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At Barking Abbey we strive to educate students to become healthy and active.

The school has been awarded the Boris Johnson Bronze and Silver award in Healthy school status. The school is currently in the process of completing the Gold award.

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At Barking Abbey, we recognise that we all live busy lives and have access to cheap unhealthy food which means there is an increased risk in our students suffering with obesity and disease later on in life. We do our upmost to help students understand BMI and offers a BMI test to all Year 7 students when they arrive at the school. This determines if students are a healthy weight for their height. All results are data protected and no student’s information is shared or seen.

All students have the opportunity to attend extra-curricular clubs in the following physical activities:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Table Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Dodge ball
  • Tennis
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Fitness
  • Trampolining

Barking Abbey also offers a Health Club where students are asked to attend and bring a buddy along to take part in a range of fun games. Along with our Health Club, Barking Abbey also has an early morning breakfast club offering healthy food and giving an opportunity for students to complete homework and meet new friends.

The school regularly invites guest speakers to attend assemblies to share health and fitness ideas and to encourage students to think about how to stay fit and healthy. Recent guest speakers have included JJ Jegede, the Great Britain Long Jumper.

The school’s termly newsletter also offers advice and healthy tips to parents, carers and students on a range of topics including cooking, healthy eating and how to stay active.