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Beauchamp College

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Type  Academy
Principal  Kath Kelly
Phone  +44 116 272 9100
Staff  300
Executive Headteacher  Mr Hugh Howe
Chair of Governors  Mrs Chris Swan
Number of students  1,734
Gender  Mixed-sex education
Established  15th century (1964 current site)
Location  Ridge Way Oadby Leicestershire LE2 5TP England
Address  Ridge Way, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5TP, UK

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.


Beauchamp college 2016

Grammar school

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. 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 5 miles (8.0 km) from the City of Leicester.


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 11-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 8 mi (13 km) away.


The school converted to academy status on 1 May 2013.

Community college

Beauchamp is also a Community College, with over 2,500 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).


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

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.


  • A History of Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School by Bernard Elliott
  • Notable former pupils

  • John Deacon (1965-1969) - Queen bassist
  • Sara Dhada - candidate on The Apprentice Series Four.
  • Amanda Drew - British actress.
  • John Merricks - world class racing sailor. Won silver medal at Atlanta Olympics in 1996 as helm in 470 class. (c 1985-1989)
  • Lathaniel Rowe-Turner - Leicester City F.C. and Torquay United player.
  • David Shrigley - cartoonist.
  • Amy Voce - Gem 106 presenter.
  • Fagun Thakrar - British actress and designer
  • Jassa Ahluwalia - British actor and presenter
  • Samuel Stevens - Journalist, The Independent
  • Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School

  • Frank Dunlop - theatre director (1928–35)
  • Elizabeth France CBE, Chairman of the Office for Legal Complaints since 2009, and Data Protection Registrar from 1994-2002 (1961-8)
  • John MacGregor CVO, Ambassador to Austria from 2003-7 and to Poland from 2000-2, and husband of Judith MacGregor, the current Ambassador to Mexico (1958–65)
  • Bill Maynard (1940–45) - British comedian and actor, and former presenter on Radio Leicester
  • Peter Wilby - Editor of the New Statesman, and former editor from 1995-6 of the Independent on Sunday (1956–63)
  • References

    Beauchamp College Wikipedia