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  • PARENTMAIL ISSUES

    Published 22/03/19

    We are aware of an issue with Outlook and Hotmail inboxes incorrectly classifying ParentMail emails as spam, meaning parents may be unaware of emails they are receiving from ParentMail. ParentMail have made contact with the provider and are treating this as a high priority.

    In the meantime, they highly recommend all users download the ParentMail App to ensure you are receiving messages, or, you can visit your spam/junk folder within your email account, and unmark the message as junk/spam/malicious.

    A further update will update  will follow as soon as this issue has been resolved, and ParentMail apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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  • The Henry Beaufort Business Network Launched

    Published 19/03/19

     

    Last week our School welcomed members of the local business community to the launch a Business Network. They enjoyed tours around the campus given by Year Eight students before meeting and chatting with Year Ten students about their varied career paths. 

    The Henry Beaufort Business Network has been established to provide staff and students the chance to engage with the local business community and find mutually beneficial opportunities for working together. 

    The group, powered by The Schools Business Network, aims to prepare students for work and businesses the opportunity to connect with and support the future workforce. 

    David Hewlett of The Schools Business Network was delighted with the launch event and said: “The students of The Henry Beaufort School took great pride in showing off their facilities and speaking with great enthusiasm about their aspirations for the future. The network attendees also got chance to meet and make new connections with other local businesses. It was a great first event for The Henry Beaufort Business Network.” 

    The Henry Beaufort School Headteacher, Sue Hearle said: “We were pleased to host the first meeting of The Henry Beaufort Business Network. We are looking forward to working together with local businesses to enrich the education of our students as we prepare them for the world of work. The network will also provide its members with a depth of understanding about their future workforce and the skills they can bring to their organisations.” 

    The Schools Business Network holds monthly networking meetings, the next one is at the Holiday Inn Winchester on 11 April where members and guests will have an opportunity to hear from Steve Jones, employee engagement and leadership specialist. Places at the meeting can be booked via Eventbrite, search for ‘The Schools Business Network’. 

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  • Erasmus + ‘At Work in Europe’ Soini, Finland- January 2019

    Published 13/03/19

    On Saturday 26th January 2 staff and 8 students from Years 7 and 8 flew out to a very snowy Finland on the first Erasmus + visit of our new project ‘At Work in Europe’. On arrival the group had some free time to explore the capital, Helsinki. They visited some of the main attractions; Allas sea pool, Helsinki Cathedral and the Sky Wheel to name a few.

    After time exploring Helsinki they met with the German and Italian groups from our partner schools to take a coach north to Soini where the host families were waiting to greet them (in temperatures of -24!)

    The week itself consisted of many activities both on and off the school site. There were introductory presentations and language games, as well as the opportunity to try Finnish winter sports such as cross country skiing, ice skating, sledging, and snow shoeing.

    As part of phase one of our project ‘Jobs around us’ students interviewed entrepreneurs who went to the school including a now very famous shoe designer, who has won many fashion awards and sells her shoes all over the world. The group also travelled to the nearby town of Vaasa to visit a family run weaving business, followed by a tour around one of Finland’s top engineering companies where they spoke in detail of the importance of the English language in their worldwide business links. Over the course of the week students learnt the importance of using local products, especially in a rural location like Soini and took part in some traditional workshops such as felting, knife making and baking.

    On one afternoon the group experienced ice fishing and there was an evening taking part in the very Finnish tradition of a sauna followed by a dip in a frozen lake.

    All students and staff enjoyed free hot lunches as is customary in Finnish schools and enjoyed being able to wander around school in just socks or slippers!

    This trip was an incredible opportunity for all students, not only to get the chance to experience Finnish culture, but to understand the importance of language and communication in the world of work. They have a better understanding now of the importance of keeping traditional skills alive and using local produce. Our students bonded quickly with their partners and were very sad to say goodbye to each other at the end of a great week together.

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  • Performance Tables 2018

    Published 25/01/19

    We are delighted to share with you that in the published Performance Tables for 2018 our Progress 8 score is 0.22.  We are particularly thrilled that the proportion of our students achieving a grade 5 or higher in both Mathematics and English places us 5th in Hampshire!

    Also of note is the progress of our middle attainers; this cohort achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.52, meaning that they achieved on average across all of their GCSE’s, over half a grade higher than their prior attainment projected.

    Other elements of note are the EBacc performance data, which accrued a Progress 8 score of 0.52, and the overall percentage of students entering the English Baccalaureate which was 47.9%.

    There was a great deal of national publicity around the marking of the GCSE exams this year and concerns about the accuracy of exam marking.

