Wiltshire, United Kingdom
About Hardenhuish School
Our school is an 11-18 co-educational comprehensive school set in the magnificent parkland of the former Hardenhuish Manor and Chippenham Grammar School.
We enjoy an outstanding reputation locally and nationally as a ‘High Performing Specialist Academy’ being the first school in Wiltshire to take advantage of more local ‘quality control’ as part of the Coalition Government’s flagship academy scheme. At Hardenhuish we put children at the centre of all we do: we believe in a three way partnership with school, home and the individual, ensuring that each and every young person is ‘inspired to learn, supported to succeed’.
Our aim is that each Hardenhuish pupil not only achieves academic excellence, and the qualifications to take them to further or higher education and adult working life, but also take advantage of a myriad of social, personal and recreational enrichment opportunities. Our specialisms in Mathematics and Computing (since 2003) and Science (since April 2009) are complemented by our status as the only Lead School for Gifted and Talented learners in North Wiltshire, a status which recognises our exemplary provision for the most able pupils and our outreach programme which benefits the wider community.
The learning environment at Hardenhuish now boasts a Technology Centre, Sports Hall with climbing wall, English and Performing Arts Centre and two-storey Sixth Form Centre, along with the extensively redeveloped Science and Maths Centres, which means that our campus has some of the most impressive educational facilities in the County.
Having worked within three different schools, I can say confidently that Hardenhuish School is a wonderful place to work. As a Curriculum Leader I could not have asked for a more inclusive and heart-warming show of support from both pupils and staff. The school has an incredibly positive atmosphere and the most important element of that comes from the administration that is in place to support newcomers. I have an excellent department, who are experienced and enthusiastic about teaching young people, as well as their subject. The school also has a strong ethos centred on the pupils and ensuring that everything we do is in their best interests, not just about their academic progress. The extra-curricular opportunities are amazing and we are encouraged as staff to bring new ideas, events and activities forward. I feel that my voice as a middle leader is heard and the guidance given by my direct line manager is invaluable. This is a school that achieves excellent academic progress without sacrificing the wellbeing of its staff or pupils. January 2016- Mr Philip Arkinstall Curriculum Leader for History
Hardenhuish is the kind of school that makes great teachers greater. I am part of a team which is dedicated to their practice, supportive of all members and truly focused on the needs of the students. With a host of CPD activities offered, Hardenhuish allows you to develop your career in a way which is suited to you and the type of teacher you strive to be. All staff have high aspirations for student commitment and progress and this is reflected in the positive working relationships we have with parents and pupils alike. Combined, this all makes Hardenhuish an enjoyable place to work; a place where you want to be. January 2016- Miss Sarah Lawrence Teacher of English and Pupil Premium Champion in English
As an NQT at Hardenhuish School I have felt supported all the way by an excellent mentor, department and wider school. Hard work is recognised by staff and pupils who are genuinely grateful for your efforts. Even at this early stage in my teaching career I have been offered lots of opportunities to grow and develop through clubs, events and professional development. After such an excellent year, I feel confident and happy coming to work with such a brilliant team of people around me. I would thoroughly recommend Hardenhuish as a supportive, challenging and motivating place to be. January 2016- Miss Amy-Sue Stackman Teacher of Mathematics