Beaumont College A Salutem Company Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:15:38 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Beaumont College 32 32 5 Stars for our Kitchen! Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:15:38 +0000 On 19th September our kitchen at Lancaster was inspected and we are pleased to announce we have been awarded a rating of 5 under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Thanks to our excellent kitchen team for maintaining such high standards of food hygiene.

Beaumont College Performance Company Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:04:03 +0000 We are delighted to share that the Beaumont Performance Company has been successfully accepted to perform at a show called Originate Youth Dance Platform.

Friday 5th July 7pm
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.

Originate Dance Platform 2019

Students on the road to Duke of Edinburgh success Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:57:23 +0000 Students at the mixed-ability Barrow college are preparing to take on the Langdale Valley in a bid to achieve their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

A group of seven students from Beaumont College, located within Barrow Sixth Form College, are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards. The students, who have a range of complex needs including physical disability, cerebral palsy and autism, are preparing to undertake an independent trek through the Langdale Valley later this year. As part of their training, the students are learning map skills and camp cookery.

Beaumont College of Further Education, provides a person-centred curriculum to young people with physical and learning disabilities, ages 19 to 25. The team of students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards are also members of the Adventure Film Making group run at college by outdoor tutor David Liley, so the trek will be well-documented, with students editing their footage into a final presentation.

Rachel Diss, an Occupational Therapist who established the Duke of Edinburgh awards at Beaumont College, Barrow, said: “I’m really passionate about our students having the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. It’s a fantastic way for our students to learn and to develop their independence whilst finding new interests, like map reading and building confidence in their own abilities.

“When out in the wilderness, following a route with a heavy bag on their back, it brings our students a great sense of relief from anxiety, many of whom, ordinarily, might not be expected to fend for themselves. The hardest part for the staff is stepping back and allowing the students to help themselves as a group.”

Aaron, a Barrow student and participant in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, said: “I am proud of what I have achieved being on expedition and have enjoyed working in my team to camp and walk along our route.”

Recognition PR

Cornerstone Cafe Art Exhibition Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:51:17 +0000 Our Lancaster campus currently has an Art Exhibition running at The Cornerstone Cafe in Lancaster town centre. Running for a number of weeks, the exhibition is showcasing the diverse work and talents of our young people.

A number of pieces being exhibited are part of one student’s Gold Arts Award that she has spent this academic year preparing and working hard for.

The Cornerstone Cafe is run by volunteers with disabilities and we are really pleased to have made a great link with them to build relationships within our local community and raise the profile of our creative students.

We hope to see lots more work appearing in the community in the future!

Collaborative Approach to working towards Educational Outcomes Tue, 02 Apr 2019 15:16:40 +0000 For some students working on the ‘Life and Vocational Pathway’ accessing a work placement is an important part of their programme and it provides them with the opportunity to learn relevant work skills in real vocational environments.

Without the support that we have from local employers who provide us with work placement opportunities, students would not have access to such rewarding and life enriching experiences. As such Beaumont College would like to send a huge message of thanks and appreciation to all our work place providers old, longstanding and new in Lancaster, Carlisle, Blackpool and Barrow!

As inclusive employers’ you help to change lives by enabling our students to shine and you help show the wider public the incredible difference that disabled young people can bring to a workforce, if given the chance.
It is always a pleasure to see students working.

Oliver, a young man in his third year, works so confidently behind the counter in a local café; serving customers. His customer service is impeccable and he demonstrates the epitome of ‘service with a smile’. The staff at the café are appreciative of the work that he is able to contribute and one customer stated, “Last week he was making drinks and now he is using the till. He is doing so well.”

Sarah, a second year student, is working at a local nursery in Carnforth. Amidst the mass of excitement and furore that this ensues, it is clear that Sarah has her eye very much on the safety of the toddlers and gives gentle reminders to them to play safely and share with each other. Sarah explains, “The children weren’t so sure about my wheelchair at first but now they are used to it and treat me like any other person.” She is professional, articulate and clearly proud of how much she has grown in confidence since starting her placement in September. On talking to the manager of the nursery, she gave shining praise of Sarah and explained how she has made a big impact on how the children understand wheelchair users.

Jessica works in the housekeeping department at a busy four-star hotel in Lancaster. She is and careful and thorough in her work and is valued by the hotel team. Jessica explained, “I used to feel nervous when I first started going to work but now I know what I’m doing and I like making the rooms look clean.”

Chloe, a student at Barrow, has just started her work placement at a local dog kennels and despite caring for and walking the dogs in the impending wind and rain that Cumbria inevitably hands to us, her passion for animals and eagerness to work never diminishes her commitment and sense of pride to do her job properly. “I just love going to work and being with the animals and the staff at the kennels.”

These lived experiences are only a small sample taken from a group of young people who are regularly accessing high quality work placements. Their confidence shines through and the skills and knowledge they are supported to learn has a massive impact on the growth of their self-esteem. All the students explain that they enjoy feeling that they are part of their local community and that this is very important to them.

Thanks again to collaboration between college staff and work place providers for making sure our young disabled people thrive and gain vocational skills that will prepare them for the world of work.

