Message from new Headteacher
My commitment to providing the very best education for young people
As we approach the end of the first full month of the Spring Term, it seems an appropriate time to write to you and introduce myself as the Headteacher of Henry Beaufort School.
Whilst it is only a short walk down the corridor from the deputy’s office to my new room it marks for me a fresh chapter in my teaching career and the start of a new phase in the journey for the school as a whole. Becoming the Headteacher of an ‘Outstanding school’ is a privilege and I take very seriously the responsibility I have to you, your children and the staff in order to ensure that our school community continues to thrive.
My role as Headteacher brings many new and diverse challenges and responsibilities but at the heart of this role is my commitment to providing the very best education for the young people in our care.
This is particularly relevant when we consider the recent publication of the 2010 Key Stage 4 performance tables. You may be aware of the concerns raised by many Headteachers at the retrospective introduction of the English Baccalaureate performance table. This particular performance table judges performance in the combined subject areas of English, Maths, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and either History or Geography. As a High Performing Humanities Specialist School we pride ourselves in placing GCSE Humanities as a core subject within the curriculum, ensuring that all our students are given the opportunity to study the three disciplines of History, Geography and RE within one GCSE. Our commitment to a broad and balanced core curriculum complemented by the availability of Geography and History as GCSE options subjects, has ensured that our students leave Henry Beaufort with a range of qualifications that offer them the widest possible choice for Post 16 opportunities. Indeed, if Humanities were included in this English Baccalaureate performance table, the school’s results for this performance table would be 34%, 19% above the national average. It is a great pity that a focus on this performance table deflects attention from our record breaking A*- C grades of 81%.
On a lighter note I would like to take this opportunity to reassure parents that despite what they may have heard, there is no truth in the rumour that the school is turning pink. The trouble you cause when you have an office wall painted!
Over the coming months I shall be consulting with the school community in order to develop our vision for the new decade. There are aspects of the school’s development that we do need to review if we are to continue to respond to the changing world around us. I certainly view the ‘Outstanding’ seal of approval from Ofsted as the start of the journey for the school rather than its end result. I believe that this journey can only be accomplished by viewing the school community as an inclusive environment where staff, students, parents and The Governing Body work together to ensure that all students leave Henry Beaufort secure in the knowledge that they are ready to take on the next stage of their lives. By further developing the school ethos particularly in the area of student voice, the school will empower already successful independent learners to develop the necessary resilience to become articulate, compassionate citizens of the future, able and willing to participate in the wider community.
I look forward to meeting you personally whether it is as a prospective parent or current parent.
Miss S Hearle, Headteacher