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  • Hello from Henry B!

    Published 08/03/20

    25 March 2020

     

    Dear Parents and Students,

    I hope you are all keeping well and safe.  I am pleased that students are getting on with the work at home and that you are able to work round the additional technical difficulties caused by the entire country trying to log in to work. We have adapted our maths work because of technical issues and more information on this is at the end of this letter.

    We have posted a few ideas on the website for activities that students can do. We have the first in a weekly recipe [ thank you Mrs Golding!] and a new ‘home working’ set of hbX challenges for the children to undertake created by Mrs Briggs.

    I have been very impressed with the feedback I have received on how hard  you are working at home. I do hope that  you are all getting time to  follow one of the many physical activity workouts for home as well, one of which appears in the new hbX at home challenge.

    It is very quiet at school with just a few of the students in and it  is taking a bit of getting used to. No nagging about rolled skirts- what am I going to do with all those uniform stickers!!

    I miss the buzz of having you all in school but I know we are all doing the right thing by staying at home as much as we can. I hope you are all helping out as much as you can at home and if you have younger brothers and sisters you are helping out with supervising their  learning at home as well to take some pressure off your parents.

    Your teachers have been absolutely amazing, sharing out the rota for who is in school each day despite having their own families to worry about.

    A message from Miss Townsend- Academic Leader for Maths

    As you may be aware, the MathsWatch site that we recommended for students to use for their Maths work has been experiencing unusually high volumes of traffic in the last few days and users have had difficulties in logging on and saving their progress.  We have been in touch with the company and have been assured that work has taken place to improve this and will continue to improve; it seems to be running more smoothly this morning

    Our priority is that every student has access to some Maths work while we are not in school, so we have added some additional tasks in the Working From Home drive on our school website.  Students experiencing difficulties can make a start on this work, but we are not expecting students to be doing both.  Going forward we are very keen to resolve issues with the MathsWatch website so all students can be working in this way, so please prioritise the MathsWatch tasks over the alternative. If your child is having difficulties with logging in, or with any of the content, please contact their class teacher.

    I will be in touch again next week with an update and some more activities for you to try including another recipe from Mrs Golding!

    With my best wishes,

    Miss S Hearle

    Headteacher

     

     

    Department for Education Coronavirus helpline: The DfE have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687. Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).

     

    Please use these links to find out more information:

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  • 'Above Average' Progress 8 Score

    Published 17/10/19

    The Department of Education 2019 Progress 8 scores have been released and we are delighted with our Progress 8 score of 0.25. This places The Henry Beaufort School in the  'Above Average' rating for secondary schools nationally (only 17% of all schools receive this rating) and puts the School in the top ten of all schools in Hampshire for Progress 8.

     

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  • The Henry Beaufort STEM students meet The Princess Royal

    Published 27/09/19

     

    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.

     

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  • GCSE RESULTS 2019

    Published 22/08/19

    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.

    Sue Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • Internet Issues 5th March 2020

    Published 05/03/20

    Please be aware that as part of the Virgin Media Internet Outage Issues the School has a reduced internet service today (5th March 2020). This is effecting emails and our phone systems.

     

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  • Sharing Good Practice with the next Generation of Teachers

    Published 14/02/20

     

    On Friday 7th February 2020 The Henry Beaufort School hosted 40 trainee teachers from across Hampshire as part of a training day. The day was held in conjunction with the Thornden School learn alliance and Innov8- Perins School.

     

      

    Mrs Sonia Atkins, Academic Leader for Science and Associate Assistant Headteacher  said “it was wonderful to showcase the excellent practice we have at The Henry Beaufort School with so many trainees teachers, it was a fantastic event and I am proud to share the good work we do with our students”.

     

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  • Spring Concert 2020

    Published 12/02/20

    The Henry Beaufort School Spring Concert is taking place on the 5th March 2020.

    Further details are as follows:

    • The Henry Beaufort School Sports Hall

    • 6pm on Thursday 5th March 2020

    • Tickets available from the Finance Office

    • £5 Adults & £3 Concession

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  • 'Fame' October 2020

    Published 20/01/20

     

    In October 2018 our last school production was ‘We Will Rock You’. This was a sell out show showcasing The Henry Beaufort performing talents. We are excited to announce that our next musical production will be ‘Fame’ performed at Winchester Theatre Royal. Last week, well over 100 students in years 7 to 10 auditioned for their role in the next show. All students are to be hugely congratulated, the talent was vast. They did themselves and our school proud. The cast list will be posted this week and rehearsals will get fully underway after the February half term.

    Our production of ‘Fame’ will run for 3 nights at The Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October 2020. Further details will follow in the Spring term!

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  • Year 9 Student collects for Basingstoke Foodbank

    Published 16/12/19

    Year 9 student Jasmine and her brother Aaron decided a couple of weeks ago that they would collect food from all the neighbours in their close rather than exchange Christmas cards. What started off as a few tins ended up filling ten boxes. They were thrilled to be abe to donate this to their local foodbank.

