News and Events
The Sixth Form recently hosted a captivating event featuring prominent speakers from the business world, Babrul Matin and Luqman Burhanudin, both key figures at Properteers Group, a Subsidiary of The Islamic Investor Limited. Babrul Matin, the CEO and Managing Director, shared his inspiring career journey, starting as a teacher and Ofsted inspector before transitioning into property investment, amassing a multi-million-pound portfolio. He emphasized the importance of the "4 GEMS": Guts, Environment, Mindset, and Self Improvement. Luqman Burhanudin, CFA and Investment Director at Properteers Group, added valuable insights into the intersection of property and Islamic finance.
At Barking Abbey, we are committed to developing four core values: Bravery, Excellence, Self-Discipline, and Teamwork among our students. Meet one of our brilliant Year 11 students whose character truly reflects these Barking Abbey ‘BEST’ Habits. He is a passionate scientist, and while studying Electromagnetism in school, he went beyond the curriculum to design and build his own ‘DC Motor.’ In the video, he proudly explains the principles involved in the working of the DC Motor. He has also very kindly loaned the motor to the science department so that all teachers can use it in their lessons.
On Friday 3rd November, we were extremely grateful to host a visit by Jyoti Patel, a novelist who has recently released her debut novel: The Things That We Lost with Penguin and #Merky books. Jyoti has recently been identified by The Observer as one of the top ten most exciting debut novelists of 2023, and her debut novel is testament to this. The novel is centred around the relationship between a mother and a son, who, reeling from the death of their bapu, start to become distant from each other due to unspoken secrets from their family's past. Jyoti read from a couple of chapters of her book, and then fielded some well constructed questions by members of our Year 10 and 12 cohort.
A group of enthusiastic year 12 and 13 students received a special invitation to attend a feedback session hosted by the Metropolitan Police. The purpose of this event was to tap into the students' thoughts and insights regarding the practicality and impact of the "stop and search" approach in our community. The students were required to give their recollections on "Stop and Search" in the local area. As the session unfolded, all participants eagerly recounted their encounters with the police, painting a vivid picture of their experiences.
Friday the 20th October saw our second ever Black History Month Showcase and the students were amazing. To make the evening even better we were joined by an authentic Jerk Chicken company who kept guest stomachs full and energy high for the show. All performers rehearsed and rehearsed and it led to a fantastic show. Well done to everyone involved and lets make next years even better!
On Wednesday 13th September, we were lucky enough to have Robin Windsor from Strictly Come Dancing and Burn the Floor come in to spend the whole day with us. For the morning, Robin met some of our Dance Academy students who were intrigued to learn a different style of dance. Robin taught a Charleston, and it was the same dance that he taught one of his celebrity partners on Strictly which the students were very excited to hear! This was a totally new genre for the students, but they worked hard to learn the moves and perform this.
The school welcomed back one of its alumni from the class of 2014: Safiyyah Saeed who now works for a leading international marketing company called Science Magic. Safiyyah shared with audiences of Business students in Year 12 and 13 some of the big client promotions the company had engaged in over the last few years from eBay, Brompton bikes to the property portfolio of the Crown Estate. It became evident to the audience the extent to which social media plays such a critical role this last decade in gaining brand recognition and loyalty. Safiyyah and her colleague Madeleine Rees offered our students a number of work experience placements in the October half term at their European HQ in White City.
Our year 13 students went on a school visit to Geneva. Although the trip highlight was a guided tour of CERN for our Physics students, all the students enjoyed the history of CERN and its contribution to medical sciences. Our guide Tobias, a Nuclear Research Scientist at CERN took us inside the CERN’s ‘Antimatter Factory’ and showed us how Antiprotons are made and stored. He also explained in detail the current experiments and research to use antimatter to medical treatments in such a way that even the non-physics students were fascinated by it.
Open For Year 6 Parents & Pupils Wednesday 27th September 5pm - 7pm Both campuses are open to visit No booking required This year we are offering parents and students a chance to visit either our Longbridge or Sandringham Campus (or both) between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday 27th September. This event is a great opportunity to meet staff and students who will be able to answer any questions you might have. You will be offered a guided tour of the facilities and be able to hear key messages from the Headteacher and members of the senior leadership team. Headteachers presentation times: Longbridge Road Campus – 5.15pm Sandringham Road Campus – 6.15pm
What a fantastic set of GCSE results!! Barking Abbey students have outdone themselves this year!! As a school, we are extremely proud of the results, The grades achieved by all are testament to what happens if you apply yourself despite all the odds being stacked against you. We are a school of character which we teach explicitly but the resilience, motivation and perseverance shown by all students to get to this point makes us all very, very proud.
- 27th Properteers Group
- 15th DC Motor Designed by Year 11 Student
- 9th Jyoti Patel
- 3rd Metropolitan Police Feedback Session
- 2nd Black History Month Showcase
- 1st Dance Workshops with Robin Windsor
- 27th Culture Day
- 24th Matilda The Musical JR
- 22nd PA Raspberry Pi Competition
- 17th Sir Peter Westmacott
- 10th Jack Petchey Awards
- 4th Mental Health Awareness Week
- 31st Dance Showcase
- 30th EABL Champions
- 23rd Ramadan - Fasting and Physical Education
- 10th Southern Conference Champions
- 9th World Book Day
- 8th Dance Showcase
- 7th Music Showcase
- 7th Homelessness
- 6th Anti-Bullying student Ambassadors
- 11th Old Barkabbeyans’ 100th Anniversary
- 6th Cooking Training from the Professionals
- 4th Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
- 13th Three generations of Maths teachers working together at Barking Abbey School
- 12th BA Dance Stronger Than Ever
- 11th Sports Day
- 10th Art Matters' exhibition
- 27th Food Bank - Just Giving Page
- 20th Debate Mate Cup Grand Final
- 7th The Barking and Dagenham 0-19 Childrens Universal service
- 20th Penguin Workshop
- 28th Food Banks