– Julia Park, Education Manager

Beaumont’s Summer Fair, July 2018 Tue, 02 Oct 2018 23:16:12 +0000 We want to thank everyone who came along to our Summer Fair, bought raffle tickets, played games and bought the craft items for sale which included some amazing art work produced by our students The event was well attended despite the World Cup and England playing at 3pm we still had lots of people attending including students, their families, staff and their families along with people from the local community who are interested in supporting their local college.

Once again, we were very lucky with the weather and the sun shone all day, as did the entertainment on our outdoor stage hosted by our local radio station Beyond and performances by Tribe of Fable, Neil Oughton, James Morrison, Matty Bannon and Tommy McAleer. The annual craft fair- judged by representatives of the Women’s institute was well supported with entries including paintings, embroidery, weaving, painted stones, and photographs and pimped up boots! With the overall winner coming from the children’s category.

The fair raised an impressive £2300.06 which is a fantastic amount and the money will go to the student fund and will be invested in more equipment and experiences for our young people.

As usual, we would like to thank all our supporters and local businesses and individuals for their support, time and kind donations, and we must also thank our brilliant Summer Fair organising team The fair was busy all day with hundreds of sausage and bacon sandwiches being served by our amazing catering team not to mention the wonderful ice cream sellers that kept us cool throughout the day!

The fair raised an impressive £2300.06 which is a fantastic amount and the money will go to the student fund and will be invested in more equipment and experiences for our young people.

Students raise £1200 at Party Night supported by Beyond Radio Tue, 02 Oct 2018 22:53:28 +0000 Beaumont College Students Mateo and Luke raised a fantastic £1200 by holding a party night at a local venue supported by Beyond Radio.

The money raised will be split between the Student Union and the Beaumont College Record company to fund this year’s projects and new work.

Beaumont Occupational Therapist speaks at Duke of Edinburgh Conference Tue, 02 Oct 2018 22:29:08 +0000

On Friday, Rachel Diss Beaumont College Occupational Therapist was asked to speak at the Duke of Edinburgh Conference at the Anderton Centre in Chorley, Rachel was asked by the organisers to present on the implementation of it in Beaumont.

The feedback was very positive and attendees were particularly impressed at the lengths she had gone to make the expedition accessible to all including using hoists in tents!

Beaumont College’s enrolment onto the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Beaumont College is a Further Education Special Needs College in Lancashire for young adults transitioning from school up to 25 years old. We have residential and day attending students who follow a wide range of curriculum sessions from Sensory activity to Performance and Outdoor Education. It is close to the beautiful Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales where many opportunities are taken to explore and experience these for learning.

Beaumont College signed up to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the start of 2018. Many staff and students were excited about the set-up of this Award activity within college and the opportunities it has provided. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is widely recognised by employers and the public as setting a high standard of achievement for all young people to participate in team working and new activities.

The Bronze and Silver levels of the award are based around 4 activity sections; Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition. A participant must choose their activity in each of the first 3 sections from a wider range of options and participate in this over a set amount of weeks. Bronze sections are between 12 and 24 weeks. The fourth section is Expedition which involves group planning and training, resulting in travelling a route over 2 days and staying out as a team overnight.

Beaumont College became a Licensed Organisation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on 8th January 2018.

Because of the training required for the Expedition Section and the interest of the staff involved it was agreed that this first year it would work best to link the project onto the Adventure Film Making Sessions run by David Liley. This gave the participants the opportunity to build up experience and skills over a long period and so ready to carry out their Practise and Qualifying Expeditions in the Summer Term. Some of our students David and Natasha already had their Bronze Award, achieved whilst at school. This was a positive realisation but also placed a new outlook on the small Bronze Pilot group we had originally planned. This lifted our sights to include a provision for Silver level.

Our Bronze Group was formed of 4 students who had never done Duke of Edinburgh Award activities before and one who had completed 3 sections at school but not completed their Expedition.  Jonathon, Sarah, Jadhaan, Callum, and Fae. We had three students who used wheelchairs for their mobility and students who found change to their routine difficult. This project challenged all of our experiences and abilities.

The students’ leadership skills and personal development expanded in so many ways.

Beaumont College became a Licensed Organisation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on 8th January 2018. Students were supported to select their choice of activities. Some they were already taking part in, e.g. gym attendance and radio DJ-ing and some they took up as part of the award. Recording of the activities was going to be challenging as everyone had completely different activities and so many different people were being asked to assess their achievements. We arranged regular DofE days with students on which planning and admin could be carried out in order to keep a check on progress and recording.

The planning and the training for the Expedition took on a great part of this project. Rachel Diss, also our Mountain Leader linked with the group to support planning and problem solving to enable the expeditions to be carried out. The students’ leadership skills and personal development expanded in so many ways. It was a delightful and humbling experience to watch them achieve through their own learning and ideas. They became protective of each other and supportive of each other’s needs. They became braver and more accepting to challenge. There was definitely a build-up of anxiety over the months prior to expedition in both the students group and the support staff around how were we going to do this. But as the training sessions passed and the information sheets and risk assessment were talked through the picture of how it was going to work started to form more thoroughly in people’s minds. The questions came out and the answers were found.