Welcome to the website of Hardwick Middle School. I hope you find it clear, informative and occasionally inspiring.

After the devastating events in Paris, it has seemed all the more important that we pull together to make whatever small differences we can in the world. So, a great big thank you goes to all those who got involved in our Children in Need fundraising activities, with a special mention to Fran Orr, Abbie Lay, Poppy Sleightholme and friends for their stall. Together we raised £287.42.

That same pulling together was more than evident to the Ofsted team who joined us last week. Tuesday's regular monitoring visit became a full Section 5 inspection of the school. Additional inspectors joined the lead inspector for a second day to investigate the possibility of moving the school out of the serious weaknesses category. We await confirmation of the judgements, which have to remain confidential until Ofsted publish them. We expect this to be before the end of term. We will send you details of the report as soon as it is available. Many thanks to those of you who took the time to complete the online parent survey, and send in messages of support. It was also lovely to welcome so many parents for the first of our subject evenings on Thursday.

Huge congratulations go to Lily Plummer who netted an impressive haul of three trophies at the Suffolk Dance Festival last weekend and still made it in to school on Monday! Now there's commitment.

Well done to the boys' rugby team who beat St James Middle school 4-3 in some dark and wet conditions on Thursday.

The week ahead

We welcome the schools' nursing team to take height and weight measurements for Y6 students on Wednesday.

Thursday sees a group of students taking part in the opening of the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fair. They'll be parading the puppets they made in their workshop last Friday, from the Apex at 5.30pm. We'll also be welcoming governors for their monthly full governing body meeting at 6pm.


Rachel Forward
Head of School

Coming up

26 November Christmas Puppet Parade
03 December Y6 parents' evening and SATs information evening
11 December Christmas jumper day - we're asking those who can to donate a bag of sugar (large or small) for the BEFA 'Sugar for Shelter' appeal http://befafoodappeal.co.uk/school-sugar-appeal
17 December Christmas Lunch
17 December Christmas Concert - 7pm