On Thursday 3rd March, Barking Abbey School hosted the very first Russell Group open day. The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with businesses and the public sector. Barking Abbey, Dagenham Park, Robert clack and Eastbury year 10, 11 and 12 students were invited to liaise with representatives from ten Russell Group universities. Students were able to ask questions, collect prospectuses and course information as well as get photographs of themselves in graduation gowns. The event was fantastic, eye-opening experience for students to compare and contrast each university and find out what grades they would need to achieve in order to be selected by one of the leading uk universities. Due to the huge success of the event Barking Abbey is proud to host the Russell Group open day as an annual event for schools within the borough of Barking and Dagenham.