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December 2020

  • 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 (https://www.beaufort.hants.sch.uk/online-systems) 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: www.virtualengage.arup.com/CWR. There is also a direct link to the feedback form here: https://winchester.citizenspace.com/policy/cwr-development-proposals

    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

    Headteacher

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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:

    CovidPositiveTestResult@beaufort.hants.sch.uk

    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 

    Headteacher 

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  • Year 11 GCSE Music Composition

    Published 16/12/20

    Year 11 have been working incredibly hard on their own compositions for GCSE Music.  I am so proud of the wonderfully high standard of work from the class and their dedication into producing such professional looking scores and audio recordings.  Here is a beautiful example from the very talented Rosie.

     

     

     

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