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  • Winchester Rotary Youth Technology Tournament

    Published 06/06/19

    On 25th March, members of The Henry Beaufort School Staff and Winchester Rotary ran a Rotary Youth Technology Tournament during which 48 Henry Beaufort students, in groups of four, competed against each other to design, build and manoeuvre a model crane through a task.

    The scenario given was that a train, carrying hazardous chemicals in a container, had been derailed and the container had fallen in to a gulley at the side of the track. The crane had to be used to recover the chemical container from a safe working distance, had to be moved to collect the container and then had to return it to the starting line.

    A selection of materials were provided and the solution incorporated the use of wood, an electric motor, batteries, a pulley system, wheels and a magnetic lifting hook. It was also necessary to control the crane’s operations and movement remotely from a minimum distance of 800mm to the container placed some 900mm below the track.

    Several teams achieved the task in the limited time available and demonstrated the effective use of teamwork, communication, planning and design to develop a solution and overcome the challenge.


    Mr Applin Assistant Headteacher said “It was wonderful to see our young people so engaged with this fabulous event. All the students in groups of mixed ages and abilities did a great job. I would like to thank Winchester Rotatory Club for their support with this event.”


    It is hoped that a similar Tournament will be run next March but with a different challenge and certainly this event was a huge success.

    Please see the video below .




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  • U16 Girls Football Team crowned County Champions. ​​​​​​​

    Published 06/06/19


     The Henry Beaufort School U16 Girls Football Team crowned County Champions. 

    The Henry Beaufort School U16 Girls Football team were crowned County Champions on Wednesday 7th May. 

    The route to the final saw them face Kings in round one, in which the girls won 7-3. Next, it was Harrow way, this was a 5-1 win. Then came the semi-final, an epic battle against Wavell where they won 5-4. The final was against The Petersfield School and was held at Petersfield Town Football Club. 

    The score at half time was 1-0 to The Petersfield School but the girls had played some excellent football and had dominated possession in the first half. The girls left the team talk optimistic and ready to start the second half well. However, straight from kick off the Petersfield team scored again to make it 2-0. This is where the game changed –in 8 minutes the Henry Beaufort girls had managed to score 3 goals. Beaufort were leading 3-2. But we didn’t make things to easy and Petersfield then scored in response 2 goals. We were again on the back foot losing 4-3. Perhaps it wasn’t to be – but the girls never lost hope and kept on battling away. We were awarded a penalty but it was saved but an equaliser was calmly slotted the through the legs of the goal keeper to make it 4-4. The crowd, made up of parents and staff were on their feet! Extra time was now happening, after extra time it was still 4-4 and the game was to go to penalties. Five of the girls all scored their penalties and Petersfield missed 2 – the girls were crowned champions and were awarded their medals! Fantastic! 

    Miss Hearle, Headteacher awarded all of the team a ‘ Special Recognition Headteacher award’ to recognise this amazing achievement. 

    This was the last game for the Year 11 Girls and what a way to leave! Over their time at the Henry Beaufort School in total, they have been involved in 5 county cup finals which is testament to their fantastic positive attitude, their amazing team spirit and their sporting prowess. Well done girls, we wish you all the best of the luck in your future and thank you for being so amazing! 

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  • Henry Beaufort Speedsters

    Published 06/06/19

    Our Year 9 engineers have been hard at work designing micro drones. This is all part of a national engineering competition called Airgineers, which sees students design, build and race micro drones against other schools from around the country.

    During the design stage the engineers have been learning to use SolidWorks, an industry standard computer-aided design package used for creating 3D models of engineered products. These models can then be sent to our 3D printer which builds the micro drone frame up layer by layer from a type of plastic called ABS. This allows our engineers to manufacture quality products to a high level of accuracy, something which would be unachievable using hand tools. Micro drone parts are then assembled into the 3D printed frames and the flight controllers programmed to allow the drone to fly correctly.

    The engineers are now ready to begin flying these micro drones. They will be testing their designs and creating new and improved versions based on their flying experience.

    For the latest updates follow us on: @BEAUFORTDT

    Some other engineers are getting ready to enter two other competitons later this year. However, potential sponsors who might be able to help us purchase or supply us with materials or remote control equipment. If you think you can help please contact:


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  • Math Department Celebrates Pi Day

    Published 06/06/19

    In March, the Maths Department celebrated international ‘Pi Day’ for the first time, with a variety of activities.