    In a number of subjects the school pushed for a second phase appeal and their tenacity paid off with more students being awarded an upgrade on their original result.  This was particularly important for students aiming for grades 7, 8 and 9 in English, results that went up as a result of the school’s appeal. The difference in the grades now awarded to these students means that they will have a much greater chance of being accepted at a Russell Group university.

    Unfortunately the second wave of appeal results came too late to include in the published performance tables.

    Miss S Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • Spring Concert - 20th March 2019

    Published 24/01/19

    We are pleased to announce the date for our Spring concert which is being held in The Sports Hall on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

    Tickets can be purchased online at £5 for Adults and £3 for Concessions. Please collect any purchased tickets from the school finance office.

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  • Megan ranked 3rd in the world and top in Britain.

    Published 12/12/18

    Henry Beaufort student Megan has  become 3rd in the world for Ballroom and 9th in the world for Latin  at the WDC world championships which were recently held in Paris.. We are pleased to report that Megan  is now the top British solo dancer in both Ballroom an d Latin. Congratulations Megan!

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  • The Henry Beaufort School Remembers

    Published 09/11/18

    The whole school community marked the centenary of the end of WWI with a special installation. All of the students contributed to the installation by writing messages of remembrance on cut out and origami doves that we have installed along the corridor of  the main reception area. These were prepared as part  of a tutor programme on remembrance.  Our young people were exceptional  this morning. They have created a magnificent installation and their behaviour during the installation and for the two minute silence was exemplary.

     

    Please also view our video from the recent Year 10 WW1 Battlefields trip by clicking here.

     

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  • Young Carers Awareness

    Published 16/10/18

    The Henry Beaufort School has just under 30 Young Carers who attend the school. The Headteacher and Marketing Team have been working with three of these amazing young people to produce a video for staff and students to raise awareness of what it is like to be a young carer.  The video has recently been shown to staff and will be shared with the students as part of the school’s personal development programme.

     

    The Young Carers in this video are supported by Winchester and District Young Carers who are part of the Young Carers Alliance supported by funding from Children in Need, Comic Relief and The Big Lottery fund.

     

    We have been very humbled and touched that these young people and their families have allowed us to share an insight into their experiences.

     

    Please see the video below which we are sure you too will find very moving as well as inspirational.

     

     

     

     

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  • GCSE Results 2018

    Published 23/08/18

     

    The Henry Beaufort School is delighted to announce that we have not only maintained our consistently high academic outcomes in the face of the new tougher GCSE grading systems, but that for the fourth year in a row results have risen significantly. 82% of students attained a grade 4 or above in Maths and 83% attained a grade 4 or above in English.  Students achieving a grade 4 or above in both Maths and English is 76%, a 4% increase on this time last year. A significant number of students achieved Grade 9’s in Maths and English, which is a remarkable achievement.  

     

    On the first year through of the new GCSE’s using the grading system 9-1, Science results with students achieving two GCSEs at grade 4 or above, has risen by 8% to 84% with a total of 29 grades at grade 9. French, German and Spanish results were also exceptional at 81%, 85% and 88% respectively. Other notable achievements at grade 4 or above are Food Technology who attained 81%, PE 80% and Photography, a relatively new addition to the GCSE portfolio at the school, at 79%.

     

    A quarter of all grades were A/A* and 7-9.

     

    The students and staff at The Henry Beaufort School worked tirelessly in the run up to the exams. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their commitment to their studies as well as the staff for their determination to give every child a successful outcome.

     

    Congratulations to all of our students, we are very proud of you.

     

    Sue Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • Henry Beaufort Continues High Standards

    Published 27/04/18

    Dear Parents

    I am sure you are aware that currently there is much debate and discussion about the financial implications of cut backs in education and the pressures that are facing all schools in this current climate of austerity.

    No school is immune from the impact of the current climate. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that the high standards of provision at The Henry Beaufort School will be maintained.

    The reduction in schools budgets is not a surprise. Leaders in education have been attempting to mitigate its impact for a number of years now. This has involved tough decisions, as well as a very thorough examination of how the school spends its money.

    We have through the information available to the school from the Local Authority, accounted for the proposed pay awards to support staff and teaching staff in our budget planning. Therefore, I am delighted to inform you that because of the prudent management of the school budget, the school is currently in an exceptionally strong position financially.

    We are fortunate to have a stable and experienced Senior Leadership and Support Staff team at The Henry Beaufort School who have worked hard to ensure that budget cutbacks do not have a negative impact on your child’s education. Our staffing numbers remains stable and I am proud to work with a staffing body committed to the progress and academic attainment of our students.

