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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 3 2021 ​​​​​​​

    Published 20/01/21

    20th January 2021


    Dear Parents and Students,

    I hope you are keeping well and safe as we head into the third week of the term. I appreciate that working at a screen all day is quite hard and it is most important that you try to use the breaks between each lesson to walk away from the screen and give your eyes a rest. Your teachers are also finding this as well so we are looking to see what we can do to give a little more down time from the screen without compromising your learning.


    Don’t forget that your PE teachers have put ideas for exercise in the working at home folder and this would be a very good use of the time on your timetable when you would be doing PE.  Try to get some fresh air every day even if it is just standing outside for a few minutes, although I appreciate that the weather makes this more difficult at the moment. Having battled my way through Couch to 5k last term I am trying to maintain a 5k run 3 times a week but just recently it might have been easier to do it in a canoe!

    Congratulations to those of you who have signed up to the Winter Reading Challenge and well done to Ethan for being the first to tell me. Please keep the ideas for a good place to read coming in. We will share your ideas in the coming weeks.

    Next week you will be receiving all the government information about the lateral flow testing that will take place once students return to onsite learning. I am afraid there is quite a lot of paperwork that we are required to share with you, along with a consent form. This is a voluntary process and no child will be prevented from returning to school if you do not wish to participate in this process. Thank you to my colleagues who are putting in many hours of additional work to get this up and running.

    The school is aware that there are now concerns about the testing in schools but we will send out the paperwork and ask you to return the consent form. This will allow us to start the testing immediately the students return if this is still required. If the testing is cancelled we will make sure that all consent forms are disposed of according to GDPR regulations.

    We will still require students to self-isolate if they have symptoms or are in close contact with someone who has symptoms and is waiting a test result.

    I have a number of communications to share with you, one of them year specific.

    A message from Miss McMahon

    On the 17th January, it was national World Religion Day. This was started by the Baha’i faith in 1950 and the sole focus was to bring religions together and work on restoring peace and harmony. The RE department decided to celebrate this and set a whole school RE challenge. Students were asked to complete an ‘A-Z of Religion’. This involved asking students to find different religious words, ideas/concepts for every letter of the alphabet. Students could and can still take part in virtual tours around different places of worship. A real chance to see how different religions and cultures can come together!

    A message from Mrs Lewis, Social Inclusion Officer

    We have also updated the Parent Support pages on the school website. It now gives a little information on each of the services available to you outside of school. A Schoolcomms will be going out shortly which has all the information and will direct you to the correct support network.

    Year 9 Teenage Booster Vaccines- 4th and 5th February

    Following information sent out last week by Mr Applin we are pleased to be able to continue to hold these important vaccinations (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio and Meningitis) for all students in Year 9. For further information and booking an immunisation slot please visit

    Please ensure you are following all of the guidance to ensure these immunisations can take place safely for everyone involved.

    The Scholar’s Programme is getting under way this week with twelve Year 8 students attending the live launch which will be streamed from Robinson College, Cambridge on Thursday. Students will be studying under a PhD tutor on the subject of the French Revolution. We are very excited to get started.
    Well done to Ruby in Year 7 who raised over £100 for refreshments for NHS staff. Victoria from the ‘Cup and  Saucer’ was so impressed that she had gifted Ruby and her family an afternoon tea as well as an apron and utensils for Ruby to continue with her recipes.

    This brings me to this week’s recipe which is for egg rolls, thank you Mrs Denman, and this can be found in the recipe folder of the work at home section on the school website.

    And finally, my new lockdown project. I am avoiding the saw, hammer, nails and paint for the current lockdown, much to everyone’s relief.

    So I have decided to make a patch work quilt for the bed using scraps of fabric and a helping hand from a fabric supplier (my first ever purchase from ebay!). I am going to hand sew each piece so this weekend I spent time cutting out templates in preparation for making the individual pieces. I like the fact that I can do this and still listen to the radio or music, or watch the television. My favourite piece of music at the moment is from a CD I received as a Christmas present. It is Vaughan Williams ‘Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis’ and I highly recommend it for a stress busting, soothing 15 minutes that will bring some calm and tranquillity to the day.

    If you have started a new project or a hobby as a result of lockdown do let me know. It would be lovely to have a lockdown positive page to share with everyone.

