Meet the Headteacher

Leann Swaine, Headteacher of East Barnet School

Leann Swaine, BSc, MA, NPQH


East Barnet School opened in 1937 and has had only five Headteachers in that time, which is an amazing feat. After the retirement of Nick Christou, Ms Swaine took over in 2018, having already worked at the school as Associate Headteacher.

Our Leadership Team, overseen by Ms Swaine, consists of nine members of staff, each with their own area of responsibility, covering all aspects of school life, from teaching and learning to finances, from safeguarding to careers.

Ms Swaine is the custodian of the EBS culture and ethos, nurturing our values and instilling them across the whole staff body. With nearly 250 members of staff, whether a teacher or a member of support staff, we are dedicated to Ms Swaine’s vision for the school.

Leann Swaine, BSc, MA, NPQH


Our purpose at East Barnet School is clear. We develop life-long learners, who excel academically, and we develop the whole person, by building their character. This is achieved through our values, “I want to learn” and “Do the right thing”, which represent our belief that with the right conditions, students can develop a love for learning as well as becoming wonderful young people.

Here at East Barnet School, we 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. In wanting to learn, we believe in the power of a Growth Mindset; the idea that with hard-work, motivation, resilience and a positive attitude to failure, coupled with support and care, students will reach and exceed their potential. Our success in achieving such a culture is undoubtedly the reason for the high academic standards and popularity of East Barnet School.

Academic success is not our only focus. In doing the right thing, we believe in the power of kindness, integrity and respect. Respect yourself, others and the environment forms the basis of our commitment in helping students develop into responsible people who can make a positive contribution to society.

We are proud of being a truly 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 large number of our members of staff have children who attend the school, and many were former students themselves. We therefore have a very strong community spirit and are committed to providing all our children with the best education possible.

I encourage you to browse our site to see our values in action, from EBS News to the End of Year Magazines, our virtual tourextra-curricular clubs and House activities. I am sure you will be impressed with all with all that we have to offer.

L. Swaine

Our Headteacher In the Press and Community