    This day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “ð”) is the symbol used in Mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

    ‘Pi Day’ was a running theme in students’ Maths lessons during the day, with a mini competition to ‘Guess as many digits of Pi’, ‘Pi Dingbats’ and a ‘Pi cake baking competition’ for Year 8 students which was judged by the Maths Department.

    The day was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations to the following students who were judged as worthy winners for creating some wonderful cakes:

    Katie, Charlotte, Benji, Ellie, Zoe, Alice and Mrs Chalke!

    The ‘Guess as many digits of Pi’ was won by the incredible Ellie who managed to correctly recite an astonishing 72 digits of Pi.

    Second place winner was Zoe with an equally remarkable 46 digits and Jack  with an impressive 32 digits!

    Well done to all who tried!

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  • Rock Challenge Performance

    Published 21/05/19




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  • 'At Work in Europe’, May 2019

    Published 17/05/19

    Bisceglie, Italy


    On Monday 6th May a small group of Y8 and Y9 students travelled to our partner school in  Bisceglie Italy, to take part in the second of our Erasmus + trips for our current European funded project.


    Students were hosted by Italian families and experienced full cultural emersion living the day to day life of their partner and trying lots of traditional food. 


    During the week we went on excursions to Martina Franca dairy farm, where students learnt about the milking process, the production of ricotta and hard cheeses which the farm exports and tried their hand at baking bread. We also visited a whistle museum and a local potter in Rutigliano, who specialises in making the whistles in the traditional manner.

    We met with a start-up youth business, which employs and supports young men with learning difficulties. They cooked a delicious snack for us from their food truck during a visit to the botanic garden.

    As part of a group task students toured the centre of Bisceglie and visited various places of work. A local embroiderer, a bakery, a pasta shop and fish monger all presented to students about their jobs and the products they sell.


    Throughout the week students completed tasks, which helped them to establish what type of skillset they have and which role within a team is best suited to them. We finished the week with the DaVinci Challenge presentations of new inventions created by the students, which would in some way improve a particular area of life.

    Henry Beaufort students were sad to leave at the end of such a positive week and look forward to seeing some of their host partners again when they visit Winchester in October.

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    Published 22/03/19

    We are aware of an issue with Outlook and Hotmail inboxes incorrectly classifying ParentMail emails as spam, meaning parents may be unaware of emails they are receiving from ParentMail. ParentMail have made contact with the provider and are treating this as a high priority.

    In the meantime, they highly recommend all users download the ParentMail App to ensure you are receiving messages, or, you can visit your spam/junk folder within your email account, and unmark the message as junk/spam/malicious.

    A further update will update  will follow as soon as this issue has been resolved, and ParentMail apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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  • The Henry Beaufort Business Network Launched

    Published 19/03/19


    Last week our School welcomed members of the local business community to the launch a Business Network. They enjoyed tours around the campus given by Year Eight students before meeting and chatting with Year Ten students about their varied career paths. 

    The Henry Beaufort Business Network has been established to provide staff and students the chance to engage with the local business community and find mutually beneficial opportunities for working together. 

    The group, powered by The Schools Business Network, aims to prepare students for work and businesses the opportunity to connect with and support the future workforce. 

    David Hewlett of The Schools Business Network was delighted with the launch event and said: “The students of The Henry Beaufort School took great pride in showing off their facilities and speaking with great enthusiasm about their aspirations for the future. The network attendees also got chance to meet and make new connections with other local businesses. It was a great first event for The Henry Beaufort Business Network.” 

    The Henry Beaufort School Headteacher, Sue Hearle said: “We were pleased to host the first meeting of The Henry Beaufort Business Network. We are looking forward to working together with local businesses to enrich the education of our students as we prepare them for the world of work. The network will also provide its members with a depth of understanding about their future workforce and the skills they can bring to their organisations.” 

    The Schools Business Network holds monthly networking meetings, the next one is at the Holiday Inn Winchester on 11 April where members and guests will have an opportunity to hear from Steve Jones, employee engagement and leadership specialist. Places at the meeting can be booked via Eventbrite, search for ‘The Schools Business Network’. 

