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  • Remembrance Sunday Service Winchester Cathedral

    Published 17/11/22

    On Sunday 13th November, year 11 student leaders Holly and Brandon attended the Remembrance Sunday Service at Winchester Cathedral. Along with representatives from military and civilian organisations across Winchester, they also laid the Henry Beaufort School wreath at the war memorial in front of the cathedral, surrounded by members of the armed forces and crowds of onlookers joining together for the two minutes silence and performance of the Last Post.


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  • We Remember - WWW1 Battlefields Trip 2022

    Published 08/11/22


    During half term 60 Year 10 students and staff spent four days touring the WW1 Battle sites in the Ypres Salient and The Somme. All students were fantastic ambassadors for the school and did us proud at every possible opportunity, whether it be by laying a wreath on behalf of the school during the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, standing around for an hour waiting for it to start or by demonstrating the utmost respect for each of the locations that we visited. Staff on the trip were stopped by five members of the public, at different locations, to tell us how fantastic, polite and respectful our students were, which was just amazing to hear and very well deserved!

    Every one of these trips is special, as students often find themselves coming home a little different after learning what they do on the Battlefields trip, however this year was extra special. That’s because this year we were the first group to go and see the school’s plaque at the Lochnagar Crater, in commemoration of Private John Bennett.


    Private John Bennett served in the Hampshire Regiment after enlisting six weeks before war broke out. He saw action in France, at the Battle of the Somme, and was ‘shot at dawn’ at the execution post in Popperinghe, Ypres in August 1916 for cowardice. In reality, he was a terrified 19 year old who was suffering from PTSD and shellshock having endured endless days and nights being repeatedly shelled and gassed. Witnesses at his Court Marshall state that he was paralysed by fear and fell to pieces as soon as the shelling started. Instead of being given the help he needed, his illness was treated as poor behaviour, and he was made an example of. Private John Bennett, and 305 other soldiers just like him were finally posthumously pardoned in 2006, almost 100 years after they were needlessly executed.

    After hearing his tragic story, and that of so many like him, we decided to commemorate him with a plaque at the Lochnagar Crater, which is one of the locations on The Somme that we visit. Once a German stronghold, it is now a 100ft wide and 30ft deep crater dedicated to remembering the importance of peace and reconciliation.

    It’s hard to comprehend the events of the first world war, particularly the scale of it and the magnitude of the places we visited was incredibly moving for both the staff and students on the trip. That said, the students tackled them with great maturity and we as staff were really impressed by the conversations that we were able to have with them at each site as a result.



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  • Last Post Ceremony

    Published 24/10/22

    A very moving Last Post ceremony, at Menin Gate, where two of our students laid a wreath on behalf of the school community. All students were absolutely incredible and did us all proud.

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  • Personal Development Day Two 21st October 2022

    Published 21/10/22

    Today saw our second of five personal development days take place at the school. The programme is designed to equip students with information to support them through the challenges of their formative years.


    Aaron Phipps gold medal winning Paralympic champion gave the Year 11 students the most inspirational talk. 

    Memorable quotes from Aarons talk  today:


    “I lost 30% of my body before I used 100% of my potential”… 

    “Life starts outside of  your comfort zone!”

    Tom Webb, Barrister and ex Henry  Beaufort student gave year 10 students a wonderful talk about a profession in law and his journey to qualifying.

    Thank you to both for giving our students your time and inspiration today.

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  • GCSE Exam Results 2022

    Published 25/08/22

    The Henry Beaufort School is celebrating superb results with individual subjects that are either in line or above the grades published for the last set of externally marked exams in 2019.

    Core subjects achieve the following results at grade 4 or above:

    Maths 83%

    English 84%

    Science 80%

    Pass rates for triple science were 95% at grade 4 or above. 56% of the year group took triple science, meaning they sat the three individual disciplines of chemistry, biology and physics. Triple science better prepares students for the rigour of Science A level courses because of the more challenging content, so well done to the 106 students who took this course and did so well!