    With my best wishes to you and your family,

    Miss Hearle


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  • Consultation on the Awarding of GCSE grades this summer

    Published 19/01/21

    Dear Parents and Students,

    Please find below the information on the consultation process. The government and Ofqual are keen to hear from all stakeholders.

    Kind regards,

    Miss Hearle


    Consultation on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021

    On Friday, we launched a joint consultation with Ofqual on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021. The consultation closes at 11:45pm on Friday 29 January. We want to hear the views of students who were due to take their exams, their parents and carers, their teachers, school and college leaders and others who have an interest, including further and higher education providers, and employers.

    The Department for Education is putting our trust in teachers and their judgement to determine grades. Grades will be based on teacher assessment, with teachers supported in making decisions with guidance and training from exam boards to ensure these are awarded fairly and consistently.

    The consultation will consider the range of evidence teachers use to award a grade, which could include coursework, other forms of assessment and papers provided by exam boards, to support consistency and fairness across schools and colleges.

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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 2 2021 ​​​​​​​

    Published 13/01/21

    13th  January 2021


    Dear Parents and Students,

    I am so pleased that the online learning is going well and thank you for all the acknowledgment of the amount of work this involves for my colleagues.  My Year 11 class are being very patient with me as I get to grips with it all!

    As we will be continuing with online learning until at least half term we will maintain our commitment to you receiving teacher feedback for every 8 hours of on line learning. This may look very different from the work that is given as feedback in an exercise book. It may for example be feedback written as part of work completed on the assignments function of Microsoft teams or for some of our very tech savvy colleagues, the direct feedback they are recording within the remote learning lesson itself.

    Whatever method my colleagues choose to use please be assured that we will be monitoring both the attendance and the progress of our young people.

    Libraries in Hampshire

    I am very conscious that you will not have direct access to resources from the school library at present and we want to encourage you to continue to read as much as possible.

    There are two initiatives through the Hampshire Library service that I want to draw your attention to.  All of this information can be accessed by going onto the Hampshire County Website and searching under ‘Libraries and archive’.

    1. ‘Although all Hampshire Libraries are closed for browsing, customers can borrow and reserve physical items at public libraries by using the Ready Reads service or reserving online.’
    1.  An opportunity to take part in the Hampshire Library Services Winter Reading Challenge. I have included details below:

    Take part in the Winter Reading Challenge

    Sign-up online and read or listen to any four books by Saturday 27 February. This can include books you read or listen to together, bedtime stories, non-fiction books, ebooks and audiobooks.

    Sign up to the Winter Reading Challenge
    Every time you finish reading a book, fill in your personal Winter Reading Challenge reading record. Tell us how many books you’ve read, what the books are called and who they are by. If you want, you can let us know how much you like them too.
    You’ll automatically be sent a completer’s certificate when you’ve reached a total of four books in your Winter Reading Challenge reading record. We’ll send you emails along the way, every time you add a new book to your record.

    Your Winter Reading Challenge reading record 

    You’ll find thousands of children’s ebooks and audiobooks free to download using our BorrowBox service with lots of titles always available without a wait. You’ll find links to some of our recommendations on this webpage and information about downloading ebooks and audiobooks.
    You can also use our new Ready Reads: We Select You Collect service to borrow books. Library staff will regularly handpick a selection of books for you to collect from the entrance of your local library. You can choose how often and how many books you’d like.

    If you’re not already a member of Hampshire Libraries, you can join to take part. There’s a special video to show you how to join.

    This year’s Winter Reading Challenge is all about getting cosy together to share the love of reading.’

    Reading is such an important way of extending our knowledge and the range of the vocabulary we can use in our written communication.  My favourite place to read is curled up in a chair as it gets dark with just a single light on and a steaming mug of hot chocolate by my side [with added marshmallows of course!].  Do you have a favourite place to read? Let me know and we can share your thoughts on this through our newsletter.

    Let me know if you get involved in the challenge, I hope to be giving out a number of Headteacher awards.   Whilst we are on the subject of Headteacher awards, the first one of the year is about to go out to Bronwynn for her amazing video production of a science experiment. Well done!

    I have asked your teachers to nominate students who go that extra mile for their work and I expect to be loading down the postal service with postcards in the next few weeks!