    This means that at The Henry Beaufort School we will continue with

    • Our commitment to flexible class sizes that suit the need of students
    • Our dedicated school bus service for all of our students who require bus travel to school, ‘door to door’
    • Our commitment to a late bus service so that all students can be fully involved in the wide range of extra-curricular activities that take place after school
    • Our commitment to offer exciting residential trips to places such as New York, the WW1 Battlefields, Finland and Italy, as well as Ski trips and a whole year group camping experience

    We are also working closely with the Local Authority on the school’s expansion plans and I am very excited by the opportunities that this will offer to all of our students. Currently, as well as general building plans to accommodate students from Kings Barton, we are looking at the provision of two new all-weather pitches at the bottom of the site.  The provisional plans also include opening up additional social areas for the children and these will be covered areas. Innovative teaching areas are being considered that will offer new and diverse learning environments for your children.

    I am looking forward to sharing these plans with you once they have been finalised.

    This will enhance the learning opportunities for all of our students in a school that is in seventh place [out of seventy schools] in the Hampshire Local Authority League tables and second in the League table for Winchester.

     I look forward to seeing you at your child’s Celebration Assembly at the end of term, if not before.

    Thank you for your continuing support of our school.

    Yours sincerely

    Miss Hearle

    Headteacher

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  • Are you looking for a school for your child? Questions to ask.

    Published 26/03/18

    Frequently asked questions by parents of a child of secondary school age: 

    Q: Does the school have a strong Progress 8 score?

    A: At The Henry Beaufort school there are no limitations to a child’s attainment because we focus on a child’s progress. Over the three years that Progress 8 scores have been in place , our Progress 8 score has continued to increase:

    2016: 0.18

    2017: 0.22

    2018: 0.25 (provisional) meaning that on average, our Year 11 students achieved a quarter of a grade higher across all of their subjects than their prior attainment predicted.

    Q: Does the school have strong and effective financial management of its budget?

    A: Prudent financial management at The Henry Beaufort school has ensured that the school is in an exceptionally strong position financially. We use our budget to secure well-qualified teaching and support staff as well as providing appropriate, good quality resources.

    Q: What opportunities are there for our child to take part in extra curricular activities?

    A: Our curriculum extension activities run every night after school. These range from sport, music, art and drama clubs to Home Learning club and subject specific opportunities such as STEM club. We provide late buses three nights a week so that every child has the opportunity to take part in after school activities.

    Q: What other enrichment opportunities are there for our child?

    A: At The Henry Beaufort school we are very proud of our cultural enrichment programme.  We organise trips to theatres and  national sporting events as well as taking part in local events such as the annual Mayor Making ceremony.  Our commitment is to offer exciting residential trips to places such as New York, the WW1 Battlefields, Finland and Italy, as well as Ski trips and a whole year group camping experience to name just a few.

    Q: Do you have a large turnover of staff?

    A: Not at The Henry Beaufort school. We have a stable and experienced Senior Leadership team. Ofsted  have recorded that ‘teachers and leaders at all levels are enthusiastic and ambitious’ [Ofsted 2017]. Our loyal and committed staff  are highly skilled as well as  innovative and creative in their approach to teaching. Our Learning Ethos, [HB]² ensures that your child  quickly  becomes an independent learner, highly adept at responding to the requirements of the secondary school curriculum. This independent learning approach is recognised by Sixth Form colleges as a considerable advantage for A Level study.

     

    School places

    Academic Year 2017-2018

    We currently have places available in the year groups 8 & 9

    Academic Year 2018-2019

    Places are currently available from September 2018 in the Year groups 9 & 10

     

    Please contact the school on 01962 880073 or email admin@beaufort.hants.sch.uk to book a tour of the school.

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  • Young Carers visit Winchester University

    Published 29/11/18

    On Tuesday the 16th of October  a group of students who are all young carers were invited to spend a day at the University of Winchester to learn about what life would be like at university.

    The aim of the visit was to give the students an opportunity to:

    •  Explore the types of learning and teaching methods used at university
    • To find out about the different options available after school/college
    • To learn about support available to young carers at university

     

    The students were introduced to the types of subjects and learning methods in higher education as well as the routes that can be taken to get to university and degree apprenticeships.  They  had an opportunity to debate the question, ‘Should the voting age be lowered to 16?’ This as a very lively debate!  They also explored the kind of support they would get as young carers undertaking a degree.

    In the afternoon they undertook the ‘marshmallow challenge’ as well as finding out about the clubs and societies they could join at University.

     

    The students were buzzing at the end  of the day  and talked about how they have learnt so much about the different options available to them. It has also given them  confidence and reassurance that they are able to access further education alongside  the vital role they play in caring for members of their family.

     

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