Barking Abbey School

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Barking Abbey School
Motto Give and Expect the Best
Established 1922
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr Mark Lloyd
Location Sandringham Road
IG11 9AG
England, UK Coordinates: 51°32′33″N 0°06′05″E / 51.54262°N 0.10150°E / 51.54262; 0.10150
Local authority Barking and Dagenham
DfE number 301/4021
DfE URN 101241 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1972
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Former name Barking Abbey Grammar School
Website Barking Abbey

Barking Abbey School (also referred to as Barking Abbey) is a secondary school located in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.


The school draws its pupils from primary schools in the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, and Newham.

The school operates on two sites just under a mile apart. Years 7 and 8 (ages 11 – 13) are at the Longbridge Road site, and years 9 to 13 (ages 13– 19) at the Sandringham Road site. Barking Abbey also has a Sixth Form of over 400 students. AS, A2, BTEC courses are available to 16-19 year olds.[citation needed]

An oversubscribed school, it is situated in Fair Cross, just west of Mayesbrook Park, north of Upney tube station.[citation needed]


Grammar school[edit]

Barking Abbey School was founded in 1922 as the first co-educational grammar school in England.[citation needed] At the time, the local area was largely rural area, with fields and farmland close by. Gradually, as Barking began to expand as a residential centre, the school became a focal point for the community with an educational provision of national standing. The first headmaster was Colonel Ernest Loftus, who stayed for twenty seven years, being replaced by Mr Frank Young DFC in 1949.


In 1970, Barking Abbey Grammar School was merged with Park Modern Secondary School to form what is now Barking Abbey School, then known as Barking Abbey Comprehensive School.[citation needed]

In 1997, the school celebrated its 75th anniversary. Ex-pupils from all over the world, including Canada, the USA and New Zealand, met to review seventy-five years of progress and achievement.[citation needed]

The school today[edit]

Barking Abbey School is a mixed school of approximately 2000 pupils, with an annual intake of 270 new students.[citation needed]

In 2003, Barking Abbey School became the first school to have the SATs taken in Year 8 to allow students to spend 3 years studying for GCSEs as opposed to previously having 2 years. This practice was subsequently adopted on a permanent basis.[citation needed]

In 2005, Barking Abbey agreed to begin a Barking Abbey Basketball Academy, run by Mark Clark, a past Women's Great Britain Team manager, and Lloyd Gardiner the ex-London Leopards point guard, both highly experienced in the sport. This enabled younger players from around London, Essex, and Hertfordshire to experience the life of being in a Basketball Academy, preparing some of them to move abroad on Scholarships to various Countries around the World. It has recently been announced that Barking Abbey will become the first pilot Regional Institute of Basketball within Great Britain[1][2]

In 2007, Barking Abbey's Dance Department opened its Dance Academy as a "centre of excellence"[3]

It has introduced the teaching of Latin, one of the few state schools in London to offer this course.


Barking Abbey are looking forward to fit more students into Barking Abbey. By that they will turn the Sandringham Road Site to a Lower Site and the Longbridge road site to the new Upper Site. The parents, students and staff are all helping by making plans for the future.


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 London Borough of Barking and Dagenham enabled the building of a 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[citation needed]. The school also achieved the Schools' Curriculum Award in 2000, the Government's Achievement Award for Excellence in 2001 and the Technology Colleges Trust "Most Value-added Schools" Award in 2002[citation needed].

ICT Testbed[edit]

Barking Abbey was selected by the DfES as one of five secondary schools in the county to be an ICT Testbed Pilot School.[citation needed] This meant that over £2 million was to be spent on computer technology equipment. Students and staff gained access to state-of-the-art technologies to enhance and transform their teaching and learning. A new block on the Sandringham Road site was built to accommodate this.

Academic performance[edit]

The school gets the best GCSE results in the LEA, with well above average results. At A-level, it gets slightly disappointing results, but the second best in the LEA, although below-average for England.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Barking Abbey Grammar School[edit]

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