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About Bablake

Bablake is an HMC independent co-educational day school, founded in 1344 and welcoming girls since 1975. An even balance of boys and girls have high aspirations, share rich opportunities and encourage one another in their endeavours.

Our mission, aims and ethos:

To provide an excellent and stimulating education for boys and girls, by developing character, intellect and physical well being within a happy, scholarly and caring community.

The School Aims

  • to provide well-qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic staff, who enable pupils to enjoy their education and to fulfil their academic potential whilst at school;
  • to encourage the growth of reflection, intellectual curiosity and creativity, within a spirit of independent and co-operative learning;
  • to value and support each individual, providing a high quality of pastoral care, and nurturing self-esteem and mutual respect, in partnership with parents;
  • to provide a challenging and balanced curriculum, which prepares pupils for adulthood, enabling them to succeed in higher education and their chosen careers, and equipping them with skills for life;
  • to offer a wide range of activities and opportunities for enrichment, enabling pupils to develop sporting and cultural interests through participation with others;
  • to celebrate achievement and success in all areas of endeavour, within a purposeful and secure community;
  • to encourage development of character, a sense of responsibility, spiritual values, and a strong personal and moral code, leading to the highest standards of behaviour and consideration for others;
  • to welcome pupils of diverse beliefs and backgrounds;
  • to promote an awareness of the world beyond school, a generosity of spirit, and a sense of service to the wider community.
  • to live out the values of peace and reconciliation, both personally and in harmony with others.

Bablake has a Christian foundation, but attracts and welcomes pupils of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. Its cultural and social diversity is a major strength of the school and lends it a distinctive character.

The school is an International Cross of Nails School (ICONS), linked to the Community of the Cross of Nails at Coventry Cathedral and committed as part of our life and ethos to the mission of the city of Coventry: Peace and Reconciliation.


At Bablake, we are committed to promoting the values of Peace and Reconciliation:

  • in our own lives, as we seek to be at peace with ourselves.
  • in our attitude to others, as we seek to live at peace with our neighbours.
  • in our life as a school community, as we seek to resolve conflict and reconcile our differences.
  • in our curriculum, as we seek to deepen our awareness and understanding of the world beyond school.
  • in our service to the local and national community, as we seek to build links and work in partnership with others.
  • in our commitment to social justice and peace, as we seek to eradicate injustice and conflict.
  • in our international links, as we seek to promote mutual support and understanding which transcends boundaries of faith, culture, race and gender.

These values are underpinned by our school aim to "promote an awareness of the world beyond school, a generosity of spirit, and a sense of service to the wider community", and form part of our mission as an International Cross of Nails School.

In making this commitment, we believe that each of us can play a significant part in bringing peace and reconciliation to our world.

The main point of entry to Bablake is at the age of 11, when approximately 120 pupils join. Up to half come from our Junior School, with the remainder drawn from a wide range of primary and preparatory schools throughout Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands; many come entirely on their own, and settle quickly in a mutually supportive community. A number of pupils also join us at other points of entry, notably Sixth Form. Entry is governed primarily by academic ability, and the availability of Bursaries and Scholarships allows us to assist a significant number of pupils financially.

The school occupies an attractive, green site approximately 1 mile from Coventry city centre, and is easily accessible by road from surrounding towns and villages. Coventry itself is undergoing healthy regeneration after the loss of some manufacturing industry, and is surrounded by some beautiful countryside in the heart of England. The school enjoys the educational, artistic and historical benefits of its proximity to Warwick and Coventry Universities, Birmingham, Royal Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bablake has occupied its current home since 1890. The main impressive Victorian building has been constantly upgraded and improved, as we seek to provide excellent and modern facilities to support our pupils' education. Additions and improvements have included a Languages Block (with multi-media language laboratory), a Junior School, an English, Drama and Music Block (including studio theatre), new Science Laboratories, complete refurbishment of the Sports Centre and netball/ tennis courts, a Library extension and a Memorial Garden. In addition to onsite sports facilities, there is a pavilion and 40 acres of playing fields about one mile away from the school. Next to these is the floodlit Coventry School Foundation Astro Turf facility (recently re-developed), which is shared with our sister school, King Henry VIII. The Governors are committed to further enhancement of Sixth Form and Junior School facilities.

Co-curricular activities, including sport, music, drama, the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme and numerous clubs and societies are enthusiastically pursued and supported by staff and pupils alike, as is a vigorous programme of community service and charity fundraising. The Combined Cadet Force is one of the largest volunteer contingents in the West Midlands. There is a full and varied programme of visits and tours, both at home and abroad.

The current Headmaster is Mr John Watson MA (Oxon), who is a modern and classical linguist. Staff are all well qualified and enthusiastic, and have high expectations of themselves and their pupils.


I love my school, mainly because of my friends, but also because of the school itself. I think everyone should consider coming to Bablake.

40 acres

of additional playing fields