    We have also reinstated our recipe of the week - thank you Mrs Golding. This appears in the Beaufort Online Working From Home area on our school website under\Recipes\2021. This week’s recipe is for rocky road treats! [hmm, might add that in to the items required for my daily reading!].

    I think I have decided on my lockdown project too, more on the highs and lows of this next week.

    Your teachers and support staff miss you being in school but we all know that this lockdown is the right thing to do. Take care and keeeeeeeeeeeeep learning!

    With my best wishes

    Miss Hearle


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  • Update - 5th January 2021

    Published 05/01/21

    Dear Parents,

    The school is processing the information announced last night by the Prime Minister.  We will publish more information to you as soon as we can. In the meantime the most important action that our young people can take is to engage fully with the online learning programme.

    Thank you for your support and understanding at this complex time for us all.

    Kind regards

    Miss Hearle

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  • Staggered start to the School term January 2021 for Years 7, 8, 9 & 10

    Published 18/12/20

    18th December 2020


    Dear Parents,

    Thank you so much for all the supportive emails and kind words that have been sent in to my colleagues since the news was announced yesterday about the staggered start to the school term,  January 2021. It has given us all a tremendous boost.

    Regrettably I have received no further information from the DfE  so we have made decisions that best suit the needs of our school community moving forward.

    From Monday the 4th of January up to and including Friday the 8th of January your child will work from home. The government requires schools to provide 4 hours of learning for each day of remote learning.

    On Monday the 4th of January your child should access the appropriate year group folder on the work at home folder on the school website.

    From Tuesday the 5th of January all lessons will be conducted through the on line learning platform of Microsoft Teams.  Today your child has received information on how this works. These lessons will follow your child’s normal timetable for that week.  If your child has issues accessing the work please contact your child’s Year tutor in the first instance who will direct you to the right member of staff.

    Each lesson will be 50 minutes long to allow for my colleagues to set up and prepare for the next lesson in the day and for students to switch between lessons and prepare resources.

    As a school we have prepared some videos to help support you with your child’s learning whilst at home. These videos can be found on the school website ( and give detailed instructions on how students navigate the schools online systems as well as some of the online learning platforms we use across the school. We hope these prove useful for you and your child as they work from home.

    If your child does not have access to a laptop, please contact the school on Monday the 4th of January. We are able to assist with this.

    There will be a number of  ‘critical worker’ children in school and a separate google form has been sent out. Please complete this form if it applies to your family circumstances. Critical keyworker children will be in school from Tuesday the 5th of January 2021.

    School buses will operate as normal for students who are working on the school site.

    If your child is in receipt of a free school meal you will be sent a food  voucher to cover the lunch meal for the week.

    Years 7 , 8 , 9 and 10  start back on the school site on Monday the 11th of January.

    Information about rapid CV-19 testing on the school site will follow in the New Year once we have received  further guidance from the government  This will include a consent form for the testing. All of this will be communicated to you in the first week of term  subject to any changes that may occur in government thinking over the next few weeks.

    In the meantime we would ask that you follow PHE guidance about a positive  CV-19 test result in a household and self-isolation. Please do not send your child to school if there has been a positive test result in your household.

    We have managed a whole term of successful teaching and learning for our young people, together we will make sure this continues into the New Year.

    Thank you for continued support.

    Kind regards and warmest wishes for Christmas.

    Miss Hearle

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  • Headteacher End of Term letter - December 2020

    Published 18/12/20

    18 December 2020

    Dear Parents,

    Headteacher End of Term letter

    This has been another challenging term for The Henry Beaufort School and in ways that we would never have anticipated this time last year or indeed at the start of the term.

    Once again the remarkable resilience of our young people combined with the dedication of my colleagues right across the school, has ensured that this has been a proactive and positive term in many, many ways.

    Most importantly our young people have continued to be taught and to learn in school. This has taken a remarkable effort from colleagues and none more so than our cleaning and caretaking team who have worked tirelessly to keep the school environment clean and safe for us all. We have maintained a 95% attendance rate throughout the Autumn term giving Year 11 that vital stability in their final exam year and working with Years 7 to 10 to close the learning gaps caused by 5 months out of school during the first Lockdown.

