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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.’

    For all enquires please click here.

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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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  • Hello from Henry B! Edition 1 2022​​​​​​​

    Published 15/02/22

    Dear Parents and Students,

    Welcome to the first edition of Hello from Henry B! for 2022.

    We have many exciting events and activities to share with you in this edition.

    I am pleased to tell you that the new walk through canteen is on site and the intention is for a grand opening early March. More details to follow after half-term.

    Please find uploaded below a poster advertising the Spring Concert in March.

    I was pleased to be able to meet with our EARA ambassadors earlier this term. The students  discussed with me what they had been working on, and we reflected on the importance of diversity being part of the fabric of the school. This included an honest and frank discussion about how we as adults can support people in our school community and improve our knowledge and understanding of the way in which language is used to undermine and humiliate people.

    Our EARA group has carried out very important  work for several years now, but we all felt that they needed a higher profile in school. I have asked them to take on a number of actions including reviewing the schools’ vision statement to consider if it is fit for purpose in terms of diversity and equality.

    We explored how many of the adults in our community grew up in a different world and sometimes do not know or understand the derogatory terminology/words that are used to undermine and bully people.  We are addressing this through training and I asked the group to consider what they felt we need to know, how we can empower colleagues to tackle inappropriate language and embed a culture of proactive responses and awareness.

    I shared with them that the school is also looking at diversity in terms of recruitment, and our Governing Body of the school is considering how it reflects diversity within the Governing Body.

    We also intend to go ahead with the following:

    • Create a mural on the side of the Sports Hall reflecting diversity.  EARA will be launching a competition for the design.
    • Start by educating the younger year groups about inappropriate language and behaviour, so that we have a programme of awareness that will be carried through to all year groups.
    • Meet with me on a half termly basis
    • Explain to students who join the school from another country what is not appropriate and where they can get help and support if they experience discrimination
    • Create an EARA page in the student and staff handbook
    • Establish Equality Ambassadors as part of the student body


    Visits from Primary Schools

    We have really enjoyed hosting students from Weeke and Harestock Primary schools this term and thank you to Mrs Saunders, Mrs Harris and Mr Webber for making this possible.

    The students joined us for a music workshop as well as for science using equipment in the science labs not available at primary school. It was a pleasure to  work with such polite and enthusiastic students.


    Autism Ambassadors at HB
    Our Autism Ambassadors are spreading the understanding of autism around The Henry Beaufort School to friends and peers. The group of enthusiastic young people meet once a month to support each other and discuss how they will bring awareness to the school community. 

    So far, our young people have delivered talks to their tutor groups, which have been fantastic in helping others to have an insight into how information may be processed, or situations that can cause a change in behaviour. One year group has been lucky enough to have received an assembly prepared and delivered by members of the group – with the aim for all year groups to be given this superb knowledge.

    Every person with autism has their own strengths and challenges, and with support from their peers, their time at The Henry Beaufort School will be an inclusive and positive experience.



    Hares of Hampshire Project

    The Henry Beaufort Schools is proud to be involved in the Hares of Hampshire Project. As a school we are extremely grateful to receive and be donated a Hare sculpture – the Leveret - from Stagecoach.

    The whole school student council will be working in partnership with Miss Colebourn and the Art team to get creative in creating a leveret design and then transferring this into a 3D masterpiece which will be apart of an art trail in Winchester in Summer 2022.  For more information please have a look at the website

    It will be great to have as many students in involved in this programme and it will be launched in tutor time to all students.

    Thank you to Stagecoach who have donated their hare to the school and funded the sponsorship.

    The challenge has been taken up by our Whole School Student Council and we are looking forward to seeing what emerges!


    A message from the Expressive Arts Team


    Our whole school production has been launched again! We began with a wonderful audition in which 85 students demonstrated their creative abilities! The support they showed for each other’s effort was fantastic to see. With so much talent, casting was a challenge, but we now have our cast of 50+ students. Huge congratulations to all who took part.

    Matilda Jr. HB will take to the stage in October 2022!



    Year 11 Geography fieldwork to Southampton

    25th & 26th January 2022

    Over two blustery days in January we took our Year 11 Geographers to Southampton to carry out the urban fieldwork element of their GCSE course. The group on the first day had the added benefit of “Applin-Taggart Tours” – Mr Applin and Mrs Taggart sharing their insight on the coach journey, through Bevois Valley on the way in and Shirley High Street on the way out of Southampton. The group on the second day got Mrs Legg and Mrs Taggart’s commentary instead.

    Our primary data collection focused on the environmental quality and traffic in two regenerated areas of the city – Centenary Quay (used to be Vospers Dockyard) and Ocean Village (used to be the Outer Dock). We are currently presenting and analysing this data in class. Our Year 11 Geographers engaged well, worked hard, and had a great – if chilly – day.


    St Swithuns lecture programme

    Our partnership working with St Swithun’s has seen our students joining in with a range of on line lectures. 

