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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.

My role is to ensure that our school community is happy and everyone in the community feels supported and appreciated and that the school maintains the highest standards of education for your child.

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 The Henry Beaufort School 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 and provide enriching opportunities. 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 and my teaching commitment, I also work with colleagues in the following capacities:

  • Mrs Scott - Senior Deputy Headteacher
  • Miss Shelton – Acting Deputy Headteacher
  • Mr Applin – Acting Deputy Headteacher
  • Miss Colebourn - Senior Teacher 
  • Mrs Briggs -  Senior Teacher
  • Ms Caplin – Bursar


Joanna Scott - Senior Deputy Headteacher

I have been a teacher for over 30 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:

  • Data Protection and GDPR
  • Admissions
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour and exclusions
  • Pastoral overview and interventions

I deputise for the Headteacher in her absence.

I line manage the following areas in school:

  • Senior Teacher – Pastoral
  • Head of Year Team
  • MFL
  • SEND
  • OLC


Eleanor Shelton - Acting Deputy 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:

  • Quality of Education (intent and impact)
  • Data
  • Option process
  • Performance Management and Pay
  • Assessment
  • Oversight of five-year plan
  • Assessment and Parental feedback cycle
  • Whole school monitoring and evaluation of student progress

I line manage the following areas in school:

  • Technology
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Head of Centre (EVC)

Andrew Applin - Acting Deputy 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 and have loved every minute working with the staff and young people of the Henry Beaufort community.

We continue to develop our five-year curriculum focussing on how staff implement this including home learning of which we use the online platform of Class Charts.

Another part of my role is securing 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. This year I will be supporting our Early Career Teachers through their induction alongside HISP and also the Schools Direct cohort of student teachers as they undertake their training year.

I line manage the following areas in school:

  • Science
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Computing
  • Business Studies
  • ICT Services

Other parts of my role include:

  • Curriculum: Implementation
  • Implementation of Class Charts
  • Governors liaison with school
  • Working with the Primary Headteachers and provision into our local schools.
  • Open events
  • Oversight of the school timetable and the school calendar
  • Professional Mentor for the Early Careers Framework.
  • Professional Mentor for the Schools Direct cohort.
  • Primary Liaison including  Catchment Cluster meetings
  • Strategic oversight of cover.
  • Induction of new staff and whole school CPD.



Holly Briggs -  Senior Teacher: Strategic Lead for Pastoral

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 11 and I am a Senior Teacher with Strategic Lead for Pastoral.  This includes;

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Strategic responsibility and Line management of:

  • Art and Photography
  • Head of Year 7
  • Librarian
  • TLR 3 postholder: Pastoral initiatives
  • Pastoral Curriculum for students to include
    • Cultural Capital
    • Personal Development
    • Mental Health
    • Tutor/Assembly Programmes
    • Careers
  • Year 6 transition (in conjunction with Head of Year 7)
  • Reporting to Parents, Progress Evenings and Parent Surveys
  • Non-Secondary Ready initiatives including monitoring outcomes and impact
  • Whole School Numeracy and Literacy initiatives including monitoring outcomes and impact
  • Partnership working with The Bridge including monitoring outcomes and impact
  • EBSA (Emotionally Based School Avoiders) initiatives including monitoring outcomes and impact and EBSA tutor



Emma Colebourn - Senior Teacher: Strategic Lead for Life Chances/Student Opportunities

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 an extra-curricular capacity. I seek to promote the school’s values of ‘Pride, Happiness and Ambition’ in everything I do.

This is a new role and is an exciting opportunity to continue to develop a highly inclusive curriculum and opportunities outside the classroom to meet the demands and needs of all our students.


I will have Strategic responsibility for;

  • Pupil Premium initiatives including monitoring outcomes and impact
  • Student Voice including WSSC
  • Exams including line management of Exams Officer
  • Revision strategies: improving long term memory retention
  • EVC, Extra Curricular and Enrichment Week
  • Marketing in conjunction with the Headteacher

I will line manage the follow areas in school;

  • Music 
  • Drama 
  • PE
  • TLR3 Curriculum Leader Vocational including monitoring outcomes and impact in Open Bucket
  • Aspirations Coordinator
  • Services/ EAL (English as an Additional Language) Co-ordinator including monitoring outcomes and impact


Alison Caplin - Bursar

I have been working at The Henry Beaufort School for four years now and have found the years to be very rewarding, overcoming the many challenges we have faced.

I have been working in Education for nearly 20 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.