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The Henry Beaufort School is at an exciting stage in its development.
The school was delighted to receive a very positive Ofsted report in May 2017, confirming that the actions being taken by the school are resulting in “a culture of continuous improvement”.
The Henry Beaufort school is very proud of the ‘culture of continuous improvement’ that has been maintained since our Ofsted Inspection in May 2017. This year we are celebrating being a Top Ten school in Hampshire [DfE Performance Tables 2019]. However, we are not complacent, we know that such a culture can only be maintained through our hard work and determination to secure positive outcomes for all of our young people.
We are in the process of moving to a five year curriculum model with the options process starting in Year 8. We believe that this will give all of our young people the opportunity to secure the best possible outcomes, academically and in terms of their personal growth. Cultural capital opportunities throughout the five year model will be integral to this success and this will ensure that we continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum throughout these five years.
The History of our Name and Crest
The Henry Beaufort School was opened in September 1971. The school bears the name of a Bishop of Winchester who died in 1447. Henry Beaufort was Bishop of Winchester and three times Chancellor and is buried in Winchester Cathedral. He was a highly regarded representative of his country abroad.
Henry Beaufort was also a man of great wealth but he gave large amounts to charity, including rebuilding Winchester Cathedral and enlarging St Cross Hospital. We consider our students to be members of the wider community and it is hoped that all of them will aim to be good representatives of the school ‘abroad’ – both in the locality and further afield. It is also hoped that they will share what good fortune they have with other members of the community. For these reasons the school governors chose the name of Henry Beaufort for the school. The school crest represents Beaufort Castle in Anjou, France, from which Henry Beaufort took his name.
In order to echo this connection with other countries and cultures, and looking forward to other European links through our International School award, European cities have been chosen as names of the seven faculties. Each of these cities has a connection with the curricular team to which it is linked:
Athens: The Physical and Expressive Arts; Berlin: The Humanities; Luxembourg: Modern Languages; Moscow: Mathematics; Prague: English Language and English Literature; Rome: Technology; Warsaw: Science and IT. Apart from the Expressive Arts and PE who are led by individual Heads of Department, each faculty is led by an Academic Leader.
The Henry Beaufort School Vision Statement
We are proud to be an inclusive comprehensive school. We understand that young people today have many pressures placed upon them from an early age. Our role is to create a happy, stimulating learning environment that gives every child the confidence and resilience to face these pressures head on.
We have high expectations of all of our students. At The Henry Beaufort School there are no limitations to individual success.
We acknowledge the fundamental role that we play in the academic and moral education of young people.
We celebrate the success of our students at every opportunity and take delight in the buzz and energy around the school site well beyond the official ending of the school day.
We do not accept mediocrity or complacency. We understand the challenges that accompany our role as educationalists and we continue to work to find ways to refine and improve our practise. This is underpinned by our aim to be outstanding in everything that we do.
The school day and organisation
The school day is compressed, running from 8.30 am until 2.40 pm, with a fifteen-minute morning break and a half-hour lunch break.
Years 7, 8 & 9
The model for these year groups ensures a broad and balanced coverage of different curriculum areas. Within Humanities, three different subjects are taught: History, Geography and RE, hence their higher allocation of time.
Years 10 & 11
At this point in a student’s education, the curriculum narrows in terms of breadth, but deepens in terms of subject knowledge, as students spend significant proportions of their time (20 hours per fortnight) on their four chosen subjects. Alongside their options, the highest proportion of their time is spent in the three core subjects: Maths, English and Science.
Personal Development Days happen once per half term, and give the time for whole Year groups to focus on social, moral, spiritual, and cultural aspects of learning. They also incorporate the opportunity to study IT, citizenship, RE and philosophy within such topics as British Values and careers. These days ensure that students develop as well rounded and characterful individuals with a range of experiences outside traditional subjects.
Curriculum Extension Activities
A wide range of curriculum extension activities take place from 2.40pm to 4.00pm daily, as well as during evenings and weekends. A high percentage of students and staff participate in these activities.
