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  • PGL Netball Weekend 2018

    Published 19/04/18

    On Friday 16thMarch 48 girls from Years 7-10 headed to the PGL centre in Liddington to take part in the PGL netball weekend. In total we had 6 teams entered across the age groups.

    As we arrived on the Friday lunch time and settled into our accommodation.  We then had an intensive netball coaching session run by resident netball expert Miss Elsdon. The girls were great and already excited for the tournament to begin on the Saturday. Friday night was the first night of evening activities where the girls got to take part in a variety of activities and begin to suss out their opposition!

    The girls on the Saturday would either have a morning of netball games followed by an afternoon of activities or vice versa.  The activities were located all around the PGL Liddington site and the students, once fitted with their harness were free to explore and ‘drop in’ to the different activities. This activities included, giant swing, rock climbing, abseiling and also a crazy mixture of trampolining and basketball. 

    The weekend as always, was superbly organised. The PGL staff put on great activities and England Netball ran and umpired the tournaments.

    Saturday was excellent and the girls played so well despite the freezing conditions and occasional snow flurries! Saturday night meant disco fun and the girls were off ready to make some shapes.  But it was to be an early night as the girls were ready for more competitive matches on Sunday and with the hope of making the semi-finals.
    However, Sunday morning, we awoke to a good covering of snow! The tournament had to be cut short – which was a real shame as the girls were doing so well and were very positive about the Sunday, but in the end we had to settle with a snow ball fight and a snowman building competition.

    We did attend the presentation where both the Year 7 and Year 9 A teams were presented with bronze medals as both teams were in 3rdplace at the end of play on Saturday. 

    However, what was fantastic and well deserved was that The Henry Beaufort School were awarded ‘Team of the Tournament’. Each umpire had a vote to select a team or school that showed a host of things and included fair play and respect to name a few. The girls were incredible all weekend, polite, well-mannered and always positive. What was also lovely was their encouragement for each other, they were always supporting each other and cheering on the different age group teams.

    Well done – and a big thank you to Miss Bean for organising it all. 

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  • The Henry Beaufort School Ski Trip 2018

    Published 19/04/18

    On Friday 30th March 44 excited students and 6 staff boarded the coach at school for what seem like a mammoth 24 hour journey to Les Deux Alpes to begin the fun week of skiing.

    The journey went incredibly quickly – the bulk of the distance happened during the night so the majority of the time was spent sleeping/trying to get comfortable! When we arrived in resort (4 hours ahead of schedule – unheard of!) we were greeted with blue skies and so much snow! 


    Students were quickly guided through ski fit, collecting skis, boots, poles and helmets. We then had a walk around the resort so the students became familiar with their surroundings. It was early to bed ready for skiing fun to start on the Sunday! 

    Ski lessons took place, everyday between 9am-11am. Then we headed back to the hotel for a lovely cooked lunch then back out for the afternoon lesson 1pm-3pm. All students were put into groups that contained between 10-12 students and they were taken out by instructors from Ecole du ski, Francais.  The skiing conditions were excellent – all students and teachers cooked on day 1 – it really wasn’t as cold as we thought, too many layers!

    The ski groups, as always progressed so quickly. The pro group who were nicknamed ‘champions’ by their instructors, were fearless! They gave everything a go! The beginners quickly mastered the art of being in control (most of the time!) and by day 3 were at the top of the piste attempting blue runs.  All groups made it up to the glacier which was incredible! The students were blown away with the stunning scenery. 

    Quote of the trip was Emma (Year 9) ‘ski fit did not prepare me for how much this hurt!’ – it quickly became apparent to all students that skiing as a sport  is incredibly demanding on every muscle that you did not know you had.

    We were so lucky with the weather – it was so sunny and by mid week we had a good coverage of fresh snow – ideal!

    Each evening we had our evening meal together.  At the end of the meal the ‘danger band’ was awarded to a particular student, that had, during the day cheated death or had an impressive fall.  It was a hi-viability band to ensure other skiers were aware of the hazard coming! Each evening there were many nominations for this award – the final recipient who kept the band was danger Lucy (Year 10). 

