At East Barnet School, we are committed to nurturing the positive relationships we have with parents and carers. We strongly believe that for students to achieve their full potential, they need support from both parents/carers and the school. We therefore aim to work together with parents to secure the success of our students.
At East Barnet School, we offer a wide, varied and exciting curriculum to all students from Year 7 – 13. Where students are able to choose which subjects to study, we try our best to ensure that is possible, and have individual consultations with students about their options. In addition to the subjects we offer, we also run our own unique Triple E school, allowing students to learn through practical activities. All information about our curriculum can be found on our curriculum pages.
East Barnet School aspires to encourage the “I want to learn” culture amongst all its students, so that they may fulfil their individual potential in education and develop into responsible adults who make a positive contribution to society.
We believe that these aims are more likely to be achieved if there is a partnership between the school, the students and the parents based on mutual trust, respect and understanding.
As a beginning, we are asking you to commit to an agreement with the school so that all concerned may be clear about our mutual aims and expectations now and in the future.
Our School Promise
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All students in Years 7 – 11 are required to wear school uniform and to have PE Kit.
Uniform is a very important part of being a student at East Barnet School. It should be worn correctly and with pride. Students are ambassadors for the school at all times and the way in which uniform is worn should reflect our high standards and positive expectations. The uniform and the rules about appearance are non-negotiable.
The EBS school uniform supplier is Smiths Schoolwear in Cockfosters. Parents are able to purchase and order uniform from Smiths’ Cockfosters shop or online from their website. Orders can be collected from Smiths in Cockfosters or Enfield; delivered to home (delivery charge for orders under £50); or delivered to school (free delivery). Smiths also offer a free personalising service on PE Kit and have an in-house embroidery service.
All uniform items and PE kit, including items bearing the school logo and the school kilt skirt are available from Smiths Schoolwear. Any items not bearing the school logo or purchased elsewhere must be identical to the approved uniform.
Government research shows that when children eat better, they do better. Whether families are paying for school meals or are entitled to them for free, children are more likely to concentrate in the classroom in the afternoon after eating healthy school lunches in a pleasant environment. This also improves their health and their learning about making better food choices. This research also shows that children eligible for free school meals are less likely to do well at school, continue into further education or secure higher paid jobs. Ensuring that these children eat and gain the benefits of the free school meals they’re entitled to really will make a difference to their ability to learn and succeed.
East Barnet School encourages families who are entitled, to apply for Free School Meals (FSM). FSM are a statutory benefit available to children from families who receive other qualifying benefits and who have been through the relevant registration process. The opportunity to receive a free school meal is extremely important to a substantial number of children from low income families, for whom a school lunch may be the only balanced meal they will eat in a day; it can also provide other support.
EBS uses a Local Authority Identification Service to ensure that all those that are eligible are receiving FSM. If you do not want us to include your details in this checking system, please email the school firstname.lastname@example.org.
New students who qualify for FSM can claim for school uniform up to the value of £50 upon joining the school, provided that this is for approved uniform items or footwear and one complete PE Kit. A claim with original receipt must be submitted to the Business Manager and reimbursement will be made to the parent by cheque if the claim is approved.
Reimbursement of uniform and/or PE kit is subject to proof of FSM entitlement covering applicable dates.
Consideration will be given to provide financial assistance for field trips for students where applied for, where the field trip is considered to be essential or desirable for an examined course.
Rewards and celebrating success are an important part of life at EBS and we want student success both within and outside the classroom to be acknowledged and rewarded. At EBS we do this through House Points. Being a key member of the House System means that successes contribute to a whole team effort, helping every House attempt to win the annual House Cup competition, but also encourage students as individuals to feel valued, confident and motivated to keep trying.
In addition, for every 50 House Points achieved by a student in a term they will be entered into a termly prize draw. Heads of Year may consider House Points when selecting students for rewards and recognition towards the end of the year.
