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.
Following on from the updated Government directive on school opening Beauchamp College is now closed to all but children of key workers at Beauchamp, Sir Jonathan North, Judgemeadow and Brocks Hill Primary School who have registered for a place.
Myths, monsters, gods, heroes….
Do you want to broaden your horizons with a GCSE course where you can study fascinating aspects of the ancient world?
If so, Classical Civilisation is the course for you. This subject focuses on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, and is a wide ranging subject involving the study of literature, art, artefacts, archaeological sites, and the ancient historical context.
This course will particularly suit students who enjoyed study of epic narrative in year 7 and who enjoy the challenge of a broad and knowledge-based curriculum.
What will I study?
Beauchamp College follows the OCR Classical Civilisation specification. This offers a broad and rewarding study of the classical world, and will allow you to develop your critical thinking, knowledge and understanding in a range of interesting and engaging topics.
You will study towards two exams, both worth 50% of the overall GCSE and lasting 1 ½ hours. Both papers include a mixture of short, knowledge-based questions and longer, essay answers.
Your knowledge will be supported and enhanced by our annual trip to the British Museum to see sources in context, along with our long-standing partnership with Leicester University School of Ancient History and Archaeology.
At Beauchamp, the options you will study are:
Many students come to Classical Civilisation due to a love of the mythology of the ancient world, and so this forms a central part of our course.
You will study myths regarding the role of the gods and heroes in the founding of Athens and Rome and the importance of Heracles/Hercules to both the Greek and Roman world. Myth as a symbol of power will also be explored, as will ever popular myths about the underworld.
You will also look at the role of religion in the everyday lives of ancient Greeks and Romans. The study of temples, sacrifice, festivals, death and beliefs in the afterlife will give a broad overview of religion in the ancient world, and provides opportunity for the study of a wide variety of material remains, including remarkable temples and works of art.
You will make comparisons between Greek and Roman ideas and use literature and visual/material culture to inform your judgements, including discussion of why or how the sources may present things differently from each other.
This component provides the opportunity for the study of a fascinating period of history and a work of literature with great enduring appeal.
Homer’s Odyssey forms the literary half of this component. The selection of books combines the fantastical and enjoyable tales of Odysseus’ journey (such as his encounter with the Cyclops), with those which give an insight into everyday life; including aspects such as palace life and the lives of women. The final books, which focus on the battle between Odysseus and the suitors, are exciting in themselves and also pose interesting questions about revenge and punishment
You will also study of life in Mycenaean times. This includes the study of sites, their archaeology and the role they play in our understanding of the age. The Mycenaean Age is also rich in sculpture, frescos and jewellery, as well as tombs and their accompanying treasure, meaning that you will study a wide range of fascinating materials. Everyday life in Mycenaean times is also explored, allowing you to consider what life was like for real people in this period.