    What a wonderful gesture Jasmine and Aaron!

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  • Erasmus + Project- ‘At Work in Europe’, Winchester visit.

    Published 16/12/19

    Between 20th and 25th of October this term, it was the turn of The Henry Beaufort School to host staff and students from our European partner schools in Italy, Germany and Finland as part of our current Erasmus + Project.

    Themes of this visit were:

    Educational Pathways- 'What is the best route for me?'

    Team Dynamics- 'What is my role in a team?'

    During the visit, the focus was to provide students with a better understanding of the various pathways available, both in school and once you have left school and entered either further education or the world of work. We were keen to compare what is on offer here, with the pathway options and support provided in the other schools across Europe.

    We wanted the group to become more knowledgeable about traditional pathways, which lead to University level degrees, but also to build their knowledge of alternative options, such as degree apprenticeships, which are growing in popularity in the UK.

    We also spent time during the week working in teams and analysing different team dynamics, to see which roles individuals are drawn to and perform best at.  On the first day at school all students completed a personality profiling task, Fast Tomato (the online careers quiz) and a product marketing task.

    During our day trip to the Tile Barn activity centre in the New Forest, the students completed a crate-stack team challenge and a problem solving activity. This allowed groups to analyse what goes into creating a successful team dynamic, as well as what role individuals were best suited to.

    Our second trip was to the BMW Plant near Oxford, which is the central assembly facility for the 'Mini' range of vehicles. We had a fascinating tour of the production line and the main factory, which is 90% automated. After this, we spent some time exploring the centre of Oxford and touring the historic buildings of the University of Oxford.

    Our final visit was to the University of Winchester, where we listened to a presentation on pathways and course options, followed by a student ambassador led tour of the grounds. 

    The week was a huge success and culminated in a final assembly with all students and host families showcasing the work we had done throughout the week and a video diary.

    Many thanks again to all of the host families involved. This project would not be able to run without your support and generosity.

    Student reflections:

     

    We really enjoyed the experience of hosting a German student, because of the fun activities we did and friendships we made. Our favourite day was spent in Oxford when we went to the BMW factory, which produces the Mini and exploring the historic town centre. We also enjoyed having them stay at our houses and we really look forward to going to Germany next year! (Hannah and Katy, Y8)

     

    I really enjoyed this amazing experience, because I was able to see my partner again. We haven’t seen each other since the trip to Italy back in May, when I stayed with her and her family. It was a very enjoyable week with lots of trips that we would not normally get the chance to do. I hope to go back to Italy in the summer holidays to visit my partner again. (Charlotte, Y9)

     

    Monday: I really enjoyed doing the in-school activities like Fast Tomato, personality profiling and the logo/slogan design lesson. After school I went to choir with my student and he really loved it!

    Tuesday: Personally, I think I enjoyed this day the most. The journey to Tile Barn Activity Centre was long, but it was worth it! We did crate stacking and problem solving. We all got to bond with our partners and we really enjoyed it.

    Wednesday: We went to the Mini Plant in Oxford and Oxford town centre. It was fascinating to see how the robots worked and see that the production line could produce one Mini per minute and over 1000 a day!

    Thursday: Today, we went into Winchester University and Winchester town centre. It was interesting learning about university courses and future careers. In the evening, we had our farewell assembly.

    Friday: In the morning, all of us went to the bus stop and waved goodbye to our partners. It was quite emotional, because we had really enjoyed our time with them!   (Oliver, Y9)

     

    It was really fun hosting an exchange partner, because living together for the week is a great way to get to know them. I enjoyed doing activities both in and out of school, as we were able to get to know all of the Italian, German and Finnish students involved in the project. (Eleanor, Y9)

     

    The Erasmus + trip to Winchester was really fun! I liked meeting new people and visiting places I would never have been to if I hadn’t joined the Erasmus + Club. My favourite part of the trip was when we went to Oxford, because we looked around the university and city centre. It was great to spend time with my Italian partner again. (Henry, Y9)

     

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  • Christmas Extravaganza - 18/12/2019

    Published 05/12/19

     

    Dear Parents

    The Henry Beaufort School Christmas Extravaganza - Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 6pm in the Sports Hall

    We would like to invite you to this year’s Christmas Extravaganza. This will be held on the evening of Wednesday 18th December 2019 in the Sports Hall at 6pm.  Students from all years will be involved in the event with music performances ranging from choirs to orchestra to rock band, and a range of dance and gymnastic displays.

    Tickets cost £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children and senior citizens. If you would like to order tickets please fill in the form attached in the letter below and hand it in to the school Finance Office by Friday 13th December. Payments may be made online, which is our preferred method of payment. Alternatively, payment may be made via cash or cheque made payable to The Henry Beaufort School.  Tickets will be offered on a first come first serve basis. The last time we held this event tickets sold out so make sure you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

    We very much look forward to sharing this evening with as many parents as possible and hope that you are able to attend.

    Yours sincerely

    Mrs A Seddon                                                                                                                                                  

    Head of Music

     

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