Bablake is an HMC independent co-educational day school, with an even balance of boys and girls, who share rich opportunities and encourage one another in their endeavours. The main point of entry to Bablake is at the age of 11, when about 125 pupils join, of whom one third come from our Junior School; a number of pupils also join us at other points of entry, notably Sixth Form. Entry is governed 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.
The school was founded in 1344, but has occupied its current home since 1890. The main impressive Victorian building has been constantly upgraded and improved. More recent additions and improvements have included a Languages Block, a Junior School, an English, Drama and Music Block, including Theatre, new Science Laboratories, refurbishment of the swimming pool, a Library extension, a new multi-media Language Laboratory, a Memorial Garden and new indoor sports facilities. In addition to onsite sports facilities, there are 40 acres of excellent playing fields about one mile away from the school. Next to these is the floodlit Coventry School Foundation Astro Turf facility, which is shared with our sister school, King Henry VIII. The Governors have planning permission to build a new Bablake Junior School, which will enable the Senior School to develop the current Junior School as a new Sixth Form Centre and to reassign vacated areas in the main building.
Extra-curricular activities, including sport, music, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme 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 vibrant House system. In recent years the school has been represented in national finals for Netball and Rugby, with the Hockey teams (boys' and girls'), Cricket teams and the Athletics teams regular winners of local and regional competitions. 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.