About Barking Abbey School
Barking Abbey was founded in 1922 as the first co-eductional grammar school 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 1997, the school celebrated its 75th anniversary. Ex-pupils from all over the world, as far afield as Canada, the USA and New Zealand, met to review seventy-five years of progress and achievement.
The schoo lis very different today. 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 1800 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, Redbridge and Newham, although the majority are drawn from our three 'link' partner primaries, Manor Junior, Northbury Junior and St. Margaret's Church of England.
Barking Abbey has a very large Sixth Form (over 400 students). A large range of AS, A2, AVCE and GNVQ courses are 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 to 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, with full time nursery provision. In 1999, the school was nominated by the Government's Chief Inspector as one of the most improved schools in the country.
In 2000, the school was given a series of awards: the Schools' Curriculum Award, the Investors In People Award, the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark and the Sportsmark Award.
In 2001, the accolades continued, with the Government's Achievement Award for Excellence; Sportsmark Gold and the Technology Colleges Trust "Most Improved Schools" Award. At the same time, we began the Government's Excellence in Cities programme and were selected to be part of a small Education Action Zone.
2002 followed in the same vein: With a second Government Achievement Award; the Technology Colleges Trust "Most Value-added Schools" Award; and an invitation from the Government to become a Beacon School in order to share our expertise and success. In September, a magnificient Drama, Media and Music Centre was opened, with state-of-the-art technologies to support students' learning.
2003 has seen even more exciting developments. Barking Abbey has been selected by the DfES as one of only five secondary schools in the county to be an ICT Testbed School. This has meant that over £2 million was spent over three years on computer technology equipment. Students and staff have access to state-of-the-art technologies to enhance their teaching and learning, both of which have been transformed as a result of this programme. This is a wonderful opportunity for the school and its community. Development plans are currently being drawn up for the next phases of this major building programme.
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.