raised Yet Again

A Level

The Thomas Hardye School is celebrating another outstanding set of A Levels results even surpassing last year’s record high. The overall pass rate was over 98% with almost one third of passes at grade A or A*; 20% of students achieved at least AAB! Almost every statistical indicator – including average point scores – has risen confirming Thomas Hardye’s position as a leading provider of post-16 education with a national reputation.


Trenchard College are this year’s winners of the College Cup

Trenchard Winners

Over the course of the year we have had more competitions than ever before; with the quiz, sports competitions and the scholar’s cup all having more events within them, from Bake Off, to Limerick challenge to cross country. Here pictured, you can Stratford College picking up the Scholar’s Cup and Sports Cups (replacing Napier as champions for the first time.)


Shem Shines During European Biathle and Triathle Championships


Shem Martin 9US recently competed in the UIPM Biathle and Triathle Open European Championships on 14th, 15th and 16th July in Setubal Bay, Portugal.



Valter Prize Competition Successes

Valter Prize

A wide range of exceptional Design Technology and Science project work was showcased by students from across Dorset to an invited audience at the annual Valter Prize Award Ceremony which took place on 14 July at the Hamworthy Club.


A taste of the Classics!


On Monday 10th July, thirty Year 10 students took part in a Classics taster session in the school library.

Professor Edith Hall from King’s College London delivered a short talk to the students, introducing them to the study of Classics and explaining how varied and valuable it can be as a subject option.


What a scorcher of a Sports Day!

Sports Day

On Friday 7th July 2017 Thomas Hardye ran their annual Sports Day for both Year 9 and Year 10. All the Department was hoping for was a sunny day after last year’s washout and thankfully our luck was in and what a beautiful day of sport it was. There were lots of events going on this year; from the traditional athletics events of running, throwing and jumping to events on the astro.


Waitrose support our Food Technology Students

Food Tech

Year 12 food technology  students recently had a  visit by two meat experts from Waitrose Dorchester, to talk about the different sections of an animal carcass and  how to tenderise the tougher cuts of meat. The students were asked to cook medallions of pork with a honey, mustard and rosemary glaze, which they then ate with enthusiasm, followed by a feathered steak which had been marinated overnight, with red wine and garlic.


Sailing success for Thomas Hardye

Sailing Winners

Our Team (Dorchester Schools – THS St Osmunds and DMS) came first in the Regatta at Poole on Friday 30th June. They came third in the Challenge Fleet (for the less experienced). Other teams included independentsand grammar schools.. Sixteen schools took part including  Wey Valley and All Saints.


Scholars cup cook-off

Cook Off

On a very warm afternoon recently, nine students from years 9 and 10 took part in the first Scholars cup cook-off.  Their task was to produce two dishes that use seasonal fruit or vegetables, with all students choosing to make a main course and dessert, within two hours.


Thomas Hardye Sixth Form Art Showcase

Our annual Sixth Form Summer Showcase of Art opened on 29th June. See our video above for a look at how these shows are setup. We will soon be adding more images of the fantastic art work on display.


Thomas Hardye Singers at St Paul’s Cathedral

St Pauls

The Thomas Hardye Singers, directed by Peter Oakes were again invited to sing a service of Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday.June 26th. This is a fantastic achievement for the school. Very few visiting choirs are invited to sing services at St Paul’s and the very highest standards are expected. The Thomas Hardye Singers includes students, staff and past students.


Fun on the water for THS students


A group of eight Year 9 students attended the Secondary 'Can Do' Watersports Festival in Poole Park on Tuesday 20 June 2017, organised by Rockley Watersports. After some kayaking and sailing training sessions in the morning, competitors took part in some kayak races in the afternoon.


Year 9 & 10 french Exchange to Nantes


Last week the French Department took 21 students from year 9 and year 10 to St Herblain in Nantes in West France. This was the most recent instalment in an exchange partnership with the Collège Le Hérault which has been in place for over 15 years.


