Beauchamp College

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The Beauchamp College
Beauchamp College emblem.png
Established 15th century
(1964 current site)
Type Academy
Headmaster Mr Hugh Howe
Chair of Governors Mrs Chris Swan
Location Ridge Way
Oadby
Leicestershire
LE2 5TP
England Coordinates: 52°35′17″N 1°04′21″W / 52.58817°N 1.07239°W / 52.58817; -1.07239
DfE number 885/4045
DfE URN 120265 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 300 (approx.)
Students 1734
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14–18
Website The Beauchamp College

The Beauchamp College (/ˈbəm/ beecham) is an upper school and further education community college, in Oadby, a town on the outskirts of Leicester, England. It is situated on the southern edge of the built-up area of Oadby on the same campus as Gartree High School and Brocks Hill Primary School.

History[edit]

Grammar school[edit]

The school dates back to the mid-15th century having started life as Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School. The history of that school has been written by Bernard Elliott.[1] In 1964 it became the Beauchamp Grammar School when it moved from School Lane, Kibworth, into new buildings in Oadby, a rapidly growing residential suburban area to the South of Leicester, about five miles from the City of Leicester.

Comprehensive[edit]

It thus became a comprehensive Upper School for pupils aged 14 to 18, although the last pupils to have gained entry at Kibworth via the Eleven Plus examination did not leave until 1968. It then became fully comprehensive, serving Oadby as its main catchment area as well as drawing from villages up to eight miles away.

Academy[edit]

The school converted to academy status on 1 May 2013.

Community college[edit]

Beauchamp is also a Community College, with over 2500 part-time students taking part in a variety of recreational, cultural and academic evening classes. Many extra curricular activities are also held on a weekly basis such as Young Enterprise, Drama and sports clubs, (primarily Tennis and Football).

Funding[edit]

On 1 April 1996, Beauchamp gained the status of Technology College. It received sponsorship of over £122,000 from The Garfield Weston Foundation, Lloyds Bank, Alliance & Leicester, Midland Bank, Psion, and Sainsbury's. The college also receives a maintenance grant of around £220,000 from the DCSF. This additional funding has enhanced the quality of provision, and allowed for a number of refurbishments and new buildings at the College including a cutting-edge new design facility, that includes an exhibition centre. Other recently completed projects include an Adult Learning Centre which provides rooms and conference rooms for hire; and an Applied Learning Centre which includes a beauty salon, performing arts studio and dance studio (all for vocational courses), as well as space for quiet study.

Sports centre[edit]

The sports centre was completed in 2006, includes two full size basketball courts, two fully electronic scoreboards and a state-of-the-art dance studio. There are also vending machines which provide nutritional bars along with energy drinks. The fitness centre, run by Active Life, is open to the public on a membership fee basis.

Publications[edit]

  • A History of Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School by Bernard Elliott

Notable former pupils[edit]

Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A History of Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School" (pub. priv., 1957) http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~pml1/kbgs/history/