Ofsted Outstanding


Liz Kendall MP Presents us with Discovering Democracy Award

April 2016

On Friday 15th April, Liz Kendall MP came into Babington to present us with our Discovering Democracy Award.   Organised by the British Youth Council, this is a national award which recognises schools which encourage pupils to take an interest in the democratic process and celebrate British Values.  We are very proud of this achievement and were honoured to have Liz Kendall recognise it.

Before presenting us with our Discovering Democracy Award, Liz Kendall met with our two Head Girls and our team of student elected Year Ambassadors.  She also heard a year 8 student, Dylan Harrison, read aloud a poem he wrote, called ‘That Last Day’, about what it’s like to be a student at Babington.  Year 9 students were lucky enough to attend a special assembly where Liz Kendall then spoke about her job as an MP- what it involves, why she enjoys it, and so on- before answering students’ questions.  She was very impressed by the insightful questions asked and the knowledge students demonstrated, which helped to highlight exactly why we won our Discovering Democracy Award!



Babington Win the Anti Bullying Award at the Leicester Mercury School Awards

June 2015






Babington shortlisted for TES Secondary School of the Year

April 2015





Babington Regional Winners of the DFE Character Awards

February 2015

Babington are one of the regional winners of the inaugural ‘Character Awards’ and we were presented with the award by the Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan, MP, Secretary of State for Education.




Green Flag award for Babington

January 2015

Babington Community College has become the first secondary school in the city to achieve a coveted Green Flag eco-schools award.

The award, managed by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises the efforts pupils and staff have made to make the school more environmentally-friendly.



British Council International School Award success for Babington Community College

November 2013

Babington Community College in Leicester has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding 

work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.

Babington’s international work includes an international linking project with schools in Denmark exploring Restorative Approaches and International Student Voice activities which provided students and their fellow international partners in Kenya with real opportunities to explore relevant international themes.


Pupil Premium Award

Spring 2013

One area of our work at Babington that has had national recognition over the past few years is our Pupil Premium work.  We were awarded the secondary school regional Pupil Premium Award in 2013 and this was presented to us by the Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister.


EQualities Award

In December 2011 we were awarded the prestigious ‘EQualities Award’ for the way we demonstrate our commitment to equality.  The award is designed to celebrate the outstanding work that exists in schools and children’s centres.

After a process of self-evaluation, and using an audit toolkit we identified and addressed gaps in provision and policy, and demonstrated compliance with the Equality Act 2010.  This showcases our good practice for the attention of Ofsted and other interested stakeholders.

Dr Chris Derrington from the Equalities Award said “I am absolutely delighted to inform you that Babington’s application for the EQualities Award has been successful. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the evidence provided against the 63 indicators that comprise the audit.”

College Principal. Denise Newsome said, “This is really great news for a school which is truly on the up.  My staff are proud to receive this award which reflects on so much good practice in this college. The way we involve  our students and parents in all aspects of college life and the lengths we go to in order to get the best out of every single student is at the heart of us winning this award. It is because we are becoming very good at many things that we are able to deliver the biggest equality of all to our students which is the best examination grades.



Babington Community College gains Anti-bullying Award

Babington Community College has just been awarded the “Leicester City Anti-bullying Community Award” This means that Leicester City Local Authority is confident that the school are addressing anti-bullying issues proactively and effectively.

Leicester City Anti-bullying Community Award


Babington Community College to become a Youth Sport Trust
Gold Partner

Babington Community College in Leicester is to become a Youth Sport Trust GOLD.

Partner School for its commitment to PE and school sport.

Youth Sport Trust Partner Schools can demonstrate how they are delivering high quality school sport and improving the PE experience for every young person. Importantly, they are also using sport to raise achievement levels across the school.

As a partner Babington Community College will receive additional training and development opportunities and can become involved in national education and sport initiatives.

Denise Newsome, Principal said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to become a Youth Sport Trust Partner School which recognises our commitment to delivering the best possible experiences for young people through PE and school sport.

There are a whole range of educational, health and wellbeing benefits from delivering high quality PE and school sport and we see on a regular basis that when sport is delivered well it can transform the lives of a whole range of pupils.”


Leading Parent Partnership Award

During June the College was awarded the Leading Parent Partnership Award. This is a new Award and usually takes three years to achieve but because of our commitment to parents being involved with the College we achieved the Award in six months.

The Assessor said:

“The evidence was substantial and of very good quality. It totally represents the work of the school in engaging with parents as co-educators of the students”.

“The school demonstrates a very high level of commitment to parents that in many aspects is outstanding, particularly in meeting the needs and desires of the large multi-ethnic population within the community”.


The chief strengths are:

  • High level of commitment and extremely clear vision that is fully demonstrated in
    practice by the Principal, senior leadership and all other staff. This is a very strong
    thread running throughout the college’s provision.
  • The strong communication links with parents results in high levels of parental
    confidence in not only the college’s provision for the students but also for their own
  • The range of support for the multi-ethnic population is particularly wide and very
    effectively builds the confidence and self-esteem of the many parents involved.
  • The quality and range of opportunities for family learning is very good. This in turn
    has attracted a very positive response by all those parents involved.
  • Effective evaluation systems are in place for establishing parent’s opinions that are
    used well in order to respond positively to parents with the aim of continuing to build
    on the very good links that have already been achieved.


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