Our Home Learning Club is a particularly successful feature of wider extracurricular provision. It is based in the Library each day, where children who want to do homework are supported by our Librarian. We have over half the school visiting this club each year.
Heads of Year take overall responsibility for attendance, behaviour, rewards, sanctions and progress of their respective year groups.
Head of Year 7 - Miss Bean
Head of year 8 - Mr M Coe
Head of Year 9 - Mr C Janes
Head of Year 10 - Mr C Naisbitt
Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Taggart
The Senior Leadership Team Structure
Headteacher - Miss S Hearle
Senior Deputy Headteacher - Mrs J Scott
Acting Deputy Headteacher - Mr A Applin
Acting Deputy Headteacher - Miss E Shelton
Senior Teacher: Strategic Lead for Life Chances/Student Opportunities - Miss E Colebourn
Senior Teacher: Strategic Lead for Pastoral - Mrs H Briggs
Bursar - Ms A Caplin
ACCOMMODATION & RESOURCES
Our Building And Facilities
The School consists of eight main buildings around the central administration block (Winchester). The facilities include a Library, Information Technology Suites, a Media suite, eight Science Laboratories, a Beacon Arts Centre which has excellent Drama facilities, Art Studios, and Music rooms, a Gymnasium and Sports Hall, Design and Technology Workshops, Learning Support and Hearing Resource Base. For outdoor sports and athletics there is an extensive area of grass as well as hard playing surfaces. The Sports Hall is used for Whole School Assemblies and also affords facilities for a wide variety of sporting activities. The Library is available for use by students at all times of the school day and is equipped with all the latest technology. Students may book in to use any facilities not otherwise in use, to assist their work. In addition, all these resources, including the computers, are available for use at certain times after school for a variety of other activities.
Continuous Professional Development
The school prides itself on the opportunities it creates for staff development. All staff receive an annual review as part of performance management and training needs are identified from the objectives set for each member of staff.
Training can take the form of external courses, or in-house, in-service training. The school’s aim is to develop and promote the use of its own expertise in developing staff, thereby offering further opportunities for professional development through the training of others. We also participate in the Learn Alliance training programmes from NQT to Middle Leadership courses. Subject Leader network meetings take place each term and involve subject leaders from schools within the local area. We work closely with The Westgate School undertaking a number of joint initiatives. This includes a very successful Aspiring to Senior Leadership course.
It is acknowledged that Hampshire County Council is an Equal Opportunities employer. The school will do its utmost to meet this requirement. In pursuing this policy in support of the aims of the school, we recognise that:
- diversity amongst staff should be viewed positively
- in all staff appointments, the best candidate should be appointed, regardless of age, gender, cultural background etc.
Hampshire Local Authority - Information
As one of the largest authorities in the country, we can offer an unrivalled diversity in teaching opportunities; from the challenges of the urban and city school through to the rural primary which will provide a vibrant environment for development and promotion.
Hampshire schools are encouraged to operate and develop in a way, which serves their local community, reflecting the cultural diversity the county has to offer. We feel this is best achieved through local management, with the LA providing a supporting role wherever needed.
The county of Hampshire has over 170,000 school-age children in approximately 438 primary, 71 secondary and 30 special schools and other provisions. Whilst the majority are community schools, the LA has forged strong partnerships with Diocesan Bodies, and seeks to maintain the provision of places in Church schools. The county has 31 special schools, with an additional 42 units in main- stream schools, providing education and support for children with moderate, severe or complex learning difficulties, physical and sensory disabilities, and emotional and behavioural issues.
With the County Office in Winchester and Local Education Offices across the County Hampshire Authority has an established network of advisors, which provides a responsive and flexible service to the schools in their respective areas. There is also a strong ethos for collaboration and liaison, with regular meetings of Headteachers in phase, cluster and area groupings, aimed at maintaining a policy of communication and cooperation with the LA and between schools. In Hampshire, we pride ourselves on providing first-class learning opportunities for our teachers both internally and with outside course providers.
Further information on Children’s and other services provided by Hampshire County Council can be found on the Hampshire website: www.hants.gov.uk
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