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Mr S Whittlestone - Head of Department
Ms C Constable - KS4 Progress and Achievement / Deputy Head of Department 
Mr S Leather - KS3 Progress and Achievement 
Mr Gibson - Acting Deputy Headteacher
Mr Evans - Associate Assistant Headteacher
Mr S Williams
Ms A Julian
Ms A Agathangelou
Miss Timothy
Mr Cope
Mr Blake
Miss Duddridge
Diana Naydenova - Goryanova 


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 KS5 this presents itself in the form of our Sports Academies.  The Academies offer an education / sport pathway for some of the most talented young people in the country to pursue their dream of competing at the top level in their chosen sport. We have students who have represented the National team in each of our Football, Netball and Basketball Academies alongside gaining places at top Universities in the UK and USA, often with scholarships to continue to support their development.



In years 12/13 students may study the BTEC National in Sport to the equivalent  of 1,2 or 3 A Levels, or A-level PE. 

Regular practical and hands-on teaching and learning allows for the study of some, or all, of the following: anatomy and physiology, fitness training and programming, sports leadership, psychology, sports development, professional development, skill acquisition, the business of sport and practical sports performance, research in sport.  


BTEC National Sport 


A-Level PE



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