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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. 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 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. 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, I also work with the following staff in the following capacities:

  • Ms Caplin – Bursar
  • Mrs Scott - Senior Deputy Headteacher
  • Miss Shelton – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mr Applin – Assistant Headteacher

The Extended Leadership team:

  • Mrs Briggs – Senior Teacher
  • Miss Colebourn – Senior teacher 
  • Miss Gist- Senior Teacher


Alison Caplin - Bursar

I am delighted to be working at The Henry Beaufort School and have found my first couple of years here to be very rewarding, overcoming the many challenges we face. I have been working in Education for 18 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.


Joanna Scott - Senior Deputy Headteacher

I have been a teacher for 29 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:

  • GDPR and I am the Data Protection Officer
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Admissions
  • Attendance
  • Pastoral Programme
  • Personal Development Days
  • Alternative Provision

I line manage the following areas in school:

  • Head of Year Team
  • Social Inclusion Officer
  • Seclusion Manager
  • MFL
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • SEND
  • ICT Services


Eleanor Shelton - Assistant 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:

  • Curriculum
  • Data
  • Options
  • Performance Management and Pay
  • Assessment

I line manage the following areas in school:

  • PE
  • Technology
  • English
  • Maths

Andrew Applin - Assistant 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. 

For the academic year 2020-21 I will have oversight of the Humanities, Science, Computing teams in terms of Senior Line Management. I have strategic oversight of the Implementation aspect of ‘Quality of Education’ focussed on pedagogy, A priority for this year will be guiding the needs of our young people as we secure their knowledge and memory retention as part of the COVID 19 teaching and learning response. We will continue to develop our five year curriculum focussing on how staff implement this including home learning.

Another part of my role is to ensure the I am responsible for the 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 the NQTs induction alongside the LEARN Alliance and also the Schools Direct cohort of students as they undertake their training year.

Other parts of my role include:

  • Governors liaison with school
  • Wellbeing of students through continuous wellbeing opportunities for staff
  • Working with the Primary Headteachers and provision into our local schools.
  • Open events
  • Carry out the role as Head of Centre with the Educational Visits Coordinator (EVC)
  • Oversight of the school timetable and the school calendar



Holly Briggs -  Senior Teacher in charge of Student Life Chances

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 10 and I am a Senior Teacher with Pastoral Strategic responsibility for Student Life Chances.  This includes;

Development and line management of:

  • Provision for and tracking of non-secondary ready children [to include working in partnership with the primary provider]
  • Literacy/ reading across the whole school, oversight of the Accelerated Reader programme and the Library
  • Numeracy across the school
  • Personal Development days
  • Cultural Capital including hbX
  • Tutor and Assembly programme
  • Enrichment Week
  • Careers



Emma Colebourn - Senior Teaching in charge of 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 a sporting context. I seek to promote the school’s values of ‘Pride, Happiness and Ambition’ in everything I do.

For the academic year 2020-2021 I will continue my role of Head of PE and will be taking on the role of ‘Senior Teacher in charge of Student Opportunities’.  This is a new role and is an exciting opportunity to continue to develop a highly inclusive curriculum, to meet the demands and needs of our students. Key to this role is the development of vocational subjects and exploring the opportunity to increase the number of vocational subjects offered here at The Henry Beaufort School.

My other roles include;

  • Increasing the profile of Student Voice and to relaunch the Whole School Student Council as a platform for student’s opinions to be heard and acted upon.
  • Carry out the role of Education Visits Co-ordinator
  • I will be looking to expand how revision strategies and techniques can be incorporated into lessons to improve memory retention. This involves the new Revision Organiser, which has been produced for all Year 7 & 8 students.
  • Exams, including revision timetables and a clinic rota
  • Extra-curricular opportunities with an emphasis on inclusion for all
  • The Student Handbook


Verity Gist - Senior Teacher in charge of progress of Vulnerable Student Groups

I have been a part of The Henry Beaufort school community since 2013 and the Academic Leader of English for five of these years, since January 2016. I feel very committed to the school and have been proud to be a part of the exciting journey the school has been on over these years. During my time as Academic Leader of English, I have worked hard to create a successful English department which promotes consistently strong student outcomes in all year groups and continues to adopt a ‘child-centred’ approach. I am very excited to take on my new role this year in addition to my role in English: to have oversight of all vulnerable student groups and to oversee our students who are educated in off-site provisions. Working to close the educational gap between our vulnerable and non-vulnerable students is something I feel very passionate about; I believe it is imperative that we maintain high expectations for all students and I am committed to supporting and driving our most vulnerable students to succeed at The Henry Beaufort school, enabling these students to successfully access the next steps in their education.

My role includes strategic responsibility for / line management of:

  • Pupil premium students 
  • Looked After Children (LAC)
  • Services 
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • The Optimal Learning Centre (OLC)
  • Tutoring programme for offsite students 
  • The Bridge partnership, working with the Head of Year team to disseminate information 
  • Hearing Resource Base