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 GCSE qualification is designed for students who want to study fashion and textiles in a hands on, practical way.
It is a creative, vibrant and popular course at Beauchamp College that feeds perfectly into Key Stage 5 study. Textiles students are encouraged to develop their skills in a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. Lessons are energetic and full of enthusiasm. With students experimenting and exploring a variety of traditional and modern techniques, conducting research into past and present fashion designers and looking at iconic designs, styles and movements that inspire the ever changing world of fashion.
Component 1: Portfolio 60% Component 2: Externally set assignment
Textile design is defined as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched, printed o decorative textiles that might have a functional or non-functional purpose. The course allows students to grow in confidence in a creative environment enjoying and engaging in the projects chosen. Students will have the opportunity to write and develop their own project focus to suit their own interests, influences and career opportunities within the field of textile and fashion design. Individual tutorials and regular written feedback is given to support and aid learning whilst generating a real love for the subject.
The course is comprised of two units, Component 1, a portfolio of work and Component 2 which consists of an externally set task.
The portfolio has been developed to encourage students to explore their own interests and become creative and imaginative with their work. Students will build up their textiles skills and techniques through a range of trials and experiments based on their responses to a gallery/ museum visit early within the course which will help them produce a sustained portfolio developed in response to a given brief. Skills built up within the year range from looking at surface decorations, building on their sewing machine skills to the complete construction of their own garment designed within their portfolio.
The externally set task is provided by the exam board and will be delivered during the latter part of year 11. The exam consists of a 10 hour practical assessment for which students will plan and prepare for based around their set theme.
The GCSE Textiles course will equip students with the key skills and understanding to further develop and progress onto A level Textiles. There are a vast range of University courses available within Textiles and fashion for students wanting to study this at higher education, a few being Fashion buying, Fashion design, Management, merchandising, Textiles promotion and marketing, contour fashion and many others.
Past Beauchamp students have gone to a variety of universities studying different courses including the London college of Fashion
Twilight and lunch time clubs are offered on a weekly basis throughout the year to actively encourage coursework progression, individual growth and interest within the subject and gain additional teacher guidance and support.