Stratford School Link – Painting for Dorchester Opportunity Group


Back on a very sunny day in May, Stratford school link committee were asked to paint the playhouse at Dorchester Opportunity Group. Students went down prepared with their paint clothes, the paint and brushes ready to transform the playhouse in two afterschool slots; a tough challenge, but one we succeeded in.


Year 13 Student Awarded SW Volunteer of the Year


Lauren Leatherland of Year 13, was recently nominated for the young volunteer of the year at the South West Golden Goals Netball awards for her commitment to netball.



Trenchard Recycling Project is a hit!

Trenchard team

The Dorset Schools environment challenge was a competition that the Thomas Hardye school was keen to be involved in. The initiative was to reduce our schools waste and we decided to do a waste audit in our school. We found 45% of our waste was paper and only 15% of classrooms had a recycling box.


Student makes shortlist of Arts Award

Oran Image

Year 13 Art student Oran Cooch has been selected for the 2017 Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools shortlist! Oran is one of the final 20 selected from over 24,000 entries worldwide.


Thomas Hardye Girls in Rugby Success

Lauren and Anya

Year 13 student Lauren Leatherland and Year 9 student Anya Denny have recently represented the South West of England Rugby at Under 18’s and under 15 level in Birmingham.

They have both competed for Dorset and Wilts this season, where Lauren also captained the under 18 side.


Rewards Trip to Weymouth Beach


We took 18 students down to Weymouth Beach to celebrate their achievements of the last half term. The students invited had achieved the most tokens within their year groups for excellent work, fantastic effort and contributions plus100% attendance.




On Thursday 18th May, Miss Bright hosted the annual Thomas Hardye Invitational Rounders Tournament, something that started 3 years ago and seems to get bigger every year and this year was no exception. There were two separate competitions; one for Year 9’s and one for Year 10’s and sixteen teams entered across both year groups.


In celebration of a project
on Lyme Disease and Ticks in Dorset

Tick Project

This event celebrated two years’ research carried out at the school in conjunction with Dr Nicky King and her biosciences team at the University of Exeter under the Royal Society Partnership Grants scheme, looking at the connection betweem Ticks and Lyme Disease


Thomas Hardye Election - May 10th


On 10th May, the school held a mock election for students to vote in. All three main parties were represented by a candidate who campaigned as our politicians are doing now. On the day itself over 1000 students voted. The Election was an exercise in political awareness and encouraging young people to be active in Politics, no matter what their views.


Stratford School Link – Picnic with Dorchester Opportunity Group


On Monday 8th May, students from Stratford’s school link committee went down to the Prince of Wales School to take students for Dorchester Opportunity Group out for a picnic. Dorchester Opportunity is made up of students who find it hard to express themselves and sometimes need 1:1 supervision and support.


Trenchard Teach Year 3’s about the 3 R’s!


On Tuesday 2nd May, a group of 10 Trenchard students visited the Prince of Wales school to teach Year 3 students about how to reduce, re-use and recycle! They planned sessions and prepared resources and delivered these wonderfully. One session involved a ‘bin it’ quiz where Year 3’s had to put items in the correct coloured recycling bin, another involved a ‘match the fact’ activity.


Gold for George at British Swimming Championships


On 27th April through to 30th April George Kelman-Johns 11BM competed at the British Para Internationals 2017 in Sheffield.  George took part in six events and made four of them to the British finals. He was unable to compete in the other two finals due to restrictions on his classification.


Thomas Hardye Carry off SIX Awards at Rock Challenge

Rock Challenge

Miss Higgins and Miss Lockwood took 50 students to the Southern Finals of the Rock Challenge on Friday 28th April in Portsmouth. The Rock Challenge is a competition sponsored by the Be Your Best Foundation.


Golf – Dorset School Competition


On Tuesday 25th April, Golfers from The Thomas Hardye School went down to compete in the Dorset Schools Golf Competition at Weymouth Golf Club. It was an extremely successful day for Alex Johnston 10LO, who is now the U16 County Champion, but technically he outscored an U18 opponent making him the best U18 Golfer in Dorset, an outstanding achievement.


