Welcome

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

We're very proud of how well the whole school has coped with SATs this week. Year 6 have shown real grit in persevering with each new challenge, giving it their all, and supporting each other admirably. Year 7 and Year 8 have been calm, respectful and supportive of the younger students; many of them remember just what it was like for them. We're pleased to say that an inspection of the way we carry out the SATs on Wednesday, found our arrangements to be exemplary. So, my thanks go to all students, staff and parents alike, for all of your hard work in making this a smooth and fuss-free week amid the furore in the media about these tests, it was no mean feat.

With lots of exciting educational visits coming up after half term we're running a trips information evening for parents of those children going to Eaton Vale, Norfolk Lakes or France. We'll also be sending out information sheets, so don't worry if you are not able to attend. We know that children are sometimes anxious about a new experience so please do talk to us about any worries. We'll try our best to accommodate any changes that will help children to make the most of the experience. Queries about Norfolk Lakes should be directed to Miss Smart, Eaton Vale to Mrs Heater and France to Mr Fenn.

Year 8 Sports Captains and Year 7 PE Junior Leaders did a wonderful job hosting the Bury School Partnership Primary Multi-Skills event last Friday. It was lovely to see so many children and colleagues from our partner schools enjoying the sunshine and stepping up to the sporting challenges. We've also experienced some athletics success of our own with our athletes placing 3rd and 4th overall against strong opposition from some large secondary schools at a competition on Wednesday. A big thank you to all the staff and parents who provide transport and support at these events.

We're excited to be part of a Cambridge University Maths research project to find out more about how our brains process mathematical learning. Y7 are the first students to have the opportunity to be part of this and should have fun completing the short challenges. If you'd like to give consent for your child to be part of the research but have misplaced the letter, please do get in touch.

Finally, I'm thrilled to see how many students are wearing their leavers' hoodies with pride. They've taken to them to the point of heat exhaustion! With this beautiful weather that's all the more reason to send them into school with a water bottle, they welcome to fill these up at the drinking fountain at break and lunch to keep them hydrated all day long.

 

Rachel Forward
Head of School

Coming up

14 May Magistrates' Competition Chelmsford
16 May Maths research - Year 7
17 May King Edward VI School transition workshops
17 May Trip Information Evening
20 May Year 8 Geography field work - Southwold
23 May Maths research - Year 6
24 May Tesco 'Farm to Fork' visit Year 7 (groups C and D)
25 May Tesco 'Farm to Fork' visit Year 7 (groups A and B)
26 May Core Latin examination at King Edward VI School
09 June Art Exhibition 4-7pm (includes photographic display of the history of Hardwick Middle School)

Transition Arrangements

King Edward VI School
Year 6 into 7 Day 1        07 July
Year 6 into 7 Day 2        08 July

Year 7 into 8 Day 1        30 June
Year 7 into 8 Day 2        01 July

Year 8 into 9 Day 1        23 June
Year 8 into 9 Day 2        24 June

All years                        15 July

Sybil Andrews Academy
Year 6 into 7 Day 1        07 July
Year 6 into 7 Day 2        08 July

Year 7 into 8 Day 1        30 June
Year 7 into 8 Day 2        01 July

Year 8 into 9 Day 1        23 June
Year 8 into 9 Day 2        24 June

All years                        15 July

Thurston Community School
Year 6 into 7 Day 1        12 July
Year 6 into 7 Day 2        13 July

St Benedict's School
Years 6&7 into 7&8        18 March

All Years                        15 July

Children transferring to King Edward VI School and Sybil Andrews Academy will travel to their middle school as usual on all transition days, and transport will be provided to the upper schools. Please contact us here at Hardwick if your child is transferring to a different school and you would like advice about getting them there.

For more information about your child's next school:
Sybil Andrews Academy
King Edward VI School
St Benedict's School
Thurston Community College