Barking Abbey School
|Motto||Give and Expect the Best|
|Headteacher||Miss Jo Tupman|
|Local authority||Barking and Dagenham|
|DfE URN||101241 Tables|
|Former name||Barking Abbey Grammar School|
Barking Abbey School is a secondary school located in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. It serves students from the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, and Newham. 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- to 19-year-olds. It is situated in Fair Cross, just west of Mayesbrook Park, north of Upney tube station.
Barking Abbey School was founded in 1922. The first headmaster was Colonel Ernest Loftus, who stayed for twenty seven years, being replaced by Mr Frank Young DFC in 1949.
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
In 2007, Barking Abbey's Dance Department opened its Dance Academy as a "centre of excellence"
It has introduced the teaching of Latin, one of the few state schools in London to offer this course.
The school gets the best GCSE results in the LEA, with well above average results. At A-level, it gets the second best in the LEA.
Notable former pupils
- Ravi Bopara, Essex and England cricketer
- Billy Bragg, musician  (spent a year at Park Modern School)
- Leanne Brown, Great Britain Flatwater Canoeist.
- Wayne Brown, footballer
- Malcolm Eden, member of indie pop band McCarthy
- Tim Gane, member of McCarthy and Stereolab
- Robert Gilchrist, professional basketball player
- Michael Hector, footballer
- Joss Labadie, footballer
- Danis Salman, footballer
- Bobby Zamora, footballer
- JJ Jegede, British long jumper
- Brian Poole Singer and performer
Barking Abbey Grammar School
- C. J. Freezer, model railway enthusiast
- Prof Harold Henbest, Professor of Organic Chemistry from 1958-73 at Queen's University Belfast, who discovered the link between retinol and Vitamin A, and worked with Sir Ewart Jones to synthesize cortisone
- Sir Brian Jarman OBE, Professor of Primary Health Care from 1984-98 at Imperial College School of Medicine and President from 2003-4 of the British Medical Association
- Steve Mogford, Chief Executive of United Utilities Group plc
- Victor Rice, Chief Executive from 1996-9 of LucasVarity and of Varity from 1980–96
- Professor Alan Smithers, (attended 1949-56), author, broadcaster and educationist who has held Chairs in Education successively from 1977 in the University of Manchester, Brunel University, the University of Liverpool and, currently, the University of Buckingham