Rotary Young Chef Regional Final


Last Saturday, year 11 student Nik Jones travelled to Shaftesbury school to take part in the Regional final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition, representing Casterbridge Rotary Club.  He prepared and cooked an impressive menu of three courses in two hours, all for under £15. 


RVS Tea Party 2017 at the Thomas Hardye School

Big Brew

On 23rd March, the fifth annual RVS Tea Party was held at the Sixth Form Centre of the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. 20 Royal Voluntary Service volunteers, clients and supporters attended, and were made welcome and looked after by a group of largely year 12 students supported by Mrs Buck.


Successful Quiz Night in aid of Ecuador Trip

Quiz Night

On Friday 31st March over a hundred people – staff, students, friends and family alike – attended a quiz night in the theatre. It was hosted by students raising funds to travel to Ecuador with Camps International this Summer. Over £380 was raised through selling raffle tickets, drinks and various cakes made by students.


Congratulations to THS Future Engineer Finalists


Both THS teams of Future Engineers experienced an inspiring day out at Silverstone, home of British Motor Racing, representing the South West Region in the National Finals of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge on 28th March.


Students visit Team Bath Super League Match


Students from years 10 and 11 went to Bath University to watch a super league match- Team Bath V Team Northumbria on Friday 24th March.

It was a really exciting match which was very physical and close over the first three quarters Team Bath pulled away in the last quarter and went on to win 48-37.


Thomas Hardye School Equestrian Team

Students have had a busy start to the year with two NSEA events in February and one in March all being held at Moreton EC. The first on the 05 February 2017 NSEA Show Jumping saw Zoe Kibbey, Deborah Blaire, Charlie Ainsworth, Molly Russell, Rosie Russell, Connor Pullin, George Rogers and Georgia Edwards taking part in the 80cm 90cm 1m & 1.10m classes.


Year 9/10 Spanish Exchange

Spanish Exchange

On the 7th of March, students studying Spanish in years 9 and 10 spent a week in Murcia on the first leg of the Spanish exchange with our partner school, the Instituto Mariano Baquero. They had a full programme of activities organised for the week in Spain.


Stratford College’s Walk for Water


This was the third year that students from Thomas Hardye School have participated in the Walk for Water, and each year the turnout is increasing. Over 100 students signed up to take part in the challenge; walking from Thomas Hardye School, through Dorchester, along the Jubilee Trail, up Came Down, along the ridge and down past the white horse to Osmington Mills and the sea!


Discovering Oceanography in the Solent

Boat Trip

Sixth form biologists joined St Mary’s Puddletown pupils in Years 7 and 8 for an inspirational ‘Discovering Oceanography’ three hour cruise aboard the National Oceanography Centre’s floating classroom, RV Callista within the calm coastal waters of the Solent.


BBC School Report at Thomas Hardye

School Report

On March 16th. Class 9XF took part in the BBC School Report day. They collected stories and took photos and video to add to these stories. As the deadline approached there was a rush to finish in time. However, they all did fantastically well and you can see the completed videos by clicking on (More).


Thomas Hardye students learn about Engineering


On March 10th 2017, around thirty five Engineers came from near and far to Thomas Hardye to meet and inspire students in years 9 and 10 at the school’s biennial ‘Meet the Engineers’ event. As part of the Schools’ celebration of British Science Week, this was an exciting opportunity for students to ask questions about a range of career pathways and to find out the wide variety of activities that Engineers actually do in their daily work.


Pizza treat for students with most College Tokens

Pizza Treat

We took 30 students down to Pizza Express this week to celebrate their achievements of the last half term. The students invited had achieved the most tokens within their year groups for excellent work, fantastic effort and contributions, 100% attendance.