    Each evening there were apres ski activities; which during the week included; a town trail with hot chocolate, bowling, sledging fun/carnage, film night and then a presentation evening on the last night. During the presentation evening a number of awards were given to students for a variety of categories including, perseverance; cheating death; gentleman conduct and many more. 

    The week flew by and before we knew it the final day of skiing was over and we were boarding the coach for the return journey. It was a great week; the students were incedible  and hopefully some of them now have the bug for skiing!

    Big thanks to Mr Janes and Mr Naisbitt who organised and ran this incredibly successful trip which required a lot of hard work and effort to ensure it ran so smoothly. 

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  • The Henry Beaufort School Bridging the Gap between Deaf and Non-Deaf Students

    Published 16/04/18

    The Hearing Impaired Unit at The Henry Beaufort School was delighted to hear that The Silent Child received an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film, bringing deaf awareness to the forefront.

    The Henry Beaufort School resource base, that supports students with various degrees of hearing impairment, provides specialist provision in total communication support, which includes oral and British Sign Language (BSL).

    Alison Strevens, Teacher of the Deaf, commented: “As a deaf friendly school, we are excited by the impact The Silent Child is having by raising awareness of the barriers that deaf children can experience, particularly in accessing education. Our students are fortunate in that they have support from specialist teaching assistants and teachers who are fully trained in meeting the needs of our deaf students in order to access the curriculum.”

    The Henry Beaufort School provides a weekly signing club for all students and staff (deaf and non-deaf) to learn BSL. Lessons are delivered by Deaf Instructor, Emillie Bailey, who herself is profoundly deaf. 

    Emillie Bailey continued: “The club is voluntary and extremely popular. I would fully support the introduction of BSL in the national curriculum as it would open up far more opportunities for the deaf community and help bridge the gap between deaf and non-deaf people.”




    The Silent Child

    • The Silent Child film is about a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. For further information see:
    • Winner of The 90th Academy Awards®(OSCARS) for Live Action Short Film

    The Henry Beaufort School – Hearing Impaired Unit (HIU)

    • The Henry Beaufort School is a mainstream comprehensive secondary school with a specialist resource base for the hearing impaired.  
    • The aims of the HIU are:
      • To provide the resources, expertise and support to enable students to realise their full potential: educationally, socially and personally.
      • To develop their self-esteem, have ownership of their own learning and be valued members of the school community.
    • Established in 1995, the present suite of rooms was purpose built in 2010 to provide an optimal acoustic environment for students.
    • The Unit includesa suite of eight rooms including a large meeting room, three tutorial rooms and an audiology room.  This enables the students to work in a quiet area to develop their speech and listening skills.
    • Staffed by an experienced team consisting of a Teacher of the Deaf, Communication and Learning Support Assistants, and a Deaf Instructor.

    Communications Policy

    •  The Henry Beaufort School follows a Total Communications Policy.
    • Staff are experienced in working with both oral and signing students.
    • British Sign Language (BSL) classes are run for the whole school community by the school’s Deaf Instructor and Communication Support Assistant. The Deaf Instructor runs individualised BSL lessons for the hearing impaired students.
    • A weekly BSL signing club is available to all members of the school.
    • Every student has a personal up-to-date radio aid system to provide maximum access to the curriculum and enhance their listening experience in mainstream classes
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  • Hampshire Education Awards 2018

    Published 16/04/18

    Photograph Left to Right -  Miss Colebourn,  Mrs Lewis and Mrs Sacre

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  • Cadet Duties for Henry Beaufort Student

    Published 29/03/18

    On the 21st March 2018 one of our Year 11 students James Gallimore attended The Mayor of Winchester's Community Awards to carry out cadet duites and suport the Mayor (Councillor David Mclean) during the evening.

