Barking Abbey students end year on a high as second-best state school in UK
PUBLISHED: 07:12 29 December 2017
Barking Abbey School have been celebrating after being ranked second in the top 100 state schools for sport.
School Sport magazine produces an annual list based on sporting performance, with Abbey topping the pile in 2010 and making the top 10 in 2014 (sixth) and 2015 (10th).
“Schools usually have to reach the later stages of at least two, three or four national competitions to make the list,” said Spencer Whittlestone.
“Reaching the top 30 puts you in the top one to three per cent of the country’s state or independent sporting schools while the top 100 puts you in the top three to 10 per cent.
“We’re delighted to achieve this level of recognition for the amazing effort the coaches and students of Barking Abbey have demonstrated. The sports academies work extremely hard to ensure our students have the best opportunities available to them, with many students now receiving scholarships to the USA or places at top UK universities.
“A special thank you to acting head teacher Jo Tupman and the governors for continuing to support PE and sport in Barking Abbey in what are very challenging times in education.
“We are looking forward to working with our new intake of students to help them towards achieving their academic and sporting potential.”
The under-19 boys won the Elite Academies Basketball League (EABL) title with an unbeaten record and the under-16s won the National Schools’ finals, as partner club Kent Crusaders won the National League Division Two and play-off titles, while finishing runners-up in the Patrons Cup and 11 students were given full scholarships in the United States.
The girls’ football academy were crowned English Schools’ under-18 champions with a 4-0 win over Durham Sixth Form, as Anais Reynolds, Kaydee King (2) and Anele Komani netted at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground.
Head of academy programme Sharon Brownlie said: “Reaching the final was a first for our school and a day we will never forget. Our players were a real credit to our football programme and to our school, as were our incredible supporters.”
Abbey’s netball academy enjoyed lots of success, winning the British Colleges National Cup and Super League title, as well as the Essex Cup, Essex Metropolitan County, London & South East Regional and London League, while also finishing third at the National Schools’ finals.
Halimat Adio went on the England under-19 tours to Jamaica, South Africa and Scotland, while also being picked for the under-21/futures squad last season, along with Paige McCalla.
Phoebe Cadogan and Olivia Tchine are in the under-19 squad this season, with a tour to New Zealand, and Tiya Scott-Preston is in the under-17 group.
The boys’ football academy won a domestic triple last season, after lifting the Welsh Super Cup in pre-season.
They also made it through to the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup, before bowing out against Football League outfit MK Dons at stadiummk, in what proved a great experience for the squad.
They won National under-19 Alliance League title, the London Schools’ under-18 Ebdon Trophy and Essex Schools & Colleges Open Cup, while finishing runners-up in the Coomer Cup.
And Abbey also had 13 players represent Essex Schools and Youth U18s, including Jayde Abraham, Godfrey Kambaza, Olamiji Ayoola, Humzah Sheikh, Ibrahim Ugradar, Darnell Bromfield, Misha Djemaili, Samuel Mvemba, Ryan Knight, Rowan Newland, Nathan Douglas, Solomon Ogunwomoju and Warren Kayembe.