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Mr S Whittlestone Head of Department
Ms C Constable
Mr T Phillips
Mr S Leather
Mr S Williams
Ms K Harrison
Ms A Julian
Ms A Agathangelou

Department Overview

Barking Abbey were crowned “Specialist Sports College of The Year 2011” by The Daily Telegraph. This followed the previous accolade of “State Sports School of the Year 2010” by the School Sport magazine.

We have worked in partnership with many schools to share areas of good practice, including assisting schools in Barking & Dagenham, Newham and Kent with the development of BTEC programmes. We have supported schools in their bid to become sports colleges and have assisted schools in the development of elite sporting academies.
Barking Abbey is committed to providing high quality physical education for all of our students at KS3 and KS4. Our aim is to provide all students with the physical literacy to enable them to continue lifelong participation in sport and exercise. This includes many leadership opportunities
We are also committed to an extensive extracurricular programme providing opportunities for students to compete in local, county and national events. We have enjoyed many successes over the last few years including:

Curriculum Content

The PE department pride themselves on providing opportunities to suit all learners.We offer an array of qualifications ranging from level 1 to 3.

Key Stage 3

A broad curriculum including; netball, football, rugby, handball, gymnastics, table tennis, basketball, rounders, cricket, dance, OAA, softball.

Key Stage 4

Core PE students follow a personalised pathway of predominantly games based, mixed or individual sports or leadership and activities selected from the following;
Netball, football, rugby, handball, gymnastics, table tennis, basketball, rounders, cricket, dance, OAA, softball, athletics, badminton, yoga, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee.

Accredited qualifications at Key Stage 4:

  • Sports Leader Qualifications Level 1 

  • BTEC (Pearsons) Level 1 and 2

  • GCSE (AQA) Level 2

  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards Bronze, Silver, Gold

Extra Curricular opportunities

We regularly enter teams in the following competitions:


  • Borough Cup Boys

  • Essex Cup Boys and Girls all age groups

  • London Cup boys

  • National Cup all age groups


  • Borough Cup Boys and Girls

  • Essex Met boys and girls

  • Nationals Boys and girls


  • Borough League

  • Essex Tournament

  • Regional Tournament

  • National Tournament

  • National Sports Colleges Cup


  • Borough Cup

  • Essex Cup

  • East London Rugby League Tournament

  • Girls Essex Cup

  • Girls Rugby League

  • Essex 7-a-side all ages

Indoor Athletics

  • Year 7 & 8 Boys and Girls Borough

Cross Country

  • Borough all age groups boys and girls


  • London all available age groups Boys and Girls


  • Borough Boys and Girls all age groups


  • Borough all ages


  • London cup all ages

  • Essex Cup all ages Boys and Girls


  • Borough League


  • Borough all ages

Indoor Rowing

  • East London all ages Boys and Girls

We also offer non-competitive extra-curricular clubs in the following activities:

  • Dodgeball

  • Trampolining

  • Health Club

  • Fitness Club

  • Table tennis

  • Badminton

  • Football

  • Judo

Trips & Tours

We regularly run trips in England and abroad. These have included outdoor and adventurous activity trips to the Ardeche in France

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Other destinations include:

  • Football Tour in Canada

  • Skiing Trip in the Alps

  • Netball in Devon

  • Rugby in France

Click here for this weeks fixture list.

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