Secretary of State for Education Visits Beauchamp College

Oadby’s Beauchamp College welcomed the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, to the school on Friday.

September 09, 2019

Oadby’s Beauchamp College welcomed the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, to the school on Friday. He was in Leicester to announce government plans for education spending and chose Beauchamp as the backdrop for this important news.

During a tour of the 11-19 college the Secretary of State got to see lessons in Design and Technology, Badminton, and even took an active part in a Year 11 Chemistry experiment.

He then sat down for a discussion with students from all key stages as well as Beauchamp alumni. Student ambassador and Youth Parliament member, Lauren Duguid, took the chance to ask about further support for students with special educational needs. He also spoke to alumni Ben Newcombe who will be starting a Degree Apprenticeship in Economics at the Department for Education in September, impressing Mr Williamson with his understanding of the big issues.

Principal Sally Wicken – “We are very pleased that the Secretary of State selected Beauchamp to make this much needed funding announcement and that the Department for Education recognises that our broad and balanced curriculum and effective use of resources ensures our learners are afforded the best possible opportunities. Mr Williamson got a great flavour of what we do at Beauchamp and the Lionheart Trust and was enthusiastic in his praise.”

Lionheart Executive Kath Kelly – “The Secretary of State enjoyed speaking to our students and they certainly made the most of the chance to question him about his work and plans for education. I am always so impressed by the eloquence and confidence of students from Lionheart Trust schools when they meet and speak with visitors.”

Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson – “It’s great to be here at Beauchamp College to see the amazing teaching that’s going on and the real impact it’s having on so many students and to be able to talk to the pupils, see and hear about their learning experience and the impact it’s been making on their lives.”

During the tour, Mr Williamson heard about a number of Lionheart trust initiatives including the Beauchamp City Sixth Form opening in 2020, the plans for a new 11-16 secondary for the city, and Beauchamp’s new SEND building that will include the regions hearing impaired unit.

MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston Neil O’ Brien joined Mr Williamson on the tour and also praised the college for its provision.

The funding announcement revealed that next year schools will receive a £2.6bn uplift, rising to £4.8bn the following year - with schools spending £7.1bn more than at present by 2022-23.