Ofsted Outstanding

Self-evaluation Form

Whole school SEF

2015-16 (last updated Dec. 2015)

Name of person completing SEF: Denise Newsome, Principal

Mission statements:


‘Aspiring to success’
‘Outstanding and being the best that we can be’
‘Proud to be Babington’

Key messages


  • Principal appointed April 2008, June 2008 Babington became a National Challenge school
  • School became a National Challenge Trust school in June 2010. The Trust Partners are Leicester College of FE, the Co-Operative College and the Local Authority
  • Current Ofsted grading ‘outstanding’ for overall effectiveness (March 2013)
  • Designated as National Support School, August 2015. Principal now an NLE. Currently supporting a number of schools locally, nationally and even internationally
  • Best ever results 2013-14 on all three floor target measures.
  • 2014-15 best ever EBacc, 3 or more A*/A grades, and better than expected progress in both En and ma
  • Ethos and culture of raised aspirations and improved attainment and achievement is established and embedded
  • Student ownership of their progress and achievement is now embedded
  • Huge improvements in the quality of teaching, engagement of learners and student behaviour, including behaviour for learning, have led to the  raising of standards
  • Improved attendance is a measure of greater ‘buy in’ from students. Attendance 2014-15 was 94.8%, above national average for secondary schools and currently tracking at above 95%
  • Regional pupil premium award winners for 2012-13. Regional DfE character awards winners 2014-15. Finalist in TES Secondary School of the Year Awards 2015
  • Recognised by DfE as being in top 100 secondary schools in the country for value added – placed at no. 81 2013-14
  • Value added has been significantly positive for the last three years
  • Progress 8 calculated as 0.32 and VA at 1029 on unvalidated data  
  • 2014 results put the school in the top 3% nationally for value added best 8. 2015 unvalidated results put us in top 10% schools nationally.
  • Attainment on entry for 2014 year 11 cohort was the 2nd lowest in the country. School achieved the 3rd highest 5 A*-C with En/ma figure in its cohort of similar schools.
  • High mobility is a challenge – RoL stability for last three years 63.5%, 61.3%, 55.8% - 2014-15
  • Mobility for 2014-15 was 44%. Only 37% year 11 students 2014-15 joined the school at the start of year 7. Only 41% joined at some point in year 7.
  • Last academic year, we admitted 292 students across all year groups after the start of the academic year, 99 of these were admitted into KS4
  • Our EAL cohort has recently changed in nature and now reflects an even greater number of newly arrived students who have very limited, if any, English language skills. Most have arrived from India and many are not literate in their home language. Indian students are now the biggest group in school.
  • Current Year 7 cohort came from 51 different primary schools cross the City
  • Over 50 different home languages spoken by students at Babington and we have taken students from 85 different countries over the past 10 years. 13% of school is Roma, mainly from Slovakia and the Czech Republic but also from Romania.
  • Ever 6 FSM – at any time is usually between 55% and 66% although currently 47%. This is due to large numbers of new arrivals with families who have jobs on zero hours’ contracts so Ever 6 FSM figures are masking an additional layer of poverty.
  • DSEN – around 15%. We have been very proactive in removing students from the register where appropriate – now only 87 students are on the register.
  • RAISEonline/Ofsted Dashboard only tells part of the story because of the very low coverage but our own data shows mostly good and outstanding progress for students with no prior attainment data based on CATS probabilities
  • School is now almost full (PAN 1050) from a position 6 years ago of only 520 students on roll at the start of the academic year.
  • In phase 5 BSF programme. New school building opened Sept. 2014
  • Low aspirations of, particularly the white British families, are a major issue. Some students are now in the third generation in one family who have never worked
  • Specialism changed from technology to sport in November 2011
  • A Designated Specialist Provision for between ten and twenty students with speech, language and communication difficulties has been running since September 2012 – likely to expand to 30 + students next academic year. All DSP students are fully included in mainstream lessons.
  • West Leicester is the second most deprived ward in the East Midlands

We have particular strengths in the areas of:


  • Delivering rapid improvement
  • Use of pupil premium
  • Inclusion
  • EAL
  • Interventions
  • Distributed leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • Partnerships
  • Student voice
  • Support for other schools

Current awards/accreditation


  • East Midlands winners of pupil premium award 2013
  • East Midlands winners of DfE character awards 2015
  • Leicester Mercury Anti-bullying award winner 2015
  • TES Secondary School of the Year finalist 2015
  • EQualities Award
  • International Schools Award
  • EMAS award
  • School Financial Awareness Standards
  • National Healthy Schools Award
  • Basic Skills Quality Mark (to renew)
  • Leading Parent Partnership Award
  • Green Tree School
  • Inclusion Quality Mark
  • Attachment Aware School
  • Stonewall Champion School
  • Anti-bullying Community award
  • Eco Schools

…working towards


  • Dyslexia Quality Mark
  • NACE Challenge Award (for G, T and MA)
  • Career Mark
  • Food
  • Diabetes Award
  • Stonewall Gold Award



College Improvement Plan

Self Evaluation Form 2015-2016

This summary SEF is to be read in conjunction with the College Improvement Plan as that gives detail about the story behind each of the priorities in the plan.

The full Self Evaluation Report for Babington Community College is available below.


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