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  • The Thomas Hardye School
    Queen's Avenue
    Dorchester
    Dorset
    DT1 2ET
  • Head: Mr Michael Foley
  • T 01305 266064
  • F 01305 250510
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.thomas-hardye.net
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 13 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 2,115; sixth formers: 727
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 20th March 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th October 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A well-run, purposeful comprehensive. School has a real ‘can-do’ approach. Prospective parents often worry about the sheer size of the place but it doesn’t seem to be an issue once pupils start. ‘And we get maps to help us find our way round,’ said a year 10 girl appreciatively. ‘It’s quite a grown-up sort of place,’ agreed one of our young guides. ‘We don’t have a lot of rules,’ the head told us. ‘We give pupils a…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Health & Social Care at an English Comprehensive School (Applied GCE AS level Double Award)
  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Comprehensive School (IBO Standard level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Comprehensive School (IBO Higher level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Home Economics: Food at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Home Economics: Food at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2011, Mike Foley BA MEd (50s). Educated at The John Fisher School in Purley, Surrey, then St Mary’s University, Twickenham, where he read history. He originally planned a career in law but decided to do a PGCE first – ‘someone said it would stand me in good stead’ – and found that he loved teaching. More than 30 years on, he still loves it. When we met him he was looking forward to teaching an A level history class on his favourite subject, the English Civil War. First job was at Kesgrove High School in Ipswich, where he had ‘an inspirational’ head of department. ‘He still inspires me to this day,’ he says. ‘One simple thing I took on board was that when students walk into the classroom you should have the room...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The school uses the title Education Extra for its special needs provision, believing this does not label the relevant students. The SENCO and Flexible Learning Coordinator (also with SENCO experience) work with two other full-time teachers and a number of teaching assistants. The school has a number of young people with physical disabilities. It also has a learning support teacher and Unit for students with speech and language difficulties. Students are not withdrawn from class unless this is linked to a requirement of a statement. Students work with Teaching Assistants and their peers in the classroom. Our students in Education Extra achieve exceptional results and many of them enter the sixth form. The school became one of only four schools nationally to be designated a Special Needs Specialist School in 2007. This has provided extra resources, expertise and further national profile, 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

regularly
most years
quite often
infrequently
sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where


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