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One of the top ten ‘Students of the Year’ in the annual RARE Awards

The school was delighted to hear the news during the Summer Holiday break that one of our ex-students, Whitney from the class of 2016 has been given the accolade of being one of the top ten ‘Students of the Year’ in the annual RARE Awards held in the Houses of Parliament. This is in recognition of the exceptional academic success and vocational work, Whitney has achieved as she graduates this year from the University of Bristol with a first class honours degree in Biology. Whitney during her 7 years at Barking Abbey was never afraid to push the boundaries of her abilities and any obstacles in her path, were quickly brushed aside because of her strong inner resilience and will to succeed. Her motivation resulted in her accruing some of the most impressive A level results of her 6th form cohort affording her the opportunity to be the first in her family to attend university.

University has provided Whitney with a variety of opportunities. In her first year, she volunteered in Cambodia for three months as a Project Worker with Voluntary Service Overseas. She worked with the International Citizen Service and raised over £900 for charity before being placed in Cambodia. During her time abroad, Whitney was integrated with local families, giving English lessons and careers advice to young students. She established a relationship with the local university to allow pupils to take part in vocational courses to gain work experience.

Last year, Whitney completed two summer internships at leading City finance firms and has since gained four graduate offers with PwC, Goldman Sachs, the Civil Service and the Bank of England. She has decided to take up her most recent graduate offer with the Bank of England in the Banking Supervision stream this September. Whitney has a strong belief in the power of Education to change one’s circumstances, social mobility and career trajectory and has also gained a paid place studying a Masters Degree at Warwick University. Whitney's achievements are a testament to her work ethic and grit. She has been able to push through difficult financial and social barriers while maintaining her ultimate goal of becoming the best version of herself and embodies in so many ways our school’s BEST character habits. We wish Whitney continued success as she embraces the world of further education and graduate employment at the Bank of England.

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