East Barnet School
Barnet, United Kingdom
About East Barnet School
East Barnet School first opened in 1937, but has only had five Headteachers in over 80 years of operation. We now have a state-of-the-art modern building which opened in September 2010 and was designed in close consultation with staff and students to capture the school’s "I want to learn" philosophy. We became an Academy in April 2011.
Our school is characterised by our outstanding pastoral system, the excellent support we provide for our staff and our philosophy of compassionate leadership. East Barnet School was delighted to be awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools ‘School Mental Health Award’ at Silver Level in March 2020. The school was recognised by the Lead Coach as having a warm and nurturing environment where staff and students are well supported. The school is leading the way on a wide variety of mental health partnerships in the area.
The wellbeing of our students is vitally important, and so is the wellbeing of our staff. The school has a Staff Council where new ideas are presented to the Headteacher (we have a Student Council too!), and we offer various sporting activities for staff to take part in after school - or join other members of the team in taking a walk round our cycle track during lunchtime! To make life a little easier for busy staff, we also have a dry cleaning pick-up and drop-off service, car washing, and Mindfulness sessions, along with other initiatives to improve work-life balance.
Our Motto, "I want to learn" reflects a belief that motivation is the most important factor for achieving successes in education. We also know that interesting and challenging lessons, combined with a culture where educational success is valued and respected by all members of the school community will ensure that students remain focused on learning. Our success in achieving such a culture is undoubtedly the reason for the high academic standards and popularity of East Barnet School.
Behaviour and safety were judged to be outstanding at the last OFSTED inspection. Exclusions are relatively low and attendance is very high. However, the ethos of our school is more wide ranging and richer than these basic tenets. We aspire to develop in all our students the personal qualities which are required for successful adult lives, and to instil attitudes and behaviours that will help them to make a positive contribution to their communities and the wider world.
We are proud of being a true comprehensive school, where students throughout the ability range are able to achieve success. We celebrate our diversity and respect the heritage, religion and culture of all our students and staff.
A number of our members of staff have children who attend the school, and many were ex-students themselves. We therefore have a very strong community spirit and are committed to providing all our children with the best education possible.
East Barnet School may have a fabulous building, but it is the people that make it really special.
Together we are #TeamEBS!
You guys have been absolutely amazing - patient and caring.- A Parent
I have been asked so many times how has the girls school been during lockdown? I can honestly say my heart fills with pride when I tell them of all the lovely things that the school has done and each time the person I have been talking to has been surprised in a good way. I always say how lucky we are to have such a fantastic school.- A Parent
As parents we have seen our daughter’s love of school develop, we could not speak more highly of the education she has received and more importantly to us, the life skills she has gained.- Year 13 Parent
When our daughter visited the Year 7 Open Evening while still in Year 6, she was blown away by the school and did not want to consider any other school. We knew then that we had made the right choice.- Year 13 Parent
Teachers plan challenging activities for pupils and use resources which are well designed and chosen to meet the pupils' needs...Pupils enjoy learning and feel well supported by the school. They like teachers' enthusiasm and the way teachers always help them if they are stuck.- Ofsted
Pupils feel safe and parents also agree that their children are safe in school. Pupils value and appreciate the school’s work in this area. They are confident that the site is safe and know that there are always staff on duty if they need help.- Ofsted