    A particular well done to Alice, Hayden, Olivia, Daisy and Katie who gained grade 9’s in all three separate disciplines of triple science.

    Well done to Alice, Hayden and Olivia who each attained 9 GCSEs at grade 9 and Daisy who attained 7 GCSEs at grade 9 and Jasmine who attained 8 GCSEs at grade 9.

    Other notable subject achievements at GCSE grade 4 or above:

    German                90%

    Spanish                 98%

    French                   85%

    Art                         93%

    PE                          92%

    Music                     89%

    Drama                  89%

    Food                      86%

    Photography        85%

    Literature             83%

    History                  80%

    Computing            80%

    Sue Hearle, Headteacher said, ‘This has been another outstanding year for the school. There has been so much press speculation about these results and the unnecessary labelling of students as the ‘lost’ generation.

    This is not a ‘lost’ generation, this is a generation who are showing us the way forward. These results demonstrate their determination and resilience. This has been a hard-won success story for our students, and we are so proud of not only what they have achieved but how they have worked to achieve these superb results. We all have a lot to learn from the commitment they have shown and the way in which they have refused to use covid and lockdown learning as an excuse.

    Thank you too to all my colleagues who have supported our students through the last two years going above and beyond to make up for lost learning time in school. I feel privileged to work with such dedicated colleagues.

     Well done Year 11, you are superb role models for us all.’

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  • Open Events

    Published 08/07/22

    Please click here to visit our Open Events page.

    The Headteachers talk will take place at 15.40 pm and 18.30 pm. Please note booking is required for these events and is now open.

    We look forward to welcoming you soon.



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  • 50th Anniversary Celebration 7th July 2022 - 5.30pm

    Published 27/06/22

    Please join us at Evensong at The Winchester Cathedral on 7th July 2022  to  celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

    We would love to see as many of you there as possible.


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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 3 2022

    Published 26/05/22

    26th May 2022


    Dear Parents and Students,

    We seemed to have crammed a great deal into a 5-week half of term. Year 11 have begun their GCSE exams and we are very proud of the way in which they have approached these exams. It will be a tough few weeks for them but we have the Leavers’ celebrations to look forward to at the end of June. A huge thank you too to all my colleagues for the hours of extra work they have taken on to provide additional revision lessons for the year group. This will continue over half term and into June.

    We say goodbye to Mrs Lewis this week, after sixteen years at The Henry Beaufort School.  Her knowledge and skills in working with our students has had such a positive impact on the school community, along with her ability to put a smile to anyone’s face.  Although we are sad to see Mrs Lewis head off into retirement, we are pleased to welcome Miss Borwick as her successor.  Miss Borwick has been working closely with Mrs Lewis over the past couple of weeks and is already building relationships with our young people.  Miss Borwick takes on the role as Support and Guidance Manager.

    As the end of the year approaches could I please ask for parents to check uniform ready for the autumn term. I appreciate that you will not want to buy new uniform so close to the end of the year but there are students who will need a new skirt for the autumn term.

    A full list of appropriate shoes and uniform stockists is available on the school website.

    We seem to have a new fashion trend for ripped tights to accompany skirts. This is not appropriate for school and after half term we will be addressing this with those students concerned.

    Please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance if you have concerns about being able to replace school uniform items.

    We are now in the final stages of preparation for the school’s 50th Anniversary service in the cathedral on the 7th of July. I am delighted with the number of students who have become involved in the service. We hope to see as many of our community as possible at the event.

    Congratulations to Luke and Paolo in Year 11 who have successfully graduated from the 14-16 course in Motor Vehicle mechanics at Sparsholt!

    Well done and congratulations to Ethan in Year 7 who took part in the finals of the National Ice Hockey championships with his team coming second. The silver medal position means that the team is ranked second in the England under 12 division. Amazing!

