Pany, Year 11
What can I say about East Barnet School? It’s fantastic. We have a modern building and all new equipment, and are a leading school in science and technology. But that’s not what makes us special, what makes us special are the people inside. The students, the teachers and all the other learning support staff. I have met so many lovely people in my time here, and so many teachers have helped me grow and learn so much. Many teachers give up their lunchtimes, breaks and sometimes even wake up at 4.30am to plan lessons so we (the students) can learn in productive manner. I know that if I have a burning question I am able to stop by a teacher at lunchtime and they will always be happy to help. I know I have taken advantage of teachers’ good nature on many occasions (sorry Mr Owen). Ultimately this is an amazing school, but it is only for people who put work in too. Year 11 in particular has been stressful, with exam after exam it’s like there is no end. So therefore it is great that I have such supportive teachers and friends. You get out of EBS what you put in. This is a school for those who work hard, who are inquisitive, for those who want to learn!
Ruth, Year 7
East Barnet is the world’s best secondary school. It seems really big at first but it’s so easy to find your way around. All the teachers are lovely and help you when you’re stuck. If you’re lost, an older student will help you find your way. It’s really easy to know what floor you’re lesson is on because the first number of the room is the floor number. E.g. room 410 is on floor 4.
There are lots of brilliant clubs you can join from netball to jazz band, from dance to chess. The range of activities is huge. Get involved in the intra house football game and support your house! Murray (green), Chama (purple), Tutu (blue) or Keller (red)! There is always something you can do.
At break and lunch you can sit in the lunch hall, Faraday space or seats along the side of the auditorium. You can have packed lunch too. We use the thumb system at East Barnet, which allows you to buy your lunch by scanning your thumb. Our library is excellent. It has a wide range of different fiction and non-fiction books in it. It has comfy cushions, lots of computers and tables and chairs where you can do your work. It’s open at break, lunch and after school.
EEE or E school is an unusual lesson in 5th period, on Wednesday and Thursdays for Year 7 and 8. You do a lot of lessons that you wouldn’t normally do, like podcasting, photography, circus arts and robotics. They are really fun and run on a 6 week cycle. I hope you decide to send your child to East Barnet because it’s a really great school with a lot of opportunities.
Pavlos, Year 10
My time at East Barnet School has been very good so far. I am currently in year 10 and studying for my GCSEs, and I’m happy with the options I have taken. If I do well enough, I hope to go and continue my education at a university, but I’m not sure what I am going to study yet. For me, East Barnet School is more than just a place to come and get good grades. East Barnet has helped me to better myself as a person. I have learnt how to behave, how to succeed in my studies and I have made many friends that I think will become life long ones. Everyone in the school has a very positive attitude, and is willing to go out of their way to help other students. One example of this that especially applies to me is the Music Department. I recently took my grade 5 theory exam, and Miss Rigby was willing to stay behind after school, during her own free time, to give me extra lessons and help me pass. Also, Miss Wilson organised a trip to a Jazz concert for my music class and other members of the school, which again she did in her own time. As well as this, they take time out of their day to run endless music clubs after school which I enjoy going to and am very grateful for. Overall, I think this is a great school, and I am looking forward to the rest of my time here.
Victoria, Year 12
My best experience of East Barnet School has to be the end of Year 11; the final day of term, prom and results day were a fantastic end to five fantastic years. Everyone, both students and teachers alike, let their hair down and reminisced about the good times.
Though the last day was filled with goodbyes, the things that I remember most are the great memories that those goodbyes brought to mind. The whole year group felt like a giant ball of friends, not just class mates, as everyone forgot about the stress of the exams that loomed – even our Head of Year, Mr Iordanou, managed to refrain from telling us to revise!
Once the exams were over, we all came together again, this time for a party. Prom was brilliant! Everyone got all dolled up and looked beautiful – seeing Mr Lockyer in a kilt is an image that will stay with me forever.
Finally, results day came and all our hard work had paid off. Everyone congratulated each other in all their successes and wishes each other luck in all their future plans.
Nathaniel, Year 9
I’m a student in Year 9 at the moment and I’ve been asked to write a review of KS3 life for Year 6 and 7 students to tell them how all the important stuff works. I’m going to have a bit on the intro to year 7 now so if you’re past that stage. You can skip the next paragraph.
The first rule of starting Year 7 is that almost all of the hype and fear that surrounds it is pretty much a myth. Just do whatever you feel in natural and you’ll be fine. It takes a while to get used to the new timetable and lessons (e.g. D&T on a weekly basis) but that is pretty much it. School dinners are fine, teachers don’t automatically despise you and give you hundreds of detentions and homework starts off slowly, and it only starts increasing once you’ve got used to your life 2.0.
The highlight of school for pretty much everyone is the trips. If you are in Year 7, the chances are you’ll have an opportunity to go to Santander and Bilbao in Spain when you’re in Year 8. If you are joining Year 7 next year, you could be off to Germany. You’ve also got Cornwall, The Globe Theatre and possibly even a Christmas market in France to look forward to, so you should probably get packing now!
Now, although most of secondary school is fine, not everything is absolutely 100% perfect. You will get some detentions that you obviously don’t deserve, you will get some homework where you understand exactly nothing whatsoever and there will always be some idiot who will throw your pencil case in the bin. The best answer is: take it all in your stride. Grow a thick skin and remember that the detention is only 10 minutes of your life, the teachers can help with your homework and that some people are idiots and there is nothing you can do.
My best advice is: just do it. Common sense and gut feeling is usually the best thing to go on and if you get stuck just think: “Don’t worry, there’s only five more years…’