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The awards keep rolling in at Babington Academy!

Posted on: 15/09/2018

Babington Academy has recently been awarded four very prestigious awards in recognition of its work to make a profound difference to all Babington students.

In June, the academy achieved the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) Challenge Award for their provision for More Able Gifted and Talented Pupils.  The assessors commented that, “Overall Babington Academy is an exceptional school which makes very good provision for its More Able Gifted and Talented pupils. It recognises the need to challenge all pupils to achieve the highest levels of performance and this culture of high aspirations pervades the school but is strongly linked to concern for the whole child. The school is constantly striving for improvement and the whole atmosphere in the school is warm and lively, offering a positive learning environment and it was a pleasure to spend the day in the school.” The assessors also added that the academy was, “…a highly ambitious and forward-looking school which strives to break the barriers of disadvantage for its pupils and raise their aspirations. There is a real “can do” attitude and all the policies and documentation portray an upbeat message about the school’s journey and its commitment to being the best it can be; this was reflected in the conversations we had during the audit. “

This was followed by being re-accredited as a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion by the Inclusion Quality Mark.  The assessor commented that the academy, “…is a highly successful school.  It is without doubt, highly inclusive as well.”  The report continued by stating that Babington Academy, “…is an outstanding school with dedicated staff who are constantly striving to improve still further.  Leaders have a clear vision and… young people feel safe and are valued as individuals.”

The academy then received confirmation that they had been re-accredited with the E-Qualities Award for the third time.  The EQualities Award is a national scheme aimed at all schools who want to demonstrate their commitment to equality. The Principal, Sara Fletcher, commented that, ‘Equality is very important to us at Babington Academy. The award is designed to celebrate the outstanding work that already exists schools and we are proud to be acknowledged with this award.”  The EQualities assessors commented, “We loved reading about how the school has continually moved forward to further enhance opportunities for all.” 

Finally, the academy was re-accredited with the International Schools Award by the British Council.  The International School Award recognises Babington Academy’s work to bring the world into the classroom, celebrating the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education.  Sir Ciaran Devane, CEO of the British Council, said, “The school’s fantastic international work has rightly earned it this prestigious award.”  The award cited the visit of the Minister of Education from the Slovak Republic as a highlight of the work undertaken.

Sara Fletcher, Principal, said, “It is wonderful to have been recognised by so many external agencies for the work that goes on every day at Babington.  I have a wonderful team of teachers and support staff who go the extra mile to make a profound difference every day.  I would also like to acknowledge our amazing students who also play a very important part in these achievements and thoroughly deserve the recognition these awards give.”