We are incredibly excited about the prospect of seeing young people develop during their time at Beauchamp and want to work closely in partnership with parents/carers and their children. Making a decision about where to send your child to study can often be difficult, however we believe that Beauchamp offers the very best opportunity for academic success and the most rewarding journey from Year 7 to 11 and onto KS5, work, or further training.
The high standards and aspirations of our young people coupled with inspirational teaching means students at Beauchamp College demonstrate exceptional achievement and we are proud of the fact that Beauchamp is consistently placed among the best schools in Leicestershire and beyond. This success is based on the commitment and curiosity of the wonderful Beauchamp students, encouraging parent/carer engagement, the enthusiasm and experience of all staff, and the supportive monitoring of academic and holistic development of all learners.
As our students come from a range of cultural, ethnic, economic, linguistic and faith backgrounds, this has greatly enriched our daily college experience as we learn together and from one another. Inspired by this diversity we believe in pursuing excellence and equity for all. As a result, every year our students prove they can compete successfully in all fields as they move onto university, work and other training opportunities such as apprenticeships.
We feel privileged to work at Beauchamp and believe it is a fantastic college that provides our students with a high quality education, continual support and a huge range of other opportunities. To get a flavour of this we invite all prospective students and their parents/carers for a tour of our college during the college day so that you can get a true view of our daily college routine.
Over the last two years, Beauchamp has run close to 100 trips. Some of the highlights included trips to France, Tanzania and Los Angeles. Out-of-classroom learning makes a unique contribution to a students’ education and offers many varied benefits. At Beauchamp College students have many opportunities to access these activities within various departments. During the Summer of 2018 students and staff travelled to Tanzania to take part in voluntary work with Camps International. In 2020 a similar trip will take place to Costa Rica. Students have also had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles with Media Studies. A ski trip to Austria is planned for 2019 which will enable many students to demonstrate their resilience, as they master their technique. Many UK residentials have also taken place during the year.
At Beauchamp, our aim is to provide a curriculum that engages and challenges all students and supports our vision of academic excellence and holistic development. The introduction of our KS3 provision in September 2017 has enabled us to view our curriculum as a 7 year journey which will equip our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to progress through life with confidence and engender a life-long love of learning.
On behalf of all students, staff, governors and parents, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and to Beauchamp’s Alumni Society. Let me take this opportunity to introduce the aims of the Alumni Society to you and commend its intention to seek your involvement and support for our students and for your past college.
The new GCSE is now linear so students will sit their exams at the end of the course.
Each paper is worth 25% of the final grade and there will be four papers to test Listening (comprehension), Speaking (role-play, photo card and discussion), Reading (comprehension and translation) and Writing (a range of written tasks and translation).
As part of the GCSE programme, French is taught building on the foundations laid in High School, whereas Spanish, German and Mandarin are taught from beginner level. Achieving proficiency in a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE requires independent study time and dedication with homework and revision, so we expect our students to commit themselves to regular hard work. It is important to emphasise that choosing Spanish, German or Mandarin will provide an extra challenge from studying French which most students have studied at High School.
We would therefore recommend that students who want to study Spanish, German or Mandarin have already demonstrated good linguistic ability in French and are committed to preparing their GCSE in two years.
Students also have the opportunity to study two languages should bear in mind the challenge that this provide.
AQA (French, German & Spanish)
The GCSE examinations consist of 4 units:
The Listening and Reading examinations will test understanding of the following topics: Out & About: Customer Service & Transactions, Personal Information, Future Plans, Education and work
The Speaking and Writing Controlled Assessments will test language manipulation in the following areas: Media & culture, Sport & leisure, Travel & tourism, Business, work & employment. Individual teachers may also devise tasks on different topics.
*Please note that the topics and exam timings for Mandarin vary slightly from the European Languages.
We strive to enrich our students’ linguistic and cultural development by running trips to France, Germany and Spain every year.
The language faculty is a creative and dynamic team of native and non-native teachers, who are dedicated to ensuring the progress and success of all its students and developing their cultural awareness for academic and career purposes.
We strive to enrich the linguistic and cultural development for our students by running trips to France, Germany and Spain every year. This year we are exploring the possibility of running a trip to China.