Babington Academy

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About Babington Academy


Name Babington Academy
Website http://www.babington.leicester.sch.uk/
Inspections
Ofsted Inspections
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Address Strasbourg Drive, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 0SZ
Phone Number 01162221616
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1344 (51.7% boys 48.3% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.6
Academy Sponsor Learning Without Limits Academy Trust
Local Authority Leicester
Percentage Free School Meals 40.30%
Percentage English is Not First Language 47.4%
Persistent Absence 16.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.4%
Highlights from Latest Inspection
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Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students make outstanding progress from their low starting points.

They are keen to do well and show great enjoyment in their learning, developing resilience and independence. Attainment is rising. The school provides outstanding support to promote literacy, particularly for those students newly arrived in the country, who are at an early stage of learning English.

The quality of teaching is outstanding because teachers plan appropriate tasks that are well matched to students' abilities, enabling them to build their skills, knowledge and understanding step by step. There is some slight inconsistency in the quality of feedback on ...students' work. Behaviour has improved since the previous inspection and attendance rates have risen.

Students say that they feel safe and greatly value the care and support they receive that enables them to achieve. Students newly arrived at the school are sometimes too slow in adapting to the school's high expectations for accepted behaviour. The outstanding range of subjects students follow is closely matched to the needs and interests of each individual student.

This enables all to achieve exceptionally well, and provides experiences that will excite and inspire. The school's safeguarding procedures are a model of good practice. The inspirational Principal is very well supported by her senior leadership team and by the outstanding governing body.

She has been relentless in driving improvements in the quality of teaching and providing high quality care that has resulted in raised achievement and ensured students' well-being.

Information about this school

The school is a smaller than average-sized secondary school. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is high, and the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average.

The proportion of students from minority ethnic heritages is well above the national average; the largest groups are from Black African, Indian and Other White backgrounds, the latter being mainly of Roma origin. The proportion speaking English as an additional language is high. A quarter of the school's population arrived in the country within the last two years and are at early stage of learning English.

The proportion of students for whom the school receives the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for some students including those in local authority care and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above the national average. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students' attainment and progress. The school is a specialist sports college and has the International School, and EQualities awards.

Fourteen students follow a variety of full- and part-time off-site alternative courses provided by Leicester Secondary Behaviour Services, Community Giants and Leicester College. The school has specially resourced provision for students with special educational needs for five students with speech, language and communication difficulties. The proportion of students arriving or leaving the school at other than the normal time is very high; nearly 100 students have joined the school during this academic year.