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Mr S Whittlestone Head of Department
Ms C Constable
Mr S Leather
Mr S Williams
Mrs K Samuels
Ms A Julian
Ms A Agathangelou
Miss Timothy
Mr Cope
Mr Blake
Mr Gibson
Diana Naydenova – Goryanova   Basketball Coach

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 consistently ranked in the top 30 State Sport schools every year since its conception as an award.

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.

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, 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

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
  • Nationals Boys and girls


  • Borough League
  • Essex Tournament
  • Regional Tournament
  • National Tournament
  • National Sports Colleges Cup


  • Borough Cup
  • Essex Cup

Indoor Athletics

  • Year 7 & 8 Boys and Girls Borough

Cross Country

  • Borough all age groups boys and girls


  • Borough 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


  • Girls Football and Netball Tour to Malta
  • Trips to major sporting events

Weekly fixture list

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