    It is clear from the Year Group Student Voice forums that I have held this term that our students are really pleased to be back in school and learning. Year 9 have also talked very positively about their first term studying for their GCSE exams, focusing on the additional time as giving them the opportunity get to grips with topics in an in-depth way. Although they were not so keen on the increase in home learning!! Year 11 have embraced the opportunity to attend clinic and the attendance rate has been high. These will continue to be of importance in the spring. If your child has said they don’t need to go please make sure you check this when you meet with your child’s teachers at the Year 11 Progress Evening on the 14th of January 2021.

    It is important that we maintain the vigilance around hygiene and face masks and social bubbling when we return in January. I do appreciate that it is hard to have to factor in all these additional measures, none of which are fun for any of us, but it makes such a positive difference to what we can achieve in school.

    I am delighted with the number of postcards that have been sent home for excellent work and contribution to school life.  Recognition and rewards for our young people is such an important part of our school life. There have been an overwhelming number of positive reports sent home in the last few weeks. Well done to all of our students who have worked so hard this term.

    Mrs Briggs launched our HBX Christmas challenge at the start of December and there might be a few challenges in the run up to Christmas which may be of support to you as well!

    I hope you have been following us on our new social media account on Facebook.  As someone who often has to deal with the negative impact of social media I am delighted that we have been able to use this online platform for the benefit of our wider community. Thank you to Mrs Goodwill and Mr Janes for making this happen.

    Our end of term celebrations have been somewhat curtailed this term but we have made sure that our year group Rewards afternoons have taken place, as well as a shortened and hopefully entertaining final whole school assembly over Microsoft teams on the final day. Christmas dinner was served in the Bistro and there was some rather strange festive headgear to be found adorning the members of staff on duty!

    Students will remain in Year group bubbles and Year group tutors for the Spring term. If you need to speak to someone at school please make contact in the first instance through the year group tutor if you have a pastoral concern, or through your child’s teacher for individual subject concerns.

    We have made a few changes to the order of lunch so that it is fair on as many year groups as it can be and this will be gone through with the students.  We will review this at half term to make sure all year groups get a chance to be first in the Bistro queue for lunch break.

    I sincerely hope that we will be able to transition back to Vertical Tutor groups before the end of the academic year.  We have missed the community spirit in our school that results from all year groups intermingling, as well as the positive role modelling that our older students provide for the younger year groups.

    We have been asked to share the following message with you:

    Winchester City Council is sharing proposals to revitalise the city centre, which include creating a mixed-use development with new homes, creative and flexible workspaces, a vibrant night-time economy and improved public spaces. We are keen to hear from families living in Winchester and encourage all parents to visit the virtual exhibition room which is open until 12th January 2021 here: There is also a direct link to the feedback form here:

    As you may be aware the school will be 50 years old in the Academic Year 21-22. We had intended to recognise this achievement with a special dedicated evensong service in Winchester Cathedral in the October of 2021. As we are unable to start preparations for such an event because of Covid-19 restrictions,  we have decided to push this back to the Summer term of 2022 in the hope that we will be able to celebrate the first 50 years of the school without any such restrictions on the celebration.

    Thank you for your continued support of the school and in particular the way you are working with the regulations regarding the national track and trace guidance. Together we will continue to keep your children and my colleagues safe. I look forward to a brighter 2021 and I hope, a return to our normal way of working by the beginning of the Autumn Term 2021, if not before.

    With my very best wishes for the festive season and the new year,

    Miss Hearle


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  • Positive Covid Tests - School Holidays

    Published 16/12/20

    Dear Parents,

    The DFES have asked schools to continue with COVID contact and trace for a short period when schools close for the Christmas break.

    ‘if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.’

    If your child develops COVID symptoms from Friday 18th December then arrange for them to be tested immediately. If a positive test is received between the dates of Saturday the 19th of December up to and including Wednesday the 23nd of December then please alert the school using this dedicated contact and trace email:

    The information that we will require is the following:

    • Your name and contact details [we will use the email address you have contacted us on unless you state otherwise]
    • Name of student
    • Year group and tutor group of student
    • Date of positive test result
    • Date last in school
    • Name, year group and tutor group of any siblings at the school
    • Means of travel to and from school [ if by a school provided bus, the name or number of the school bus]
    • Friendship group at social times [break and Lunchtime]

    We will be able to track lessons through our own systems.

