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  • Open Event Videos,Presentation and Challenges now available.

    Published 16/09/20

    Please click here to be redirected to the appropriate page on the website.

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  • Statement in Response to Incident - 10th September 2020

    Published 10/09/20

    Date 10th September 2020

    Sue Hearle, Headteacher at The Henry Beaufort School

    This is a distressing incident and we are extremely relieved that it wasn’t more serious.

    With help from Hampshire Country Council’s home to school transport and Educational Psychology teams we will be supporting all the pupils involved and their families.

    I do not want to speculate on the circumstances leading up to the incident but our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected.

    The Senior Leadership Team was on site within minutes. I’d like to personally say how proud I am of the response of our children and their families.

    Thank you, I have no further comment at this time. I am sure you appreciate there is still a lot of work that all services involved need to do.

    Any further information that you require please contact the press office at Hampshire County Council.

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  • Virtual Open Events

    Published 07/09/20

    Dear Parents,

    Regretfully with the on-going CV-19 situation we have made the decision to cancel our Open events in September and October. I am sure you appreciate that with over 1000 students on the school site operating in year group bubbles, it would be impossible to operate our usual Open morning and Evening events.

    However, we do appreciate how important it is for you to be informed about how our school community works so we have replaced the Open events with a virtual, on line tour of our school which includes contributions from all subject areas as well as from some of our students. There will also be a filmed version of the Headteacher presentation to parents. We intend to make this an interactive event for you and your child/children to enjoy.

    We are currently working on creating this event and we anticipate that it will be available to coincide with what would have been our Open Event Dates on the 10th and 11th September 2020. Please check on our school website nearer the time.

    If you have any questions that you would like us to answer  that you believe have not been covered in the presentations please contact the school using the following email address.

    I do hope that we will be able to resume our Open Events in 2021. In the meantime we are happy to assist in any way that we can through email-

    Yours sincerely,

    Miss Hearle

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  • The Henry Beaufort School Examination Results 2020

    Published 20/08/20

    The Henry Beaufort School has maintained consistently high academic outcomes and for the sixth year in a row results have continued to rise.  All three core subjects of English, Maths and Science achieved over 85% at grade 4 and above. Both English and Maths achieved 87% at grade 4 and above.  We are also celebrating that 7% of all grades achieved across the 20 GCSE subjects are at grade 9.  


    Four students achieved an average of grade 9 across their GCSE subjects. Congratulations to Sarina, Johan, Laura and Maisie.

    Sue Hearle, Headteacher stated: ‘this has been an incredibly stressful year for our students, particularly so in the last week. I am relieved and delighted that our young people have received the outcomes they deserve, outcomes that are in line with our rising results over the last 6 years.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their consummate professionalism in the face of unprecedented challenges, undertaking an honest, fair and transparent process in producing centre assessed grades.


    Congratulations to all of our students, we are so pleased for you.’

    Sue Hearle


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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 17

    Published 15/07/20

    15 July 2020

    Dear Parents and Students,

    This will be my last newsletter before we go into the summer holidays. I am currently putting together all the information that you will need for the whole school return in September and this will be published to you by the end of the week. This will be followed up by year group emails from your Head of Year.  I have been informed that there might be more information from the government to follow later in the summer holidays and if this does happen I will make sure this is published to you as soon as possible.

    This week’s recipe is for pizza, a recipe I followed when Year 7 and I made pizza in their food technology lesson earlier in the year. It’s a recipe I still use now (no more shop bought pizza for me!) and I love it.

    Your hbX challenge takes you over the summer (if you wish to do so- it’s not compulsory!) and involves new hobbies.

    There are also 3 online resources that may be of interest to parents as I appreciate it is not as easy to book places to visit over the summer as it has been in the past. As always I would ask parents to check out the websites to make sure you are happy with the content before sharing with your child.

    • The Photographer’s Gallery has developed a series of talks, events and workshops aimed at students 14+:
    • The Royal Albert Hall has a range of activities from music to maths to meeting the orchestra:
    • On the National Galleries site there is a section called ‘home is where the art is’ allowing children to explore the work of artists:

    It is never easy trying to keep an entire PE curriculum going on line but as well as our thanks to team PE for their amazing contribution to the work at home resources, I am delighted to inform you we have been awarded a certificate from the North Eastleigh and Winchester School Games Organisers in recognition of the school’s support and commitment to keeping children active during lock down!

    We will be saying farewell to a number of our colleagues next week via video link, another first for the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues who are moving on for their commitment to their work at Henry B. They will all be greatly missed and we wish them well with the new adventures that await them.

