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Free School breakfast - posted 15th Feb

Barking Abbey School has been able to secure additional funding from the Department of Education (DfE) to develop the school’s breakfast provision after half term. The funding has been secured for one year and will involve the school being able to offer free bagels, cereals and porridge to all students from 8am to 8.20am every morning at both Longbridge and Sandringham campuses. This new provision will start after half term on Monday 25th February.

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Longbridge Road Campus update - Tuesday 5th February - posted 4th Feb

Unfortunately, we have been unable to resolve our heating issues at our Longbridge Road campus today. Therefore, Longbridge Road campus will only be open to Year 8 students on Tuesday 5th Febuary who will be relocated once again into B Block for their lessons.
Students will receive a timetable on arrival to school so will need to report to the dining room in B Block as they did this morning.
Longbridge Road remains closed to Year 7 students and work will be sent to them to complete at home.
Sandringham Road campus remains open as usual for Year 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 students today.
Apologies for the continued further disruption.

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Partnership with the LSE - posted 23rd Jan

The school is delighted to be forging a stronger partnership with the LSE and see their collaborative input as invaluable to strengthening our ties with higher education providers. In a highly competitive and increasingly challenging landscape accessing the expertise and skills that this successful institution has to offer will definitely incentivise, equip and motivate students in Years 7, 11 and 12 further. The school has already used the many Summer school and outreach programmes as fantastic opportunities to bolster its students awareness and readiness for a university pathway but the supplementary projects, workshops and support sessions being offered will compliment and enhance their ‘higher education readiness’ and perspectives to a new and higher level. We are very much looking forward to this exciting and productive association.

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Visit from IT specialist from the Digital Division of the Bank of England - posted 14th Jan

Over 180 students in Years 10-13 who are currently studying IT and/or Computer Science at GCSE or A Level were visited by a lead IT specialist from the Digital Division of the Bank of England last Thursday. Mark Duffy spoke to these students about the revolution that has taken place in handling money over his 22 years of experience at the country's main financial regulatory institution. He highlighted the dramatic change in moving from a cash to a contactless means of customer transaction and the steps himself and over 600 IT staff have to take to keep our money secure in this age where cybersecurity is paramount. Mark showed the students the large gold reserve that the Bank holds in its vaults as security by some of the world's leading global investors. Students very much enjoyed hearing about the extent to which the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) who meet monthly to set interest rates are looking very cautiously at both the Brexit vote and Trump's Trade war with China. The school was very grateful that  Mark shared such interesting insights into what an IT career entails in such a prominent and highly respected employer as the Bank of England.

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Art trip to the Rabbit Road Press - posted 8th Jan

The Art trip to the Rabbit Road Press was absolutely fantastic. Year 8's behavior was exemplary. Students got to work with artists collective One Of My Kind and made their own DIY newspaper printed on Riso-graph. Please feel free to see examples of this during our options evening next week. 

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