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The Henry

The Senior Leadership Team

Sue Hearle - Headteacher

I am very proud to be the Headteacher of such a superb school. I am very well supported in my role by teaching and support staff who have children at the heart of every decision they make. My regular learning walks around the school allow me the opportunity to see great teaching in action. Our students are focused, engaged and ready for the challenges that learning at Henry Beaufort brings. I meet on a regular basis with students to hear their views on the school and how we can make it an even better place to learn. They talk to me about the ambition they feel for themselves as well as how that ambition is supported by their teachers and tutors and Heads of Year. The community atmosphere of the school is very important to us all and it is one of the reasons that we operate a vertical tutoring programme, allowing students of all ages to work together in a structured pastoral environment.

In addition to my main role, I also work with the following staff in the following capacities:

  • Ms Caplin – Bursar
  • Mrs Scott - Senior Deputy Headteacher
  • Miss Shelton – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mr Applin – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs Atkins - Associate Assistant Head teacher
  • Mrs Briggs - Strategic Oversight of Cultural Capital
  • Miss Colebourn - Strategic Oversight of the Vocational Curriculum


Alison Caplin - Bursar

I am delighted to be working at The Henry Beaufort School and have found my first couple of years here to be very rewarding, overcoming the many challenges we face. I have been working in Education for 18 years across a number of different phases and am passionate about the many experiences and opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge; preparing them for their further studies and on into employment. 

My background is in financial management, however I have a number of years’ experience in managing professional services including Human Resources, Student Welfare and Careers, I am also an ambassador for positive change and process improvement. 

My aim, here at The Henry Beaufort School, is to drive improvement in the Professional Services Team and ensure a smooth transfer of information between school and home as well as improving both the student and parent experience.  I am also responsible for setting and managing a balanced budget; facilitating the teaching and learning and support received by our students.


Joanna Scott - Senior Deputy Headteacher

I have been a teacher for 29 years and in all of this time my educational core values have remained unchanged. I believe that if you build strong relationships with students, challenge them appropriately and give them high quality feedback they will be able to achieve their best. I want all of the students at The Henry Beaufort School to be self-assured, mature and ambitious young people who are ready for the next exciting stage in their lives.

I am the strategic lead for Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development in the school. This includes:

  • GDPR and I am the Data Protection Officer
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Admissions
  • Attendance
  • Transition
  • Pastoral Programme
  • Personal Development Days
  • Student Handbook
  • Reports
  • Alternative Provision
  • Whole School Student Council and Student Voice

I line manage the following areas in school:

  • Head of Year Team
  • Social Inclusion Officer
  • Seclusion Manager
  • MfL
  • SEND
  • ICT Services


Eleanor Shelton - Assistant Headteacher

The Henry Beaufort School is a unique place to work; I consider it such a privilege to be a part of such a great team of staff and students. As well as teaching GCSE English Language, my role centres around ensuring the systems and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is reaching their academic potential, through tracking their progress, setting their targets and reporting their current levels of attainment in reports.

I have strategic responsibility for the Progress and Attainment in school. This includes:

  • Curriculum
  • Data
  • Options
  • Performance Management and Pay
  • Assessment
  • Careers

I line manage the following areas in school:

  • PE
  • Technology
  • English
  • Maths

Andrew Applin - Assistant Headteacher

I am delighted to be part of the fantastic staff here at The Henry Beaufort School. I started here in September 2015 after relocating to the south coast. I continue as the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

For the academic year 2019-20 I will have oversight of the Humanities team in terms of Senior Line Management as well as acting Subject Leader for geography. I will also be leading our staff to further expand revision strategies to improve memory retention and recall for our students in terminal GCSE exams. The development of the five year curriculum and how staff implement this including home learning is a focus for 2019-20.

Another part of my role is to ensure the I am responsible for the CPD opportunities of the staff and drive the training needs of the school, including the induction process of new staff. I will work closely with the other local Schools and Universities to provide training opportunities for all our staff.

Other parts of my role include:

Senior line management of Humanities, Science, Music, Art & Photography

·         Governors liaison with school

·         Wellbeing of students through continuous wellbeing opportunities for staff

·         Working with the Primary Headteachers and provision into our local schools, including Taster         Days for Year 5 students.

·         Open events

·         Numeracy across the curriculum

·         Carry out the role of Educational Visits Coordinator (EVC)

·         Oversight of the school timetable, exams, cover and the school calendar

·         Work with the HBA (Henry Beaufort Parents Association)



Sonia Atkins- Associate Assistant Head teacher

I have been teaching for twelve years in a range of schools across Hampshire. I understand the importance of working in a school where you wholeheartedly support the ethos, which is why I have spent the last 8 years here at The Henry Beaufort School. During this time I have taken on responsibility for leading the Science department and recently I have taken up a position as an Associate Senior Leader.

As Associate Assistant Head teacher this year I have responsibility for the following areas:

  • Pupil premium
    • Ever 6 students
    • Current pupil premium students
    • Service family children
    • Options process for pupil premium students
    • Tracking of pupil premium students’ data at each data drop and coordination of whole school interventions
  • Numeracy and Literacy through the curriculum (Year 6/7 provision)
  • OLC
  • Schools direct/apprenticeship routes into teaching

I have line management responsibility for

  • Drama
  • Computing
  • Music
  • Hearing Impaired resource base
  • Service Family Coordinator


Holly Briggs -  Strategic Oversight of Cultural Capital

I was appointed by The Henry Beaufort School in January 2019 after teaching in London for twelve years.  The Henry Beaufort values of Pride, Happiness and Ambition was the initial attraction towards the school as this underpins my whole ethos about students and their education.

I am extremely committed to the teaching profession and am passionate about pastoral care and the development of students, in every aspect of their lives.  I am Head of Year 9, the Personal Development Coordinator and have the strategic oversight of Cultural Capital.  This includes;


•      Development and management of:

•      Learning day [7/10]

•      EAL

•      Year 9 Cultural Capital Days

•      Extra-curricular opportunities

•      Enrichment Week 

•      Career awareness post 16 [vulnerable students]

•      Management of

•      Librarian

•      TLR postholder for Work experience

•      Strategic responsibility for monitoring and evaluating  impact of cultural capital opportunities especially for vulnerable students [DIS/LAC/Young Carers/ EAL/ Service family students]

•      Measured Outcome: positive impact on Progress 8 scores for vulnerable students



Emma Colebourn - Strategic Oversight of the Vocational Curriculum

I was appointed Head of PE at the Henry Beaufort School in September 2013 having relocated from the Midlands. I am extremely proud to be a member of staff at the Henry Beaufort School. My passion is to support and challenge students to be the best that they can be whether that be in the classroom or in a sporting context. I always seek to promote the schools values of Pride, Happiness and Ambition in line with the school values.


For the academic year 2019-2020 I will continue my role of Head of PE and will be taking responsibility for the Strategic Oversight of the Vocational Curriculum.  This is a new role and is an exciting opportunity to continue to develop a highly inclusive curriculum to meet the demands and needs of the students.

This role includes;

  • Development of  additional Vocational courses

  • Management of the  current Vocational courses:

    • Hair and Beauty

    • Child Development

    • Sports Studies

    • Heath and Social Care [new]

  • Strategic development of career awareness post 16 [vocational opportunities]

  • Strategic responsibility for monitoring and evaluating student progress in Vocational courses  including interventions  

  • Measured Outcome: Positive impact on Progress 8 in all option subjects