    We wish Miss Jenkins, Hearing Resource Base, every success for the future.

    Mr May joined us just after October half term of this academic year. He quickly settled into life at The Henry Beaufort School and is highly thought of by students and staff. He leaves us to begin studying for a Master’s degree.

    Miss McDougall joined the Learning Support team in January of this year. Though her time with us has been relatively short, she has made a very positive impact on the students that she has worked with. She leaves us to begin training to become a teacher.

    Mr Stott joined us in September 2018 and leaves us after two years to train to become a teacher. In his time at The Henry Beaufort School Mr Stott has shown himself to be an LSA that students and staff can rely on. He has been a valued and dependable member of the team and will be greatly missed by students, parents and teachers.

    Whilst we are sorry to see such valued members of the team leave us, we wish them the very best of luck with their studies next year.

    Mr Leighton joined The Henry Beaufort School as SENDCO and teacher of English in January 2018.

    Mr Leighton has worked tirelessly to support our students, he has streamlined our SEND register, line managed the team of LSAs and ensured all of our SEND students have been properly supported. He leaves us to move to a school which is much closer to his home and will mean a shorter commute and therefore more family time. If this pandemic has taught us anything it is that family time is precious and should be preserved at all costs.

    Mr Leighton we thank you for all that you have done to support our staff and students and we wish you all of the very best in your new role.

    Miss Offord has been with us for this academic year - and what a year it has been! Miss Offord has worked tirelessly to build strong relationships with her students and to create fantastically imaginative and exciting lessons. During the ‘Work from Home’ period, Miss Offord has taken charge of the Year 7 tasks and has put together some truly inspiring resources: from poetry lessons on wildlife haikus and mystical ballads; to a hugely inventive Shakespearean ‘Villains’ scheme of learning for these final few weeks. Within the English team Miss Offord has created strong friendships and I know will be much missed by us all. We wish her the best of luck on her exciting adventure to Switzerland where Miss Offord is taking up a new English teaching post.

    Ms Balcombe has been with us for the last five years; for four of these years Ms Balcombe has undertaken the role of Assistant Academic Leader in English.  Ms Balcombe has been a passionate and inspiring English teacher, always putting her students first and creating a range of innovative and exciting teaching resources across different year groups and modules to ensure students make progress with English. Ms Balcombe has also led and coordinated a range of external English trips and visits to enhance and enrich students’ studies of their texts in English. This has included a trip to ‘The Globe Theatre’ in London; the ‘Poetry Live’ workshop in Reading and ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ performances with travelling theatre companies. As well as this, Ms Balcombe successfully launched the ‘Let’s Think’ programme in English - a discussion based series of lessons for Years 7-9 which have been highly effective in helping students to develop their ability to think critically and perceptively in English. We wish Ms Balcombe the best of luck with her new role as a Head of English.

    Mr Mordecai has been at The Henry Beaufort School since 1996. He is now retiring from his post as Science teacher but alongside this has undertaken many roles of responsibility within the school including Pastoral Leader of Warsaw, Oversight of enrichment activities, Staff Governor and coaching rugby to name a few.  He was also responsible for the school taking part in the annual Movember charity initiative which saw the appearance of a number of very imaginative and sculptural moustaches during the month!

    He has positively impacted the lives of Henry Beaufort students and colleagues for over two decades and will be greatly missed by the current Science team. We wish him a happy retirement.

    After leaving Henry Beaufort as a student herself, Mrs Humphrys just couldn’t stay away and joined the Maths Department as a teacher in 1996. Twenty four years later, Mrs Humphrys has sadly made the decision to retire. Fortunately, we have managed to convince her to return to us in September two days a week, so we will not be losing her entirely. Throughout her time here, Mrs Humphrys has been an incredible teacher, tutor and colleague and we would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ for everything she has contributed to the school. We will miss having her around so often, but are absolutely looking forward to continuing to work with her!

    As we near the end of term and look back on the strangest time (so far) in my teaching career, I want to take this opportunity to thank all parents and our young people for their tremendous efforts over the last 4 months to keep going with the school work, work that has allowed you to follow as closely as possible the curriculum you would have studied if you had been on the school site. We all know that there will be work to do in the autumn to make sure that you are making the progress you should be at this time in your secondary school education, but I also know that you will make this happen. Our emphasis on shaping resilient learners is not without good reason and never more so than in the last few months. Parents, please consider yourself in receipt of a Headteacher Award. I know, like many of my colleagues, you have juggled work and supervising home schooling, no mean feat!

