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          • Year 11 Results Day - Thursday 20th August 2020

            Published 31/07/20

            Dear Parents and Students,

            Year 11 Results Day - Thursday 20th August 2020

            Coronavirus has affected so many aspects of all of our lives including exams.  We share with you the disappointment and frustration of not having the opportunity to prove your abilities in each of your subjects in a “normal” exam season. Your teachers, academic leaders and SLT have worked hard to provide each of you with a grade for every subject entered. Staff have carefully assessed many aspects of your study including your work and progress over the whole of your GCSE course. These grades are now with the exam boards for standardisation.  Exam boards will now, under Ofqual’s guidance, set about their process to deliver your grades. As some parents may not be clear how grades are calculated this year we have provided you the link to the exams regulator www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRTyGmUJIrw. They also have released an infographic for your information //assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/887041/6614-4_Infographic_-_Process_for_awarding_GCSEs__AS_and_A_levels_summer_2020.pdf

            We have decided to partially open the school for students to collect their results in person on Results Day – Thursday 20 August (subject to no change in Government guidance due to a “spike”). We will re-send final confirmation of arrangements for Results Day to students and parents on Wednesday 19th August 2020.

            The plan for the day is that students will enter school only from the main gate at the top car park at specific timed intervals. We regret that for everyone’s safety students cannot be accompanied onsite and would ask parents not to gather at the site entrance. Once onsite Year 11 students will line up, adhering to strict social distancing measures, to collect their results from the Community Lounge at the far end of the Upper car park. We will operate a one way system and students will exit the rear of the Community Lounge go upstairs and exit school by the car park behind the Beacon Arts building and the small gate at the side. Staff will be available to assist students in negotiating the routes safely. For everyone’s safety the car park will not be available for parents to park or drop off student. Results can only be collected by the student in person and results cannot be issued by telephone or email.  If a student is unable to collect their results at the allocated time results will be posted on the day. If students, or anyone in their household, have Coronavirus symptoms they should not come to school; results will be posted to these students. Students should be mindful of the government’s safer travel guidance for passengers  //www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

            We have taken Government guidance and the timings will be as follows:

            10.00     Athens and Berlin

            10.30     Luxembourg and Moscow

            11.00     Prague and Rome

            11.30     Warsaw

            We would hope that most of you will be satisfied with your grades and allows you to progress to your next stage. Senior staff will be on hand behind the Beacon Arts Centre to discuss your results with you should you have any queries.

            The school will be closed from Tuesday 21st July 3pm and our next communication regarding exams will be on 19th August.

            Kind regards,

            Mr Applin- Assistant Headteacher & Mrs A M Hine- Exams Officer

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          • Hello from Henry B! Edition 17

            Published 15/07/20

            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.

            • The Photographer’s Gallery has developed a series of talks, events and workshops aimed at students 14+: thephotographysgallery.org.uk
            • The Royal Albert Hall has a range of activities from music to maths to meeting the orchestra: royalalberthall.com
            • On the National Galleries site there is a section called ‘home is where the art is’ allowing children to explore the work of artists: nationalgalleries.org

            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,

            Miss Hearle


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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


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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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          • Gardening Project

            Published 21/07/20

            At the beginning of the Easter holidays some of our Key Worker Students planted potatoes as part of a gardening project with Miss Hearle, Headteacher. They spent a morning digging over very weed infested  vegetable plot in the student garden before planting seed potatoes.  Over the  next few weeks they spent time  earthing up the plants to  make sure of a good crop.  3 Months later they went back to see how well they had grown and discovered they had a pretty good crop!


            Students featured are Jade, Cameron and Hannah

            Excellent work everyone!

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          • Happy Birthday Captain Tom Moore

            Published 30/04/20

            Over the last couple of weeks, the staff at Hampshire Music Service (with additional support from a few of their ensemble members) have been working hard to put together a musical Happy Birthday message for Captain Tom Moore. The video is a virtual performance of Happy Birthday and For He's a Jolly Good Fellow, with a special feature of the Wellesley March, the march of his old regiment, the Duke of Wellington's. 

            The video has now been released on their social media accounts and they are encouraging their followers to sing along to the video at 8.05pm on Thursday, 30th April 2020 for the nationwide birthday tribute to Captain Tom. HMS have asked us to share this with you - especially as some of our pupils might even see their HMS teacher on the video! The link to the video is below: 


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          • Donations to the Shield Mask Fund

            Published 22/04/20

            A number of parents have asked if they can contribute to either the Shield Mask production or the fundraising efforts of our colleagues running for the NHS.


            If you wish to make a contribution to the Shield Mask fund please use the following SCOpay account:

            THBS COVID 19 Donation


            If you wish to make a contribution to the 25km/50km run please go to:



            If you do not have a child at the school but would still like to make a donation then please make a payment via BACS using the following details:

            Account Name – Hampshire County Council

            Account Number – 00000000 (8 x 0’s unique to HCC)

            Sort Code – 62.28.49

            Reference to quote – HN 6798 COVID DONATE


            Thank you so much for all of your support, it means a great deal to all of us and a particular thanks to all of you who have already contributed.

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          • Families entitled to Free School Meals Voucher

            Published 14/04/20

            Dear Parents

            Families entitled to Free School Meals Voucher

            We have been notified  by the Department for Education that there is a hold up in the system and vouchers are being processed for our school in the next 24 hours.

            I am sorry that it has taken so long  but hopefully these will be with you by tomorrow. [Wednesday 15/04/2020].  Unfortunately the school does not have any control over the processing of these vouchers.

            If there is an urgent concern about  providing meals for your child please contact the school on the main school number 01962 880073.

            Thank you

            Miss S Hearle



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          • Thank you NHS!

            Published 09/04/20

            The Henry Beaufort School is delighted to be able to support the work of our local healthcare professionals through our production of protective face masks.

            Mr Lane and his team of technicians in the Technology department have been making the masks which are being distributed to local hospitals and GP surgeries.

            We are proud and humbled to be able to contribute to the amazing efforts of the NHS at such a difficult time for everyone. Thank you NHS!

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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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