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  • Erasmus + ‘At Work in Europe’ Soini, Finland- January 2019

    Published 13/03/19

    On Saturday 26th January 2 staff and 8 students from Years 7 and 8 flew out to a very snowy Finland on the first Erasmus + visit of our new project ‘At Work in Europe’. On arrival the group had some free time to explore the capital, Helsinki. They visited some of the main attractions; Allas sea pool, Helsinki Cathedral and the Sky Wheel to name a few.

    After time exploring Helsinki they met with the German and Italian groups from our partner schools to take a coach north to Soini where the host families were waiting to greet them (in temperatures of -24!)

    The week itself consisted of many activities both on and off the school site. There were introductory presentations and language games, as well as the opportunity to try Finnish winter sports such as cross country skiing, ice skating, sledging, and snow shoeing.

    As part of phase one of our project ‘Jobs around us’ students interviewed entrepreneurs who went to the school including a now very famous shoe designer, who has won many fashion awards and sells her shoes all over the world. The group also travelled to the nearby town of Vaasa to visit a family run weaving business, followed by a tour around one of Finland’s top engineering companies where they spoke in detail of the importance of the English language in their worldwide business links. Over the course of the week students learnt the importance of using local products, especially in a rural location like Soini and took part in some traditional workshops such as felting, knife making and baking.

    On one afternoon the group experienced ice fishing and there was an evening taking part in the very Finnish tradition of a sauna followed by a dip in a frozen lake.

    All students and staff enjoyed free hot lunches as is customary in Finnish schools and enjoyed being able to wander around school in just socks or slippers!

    This trip was an incredible opportunity for all students, not only to get the chance to experience Finnish culture, but to understand the importance of language and communication in the world of work. They have a better understanding now of the importance of keeping traditional skills alive and using local produce. Our students bonded quickly with their partners and were very sad to say goodbye to each other at the end of a great week together.

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  • Performance Tables 2018

    Published 25/01/19

    We are delighted to share with you that in the published Performance Tables for 2018 our Progress 8 score is 0.22.  We are particularly thrilled that the proportion of our students achieving a grade 5 or higher in both Mathematics and English places us 5th in Hampshire!

    Also of note is the progress of our middle attainers; this cohort achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.52, meaning that they achieved on average across all of their GCSE’s, over half a grade higher than their prior attainment projected.

    Other elements of note are the EBacc performance data, which accrued a Progress 8 score of 0.52, and the overall percentage of students entering the English Baccalaureate which was 47.9%.

    There was a great deal of national publicity around the marking of the GCSE exams this year and concerns about the accuracy of exam marking.

    In a number of subjects the school pushed for a second phase appeal and their tenacity paid off with more students being awarded an upgrade on their original result.  This was particularly important for students aiming for grades 7, 8 and 9 in English, results that went up as a result of the school’s appeal. The difference in the grades now awarded to these students means that they will have a much greater chance of being accepted at a Russell Group university.

    Unfortunately the second wave of appeal results came too late to include in the published performance tables.

    Miss S Hearle


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  • Megan ranked 3rd in the world and top in Britain.

    Published 12/12/18

    Henry Beaufort student Megan has  become 3rd in the world for Ballroom and 9th in the world for Latin  at the WDC world championships which were recently held in Paris.. We are pleased to report that Megan  is now the top British solo dancer in both Ballroom an d Latin. Congratulations Megan!

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  • Young Carers visit Winchester University

    Published 29/11/18

    On Tuesday the 16th of October  a group of students who are all young carers were invited to spend a day at the University of Winchester to learn about what life would be like at university.

    The aim of the visit was to give the students an opportunity to:

    •  Explore the types of learning and teaching methods used at university
    • To find out about the different options available after school/college
    • To learn about support available to young carers at university


    The students were introduced to the types of subjects and learning methods in higher education as well as the routes that can be taken to get to university and degree apprenticeships.  They  had an opportunity to debate the question, ‘Should the voting age be lowered to 16?’ This as a very lively debate!  They also explored the kind of support they would get as young carers undertaking a degree.

    In the afternoon they undertook the ‘marshmallow challenge’ as well as finding out about the clubs and societies they could join at University.


    The students were buzzing at the end  of the day  and talked about how they have learnt so much about the different options available to them. It has also given them  confidence and reassurance that they are able to access further education alongside  the vital role they play in caring for members of their family.


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