    This email will be monitored daily from 10am until 12am for the period from Saturday 19th December until Wednesday the 23rd December inclusive.

    The Senior leadership team will be on duty for these additional days. They will have access to all class seating plans for all year groups. This will enable them to discuss with PHE [Public Health

    England] which students will need to self-isolate. Staff will not be contactable to discuss emails. Our first point of contact will be PHE to ascertain the actions that need to be taken.

    If the school does receive notification of a positive case the school will follow the guidance from Public Health England.  We will notify through email all the parents of students that PHE consider have been in close contact with the positive case and these children will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

    A positive test after 23rd  December does not need to be reported to the school as it is outside of the contact and trace period recommended by Public Health England.

    Please note government advice as follows:

    Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.’

    During this final week of term, please do not send any child into school if they display any symptoms that may be considered CV-19 related.

    Our focus this week is on’ Stay safe for Christmas –wear your mask!’

    Our young people have been fantastic in responding to the need to wear a mask but like us all they are getting tired and tiredness leads to complacency.  We want all of our school community to be able to enjoy Christmas. In order to do this we all need to remain vigilant and stick to our COVID-19 rules.

    We have done so well this term we don’t want to fall at the final hurdle before the holiday!

    If your child is unable to return to school on the 4th of January 2021 because of developing symptoms or as a result of a positive test result in your household, please contact the school as usual to report the absence.

    We look forward to seeing our students when they return on the 4th of January 2021.

    Thank you for your support.

    Kind regards,

    Miss Hearle



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  • Last day of term

    Published 09/12/20


    9 December 2020 

    Dear Parents, 

    You may have heard or seen media reports last night that suggest that schools have been granted an additional day’s holiday next week . 

    This is not true. 

    I received as part of the daily government briefing documents yesterday a suggestion that the last Friday is turned into an INSET day so that children do not have to be in school. 

    The Henry Beaufort School has one remaining INSET day left this academic year and that is the forward planning day in the second half of the summer term. This is an extremely valuable day for the school in being able to meet as an entire staff to prepare for the next academic year. 

    We will continue as normal with a half day closure on the Friday unless the government informs Headteacher’s differently. 

    Kind regards, 

    Miss Hearle 


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  • We will remember them

    Published 11/11/20

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  • School during Lockdown; additional information - 3/11/2020

    Published 03/11/20

    3 November 2020

    Dear Parents, 

    School during Lockdown; additional information 

    As we all adjust to the announcement at the weekend I wanted to reassure you that school intends to operate as usual. We will focus on the day to day routines that will help our young people settle back into the second half of the term. It is very important that all of our young people continue to attend school. 

    Year 11 have begun their mock exam programme and we do to need to emphasise the importance of taking these exams seriously. This will allow us to assess what needs to be focused on in the months to come as well as providing important data for the school in the eventuality that we are asked to provide teacher assessment as part of the GCSE outcomes in 2021. 

    In order to keep our community as safe as we can we will be undertaking the following: 

    • Face masks must be worn in all circumstances unless a student is in a lesson or eating their lunch. 
    • All staff will wear a face mask or a visor when in a classroom/ teaching situation as well as when moving around the school site. 
    • This does not apply to members of the school community who are exempt from wearing face coverings. 
    • Please note face masks provided by the school will be charged at 50p a mask. 
    • Please do not come on to the school site unless you have been invited in. if you do require access to the school site, for example you are returning your child to school after an appointment or are bringing in a forgotten packed lunch, ring the school in advance for confirmation of access to the school site. 
    • Service providers and deliveries will also be required to ring ahead of access onto the school site. 

    You will also receive later today information on access to remote learning in the eventuality of your child/children having to self-isolate. 

    Further changes may be published to you as the Lockdown continues depending on the circumstances of the school as well as guidance we may receive from the DfES/ Local Authority. 

    Thank you for your continued support of the school. Together we will make sure that our young people continue to be supported as well as appropriately challenged with their learning. 

    Yours sincerely, 

    Miss Hearle 


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  • Open Event Videos,Presentation and Challenges now available.

    Published 16/09/20

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