East Barnet Modern School opened in April 1937 with 200 pupils who had transferred from other schools, spread across four year groups. The first Headteacher, Allan Clayton, soon changed the name of the new school buildings in Chestnut Grove to East Barnet Grammar School.
The premises had been built for 350, but by 1947 it was housing 547 students. Various additions of classrooms and labs were made between 1948 & 1958. Major building work between 1961 and 1965 added a new assembly hall, gym, music rooms and dining halls.
A new era started in September 1971 when East Barnet Grammar School became East Barnet Senior High School, a comprehensive school for students aged 14-18. In 1976 John Hampden School in Westbrook Crescent was combined with East Barnet School as an 11-18 co-educational comprehensive operating from two sites.
By the 1980’s the school was bulging at the seams and the tired old building was beginning to show its age. In the late 90’s, despite the limitations of the crumbling building the school’s excellent reputation continued to grow and such was its popularity with the community that the school was regularly over subscribed.
Perhaps the most exciting chapter in the school’s history began in 2007 when, not only had OFSTED judged the school to be “outstanding” for the second time, we also obtained planning permission for a new ‘21st Century’ state-of-the-art building.
Officially opened in March 2011 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, the new building has facilities and creates experiences that match the talents, abilities and aspirations of students and teachers alike; indeed the school confidently extends and continues to develop its “I want to learn” culture way beyond the threshold of the building and into the wider school community.
East Barnet School has always been an exceptional place of learning, it has now become even more special and we welcome you to an ever expanding and exciting future.
The demolition and reconstruction of the East Barnet School buildings in 2010 can be found on our YouTube channel.