    On the 3rd  of February our students attended an on line lecture from Dr James Hodkinson from the University of Warwick  who presented on the value of languages at GCSE, A’level and beyond and how this helps in the current job market.

    Last week we were able to access the University ‘take over’ week with the University of Winchester and their History and Archaeology Departments. The theme was ‘Recovery and Transformation’ and there were 4 talks and seminars for us to access.

    Thank you to St Swithun’s for these opportunities.


    The Brilliant Club

    This year’s first round of Brilliant Club scholars are about to graduate from the Scholars’ Programme with flying colours. After five university-style tutorials they have produced excellent final assignments about literary theory and using it to analyse texts. You can read some samples below. The Programme will culminate in a celebration at Reading University on the 11th February where students will attend a graduation to celebrate their efforts. They have all done very well and we are proud of their achievements. Well done to Alfie H, Benny B, Douglas N, Emily A-F, Nikisha R, Jenna B, Evie-Rose M, Joseph S, Julia C, Ky W, Matthew, W, and Thomas E, all in Year 8. Great work!

    Meanwhile, the next round is well underway with students having attended a live launch event streamed from St Anne’s College, Oxford on Monday 17th January. Students will begin their tutorials on the subject of “What is Money” on Wednesday 26th January. Congratulations to those who have been selected for this competitive programme.

    Here is a selection from the essays which shows the standard of work that our Year 8 students have produced.

    A feminist mindset will be used to criticize and evaluate the extract from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In the extract: “in sleep my mother looks younger” there is a nod to sexism, as it is saying that women should be beautiful and there is something wrong with Katniss’s mother as she does not look “beautiful” when she is not asleep. The adjective ‘beautiful’ means something or someone that is extremely pretty or good looking. The word beautiful tends to relate to women, so this means that women are expected to be attractive and when they are not, they are imperfect or there is something wrong with them. The text also states “my mother used to be very beautiful once, too. Or so they say.” The phrase ‘or so they say’ could mean that beautiful is young and if you are not young you are not beautiful. The writer could have put this word in the text because she wanted to use a bit of dramatic irony, because there could be something related to this thought later in the story and it builds up on the reader’s knowledge of Katniss’s world as it is very different to ours.


    The feminism theory is clear in this extract because Meena tells us her father hardly recognises how hard her mom works and her efforts are not even appreciated by him. There is no equality in this man-woman relationship. Her mother is underrated while her father holds power. Meena is deciding that the life her mother has led is not the life she wants to lead and she is trying to find her own way. She is standing up for woman. She is resentful and rebels against the expectations placed on her to behave in a stereotypical way.


    Finally, I will analyse the character of Little Red Riding Hood. In the beginning, Little Red Riding Hood comes across as small and scared which we find in the stereotypical gender roles. We could assume that from lines like “In came the little girl in red”[i]. The word “little” shows us that Little Red Riding Hood is seen to be small and is not as powerful as the wolf. However, she turns the tables and becomes the one in charge, and has then become the confident and brave one, as we see in the lines “The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers.”[ii] She called the wolfs’ bluff and shot him. This meant that she ended up at the top of the food chain. Little Red Riding Hood turned out to be extremely confident and brave after this. “She said “Hello, and please do note my lovely furry wolfskin coat”[iii]. Little Red Riding Hood ends up being the second archetypal character, ranking above the wolf. She appears the bravest and is on top of the food chain.



    On Friday 11th February, twelve year 8 students went to Reading University to graduate from the Scholars’ Programme. The trip included a campus tour and graduation ceremony. It was a well-deserved celebration of their amazing achievements on the programme which is now running again for twelve more of our students. Thank you to Mrs Eckett for her support of the trip.

    Over the past few weeks 12 people were picked to be a part of a club where we studied different literary theories. We used them on different texts and looked at them from a different point of view than what we'd usually do.

    Each week we had a tutorial with our PhD tutor and expanded our knowledge on the literary theories which helped us work towards our final assignment. The final assignment was to write a 1500-word essay explaining the different theories and how different people would think of them in a piece of writing. We then got our feedback and graduated on the 11th of February at Reading University, we got a tour of the university and had a Q&A with some of the students that were in their 3rd year there. It was a great opportunity! 

    Nikisha, Year 8


    Mrs Naylor-Teece

    Aspirations Coordinator

    It has been a long half-term for our students, but they have worked hard and embraced the return to activities beyond the classroom and the school day. Congratulations to all students who have received postcards home and Headteacher Awards. They have been well deserved.

    Hopefully we will have a calm and uninterrupted second half of the term!

    With my best wishes to you and your families,

    Miss Hearle



    [i] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

    [ii] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

    [iii] Roald Dahl (1982) Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

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  • Spring Concert - 10th March 2022

    Published 11/02/22
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  • School Age NHS Flu Clinics

    Published 28/01/22

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