    We will all have to work hard and stay focused in the new school year but I know you can do this and more importantly I know you will want to do this and that means the battle is won before we begin! I am so looking forward to seeing you all in September in your school uniform and ready to take on next academic year’s challenges. You have taken on the challenges brought about by this lockdown and shown that you are a truly remarkable group of young people.

    Take care over the summer (do some reading, it really will help!!) and we will be there on your first day back to greet you.

    With my warmest wishes to you and your families,

    Miss Hearle


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    Published 22/08/19

    The Henry Beaufort School Examination Results 2019

    The Henry Beaufort School is delighted to announce that we have maintained our consistently high academic outcomes and for the fifth year in a row results have continued to rise.  All three core subjects achieved over 80% at grade 4 and above. 83% of students attained a grade 4 or above in Maths and 82% attained a grade 4 or above in English. Students achieving a grade 4 or above in both Maths and English is 78%, a 2% increase on this time last year. Grade 9’s in Maths and English were over 5% of the cohort, which is a considerable achievement.

    Science results, with students achieving two GCSEs at grade 4 or above are at 81%.  An increase of 11% of the year group [in comparison to 2018] took Triple Science and these results rose by 3% on 2018 figures.

    Spanish results at 9-4 rose from 88% to 100% with 23% of the students achieving a Grade 9!

    Other notable achievements at grade 4 or above are Food Technology who attained 86%, PE 86% [a 6% rise on last year], Art at 88% and Drama at 83%. History and Geography results were 76% and 75% respectively with Geography results at grades 9-7 at 38% and History at 26%.

    Sue Hearle, Headteacher stated: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their determined approach to their studies as well as the outstanding commitment of all of my colleagues who were relentless in their pursuit of success for our young people. I am privileged to work with an exceptional group of professionals. 

    Congratulations to all of our students, we are very proud of you.

    Sue Hearle


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  • The Henry Beaufort STEM students meet The Princess Royal

    Published 27/09/19


    The Henry Beaufort STEM Club attended the STEM Engagement Event at Sandhurst Military College today 27th September 2019  and were fortunate to meet The Princess Royal whilst she was visiting the event. The photograph above shows students Charlie and Ellie introducing themselves and explaining the tasks they were completing in this workshop. The photograph below a further group shot of the event.


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  • The Henry Beaufort School has launched its own Facebook Page

    Published 16/10/20

    The Henry Beaufort School has launched its own Facebook Page. This opportunity to reach more parents of students in a way that is more convenient for them is something that we have been working towards for some time. The page will be used to remind parents of upcoming events and also to share with you the exciting events and activities that go on at The Henry Beaufort School. 

    Our normal forms of communication will remain the same and  this should be the way that you continue to communicate with the school. Please do not leave comments on the Facebook page. We reserve the right to remove these comments.

    Our Facebook page will allow you to navigate directly to our website when we are hosting events or resources.

    The world of social media is one that has allowed people to become closer across the world and we sincerely hope that our school community can grow closer as we are able to share more readily the huge success of our students as well as the exciting opportunities being provided for students by our staff.

    Please join us on Facebook by liking our page.  We look forward to developing this page for the benefit of our community.

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  • Information for all parents- operational details for post half term

    Published 09/10/20

    9th October 2020


    Dear Parents,

    I wanted to take the opportunity of bringing you up to date on our Covid 19 procedures and how we intend to operate on the school site now the weather is becoming autumnal.

    Year group bubbles will remain at social times with access to indoor and outdoor space for each year group bubble.  All children will have access to their inside social bubble space on arrival at school from 8am and there will be  a member of staff on duty to oversee each area.  We will also be making adjustments to social bubble areas and lunchtime arrangements after half term. These will be communicated to students and  parents before the half term break. Could I ask that students who walk or are driven in by car continue to arrive as near as possible to 8.30am.

    Could you please remind your child about the importance  of wearing face masks when moving around the school site.  At the moment our attendance rate is well above the national average and the focus on  wearing face masks as well as thorough hygiene measures throughout the day, will help us maintain this.

    We now enter the time of year when there is conflict between the need to have ventilated rooms and for the children to be warm within their classroom environment.

    Clearly we need ventilation in each room so could you please make sure that your child has a school jumper with them. We find  that complaints from children who are cold tend to be because they are only wearing their short sleeved polo shirt. There is a school jumper as  part of the uniform.

    We will need to put the heating on as the temperature falls but our aim is to balance this with some ventilation in each classroom. 

    Our primary aim is to keep the school open for all year groups with a focus on learning and progress.  Progress  Reviews have enabled colleagues to shape their programme of study to allow for catch up opportunities.  Our aim continues to be a reintroduction of  aspects of practical and additional  learning as and when we feel that they are safe and sustainable. 

