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EBS Timeline of History

2018

Mr N Christou retires after 20 years. Ms L Swaine takes over as Headteacher.

2012

The school’s 75th year is celebrated with a reunion for all former pupils and teachers in the new school buildings at Chestnut Grove.

2011

New school is officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester in March.

2010

In June, staff and pupils transfer into the new school building at Chestnut Grove combining all years from ages 11 – 18 on one site. JCoSS opens at Westbrook Crescent. Nobel laureate Tim Hunt opens Faraday Science facilities.

2008

EBS is designated a “High performing Specialist School”.

2007

Planning permission is granted for both JCoSS (Jewish Community Secondary School) and the new East Barnet School.

2005

The school is designated as a Technology College securing extra funding for IT, Science and Technology Departments.

1998

Mr Hurdman retires after 27 years. Mr Nick Christou takes over as Headteacher. School motto becomes, “I want to learn”.

199?

School uniform policy is changed to allow girls to wear trousers, sometime in the 1990s. The exact date remains a mystery!

1988

School reorganises with a Sixth Form and 5th Year moving to Westbrook Crescent site and Years 1 – 4 moving to Chestnut Grove. GCE (O Levels) replaced with new GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education).

1987

Golden Reunion takes place in June with more than 1800 attendees.

1985

Live Aid.

1983

Jim fixed it for pop band Culture Club to play in school assembly at Westbrook Crescent.

1976

Junior and Senior schools formally combine to create a single school spread over two sites.

1972

The statutory minimum school leaving age is raised to 16.

1971

Ceases to be a Grammar school and becomes East Barnet High School, part of a new “comprehensive” system. East Barnet Senior High at Chestnut Grove and East Barnet Junior High at Westbrook Crescent. In December, Mr Johnston leaves the school and Mr Richard Hurdman takes over as Headmaster.

1970

Original Headmaster, Mr Allan Clayton dies.

1967

East Barnet Grammar School Association was formed by parents to support the school. This evolved into the PTA that exists to this day.

1965

30th March new school buildings open. Basketball and Tennis join the PE curriculum.

1961

Work on new school building commences.

1960

My Clayton retires. Mr Angus Johnston takes over as Headteacher.

1957

Four form entry due to post war baby boom. 314 boys and 294 girls registered.

1955

Influenza epidemic – 216 absentees in a single day. 24 pupils go to university. A record number.

1953

Queen’s Coronation – pupils attend screening of “A Queen is crowned” at the Odeon.

1951

General Certificate of Education (O Level) replaces the old School Certificate qualifications. Swimming offered to pupils using facilities at Church Hill School.

1947

Mr Clayton changes the school name to East Barnet Grammar School. “Open” entry to school for all pupils passing the 11+. School population soars to 547 in a building built for 350. Nissen huts arrived to provide additional classroom space.

1946

Memorial Fund for Old Boys who have lost their lives in the War is established. First ski trip takes place with 68 pupils. Rationing eases. First edition of the School Magazine is published.

1945

War ends. 450 pupils enrolled. Rationing continues to impact school life.

1944

Education Act is passed in Parliament promising, “Secondary Education for All”.

1939

Britain joins the war against Germany. School is closed for 2 months whilst air raid shelters are constructed. School name is changed to East Barnet County School.

1938

The school’s first 3 candidates sit the General School Certificate examination.

1937

East Barnet Modern School opens its doors to 64 pupils in two classes (or forms). Mr Allan Clayton is Headmaster.