    I am taking this opportunity to record my thanks to Year 8 who by half term will have received more Headteachers Awards than any other year group! It has been such a pleasure to talk to them about their extraordinary range of activities and successes in the last 5 weeks. Keep up the great work Year 8!

    We have attached our Autumn Open Events to this newsletter for prospective students and their parents. If you know of anyone who is interested in joining our school, please pass on these details. All information is on our school website.

    News from the Sustainability WSSC Group

    Big Plastic Count:  Henry Beaufort is joining a nationwide project to collect evidence on our household use of plastic for a week (May 17th-23rd) . The information collected will help inform people on what happens with their waste and provide evidence to the government about single use plastic. This information can help shape policies for the UKs plastic use.

    Gardening:  We also have loads growing in the OLC garden - courgettes, onions, beans, tomatoes, herbs, and we have won 2 awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. 

    Miss McNamara


    The Scholars’ Programme

    On Wednesday 18th May, eleven Year 8 students visited Jesus College, Oxford University to graduate from the Scholars’ Programme. The students had undertaken a challenging course of university-style tutorials on the topic of “What is Money”, culminating in a 500-word essay about a currency they had designed. They impressed their PhD tutor with their skills of critical thinking, creativity and the new knowledge they had gained. In Oxford they attended a Q&A session about going to University, had a tour of Jesus College, and finally graduated from the Scholars’ Programme in their very own graduation ceremony. During the ceremony, Jazmine, Isaac and Blessing also presented to three other schools about their experience, representing Henry Beaufort brilliantly. We hope they will remember the day for a long time to come.
    Well done to Isaac, Madison, Olly, Kai, Jazmine, Blessing, Evelyn, Max, Matthew, Mya, and Josh!
    Mrs Naylor-Teece


    GCSE Business Trip

    On Friday, the Year 9 and 10 Business Studies students were taken on a trip to Cadburys World in Bourneville to help deepen their knowledge of Business Studies. Students were able to participate in a 1-hour workshop which enabled them to take an in-depth look at Cadburys business and discover how Cadburys became part of Mondelez International.  Students were also given the opportunity to tour the Factory and spend time in the world’s largest Cadburys Chocolate shop!  Many students and staff were seen leaving laden with goody bags of chocolate.  The weather was wonderful, and the students were an absolute delight, a real credit to the school. 

    Mrs Chalke and Mr Naisbitt


    Sporting Success This Term

    Year 10 Handball Team returned to Bournemouth after progressing from the district competition to go and represent the school in the regional competition and play against all the other schools from Hampshire, Dorset and Wilshire who progressed forward in their competitions. The level of performance and standard was very high from all the schools and the boys played fantastically well and were a credit to the school. Unfortunately they didn’t progress to the next round but learnt a lot from this experience. Well done boys!

    Athletics Success:

    In the first round of the District Athletics Team Knock out we have had a wide range of students represent the school and come away with some fantastic individual moments. In the under 13s the boys came 4/7 so unfortunately missed qualifying for the next round by 1 place but the girls came 3rd and have qualified for the next round. In the under 15s the boys qualified for the next round but unfortunately the girls just missed out. For the under 15 and 17s we had 13 students representing the school for the district athletics team trials and we are waiting for the results to see if any of our fantastic athletes will represent the district team across the competitions. This is just the start of the athletics season and there are a lot more team and individual competitions coming up over the term.

    Year 11 v 10 Football Game:

    We held a final football game for our Year 11 boys football team to sign off their playing careers as Henry Beaufort Students, going up against the Year 10 boys football team. The game was played in a great spirit and was extremely competitive between both teams. The level of football played was brilliant and there was only 1 goal scored in the match and this came from a corner with Year 11 scoring and allowing them to take the win. As a PE department we wish all these Year 11 pupils all the best in their next steps in education as well as with their football.