Thomas Hardye joins Young Chamber Initiative

Young Chamber

The Thomas Hardye School has become the first in West Dorset to join the new Young Chamber Programme, linking business and education.This is a pioneering initiative being led by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).


THS Students in Sailing Success


The Topper Winter National Regatta took place on the last weekend in February at the National Sailing Academy. The Topper is a single handed sailing dinghy (11 foot 43 kg (95 lb) ideally suited to Junior sailors and smaller adults. It enjoys the status of a British Youth Sailing Recognised Class and is recommended by the RYA for Junior (U16) sailors.


Year 9 Students attend GCSE Science Live


On Friday 3rd March 19, Year 9 students attended GCSE Science Live! at the Colston Hall in Bristol as part of an enrichment opportunity for most able students.

Students learnt about the work that cutting edge Scientists and Science communicators undertake.


Trenchard Environment Committee’s Recycling Project


On Friday 24th February, the Trenchard Environment committee made the trip to County Hall in Dorchester for the welcome event of a recycling project, which is being led by the council. Students have been selected to take part in an exciting 10-week project based on making the school reduce, re-use and recycle.


Blue Marine Present to Year 9


At the start of February, BLUE Marine Foundation, of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, came into school to present to Year 9. The title of the team’s presentation was “Everything is connected”. They demonstrated that there were lots of sustainable ways that fishermen can catch their fish.


Stratford Community Link


On Tuesday 28th February, six students from Stratford college went down to The Prince of Wales school to offer their services to the ‘Dorchester Opportunity Group’. We were armed with buckets, brooms and cleaning products ready to help clear up the playground.


Fantastic Success in Rock Challenge

Rock Challenge

The UK Rock Challenge is a registered charity and gives youngsters the chance to create their own production. This involves coming up with the original concept to the live performance and then perfecting and performing it. The Challenge itself, involves a series of performing arts events which promote healthy life choices. Thousands take part, initially in regional events.


Future of NHS Discussed with Sixth Form

Jon Orrell

On Wednesday 22nd February Year 12 welcomed Dr Jon Orrell as the latest in this year’s series of guest speakers.

Jon’s theme was The Crisis in the NHS and the consequences for Dorset County Hospital.


Year 10 student in fantastic music achievement


The School was very pleased to hear that Hannah McFarlane of Year 10 received a Distinction in her DipABRSM. This is the Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Hannah has already been recognised for her talent on the cello and this was an amazing achievement.


Ski Trip 2017 St Anton, Austria

Ski Trip

On Friday 10th February The Thomas Hardye School set off for their annual ski trip to St. Anton in Austria, taking 41 students with them. We arrived in St Anton on Saturday and after a good night’s sleep we were ready to hit the slopes on Sunday morning. The weather was spectacular all week, with bright sunshine making the ski conditions amazing.


Important advice given to Sixth Formers

Mrs Harris

As half term approaches, staff and students in the sixth form will be remembering former student Louis Harris and thinking of his family and close friends. Last Valentine’s Night Louis tragically lost his life after entering the water in Weymouth Harbour on a night out celebrating his friend’s 19th birthday.


Sixth Formers raise money for Opportunity Group


On Tuesday 31st January the sixth form early years students from The Thomas Hardye School held a cake sale to raise money for The Dorchester Opportunity Group. They raised £425 which will go towards the £40,000 needed to keep this vital group open.


Nik Jones goes through to the Rotary Young Chef Regional Final

Young Chef

Recently, one of our talented year 11 Food GCSE students, Nikolas Jones, took part in the District Final of the Rotary Young Chef competition, representing both Thomas Hardye School and Casterbridge Rotary Club.  


Poetry Competition

In October, we celebrated ‘National Poetry Day’ with a competition for all year groups to write a poem on the theme of ‘Messages.’ We had some fantastic entries from every year group in the school, ranging from the funny and modern to the poignant and traditional.


Dr Liz Walsh speaks to Sixth Form

Liz Walsh

On Monday 6th February Thomas Hardye Sixth Form were visited by Dr Liz Walsh who spoke about her career in healthcare and nursing.



