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.
Graphic Communication at Beauchamp is an exciting introduction to visual arts and feeds directly into the A level Graphics course.
Delivered as a cutting edge programme we enthuse our students to work as creative designers and Illustrators and to take inspiration from real life briefs and professional practices. Graphic Communication is a creative subject that allows and encourages ideas to be formed using traditional drawing, mixed media and computer skills. The emphasis is to allow individuals to experiment and develop a range of skills that they are then able to build on, developing an understanding of how Graphic designers use colour, image and typography to communicate an idea. It is highly influenced by current trends including music and fashion and is at the forefront of modern design.
Portfolio 60% Externally set task 40% No written paper
The Portfolio is based on learning a range of skills which will allow students to develop as artists and designers, they will produce a range of projects in response to a given brief or stimuli. Students will have the opportunity to write their own brief to suit their own interests. Assessment is delivered through regular individual tutorials and written feedback is provided to encourage and inspire progress and attainment leading to the successful completion of the GCSE. Progress points allow for more rigourous assessment against exam criteria to allow students to gain a sound understanding of expectations.
The Portfolio has been developed to encourage students to incorporate their own interests into their studies, inspiring them to ‘love their projects’ and in turn has a positive impact on both progress and attainment. Skills lessons include: Formal drawing techniques, typography, book illustration, print based study, working with Apple Macs, Adobe Creative Suite : inc Photoshop & Illustrator which are introduced at a beginners level through to advanced. Students will undertake a range of small practical projects that will build upon techniques learnt and prepare them for post 16 study. The set task is a project is provided by the exam board, students interpret one of the starting points working to their strengths and in their own unique style. They will focus on this in the latter part of YR11 and produce a body of work that will culminate in a 10 hour exam where they will produce a final response.
The GCSE course equips students with the key elements of designing and illustration needed to undertake the A level course. As technology advances employment options are expanding within the field of Graphic design and Graphic Communication can help to open the door to a variety of careers. Past Beauchamp students have gone on to become successful Illustrators, Graphic and interior designers as well as Architects. Currently some candidates are moving into the digital field of games design.
Twilight and lunch time (Graphics club) sessions are offered on a weekly basis throughout the year to allow students to develop and challenge themselves and to also offer one to one support to any individual who may require extra help with a particular element of their studies. There are also opportunities to enter external competitions and take part in visits to galleries and museums.