    Mr S Donaldson


    Environment Club News

    Our wonderful new sculpture situated in the school grounds has been created by our Environmental group run by Miss McNamara. The students have been attending the Environment Club and have spent their time creating Ecobricks from recycled donated plastic and these have been put together with reclaimed railway sleepers, kindly donated by Romsey Reclamation. We think it’s wonderful! Teacher Miss McNamara commented “This is a project that was started to highlight our overreliance on plastic consumption and to reduce the amount of plastic going into landfill. All the Ecobricks used were donated from the community and we have successfully turned ‘trash into treasure’. Hopefully, this sculpture can act as a catalyst for other ideas on upcycling and repurposing plastics.”

    Thank you to all our students for their magnificent contribution to our school.


    As half-term beckons, I wish you a happy long bank holiday weekend.

    With my best wishes to you and your families.

    Miss Hearle




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  • Environmental Group create wonderful sculpture

    Published 25/05/22

    Our wonderful new sculpture situated in the school grounds has been created by our Environmental group run by Miss McNamara.  The students have been attending the Environment Club and have spent their time creating Ecobricks from recycled donated plastic and these have been put together with reclaimed railway sleepers, kindly donated by Romsey Reclamation. We think it’s wonderful!


    Teacher Miss McNamara commented ~“This is a project that was started to highlight our overreliance on plastic consumption and to reduce the amount of plastic going into landfill. All of the Ecobricks used were donated from the community and we have successfully turned ‘trash into treasure’. Hopefully this sculpture can act as a catalyst for other ideas on upcycling and repurposing plastics.”


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  • Spring Concert 2022

    Published 07/04/22


    Everyone in the Music Department is feeling overjoyed and extremely proud of the achievement of all students during the Spring Term. Due to the disruption of Covid we haven’t put on a concert since March 2020. I honestly don’t think any of us realised how much we have missed live music until we started back with our ensembles in September 2021.

    The Spring Concert itself was our usual eclectic mix of music with the orchestral music of Elgar, the emotive Emelie Sande piece ‘Read All About It’ and Jazz Band ending the concert with the foot tapping ‘Birdland’.   We had some beautifully musical and poignant solos from Year 11 students and wonderful ensembles from Year 9 Djembe, the Year 9 Adele piece, Year 10 Rock Band, Year 11 Samba Band, Brass Ensemble and String Ensemble. We are certainly looking forward to more live music making in the future.

    Many Year 11’s are also an integral part of Music Department which they showcased so brilliantly at the Spring Concert through providing professional support for stage management and sound production. Alongside performing at an extremely high standard themselves, they are also excellent role models to younger students and wonderful ambassadors for the school.

    We have been delighted to have so many Year 7 and 8 students involved in this concert despite them never having seen a Henry Beaufort concert before. They really impressed with their singing, concentration and from watching their faces during the rest of the concert they seemed to really enjoy watching their peers. I hope that they have been inspired to continue with and build on their musical contributions at school.

    Getting back to rehearsals has been key to the life of the department and we are incredibly grateful that despite all the challenges of Covid it’s been another creative, productive, busy, and happy term in the Music Department. Year 11 students have been working hard on their final performances and compositions for their GCSE Music. They have produced an impressive collection of work - I hope that they are proud of their achievements. It's now the final push with the Non-Examined Assessments and then working hard through to the listening exam in June! Mrs Saunders and I are so grateful for all they that have given to the Music Department over the years and of course wish them every success with their exams and future – we hope they will keep in touch.

    In the summer term we are very much looking forward to Japanese Taiko workshops for all GCSE students in Year 9-11. We then have the 50th Anniversary of The Henry Beaufort School celebration at Winchester Cathedral on 7th July. We are very privileged to be performing at such a prestigious venue.

    The energies of the Expressive Arts staff and students will now be fully dominated with our production of Matilda. Please do spread the word and encourage your friends and family to come and watch at least one performance. We are putting this production on at the Theatre Royal in Winchester. Please watch this space for details about tickets.

    Mrs Seddon

    Head of Music

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