    We are still waiting on information from the DFES  about the start date for next  year’s GCSE exam series. We will get that information out to you as soon as we know as I appreciate it may impact on plans for your  summer as well as our school calendar for the summer term.


    Message from the Science team

    Science is an engaging practical subject full of awe and wonder. Over the Summer term and since returning to the School site in September the Science teaching and technician teams have been working hard to develop a Covid safe approach to practical work in science lessons at The Henry Beaufort School following publications from CLEAPPSS and the schools risk assessment. This is a logistically challenging situation to ensure we are adhering to all of the published guidance, when you consider that we deliver 150 Science lessons a week in 8 different laboratories and that any equipment must be quarantined for 72 hours after use. We are going to prioritise the Required Practical opportunities students need to experience for their GCSE examinations, whilst ensuring all year groups have a consistent experience of practical work in Science lessons. We thank the students for their patience and ongoing engagement whilst we deliver Science in new and creative ways in the classroom and we look forward to introducing more hands on practical work opportunities as the term goes on.


    Message from the Technology team

    Year 11 Food groups will resume practical work from Monday the 12th of October.  In GCSE classes for D and T and Engineering the focus will remain on theory with some practical skills.


    Years 7 to 10 will also begin food practical’s from the 12th of October on a rotation basis. Where possible school will provide the ingredients.

    In D and T and textiles practical  lessons will also begin for Years 7 to 10.


    Daily Routines

    The school undertakes a deep clean of the school site which takes 3 hours each evening but we believe this is a significant contribution to keeping the site safe and hygienic, along with the students and staff wearing face masks and sanitising hands.

    Our key message remains : Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene.

    After half term we will be  introducing after school clinics on the school site just at this stage for Year 11. Late buses will be available for students staying to these clinics. A clinic timetable will be published to student and parents before half term.

    Year 11 students will start their first mock exam period after October Half Term. Students will be given a printed mock timetable later this week and a copy of the mock timetable will also be published on the website by Friday-

    Mr Coe is keen to point out that students have been building their own revision resources through tutor time this year covering all subjects, students should use these together with the work they are completing in lessons to prepare for the mocks. We would greatly appreciate you discussing the importance of revision and working hard for this set of mock examinations so that teachers can then support students to improve further following the mocks.

    Unfortunately students missed their Year 10 mocks before Easter. There will be a recap assembly for all Year 11 students on Friday 16th October, this will cover details on the policies and procedures when going into the exam hall and undertaking their exams.

    Mr Coe recently shared a range of Year 11 specific information in the video found here

    A further Year 11 information video will be available to parents and students on the website on 22nd October covering a range of information including revision, clinics and summer exams [ if there has been any update from the government by that date]. Further information will be sent from Mr Coe nearer the time.

    Year 11 Clinics will be the only after school activity up until Christmas so that we can continue to operate a deep clean every night after school.  We miss our vertical tutor grouping but maintaining year group social bubbles also reduces the risk of sending students home in the event  of a  CV -19 case.

    The measures that we are taking allows us to keep everyone as safe as possible so that all of our families are also kept safe. Many of us have elderly or vulnerable relatives who need our support and need us to be able to visit and support them without fear of spreading infection.

    Thank you for your continuing support of the school in these very different times for us all.

    Kind regards

    Miss S Hearle


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  • Gardening Project

    Published 21/07/20

    At the beginning of the Easter holidays some of our Key Worker Students planted potatoes as part of a gardening project with Miss Hearle, Headteacher. They spent a morning digging over very weed infested  vegetable plot in the student garden before planting seed potatoes.  Over the  next few weeks they spent time  earthing up the plants to  make sure of a good crop.  3 Months later they went back to see how well they had grown and discovered they had a pretty good crop!


    Students featured are Jade, Cameron and Hannah

    Excellent work everyone!

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  • Happy Birthday Captain Tom Moore

    Published 30/04/20

    Over the last couple of weeks, the staff at Hampshire Music Service (with additional support from a few of their ensemble members) have been working hard to put together a musical Happy Birthday message for Captain Tom Moore. The video is a virtual performance of Happy Birthday and For He's a Jolly Good Fellow, with a special feature of the Wellesley March, the march of his old regiment, the Duke of Wellington's. 

    The video has now been released on their social media accounts and they are encouraging their followers to sing along to the video at 8.05pm on Thursday, 30th April 2020 for the nationwide birthday tribute to Captain Tom. HMS have asked us to share this with you - especially as some of our pupils might even see their HMS teacher on the video! The link to the video is below:

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