Secondary Schools

Schools and Education: Secondary Schools

Thomas Hardye School


The Thomas Hardye School is the only senior school in Dorchester. Pupils from Dorchester’s middle schools transfer to The Thomas Hardye School for Year 9 to Year 11. It is here that they prepare for their GCSEs. Students are placed into four colleges with five tutor groups in each house.

The Thomas Hardye School, which converted to an academy in 2012, has an excellent reputation both locally and nationally and it was rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted in its most recent inspection in 2015. “The quality of teaching is outstanding and this enables all students to learn exceptionally well and make outstanding progress,” Ofsted said.

It added: “The proportion of students attaining five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics has been significantly above average for a number of years. Progress in English and mathematics, humanities and physical education is especially impressive and standards of attainment are very high.”

The Thomas Hardye School also has a popular and successful sixth form for further education.

See the full Ofsted report for The Thomas Hardye School here

Dorset Studio School


A new school for 13-19 year olds opened in Dorchester in September 2014. Dorset Studio School combines GCSEs in Maths, English, Sciences and ICT with more vocational qualifications in subjects including environmental and land-based sciences.

The school is a partnership between Kingston Maurward College and Thomas Hardye School, and is based at the Kingston Maurward College campus in Dorchester.

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