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"The Sports Academy programme provides talented students a unique blend of academic study, expert coaching, personalised training and high quality competition.“ Going the Extra Mile: Excellence in Competitive School Sport” - OFSTED

Barking Abbey runs 3 Academies in:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Netball

These full time sports programmes incorporate high quality coaching and comprehensive academic structure.

  • Highly qualified, experienced coaches deliver a variety of sports programmes inclusive of:
  • Technical and Tactical Development
  • Full Competition schedule
  • Strength and Conditioning programme
  • Match Analysis Technology

At Barking Abbey success in the classroom alongside sporting performance is central to our ethos. Sports Academy students are provided with support and enrichment services to help achieve this essential balance to reach their potential.

Academic Pathways including:

  • 25 A Level Courses
  • 5 Level 3 BTEC National Courses
  • Coaching Qualifications/ Sports Leaders Awards/ Personal Training Certificate
  • Academic Mentoring
  • Sporting Mentoring
  • Career guidance
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Established University/FE pathways

Athletic Success / Honours

  • 5 National Football Championships
  • 10 National Basketball Championships
  • 7 National Netball Championships
  • Over 20 Football Academy students progressed to professional clubs
  • Over 50 Basketball Academy students awarded full scholarships to NCAA Universities
  • National Representatives Netball, Basketball & Football
  • Great Britain Representatives Basketball

The Sports Academies Open Evening is taking place on Tuesday 7th November at 7:00pm - 8:30pm. The evening is open to perspective students who are interested in joining our Sixth Form and one of its nationally recognised Sports Academies in September 2018. 

The evening will include an introduction to our Sixth Form as well a individual presentations by the Football, Netball and Basketball Academies as well as a tour of the school and its facilities. 

Visitors are asked to report to our main school reception on Sandringham Road, Barking, IG11 9AG no later than 6:45pm. 

Those attending are required to pre-register for the event by clicking here.


RT @BAbbeyDance: A few of our lovely club dancers rehearsing for next week. Do not miss our Christmas sharing!…
RT @AbbeyBasketball: BA advance to both the @OfficialEABL & @WEABL 3x3 Finals in January after going 2-2 and 2-1 respectively in the Region…
RT @AbbeyFootball: Fantastic Performance @Abbeyfootball boys aka (Romford fc) yesterday with a 8-0 win over Braintree Town in National Alli…
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