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Bablake School, Coundon Road, Coventry CV1 4AU
West Midlands
024 7627 1248
766, Upper sixth 126
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Founded in 1344, it moved to its present urban site in 1890. It is set in 11 acres, approximately a mile from the city centre, with 40 acres of playing fields nearby. During the last 30 years, the facilities have been modernised to include science labs, a sports hall, astroturf pitches, swimming pool, theatre and digital language laboratory; the school has its own weather centre, recognised by the Met Office. Girls were first admitted in 1975 and it is now fully co-educational; there is a separate junior school. Although built on a Christian foundation, it is non-denominational and welcomes pupils of all beliefs. Academically strong, its examination results are very good. A vibrant music department and strong in drama; also in debating in which the school regularly competes on a national level. It is very good at sport, with much success at county and regional level in cricket, hockey, netball and rugby. There is keen participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and it has its own CCF, including army and RAF units. There is a vigorous programme of community service and charity fundraising.

School Head:
Headmaster: John Watson, appointed 2006. Educated at Caterham and Oxford University (classics and modern languages). Previously Deputy Headmaster of Trinity School, Croydon, Head of Languages at Millfield and Head of French at Sevenoaks. Teaching staff: 70 full time staff, 15 part time.
GCSE: 118 pupils in fifth year, almost all gaining at least grade C in 9+ subjects (81% including English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels: 126 in upper sixth, all passing in 3+ subjects with an average final point score of 320.
98% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (9% after a gap year), 3% to Oxbridge. 6% take courses in medicine, pharmacy and nursing, 29% in science and engineering, 22% humanities and social sciences, 31% in other subjects including accounting and finance, languages, law, geology, anthropology, architecture and fine art.
Music: Over 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Some 12 musical groups including orchestras, string and wind bands, choirs, brass groups. Regular tours to Europe and further afield. Drama and dance: Both offered; pupils involved either in school or in-house productions. School production in Edinburgh Festival for last 29 years; pupils take leading parts in local amateur dramatics and in Coventry Youth Operetta. Art and design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 10 A-level. Design technology and textiles also offered.
Rugby and cricket compulsory for boys; hockey, netball and rounders for girls; some 12 + further options including athletics, tennis, self-defence. RLSS, ASA and National Pool Lifeguard exams may be taken. Frequent county, regional and national individual representation; regular winners of regional sports competitions; recent national success in girls’ hockey and netball. Also bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; CCF; community service. Up to 60 clubs, including Amnesty International, trampolining, chess, Christian Union, climbing.
Run by Mrs Sylvia O’Sullivan, Alumni Relations Officer (c/o the school)
Nick Skelton (show jumper); Sir John Egan (Chairman Severn Trent); Shane Geraghty (rugby international); Sir Philip Otton QC; Courtenay Griffiths QC; Melissa Kite (newspaper columnist); Helen Keays (Director, Vodaphone UK); Melissa Walton (actress); John Marquez (actor); Martine Croxall (newsreader); Gary Hoffman (former CEO, Northern Rock); Alex T Smith (illustrator and author); Lauren James (author); Lorna Syson (designer); Brian Matthew (Radio 2 DJ); Donald Trelford (The Observer newspaper); Martine Croxall (BBC newsreader).