Barking Abbey was founded in 1922 as one of the first co-educational grammar schools in England. At the time, it was situated in a largely rural area, with fields and farmland close by. Gradually, as Barking began to expand as a residential centre, the school became the focal point for the community with an educational provision of national standing.
In 1970, Barking Abbey Grammar School was merged with Park Modern School to form what has now become ‘Barking Abbey School: A Specialist Sports and Humanities College’.
Many traditions of the old schools remain, but with important developments to enable the school and its pupils to be fully prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of life in the twenty-first century. One thing remains central, however: we are an outstanding success.
Barking Abbey is a mixed school of approximately 2,000 pupils. It is traditionally heavily oversubscribed and each year takes 270 new pupils.
The school draws its pupils from a large number of primary and junior schools particularly from the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge.
Barking Abbey has a very large Sixth Form of over 600 students. A large range of AS, A2 and BTEC courses is available to our 16-19 year olds.
The school operates on two sites which are just under a mile apart. Years 7 and 8 are housed at Longbridge Road and Years 9 – 13 at Sandringham Road.
In recent years, the school has enjoyed great success across many areas. In 1997 it was among the first six schools to be awarded Specialist Sports College status. At the same time a grant of £2.1 million from the Sport England Lottery Unit and the Borough of Barking and Dagenham enabled the building of a large Leisure Centre.
The school is a consultant school for the Schools Network and the Youth Sport Trust, and has a large number of awards. Recently it has been given the e Safety Charter Mark; Sportsmark Gold and Artsmark Gold; and International School status. Barking Abbey was named State School of the Year in 2010 by School Sports Magazine and National Sports College of the Year in 2011 by the Daily Telegraph.
We are proud of the fact that we are a multi-cultural community and we seek to celebrate our diversity in as many ways as possible. Tolerance of, respect for, and understanding of others are vital aspects of preparing young people for adult life. This ethos is what underpins our school motto:
“Barking Abbey School is a place where everyone gives and expects the best” and where everyone can say, “I belong”.
Over the last decade the school has enjoyed great success across many areas gaining National recognition for both pupil achievement and progress. Continuing improvement has given our students the opportunity to gain high academic success above the national average; and progress into their chosen careers or move to study at university to continue their education at a higher level. A High Performance Programme is in place to ensure that the most academically able students are able to progress to the highest-ranked universities.
Our last four Ofsted inspections have judged Barking Abbey to be a ‘Good’, Very Good or Outstanding school under different inspection frameworks. At the last inspection the behaviour and safety of pupils was found to be especially ‘Outstanding.’
Barking Abbey offers a large number of courses at both GCSE and A Level. We have a two-year key stage 3 that means that students choose their GCSE options in Year 8, not in Year 9 as in many other schools. Students therefore have three years (9, 10 and 11) in which to take GCSEs. There is also the opportunity for students to be involved with a flexible curriculum, studying at local colleges. In the Sixth Form we have National Sports Academies in Basketball (boys & girls), Football (boys & girls), Netball and Golf.
We are proud of the fact that we are a multi-cultural community and we seek to celebrate our diversity in as many ways as possible. Tolerance of, respect for, and understanding of others are vital aspects of preparing young people for adult life.
The high standards we have achieved have been as a result of parents, students, governors and staff working closely together in a true spirit of partnership. We hope you will want to be a close partner of the school in the coming years.