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3 November 2020
School during Lockdown; additional information
As we all adjust to the announcement at the weekend I wanted to reassure you that school intends to operate as usual. We will focus on the day to day routines that will help our young people settle back into the second half of the term. It is very important that all of our young people continue to attend school.
Year 11 have begun their mock exam programme and we do to need to emphasise the importance of taking these exams seriously. This will allow us to assess what needs to be focused on in the months to come as well as providing important data for the school in the eventuality that we are asked to provide teacher assessment as part of the GCSE outcomes in 2021.
In order to keep our community as safe as we can we will be undertaking the following:
You will also receive later today information on access to remote learning in the eventuality of your child/children having to self-isolate.
Further changes may be published to you as the Lockdown continues depending on the circumstances of the school as well as guidance we may receive from the DfES/ Local Authority.
Thank you for your continued support of the school. Together we will make sure that our young people continue to be supported as well as appropriately challenged with their learning.
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Date 10th September 2020
Sue Hearle, Headteacher at The Henry Beaufort School
This is a distressing incident and we are extremely relieved that it wasn’t more serious.
With help from Hampshire Country Council’s home to school transport and Educational Psychology teams we will be supporting all the pupils involved and their families.
I do not want to speculate on the circumstances leading up to the incident but our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected.
The Senior Leadership Team was on site within minutes. I’d like to personally say how proud I am of the response of our children and their families.
Thank you, I have no further comment at this time. I am sure you appreciate there is still a lot of work that all services involved need to do.
Any further information that you require please contact the press office at Hampshire County Council.
Regretfully with the on-going CV-19 situation we have made the decision to cancel our Open events in September and October. I am sure you appreciate that with over 1000 students on the school site operating in year group bubbles, it would be impossible to operate our usual Open morning and Evening events.
However, we do appreciate how important it is for you to be informed about how our school community works so we have replaced the Open events with a virtual, on line tour of our school which includes contributions from all subject areas as well as from some of our students. There will also be a filmed version of the Headteacher presentation to parents. We intend to make this an interactive event for you and your child/children to enjoy.
We are currently working on creating this event and we anticipate that it will be available to coincide with what would have been our Open Event Dates on the 10th and 11th September 2020. Please check on our school website nearer the time.
If you have any questions that you would like us to answer that you believe have not been covered in the presentations please contact the school using the following email address.
I do hope that we will be able to resume our Open Events in 2021. In the meantime we are happy to assist in any way that we can through email- email@example.com
The Henry Beaufort School has maintained consistently high academic outcomes and for the sixth year in a row results have continued to rise. All three core subjects of English, Maths and Science achieved over 85% at grade 4 and above. Both English and Maths achieved 87% at grade 4 and above. We are also celebrating that 7% of all grades achieved across the 20 GCSE subjects are at grade 9.
Four students achieved an average of grade 9 across their GCSE subjects. Congratulations to Sarina, Johan, Laura and Maisie.
Sue Hearle, Headteacher stated: ‘this has been an incredibly stressful year for our students, particularly so in the last week. I am relieved and delighted that our young people have received the outcomes they deserve, outcomes that are in line with our rising results over the last 6 years.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their consummate professionalism in the face of unprecedented challenges, undertaking an honest, fair and transparent process in producing centre assessed grades.
Congratulations to all of our students, we are so pleased for you.’
15 July 2020
Dear Parents and Students,
This will be my last newsletter before we go into the summer holidays. I am currently putting together all the information that you will need for the whole school return in September and this will be published to you by the end of the week. This will be followed up by year group emails from your Head of Year. I have been informed that there might be more information from the government to follow later in the summer holidays and if this does happen I will make sure this is published to you as soon as possible.
This week’s recipe is for pizza, a recipe I followed when Year 7 and I made pizza in their food technology lesson earlier in the year. It’s a recipe I still use now (no more shop bought pizza for me!) and I love it.
Your hbX challenge takes you over the summer (if you wish to do so- it’s not compulsory!) and involves new hobbies.
There are also 3 online resources that may be of interest to parents as I appreciate it is not as easy to book places to visit over the summer as it has been in the past. As always I would ask parents to check out the websites to make sure you are happy with the content before sharing with your child.
It is never easy trying to keep an entire PE curriculum going on line but as well as our thanks to team PE for their amazing contribution to the work at home resources, I am delighted to inform you we have been awarded a certificate from the North Eastleigh and Winchester School Games Organisers in recognition of the school’s support and commitment to keeping children active during lock down!
We will be saying farewell to a number of our colleagues next week via video link, another first for the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues who are moving on for their commitment to their work at Henry B. They will all be greatly missed and we wish them well with the new adventures that await them.
We wish Miss Jenkins, Hearing Resource Base, every success for the future.
Mr May joined us just after October half term of this academic year. He quickly settled into life at The Henry Beaufort School and is highly thought of by students and staff. He leaves us to begin studying for a Master’s degree.
Miss McDougall joined the Learning Support team in January of this year. Though her time with us has been relatively short, she has made a very positive impact on the students that she has worked with. She leaves us to begin training to become a teacher.
