Strictly Education acquires school support specialist Babcock 4S

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Leading education support services provider, Strictly Education (, has acquired Babcock 4S, enhancing its position as a single source strategic solutions partner for schools, academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs). Babcock 4S will be rebranded to Strictly Education 4S with immediate effect. United by a common mission to be the trusted partner of education support services for schools and academies, Babcock 4S brings enhanced capability, expertise and geographical reach to Strictly Education’s offer, helping governors and school leaders achieve the best outcomes for children and young people. The acquisition takes Strictly Education one-step closer to achieving its strategic growth ambition of becoming the UK’s leading support service provider to the education sector.  Strictly Education’s vision is built on the growth of academies, MATs and school clusters and the requirement of their governors, school leaders and administrators for a joined up, robust ‘back office’ service solution – so that teachers can remain fully focused on improving standards in the classroom. “Our aim is to provide school leaders with an integrated service solution across HR, payroll & finance, premises, IT, governance and organisational development,” said Amanda Fisher, CEO at Strictly Education. “Adding the expertise of Babcock 4S, delivers additional capabilities and strengthens our holistic offer; combining a strategic solution with hands-on operational support to reduce the administration burden and enabling schools to focus on improving pupil outcomes.” “We are delighted to be joining Strictly Education” said Julie Barrington, General Manager at Babcock 4S. The education services provider brings over 15 years’ expertise in improving education outcomes for children across Surrey LA, with *94% of schools now rated Good or Outstanding. “As school leaders increasingly look for a holistic solution across their many service requirements,” continued Fisher, “Strictly Education is now even better equipped to do what we say – ‘You educate, we support’.”