Bablake School

Coventry, West Midlands

Situated in the beautiful heart of England, in Coventry, close to Birmingham (the UK’s second city) and one hour by train from London, Bablake is one of the oldest schools in England. It was founded in 1344, but has occupied its current home since 1890. It enjoys the educational, artistic and historical benefits of its proximity to Warwick and Coventry Universities, Royal Leamington Spa and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. As well as delivering first rate academic education, the School has a well-regarded range of extra-curricular activities, including sport, music, drama, art, debating and the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, as well as a vigorous programme of Community Service and charity fundraising. In recent years the School has been represented in national finals for Rugby, Hockey and Netball, with the Cricket and Athletics teams regular winners of local and regional competitions.

Key Facts

Location Coventry
School Status Co-Educational
Headteacher John Watson
Available Courses AS, A-Level
Accommodation Homestay
% of International students 5%
Senior school 805
Sixth Form 228
Facilities Indoor swimming pool, climbing walls, fitness suite, dance studio, tennis court, netball courts, 40 acre sports ground (rugby pitches, astro pitches), language laboratory, theatre, large musical rehearsal room, individual practice rooms, art studios, pottery studio, photography dark room, ICT suites
Features Weather station, Classical Society, CREST award, debating society, Environmental group, public speaking society, stretch magazine, brass quintet, classical oasis, knitting club, textiles club, bridge club, combined cadet force, Christian union, climbing club,
drama, flight simulator club, flute choir, orchestra, table tennis, string ensemble, brass group, choir, poetry prize group, physics club, history society, library book club, swing band, woodwind group, amnesty international, arts award, creative writing club, languages club, French film club, Rock School, string ensemble, string quartet, wind band, badminton club, chamber choir, chess club, classics club, formula one challenge, gymnastics, trampolining, hockey, netball, rugby, cricket, athletics, tennis, young enterprise, Aural class, fitness club, selfe-defence, swimming, textiles club, chemistry club, dance club, indoor hockey, theatre visits
Additional comments HMC inspection report notes: ‘Bablake School meets its clear aims confidently and with assurance. It provides for its pupils an outstanding educational experience. It constitutes a happy community of successful learners, engaged in a wide variety of activities Bablake School meets its clear aims confidently and with assurance. It provides for its pupils an outstanding educational experience. It constitutes a happy community of successful learners, engaged in a wide variety of activities’
Academic achievements At A Level  half of all grades achieved (50%) were either A* or A, and over three quarters of all grades
achieved (79.4%) were at least a B or above. The benchmark grades of A*-B, as used by the most competitive universities, were achieved by the majority of students in all their subjects (61%), and 37 students gained all A* or A grades.
University destinations Birmingham University, Bournemouth University, Bristol University, Cardiff University, Cambridge University, Durham University, Exeter University, Leeds University, Oxford University, Imperial College, Kings College, Loughborough, UCL, among many others.
Examples of University courses entered Mathematical and Theoretical Physics; Business, Management and Public Policy; Mathematics; Human Biology; Optometry; Business Management and Economics; Chemistry; Physics; Psychology, Business and Education; Accounting and Finance; Mechanical Engineering; International Business; Law; Computer Science; Medicine, among many others



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Educational Courses Covered

Subjects offered at A-level are:

Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Latin, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology and Religious Studies.

There is also a full programme of Games, Community Service and Enrichment Studies. A number of candidates take the Extended Project Qualification.



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