    We are pleased to also report that James has been re-elected as a The Mayor's cadet for the new incoming Mayor in May.

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  • Are you looking for a school for your child? Questions to ask.

    Published 26/03/18

    Frequently asked questions by parents of a child of secondary school age: 

    Q: Does the school have a strong Progress 8 score?

    A: At The Henry Beaufort school there are no limitations to a child’s attainment because we focus on a child’s progress. Over the three years that Progress 8 scores have been in place , our Progress 8 score has continued to increase:

    2016: 0.18

    2017: 0.22

    2018: 0.25 (provisional) meaning that on average, our Year 11 students achieved a quarter of a grade higher across all of their subjects than their prior attainment predicted.

    Q: Does the school have strong and effective financial management of its budget?

    A: Prudent financial management at The Henry Beaufort school has ensured that the school is in an exceptionally strong position financially. We use our budget to secure well-qualified teaching and support staff as well as providing appropriate, good quality resources.

    Q: What opportunities are there for our child to take part in extra curricular activities?

    A: Our curriculum extension activities run every night after school. These range from sport, music, art and drama clubs to Home Learning club and subject specific opportunities such as STEM club. We provide late buses three nights a week so that every child has the opportunity to take part in after school activities.

    Q: What other enrichment opportunities are there for our child?

    A: At The Henry Beaufort school we are very proud of our cultural enrichment programme.  We organise trips to theatres and  national sporting events as well as taking part in local events such as the annual Mayor Making ceremony.  Our commitment is to offer exciting residential trips to places such as New York, the WW1 Battlefields, Finland and Italy, as well as Ski trips and a whole year group camping experience to name just a few.

    Q: Do you have a large turnover of staff?

    A: Not at The Henry Beaufort school. We have a stable and experienced Senior Leadership team. Ofsted  have recorded that ‘teachers and leaders at all levels are enthusiastic and ambitious’ [Ofsted 2017]. Our loyal and committed staff  are highly skilled as well as  innovative and creative in their approach to teaching. Our Learning Ethos, [HB]² ensures that your child  quickly  becomes an independent learner, highly adept at responding to the requirements of the secondary school curriculum. This independent learning approach is recognised by Sixth Form colleges as a considerable advantage for A Level study.


    School places

    Academic Year 2017-2018

    We currently have places available in the year groups 8 & 9

    Academic Year 2018-2019

    Places are currently available from September 2018 in the Year groups 9 & 10


    Please contact the school on 01962 880073 or email to book a tour of the school.

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  • Year 11 Visit Oxford University

    Published 15/03/18


    21 students from Henry Beaufort visited St Edmund Hall at Oxford University on Friday 9th March. Students had been selected based on their academic achievement and were able to get an insight into what it’s like to study at one of the best universities in the world!


    The day began with an introductory lecture about applying to universities and what they look for in a strong candidate. We then met two Oxford students who talked about the university experience from their perspective, covering topics such as university fees, living away from home, and managing workload.


    A tour of the college followed, where we were able to go the college library, the JCR (Junior Common Room), and perhaps most importantly the canteen! At the end of the day, the plenary enabled our students to ask questions about particular course requirements and get a sense of whether Oxford would be a potential choice for them in the future.  


    A huge thank you to the staff St Edmund Hall, particularly Luke Maw for all of his time and expertise in making this a great day.


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  • Oxbridge offers

    Published 05/02/18

    Photograph: Joshua Payne, Aaron Freemantle, Natalie Ryan and Kas Szynalski

    Congratulations to our former students who have received conditional offers of places at Oxbridge! We are very proud of you.

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  • Poppy Appeal 2018

    Published 22/01/18

    A big thank you to all who contributed - what an amazing effort!

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  • Spain 2017

    Published 21/12/17

    Erasmus + ‘New Media-New Methods’ in Spain

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  • Young Musicians Festival

    Published 28/11/17

    19th November 2017

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  • Year 10 Remembers

    Published 13/11/17

    Year 10 Battlefield Trip 2017

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