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

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Admission arrangements

Link to to view our Admissions policy

Download Admissions Appeals Timetable New timetable in preparation

For further information on Admissions see this page

Charging and Remissions Policy

The Thomas Hardye School Charging and Remissions Policy can be found here.


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.

Link to the 2015 Ofsted report


Single Equalities (June 2016)

Equality Objectives (2016-20)


Gender Pay Gap Information

Download our Statement 2019

Previous statement for 2018


Key Stage 4 Results 2018

Progress 8 score:  +0.57

Attainment 8 score:  54.03

Grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSE:  62%

Achieving EBacc at grade 5/C or above:  30 %

Entering EBacc:  58%

Staying in education or entering employment:  98%




School Performance Tables

Link to the 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).


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

Complaints Procedure

You can view our Complaints Policy on our Policies Page

Behaviour Policy

The Thomas Hardye School Behaviour Policy can be found here.


Pupil Premium

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 2018/19 the school received £192000
In 2019/20 the expected funding is approximately £190000

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.

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.

How Pupil Premium is being used
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.

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. Currently the funding is being spent on the following:

  • The school is organised to ensure that Pupil Premium students can be carefully monitored within their college. Each college has a Guidance Leader and Deputy College Leader who have a particular responsibility for the progress and welfare of Pupil Premium students.
  • 1:1 and small group tuition in Maths, English, and other subjects as apprpriat
  • Small GCSE groups in history and geography
  • Broadening the curriculum on offer so that it is as inclusive as possible, the introduction of BTEC media studies and a digital literacy option including the ECDL.
  • Increased coordination between E4E and the guidance leaders, with E4E providing new opportunities such as DofE for their students
  • Offering supported access to DofE through the colleges
  • A subsidised breakfast club to encourage the best start to the day.
  • Raising student aspirations and making students aware of future opportunities including apprenticeships, high performing universities, and high level apprenticeships.
  • All year 10 Pupil Premium students have a practice interview with a member of the local business community.
  • Homework clubs where Pupil Premium students also have access to ICT resources.
  • Improved data and tracking systems, including specialist work by the school’s data manager
  • Enabling Pupil Premium students to participate in the full range of extra-curricular activities (both in and out of school) and to take part in the school visits both in the UK and abroad that support their learning and engagement.
  • Materials and equipment for individual students including a comprehensive range of revision guides and other aids to study.
  • Support for exam revision.
  • Improved monitoring of attendance through the schools attendance officers, and support for attendance issues.
  • In school support and counselling to help students with emotional and well-being issues.
  • Extra ICT resources, including iPads have been bought for the use of Pupil Premium students.
  • Guest speakers to raise aspirations and enhance the curriculum.
  • Practical projects.
  • Cashless catering has been introduced to improve the experience of FSM pupils.
  • Music tuition.
  • New ICT resources have been brought in for exams, also linked to E4E, such as Dragon and Read, Write, Gold
  • Extra support has been given to students by deputy college leaders on the morning of exams to ensure they are prepared
  • E4E run a summer transition programme for students to help them make the step up from middle school

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 2018-19

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.

The progress 8 score for disadvantaged students was 0.06 compared with -0.38 last year. This means that disadvantaged students in the school made more progress on average than students in all schools. The gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students for overall progress 8 was 0.31 compared to 0.95 last year.
The progress 8 score for disadvantaged students in the English element was 0.28 compared with -0.18 last year. The gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students for progress in English was 0.23 compared with 0.34 last year.
The progress 8 score for disadvantaged students in the Maths element was 0.06 compared with -0.19 last year. The gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students for progress in Maths was 0.38 compared with 0.87 last year.
The progress 8 score for disadvantaged students in the Ebac element was -0.07 compared with -0.49 last year. The gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students for progress in the Ebac was 0.3 compared with 0.99 last year.
The progress 8 score for disadvantaged students in the open element was 0.02 compared with -0.54 last year. The gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students for progress in the open element was 0.33 compared with 1.08 last year.

Pupil Premium Budget 2018-19

Expenditure                                       Curriculum Access
                                                            Books and materials                           10,000
Uniform                                               400
Stationary/Postage                             250
ICT                                                      4,000
Training                                               800
Trips and visits                                    4,000
External providers                               4,800
Vehicle hire/transport                          3,700
Catering costs                                     1,000
Music tuition                                        800

                                                            Curriculum Development
                                                            Pathways courses (WOEC)               7,500
Ebac GCSE groups                            4,000

                                                            Deputy College Leaders                     22,500
Guidance leaders                                105,000
Maths support                                     10,400
English support                                   10,400

                                                            Effective tracking
                                                            Data manager                                     1,842
Attendance                                          3,678
Careers guidance                               2,102

                                                            Dual registration                                  4,683
Alternative provision                           10,500

                                                            Total expenditure                             212,405

                                                            Main school budget contribution   22,405



Some of the interventions that took place:

All 187 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.
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.
58 pupil premium students received subject specific support.
46 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.
All year 10 pupil premium students took part in a day with a visiting business leader develop their  aspirations and interview skills.
All year 10 students were given support with CV writing
All pupil premium students in year 8 have their transition into year 9 monitored through the colleges and Deputy College leaders.
5 pupil premium students benefited from the E4E summer club
8 pupil premium students had enhanced opportunities in conjunction with WOEC.
5 pupil premium students completed the Duke of Edinburgh bronze award with E4E
3 pupil premium Students received free music tuition.
7 pupil premium students used the new ICT resources for exam access with dictation software

Special Educational Needs

Link to our Special Educational Needs Policy.

Equality Objectives

Safeguarding Policy

The Thomas Hardye School Safeguarding Policy - Child Protection procedures can be found here.

The DfE document: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 (**NEW SEP 2019**) can be found here.

And the Support document for School Staff: Keeping children safe in education: information for all school and college staff 2019 (**NEW SEP 2019**) can be found here.

The DfE also now publish Guidance to Schools on teaching online safety; This can be seen here:

 Also available now, a guide to Inter Agency Safeguarding:

Working together to Safeguard children (PDF)


Go to Attendance Information