Mr Stott joined us in September 2018 and leaves us after two years to train to become a teacher. In his time at The Henry Beaufort School Mr Stott has shown himself to be an LSA that students and staff can rely on. He has been a valued and dependable member of the team and will be greatly missed by students, parents and teachers.
Whilst we are sorry to see such valued members of the team leave us, we wish them the very best of luck with their studies next year.
Mr Leighton joined The Henry Beaufort School as SENDCO and teacher of English in January 2018.
Mr Leighton has worked tirelessly to support our students, he has streamlined our SEND register, line managed the team of LSAs and ensured all of our SEND students have been properly supported. He leaves us to move to a school which is much closer to his home and will mean a shorter commute and therefore more family time. If this pandemic has taught us anything it is that family time is precious and should be preserved at all costs.
Mr Leighton we thank you for all that you have done to support our staff and students and we wish you all of the very best in your new role.
Miss Offord has been with us for this academic year - and what a year it has been! Miss Offord has worked tirelessly to build strong relationships with her students and to create fantastically imaginative and exciting lessons. During the ‘Work from Home’ period, Miss Offord has taken charge of the Year 7 tasks and has put together some truly inspiring resources: from poetry lessons on wildlife haikus and mystical ballads; to a hugely inventive Shakespearean ‘Villains’ scheme of learning for these final few weeks. Within the English team Miss Offord has created strong friendships and I know will be much missed by us all. We wish her the best of luck on her exciting adventure to Switzerland where Miss Offord is taking up a new English teaching post.
Ms Balcombe has been with us for the last five years; for four of these years Ms Balcombe has undertaken the role of Assistant Academic Leader in English. Ms Balcombe has been a passionate and inspiring English teacher, always putting her students first and creating a range of innovative and exciting teaching resources across different year groups and modules to ensure students make progress with English. Ms Balcombe has also led and coordinated a range of external English trips and visits to enhance and enrich students’ studies of their texts in English. This has included a trip to ‘The Globe Theatre’ in London; the ‘Poetry Live’ workshop in Reading and ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ performances with travelling theatre companies. As well as this, Ms Balcombe successfully launched the ‘Let’s Think’ programme in English - a discussion based series of lessons for Years 7-9 which have been highly effective in helping students to develop their ability to think critically and perceptively in English. We wish Ms Balcombe the best of luck with her new role as a Head of English.
Mr Mordecai has been at The Henry Beaufort School since 1996. He is now retiring from his post as Science teacher but alongside this has undertaken many roles of responsibility within the school including Pastoral Leader of Warsaw, Oversight of enrichment activities, Staff Governor and coaching rugby to name a few. He was also responsible for the school taking part in the annual Movember charity initiative which saw the appearance of a number of very imaginative and sculptural moustaches during the month!
He has positively impacted the lives of Henry Beaufort students and colleagues for over two decades and will be greatly missed by the current Science team. We wish him a happy retirement.
After leaving Henry Beaufort as a student herself, Mrs Humphrys just couldn’t stay away and joined the Maths Department as a teacher in 1996. Twenty four years later, Mrs Humphrys has sadly made the decision to retire. Fortunately, we have managed to convince her to return to us in September two days a week, so we will not be losing her entirely. Throughout her time here, Mrs Humphrys has been an incredible teacher, tutor and colleague and we would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ for everything she has contributed to the school. We will miss having her around so often, but are absolutely looking forward to continuing to work with her!
As we near the end of term and look back on the strangest time (so far) in my teaching career, I want to take this opportunity to thank all parents and our young people for their tremendous efforts over the last 4 months to keep going with the school work, work that has allowed you to follow as closely as possible the curriculum you would have studied if you had been on the school site. We all know that there will be work to do in the autumn to make sure that you are making the progress you should be at this time in your secondary school education, but I also know that you will make this happen. Our emphasis on shaping resilient learners is not without good reason and never more so than in the last few months. Parents, please consider yourself in receipt of a Headteacher Award. I know, like many of my colleagues, you have juggled work and supervising home schooling, no mean feat!
We will all have to work hard and stay focused in the new school year but I know you can do this and more importantly I know you will want to do this and that means the battle is won before we begin! I am so looking forward to seeing you all in September in your school uniform and ready to take on next academic year’s challenges. You have taken on the challenges brought about by this lockdown and shown that you are a truly remarkable group of young people.
Take care over the summer (do some reading, it really will help!!) and we will be there on your first day back to greet you.
With my warmest wishes to you and your families,
The Henry Beaufort School Examination Results 2019
The Henry Beaufort School is delighted to announce that we have maintained our consistently high academic outcomes and for the fifth year in a row results have continued to rise. All three core subjects achieved over 80% at grade 4 and above. 83% of students attained a grade 4 or above in Maths and 82% attained a grade 4 or above in English. Students achieving a grade 4 or above in both Maths and English is 78%, a 2% increase on this time last year. Grade 9’s in Maths and English were over 5% of the cohort, which is a considerable achievement.
Science results, with students achieving two GCSEs at grade 4 or above are at 81%. An increase of 11% of the year group [in comparison to 2018] took Triple Science and these results rose by 3% on 2018 figures.