There are also additional awards available: ‘Do the Right Thing!’ recognises a student’s contribution to the school and wider community and the Jack Petchey Award which requires students to be nominated by peers or staff for achievement in any aspect of school life.
The PE Department provides an extensive calendar of events. These include table tennis, swimming, cross-country, athletics, rounders, cricket and volleyball, as well as activities such as orienteering. Our success in inter-school competitions demonstrates the high standard of skills attained by the students and our enthusiasm for sport. However, not all our clubs are sports clubs; some of our most popular activities include robotics and chess. Students can join as many clubs as they like and can even set up their own.
We are also rightly proud of the drama productions and music concerts that are a regular feature of school life. The participation of staff and students in these events develops our sense of community and mutual respect and gives opportunities to share skills, abilities and interests that lie outside the classroom. There are a large number of after school clubs organised by subject areas or year groups. These are meant for students who wish to pursue a particular area of interest, or those seeking help with homework.
Foreign language trips to France, Germany and Spain are annual events as is the Sixth Form Trip to New York and school European skiing trip. In addition to all of this, there are a variety of football tours, field trips, Humanities trips and visits to the theatre, museums and art galleries.
Lessons are usually taught on a one-to-one basis during normal school hours but are rotated each week so that students do not always miss the same part of the same lesson on a regular basis, and may occasionally miss lunch or break time instead. This helps to ensure that other studies are not affected. In the unlikely event of a problem occurring please contact the Head of Department to discuss the matter.
As we have to book our visiting instrumental teachers several weeks before term begins, it is essential that you contact the Head of Music well in advance of each new term, if a student wishes to have music lessons. Students who do not submit their forms and payment in advance, will not be able to start their music lessons until the following term.
Instrumental lessons are either 15 or 20 minutes in length, and equate to £37.50 per hour. Students eligible for Free School Meals are entitled to a £50 discount per term on instrumental tuition. For the exact pricing per term, please get in touch with Mrs K. Eustace, Head of Expressive Arts.
Bromcom is the Management Information System (MIS) that we use within the school to record student details, attendance, assessment data and how we communicate with parents/carers. Bromcom can be accessed via the browser or by downloading the My Child At School app; available from the Apple Store and Google Store. Bromcom can be accessed anytime of the day or night by clicking on the icon at the top of the website or visiting the website by clicking here.
The combination of Skooler & O365 gives EBS a complete solution for all our important daily tasks. Our aim at East Barnet School is to enhance digital learning for staff and students whilst simplifying the use of Office 365 in and outside of the classroom, providing tools to assist with planning, communication & collaboration, assessment and learning. Skooler & Office 365, everything staff and students need during a school day is available in one place!
Students and staff can login to the Skooler Portal with their school email and password, (example: type in your email@example.com and then enter your password).
If you have forgotten any of your login details please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a new password will be sent to you.
East Barnet School has a cashless catering biometric system for all year groups that links with ParentPay, enabling parents to view their child’s account and make online payments for school lunches and trips.
Based on fingerprint recognition technology, the system takes measurements of the fingerprint, but does not capture a complete image. The original fingerprint cannot be reconstructed from the data and the biometric information cannot be used for any reason other than for the express purpose for which it was collected. Your child will use their thumb/finger to access the cash loader and at the point of sale. The biometric system is also used for print management.
If you wish to opt out of the biometric system, your child will be issued with a PIN number. To opt out, please contact the Finance Office at the School – email@example.com or phone 020 8344 2100.
We encourage students not to borrow funds; please ensure that your child’s account is always topped up to avoid an embarrassing or difficult situation for both students and staff.
“Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.” – Department for Education (2014) School Attendance, www.gov.uk
If a student is going to be absent from school as a result of illness, a parent or carer must phone the school as early as possible or complete our online absence form on each day that the student is absent from school. If a student is absent for more than a few days then medical evidence will be required (labels from medication prescribed acceptable) for our records.
If you are excited by fundraising, organising events, using your time to benefit the students of EBS, or even playing our own school lottery, we would love to hear from you!