The Thomas Hardye School

Students learn about Dry Stone Walling



A  group of 10, year 11 students have been attending  Kingston Maurward College over the last two years culminating in a Level 1 Certificate in Work-based Land Operations qualification.

Students have recently passed a dry stone walling practical assessment using locally quarried Purbeck Stone.   As part of this they write about the nationally renowned Hadrian’s Wall which uses the same technique.  Students have had to study the parts of a dry stone wall: the Foundation stones, Quoin stones, Through stones, Heartings and Coping stones.

Tutor, Mr Oliphant said ’the students have worked so hard, it’s satisfying to see them pass this practical assessment’.

Charlie Horne, one of the successful students said ‘I really enjoyed this part of the course.  Learning to build a dry stone wall was cool’.

Pathways Co-ordinator, Ms Daulby was delighted with their achievement; ‘seeing these age old skills being passed on to the next generation is such a pleasure’.

Dry Stone wall




March 2016