Spanish results at 9-4 rose from 88% to 100% with 23% of the students achieving a Grade 9!
Other notable achievements at grade 4 or above are Food Technology who attained 86%, PE 86% [a 6% rise on last year], Art at 88% and Drama at 83%. History and Geography results were 76% and 75% respectively with Geography results at grades 9-7 at 38% and History at 26%.
Sue Hearle, Headteacher stated: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their determined approach to their studies as well as the outstanding commitment of all of my colleagues who were relentless in their pursuit of success for our young people. I am privileged to work with an exceptional group of professionals.
Congratulations to all of our students, we are very proud of you.
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23 October 2020
As we near the end of the first half of the autumn term I wanted to take the opportunity to write to you to say thank you for all your support this half term. This thank you also extends to our young people for the way in which they have handled the changes to the school site and our daily routines.
We have maintained very tight restrictions on visitors to site and cancelled all community bookings for the foreseeable future. Although this is a cost both to community users and to the school in terms of additional income, we are convinced that this has made a significant, positive impact on our response to Covid-19. The DFES have published attendance figures for all secondary schools nationally. For the first half of the autumn term this stands at 87% nationally. Our attendance figure for the Henry Beaufort School is 94%. A figure that is 7% above the national average is in no small part down to the work being undertaken by my colleagues.
I would like to thank our site and cleaning team for their hard work and commitment to keeping the site clean and hygienic. Three hours of deep cleaning takes place every night of the school week as well as additional cleaning throughout the day. I would also like to thank all my colleagues, who are required to leave the school site at 4.15 to enable all team areas to benefit from this deep clean during the working hours of the cleaning team. None of us like to have to leave at a specified time but the sacrifices they are making are also a significant contributory factor to keeping our community and our families safe.
Face masks have become a part of our daily routine but we have found in the last few weeks that a growing number of students are forgetting to bring these and this is becoming a financial burden for the school as we are handing out disposable masks on a daily basis. With half term looming this would be a good time for students to check their bags and make sure they have a mask ready and packed for the school day.
As of the 2nd of November we will be charging 50p for each disposable mask that is requested.
The school has ordered additional outdoor seating for students and we hope that this will arrive shortly. In wet weather indoor areas or classrooms are available for all year groups. We are also making a few changes to lunchtime provision. After half term Year 9 will have access to the Bistro and the Tardis at the start of their lunchtime and Year 8 will go to lunch in the second half of the 30 minute beak. This is a direct swap so that each of these year groups who are on the second half of lunch have the opportunity to benefit from a slightly earlier lunch over the course of a half term. We have also asked the Bistro to put aside food items that are popular so that all year groups have the opportunity to purchase a favourite snack.
This will be reviewed again at the end of this term.
An additional water fountain for bottles will be installed over the half term. Details will be published to students after half term.
I am delighted to inform you that the contract work to build an additional food technology room is on target to be completed over the half term. The food technology room is being built to the standard and look of a professional kitchen. We will be sharing with you pictures of the new room on our website and Facebook page after half term.
We look forward to giving our young people the opportunity to experience a professional food preparation environment. Thank you to our contracted builder, T Coleborn and Son who have been fantastic throughout the build.
Although we have not been able to run our usual on site events this term, we are where possible putting together virtual presentations on the school website. We will let you know if this applies to your child.
Last week the Senior Leadership team took part in a live Q and A event with prospective parents. A recording of this event is now available on our website and Facebook page. If you know of anyone who is looking for a secondary school placement for Year 7 2021 please do mention this to them.
I do hope that you are able to enjoy some time as a family over the half term despite the restrictions on our daily lives.
I am ridiculously excited because I have managed to book a slot at my local recycling centre. Some extreme garden pruning has been diarised for the weekend!
I look forward to being in contact with you again after the half term break.
With my best wishes,
The Henry Beaufort STEM Club attended the STEM Engagement Event at Sandhurst Military College today 27th September 2019 and were fortunate to meet The Princess Royal whilst she was visiting the event. The photograph above shows students Charlie and Ellie introducing themselves and explaining the tasks they were completing in this workshop. The photograph below a further group shot of the event.
Back in March The Henry Beaufort School took part in the School Library Service Literature Quiz 2020. A team of four students was selected following a tough qualification round, created and hosted by our Year 10 Student Librarians. Eleanor H, Olivia F, Angus C and Sophie R travelled to The Romsey School to take part in the Regional Round and put in an excellent performance, taking second place – missing out on first by just one point! With the first place team automatically qualifying for the County Final, our team had an anxious wait to find out if their score was high enough to qualify but a week later we were informed that they had done enough and were invited to compete in the final at the Winchester Discovery Centre. Sadly, the planned event was prevented from taking place but instead we were able to host the County Final in school instead.
The event took place on Wednesday 30th September in the library with a reduced team of three who did exceptionally well answering eight rounds of questions with themes such as Shakespeare, Series and Sequels and Our Diverse World. After having a nail-biting wait to find out the results we were delighted to find out that Team Henry Beaufort had come a very impressive 2nd place.
Congratulations to the team for such a brilliant achievement!