Celebrating curiosity at the Higher Project Qualification Presentation Evening

HPQ Evening

Thirty-two Year 11 students who have been taking part in the ‘Aspiring Minds’ programme for able students since last July saw the culmination of their hard work on Tuesday evening. The students have been undertaking independent research on a project title of their choice with assistance from a teacher supervising their work in school.


Leading Economist speaks to Sixth Form

R Davies

This Friday 3rd February Thomas Hardye Sixth Form welcomed Richard Davies Chief of Staff at The London School of Economics. Richard spoke about his career, the world post Brexit and Trump and gave students advice as to how to start a career in the world of economics and finance whilst also speaking about the kinds of challenges young people will face in a changing marketplace.


Success in Land Rover Challenge

Land Rover Challenge

In the South West Regional Finals held at the South Devon UTC 31st January, the experienced team from Thomas Hardye came first in their group, and the rookie team came second in their group – a fantastic result and reward for their hard work in Future Engineers STEM Club!


Thomas Hardye Success at Model UN

Model UN

On Sunday 29th January, we ran a trip to Bristol Grammar School to compete against other schools at a Model UN Conference. We won a whopping 9 awards  – it was an amazing day for which students have been preparing for months, giving up lunchtimes (and getting the coach at 6am yesterday morning!!) their success is a testament to their dedication.


Our House - A Triumph

Our House

See a review of this fantastic production of Our House, the Madness Musical.





We are delighted that six of our students have recently received offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. For these students, these offers are the culmination of a long and highly intensive period of preparation and are all the more remarkable in the face of increasing competition for Oxbridge places.


Dorset Mind – Year 13 Grow a Fiver Challenge

Cheque Mind

In June current Year 13 students, working within their tutor groups, were tasked with turning a £5 into a larger sum of money for a charity of their choice.


Year 9 student reaches finals of National Competition


Kai Trevett in 9EM has reached the national finals of the Teflon Dining Schools, “Keen new cook” award part of the Diamond Standard Awards 2017 at the Waitrose Cookery School, Finchley Road, London on Wednesday 25th January.


Sixth Formers hear story of genuine historical document


Today some of our year 12s were pleased to welcome Ben Dugri’s Grandfather into Thomas Hardye School to speak with the students about his original signed copy of the Ulster Covenant, which belonged to and was signed by Ben’s great-great-grandfather!


Robert a hit at U16 Ballroom Finals


Congratulations  to Robert Lo Cascio in Year 9  who came 7th in the Waltz at the U16 National Finals for Ballroom and Latin dance.  The competition was held over 3 days with 120 competitors dancing a variety of dances from the Rumba to the Jive.  The standard was incredibly high and Robert and his partner performed consistently throughout. 


Dance Show a Huge Success

Dance Show

The Thomas Hardye School Dance Show took place on 23rd  November, involved over 80 dancers from all year groups performing a wide variety of work in a variety of dance styles. A special addition to the programme was a preview from this year’s Rock Challenge piece, which will be performed in its entirety as part of the National competition in March.


Girls Inter-College Hockey Competition

Hockey Team

On Monday 28th November it was time for the Girls Inter-College Hockey Competition across years 9, 10 and 11. Every year group produced a full team for each of the four colleges, meaning there was an amazing atmosphere consisting of over 120 girls out on the Astro playing Hockey and representing their college, an outstanding achievement.


Sky News Reporter speaks to Sixth Form Students

Jon Desborough

Sky News’ reporter Jon Desborough gave the English and Media Sixth Form students an inspiring and motivational speech as to how they may carve out a career in the news business. With jobs ranging from tech design to anchoring, he explained how the industry requires an ability to work cooperatively, to take risks and to accept challenges.


