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Updated December 2017


Year 11 ‘Skills for Life’ – Paddle Power Passport


Our Year 11 ‘Skills for Life’ students have been attending Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre over the past two autumn terms taking part in various outdoor activities.



Sixth Form provide Christmas hampers for Volunteer Centre


Sixth Form students have brought in hampers and gifts for the Volunteer Centre. These gifts are for older people in Dorchester who live alone and won't be getting any other gifts for Christmas. Volunteers from the centre will collect these older people from their homes and provide them with a Christmas dinner.


Victim Support Presentation to Sixth Form

Victim Support

On Thursday 16th November THS Sixth Form welcomed the charity Victim Support as the third in this year’s programme of guest speakers. Derek from Victim Support covered the practical work of the charity and emphasised what students can do to stay safe and how to avoid being the victim of a crime.


Token Reward Winners

Token Winner

30 students from across Year 9 to 11, were invited to an evening meal at Pizza Express recently. 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.


PE Dept take on Sixth Form for Children in Need


On Friday 17th November it was that time of year to organise the PE Department and Sixth Form for their annual charity netball match. The match is played in order to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need. Miss Bright organised the PE staff into shape and the Netball stars within the Sixth Form created a Year 12 and Year 13 team.


Student Voice support Refugee Aid

Sock presentation

The Thomas Hardye Student Voice recently made a presentation of brand new socks to Mike Hearn of Blandford CARES (Collecting Aid for Refugees Europe & Sudan). This charity provides clothing to the refugees in Calais who sleep rough in the area after the clearing of the 'Jungle'. At leastb 750 people are sleeping in fields and woods, with the winter coming fast.


Aidan's Triathlon Success


Aidan Carter of Year 11 has had a very succesful year competing in Triathlons. Aidan has trained very hard over the last year and won the South West Region Championships this year and will collect a trophy later in the year.  There were 5 races in total which were made up of Duathlon(run-bike-run), Aquathlon(swim, run) and Triathlon(Super sprint distance). 


National School Equestrian Association Championships


Our equestrian team of Rosie Russell, Molly Russell, Jasmin Edwardson, Zoe Kibbey, Molly Hayward, Izzy Whitty, Connor Pullin, Olivia Mallows, Charlie Ainsworth and Lucy Andrews made the long trip with their team supporters to Addington Equestrian Centre in Buckingham, to contest in Jumping with Style, Show Jumping and Dressage following their qualifying rounds successes.


Travis has success in Sweden


On Friday 3rd November Year 10 Travis Verkaik had fantastic success coming an impressive 2nd in the final of the Air Whip Parkour Youth Championship held in Helsingborg, Sweden.



The Sun Shines on the Remembrance Ceremony


Thomas Hardye School was fortunate for the second year running, in that the weather chose to behave on the morning of our Remembrance Ceremony. This annual event remembers all the ex students from Dorchester Schools who lost their lives in World War One and Two.


U19 Netball County Tournament Success


On Wednesday 8th November the U19 Netballers went to County Finals at Bryanston. The sun was shining and the competition was strong from the other schools with the girls playing in a round robin tournament. There was so semi-finals or finals so it was all to play for with the top two teams qualifying for the regional tournament.


Ben makes UK Topper Squad


Ben Richardson of 10KL has been selected for the UK National Intermediate Topper Squad.This is part of the Royal Yachting Association’s pathway from Club to Olympic sailing. Being a National Squad member gives Ben access to the world class national training programme


Physics Competition Winners

UCL Winners

In the summer term, all of the 85, Year 1 A-level physics students undertook a project, as part of their required practical programme. This was to measure and investigate the inverse square law for gamma radiation.


THS Sports Update

Rugby Team

Wow. What a first term of sport for THS PE with amazing extracurricular results throughout all year groups. The rugby season kicked started with the 1st XV progressing through to the fourth round of the NatWest Cup beating Woodroffe, Wellington, Colyton Grammer and Kingsbridge; all away matches. Good luck for the next round. .


