Matthew Ryder the Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement visted Barking Abbey School. He looked around the facilities and met with City Year to find out more about the work they do at the school.
On Tuesday, 19th December the school welcomed back a number of its 'Class of 2017' to enable them to catch up with each other, their teachers and collect their A Level/BTEC awards. A festive Christmas buffet was laid on for the returnees. Whilst the school itself was winding down from 3 weeks of Year 11-13 Mock Examinations many of the university first year undergraduates were setting out to prepare themselves for their January examinations with a month long holiday ahead. Many of the students really enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with their 'old Year 13' peers as due to the varied number of Post-18 pathways they had embarked on - many had not seen each other since Results Day on August 17th. The school hopes that many of these ex-students will return in the near and distant future to share their journeys and offer their expertise/ skill set with our current and future students.
On Monday 18th December we had a brilliant evening filled with music, exquisite dancing and a confident Year7 drama performance! Our students rose to the occasion whilst on stage and the Year 11 BTEC Music team delivered a great show as a backstage, sound and lighting crew.
On Tuesday 5th December we welcomed Julia Greenhough from Ford Motor Company to speak to many of our most talented Technology students. Julia was speaking as part of the 30:30:30 campaign which works with “Speakers for Schools”.
Staff from global investment bank Goldman Sachs helped 60 Barking Abbey Students gain work-ready skills by offering them advice on CV writing, job applications and interview techniques, during an employability workshop in the Upper School Library on 10th October this year.
On Monday 20th November Barking Abbey Netball Academy was the host to England Roses last training session before the International series begins on the 24th November at the Copper Box Arena, London. The squad were greatly welcomed by Barking Abbey School who see this as a massive opportunity for their own young aspiring netball athletes. This is always a good opportunity for the BA girls to watch elite athletes at work, especially when they can watch our Alumni student/player /coach Kadeen Corbin working at this level.
Barking Abbey is now a hub school and working in close partnership with West Ham. We have a full time member of staff, from West Ham, working in the school. He will be going in to some classes to offer support to certain students and will be running after school programmes open to everyone. One session will be on a Monday and another session will be Thursday – these sessions will not be solely based on football; they are cross-curricular opportunities interlinked with football.