Year 12 students visit local dairy

Craigs dairy

Recently, eighteen year 12 students visited Craig's Farm Dairy in Osmington, as part of their AS Food Technology course. After a tour of the milk processing unit, milking parlour, dairy herd and their young calves, the students were asked to create their own flavour of ice cream, made with lashings of Criag's famous rich double cream.


Children in Need – Charity Netball Match


On Friday 18th November, the PE department took on separate Year 12 and Year 13 teams in a charity netball match in order to raise money for Children in Need, both teams were made up of male and females.


Treat for students with most Tokens

Token winners

30 students from across Year 9 to 11, were invited to an evening meal at Pizza Express on Tuesday. These students had achieved the most tokens across the first half term at school. Tokens are given out for excellent work, effort, superb contributions and 100% attendance.


Thomas Hardye Chefs Compete

Young Chef

Some of our best chefs have been competing in two competitions recently. These were the school heats that would send the very best on to the next rounds.

The competitions were organised by the Rotary Club and by the Enterprise and Skills Company.


Exploring Space Radiation with Tim Peake


Original project research carried out by the CERN@school team (L-R) Alfred dal Din, Jonathan Hoare, Emily McFarlane, Joshua Doherty and Joshua Nugent, all in in Year 13, has been rewarded by a chance to meet astronaut Tim Peake and to receive Gold Crest awards, presented by Dr Michael Campbell, leader of the Medipix laboratory, CERN.


Thomas Hardye Students commemorate Armistice Day


On Friday 11th November. The Thomas Hardye School commemorated Armistice Day with its annual event, supported by the whole school. Blessed with the best weather for a few years, near to two and a half thousand students stood respectfully at the top of Queens Avenue.


THS Students awarded Arkwright Scholarships.


On Thursday 27th October, Matthew Torok and Stephen Workman attended a ceremony in London to receive Arkwright Scholarship Awards, recognising their potential to become future leaders of the engineering profession. Matthew’s award is being sponsored by Coventry University whilst Stephen’s is sponsored by the RAF.


Kate Adie to give Lecture at Thomas Hardye

Kate Adie

The Thomas Hardye Theatre is excited to welcome a woman who paved the way for female journalists. Best known for being a former correspondent for the BBC, Kate Adie will be recalling stories from her career in which she reported from war zones across the world.


THS Student selected for England National Squad in Basketball


Pasquale Landolfi has been selected for the England National Squad in Basketball. This is a truly remarkable achievement for such a talented sports person. Pasquale will represent the South West region alongside other regions across the country.


National Schools Equestrian Association National Championships

A strong contingent of Thomas Hardye students consisting of Charlie Ainsworth, Zoe Kibbey, Rosie Russell, Molly Russell, Jasmin Edwardson, Izzy Whitty, Connor Pullin, Deborah Blair  Matteo Apetino, George Rogers and  Georgia Edwards made the trip to the National Championships after all qualifying for their classes at regional qualifiers throughout the year. 


Year 11 visit Oxford University

Oxford Visit

'Can computer science be used to replace live animals in drug testing?', 'How exposed is our personal security as a result of social media?', 'What is it like to study at University?' and, crucially, 'How do students get into universities like Oxford and Cambridge?' These were just some of the questions considered by year 11 students when they visited Merton College, University of Oxford on 11th October.


U16 Dorset County Netball Tournament

Netball Team

On Thursday 13th October, the Under 16's Netball girls went down to Budmouth to represent the school in the County Netball Tournament. We had a tough pool including Blandford, Sherborne Girls, Poole Grammar School and Canford.


Students quiz MP on the Environment and Energy

Oliver Letwin

We were recently invited by Dorchester's 'Churches together Ecology Group' to find some students keen to challenge our MP about progress made on the Paris Agreement, a year after the summit took place. 


Most succesful Festival of Science yet!


Saturday October 8th saw the latest in Thomas Hardye's Family Festival of Science events attended by over a thousand people of all ages. As always the emphasis was on showing that science can be fun and exciting. Activities were designed to appeal to all ages, so that children could collaborate with older siblings, parents and grandparents.



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