Students learn about the life of a Roman Soldier

Dr Chidwick

On the 18th October, Dr Hannah-Marie Chidwick visited Thomas Hardye School to deliver a workshop on the topic of ‘War in the Roman World’ to a group of Year 11 and 12 students. The students, a mixture of current and prospective A-level Classical Civilisation students, explored the life of Roman soldiers.


Olivia into District Final of Rotary Chef Competition

Rotary Chef

Last Thursday, two GCSE food students from year 11 took part in the school cook-off, for the Rotary Young Chef competition 2018.  Olivia Lovell and Beth White both cooked two courses in two hours, whilst being judged by chef Mark Vaughan and Rotary members Diana Apps and Les Fry.  They remained calm and focused throughout, even though the kitchen became very hot during the afternoon.  


Success for Rosie


Rosie Kirby has been selected for the U16 County Girls Football Squad. This is an amazing achievement for Rosie as she is one of our leading ambassadors for Girls Football at Thomas Hardye  and she thoroughly deserves this opportunity. We wish her every success with representing the County Girls Football Team.


Royal British Legion Junior Golf Challenge Success


Over the weekend of 14th/15th October, Year 11 student Alex Johnston and Year 9 Jack Kerslake, represented Weymouth Golf Club in the national finals of the Royal British Legion Junior Golf Challenge. 


Cake sale in aid of Stroke Association

Cake sale

Thomas Hardye teachers, Mr and Mrs Orchard recently organised a cake sale in aid of the British Stroke association. The response was excellent and it turns out they could have made even more cakes to sell! This was the third Orchard family cake sale and it was a great success, they were sold out in ten minutes.


THS Student Voice attend first Youth Summit

Student Voice

On Tuesday 10th October members of the Thomas Hardye Student Voice attended Dorset’s first ever ‘Youth Voice Summit’ at Kingston Maurward College.The Youth Voice Summit was an opportunity for the students to shape how young people’s views are listened to and acted upon in Dorset.The participants explored what makes a good Student Voice and met with decision makers,


Thomas Hardye Students are Shooting Stars!


Year 10 students Rebecca Warland and Shem Martin took part in the British Shooting South West Schools Pistol Championships recently.  It was a busy competition.  They both shot incredibly well with Becky shooting an amazing 184 out of 200 in the first round. Shem shot a very impressive three pairs of 10/10 in the final. 


The Thomas Hardye Singers & the Imperial College Symphony Orchestra Annual Concert


The annual Imperial College Concert takes place on 11th November and is one of the highlights of the musical year in Dorchester. Musicians from DASP middle schools join students from The Thomas Hardye School and adults from local choirs to perform with students from Imperial College London.


More Equestrian Success

Equestrian team

Another successful two day event at Bicton Arena for our Dressage and Jumping with Style Teams on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Our Dressage Team of Olivia Mallows, Jasmin Edwardson, Molly & Rosie Russell came second as a team.


Thomas Hardye Hosts Legendary BBC Show

Any Questions

On Friday September 15th Thomas Hardye School was the venue for a Live Broadcast of  ‘Any Questions’ for BBC Radio 4. Thomas Hardye School were invited by the BBC to host the programme after the school had put its name forward as a possible host. 



We have had a fun summer competing at two events representing Thomas Hardy School.  The first of these was the Jumping With Style qualifiers held at Bicton Arena on Saturday, 12th August. We had teams and individuals representing Thomas Hardye School in all four of the classes


Newly qualified Cadet Instructors put through their paces


11 CCF senior cadets and junior NCOs from both the Army and RAF sections, were put through their paces recently during a Cadet Forces Instructional Technique (CFIT) course at Blandford Garrison. 



European Day of Languages Celebrated with Cake


On Tuesday 26th September, the Languages department celebrated the European Day of Languages. Tutors across the school took their registers in a language other than English, but the highlight was an internationally themed cake sale at break.


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.



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