What Is The High Performance Programme

  1. A personalised support scheme to support students acquire the A*A*A* - AAB entry at A Level for a  research led University (Russell Group) place in Year 13.

  2. A series of wide and varied opportunities (work experiences, lectures, widening participation, etc.) to experience and enhance subject knowledge and an undergraduate skill set.

  3. Accessing  University and wider expertise  during the application process for research intensive programmes of study.


  • Oxford
  • Southampton
  • York
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Birmingham
  • Exeter
  • Nottingham
  • Durham
  • King’s College (London)
  • LSE (London)
  • Imperial College (London)
  • Cambridge
  • Bristol
  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Queens (Belfast)
  • Cardiff
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Sheffield
  • Warwick
  • Queen Mary (London)
  • UCL (London)

Four Prong approach to top research led university applications:

  • Skill Enhancement (Year 12)

  • Opportunities to extend subject appreciation/research (Year 12)

  • Insights and Experiences of Universities and work placements (Summer Year 12 mainly)

  • Support in pushing towards that A/A* GCE ATTAINMENT (Spring/ Summer Year 13)

Building in the students soft and fundamental skills beyond Secondary School

  • Exploring  undergraduate subject discipline(s) well in advance  through Independent learning

  • Accessing National Institutions

  • Visiting Specialist exhibitions

  • Reading Relevant Current News stories

  • Seeking out leading experts ( by e-mail/ blogs/ twitter feeds/ lecture attendance)

  • Application skills

  • Interpretation  & Analytical skills

  • Observation skills

  • Evaluation skills

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Debating & Public speaking skills

  • Time management & Organisation skills

  • Critical & Lateral thinking Skills

  • Problem Solving Skills

  • Metacognition & Philosophy

  • Interview Skills


Bespoke Programmes: A wide range of personalised pathways towards university/career

  • Psychology

  • History/Politics

  • Business/Finance/Economics

  • Sport Science/Physiotherapy

  • Medicine/ Dentistry

  • Physical Sciences

  • Pharmacy

  • Engineering

  • English/Journalism/ Media

  • Architecture

  • Computer Science

  • Mathematics

  • Geography

  • Law

  • Veterinary Medicine

  • Sociology

  • Applied Healthcare/Biology

  • Modern Languages


Our Architecture Pathway:

  • A series of lectures/ workshops and exhibitions run by: ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS

  •  Personal  expert advice on building a portfolio alongside rigorous interview preparation for leading courses from Cambridge to the Bartlett to UAL

  • Access to a wide range of  practice open days and talks from : Allies & Monaghan to Zaha Hadid Associates.

  • Talks by leading architects from Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Terry Farrell to David Chipperfield

  • London Architecture Tours

  • University Architecture Summer Schools (UCL; Cass  School)

  • Volunteering and workshop opportunities with Archi-kids, NLA, RA and Open-City events

  • Week long  Work Experience opportunities to a wide variety of prestigious architecture practices from AHMM, Amanda Levette to Newground   Architects


A Sample of our Medicine/ Dentistry Support
  • Spring/ Summer Schools at QMUL/KCL/UCL/ Imperial/ Cambridge/ Oxford/ Bristol/ Durham/ Manchester/ Nottingham Universities

  • Guaranteed Work Experience placement in a Hospital/ GP or Dentist Practice in the Summer Term

  • Extensive Expertise and Training for Personal Statement writing , UKCAT/ BMAT and Medical Interviews (MMIs)

  • Laboratory based work in leading university departments related to Medicine

  • A range of volunteering & educational opportunities with Royal Free Hospital(Hampstead); Whittington Hospital (Highgate); Bart's & Royal London; Guys & St Thomas’s

  • Wide variety of lectures run by the Royal Society, Royal institution, Friends of Imperial, UCL Lecture series, Gresham College, Conway Hall , Royal Society of Chemistry; Wellcome Centre,

  • Subscriptions to British Medical and Dental Journal to be kept informed of current research and issues.


Our Law Support Package
  • Work Experience with leading Law Firms:











  • Mock Trial Workshops

  • Masterclasses on Law at LSE/ UCL and Cambridge

  • LNAT preparation with experts

  • E-mentoring with current Law Undergraduates

  • A range of workshops, debates and lectures and a residential conference looking at university applications, interview techniques, sessions on different areas of the law and an insight into the workings of the Inns of the Temple


Our Access to Finance/ Accounting/ Economics Career Pathways
  • A range of lectures from LSE, Gresham College and the British Academy covering national and global economic/financial issues

  • Work Experience and internship Opportunities with Deloitte, J P Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and KPMG, Rothschild Bank, Man AHL

  • Insight Days with ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants)

  • LSE Choice Programme which supports students through Maths, Economics & Finance based university applications providing Saturday support sessions, a Summer School, on-going mentoring .

  • Lloyd’s Scholar Scheme with UCL to explore non-university routes into Finance Industry

  • Social Mobility Foundation Aspiring Professions programme offers students 4.5 years of support to secure a career in : Accountancy, Banking & Finance or Business


What Makes Barking Abbey’s Programme Unique from others?
  • Exceptional Personal Statement & Interview Preparation

  • Outstanding Reference Writing To Support University Applications

  • Unmatched Links With University Providers And Enrichment Opportunities

  • Top Quality External Tutoring & Expertise

  • Individual And Personalised Nature Of The Mentoring And Support Offered Towards Each Student’s Career Goals

  • The Time And Commitment Staff (Both Subject & Pastoral) Will Put Into Ensuring Your Child Attains Their Targets And Is Happy With Their Education