Henry Beaufort School
|Motto||"Believe and Achieve"|
|Headteacher||Miss Sue Hearle|
|Deputy Headteacher||Jon Hicks, John Howells|
|Specialism||Technology and Humanities|
|Location||East Woodhay Road
Henry Beaufort School, is a secondary school in Harestock, a suburb of Winchester, in the county of Hampshire in England. It has dual specialist school status as a Technology College and Humanities College.
About the school
The school was built in 1971 as the first purpose-built, co-educational, comprehensive school in Winchester, to serve the new developments created by the new Teg Down, Weeke Manor and Harestock estates. In the first year of opening the school had a full complement of year 7 children and about half a year 8 complement. The school grow each year until 1975 it had a full 5 years of intake. The first headmaster was Mr Hubert who remained headmaster until 1990 when he retired. He was replaced by Mr D. Dickinson who was head for about 10 years. He left in 2000 and was replaced by Mr Jonathan de Sausmarez. The current Headteacher is Ms. S. Hearle
Initially, each year was divided into 6 tutor groups H, R, E, S, T and O, taken from `Harestock', the suburb of Winchester in which it is located. The `A' was missed out as a tutor group to avoid any suggestion that it was made up of superior students.
Today it is divided into seven tutors: Athens, Berlin, Luxembourg, Moscow, Prague, Rome and Warsaw. All tutors currently use vertical tutoring, after Henry Beaufort decided it would encourage trust between students of different years. There is an annual sports day which is held midway through July and the students are encouraged to participate in sport and eat healthily as the school has the Healthy Schools status. The school runs the Beaufort Bistro which serves hot and cold food and drink priced between £0.40 and £2 before school and during the two student break times. Henry Beaufort runs bus services to many of the surrounding areas before and after school including a later bus,(for which a fee is charged) if students wish to participate in after school activities. Henry Beaufort has many awards Including Technology and Humanities College status. The school also has an Artsmark Gold award and was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. As of the start of the spring term in 2011, Miss Sue Hearle has replaced Mr Jonathan de Sausmarez as headteacher at the school.
As of January 2009 most buildings have begun refurbishment including exterior and interiors. This includes painting the building in the new navy blue and white as opposed to the pale blue and black before it. The refurbishment is coming along well and the new colours are a huge improvement. The school is also looking forward to a new Astroturf pitch. Construction started on June 2009 and is now completed.
The largest of the schools buildings known as "Tower Block" housing the languages and humanities departments started a refit in 2012. The two departments were required to move to temporary buildings at the top of the site whilst work was taking place, but have now returned to the newly refurbished building. Work on the block is still not yet fully complete as of March 2014.
- http://www.newswireless.net/index.cfm/article/1308 NewsWireless.net - Wireless turns school into UK technology college, but ... by Guy Kewney, posted on 1 September 2002