Parents / Carers

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.

EBS Portals & Systems

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Bromcom

Management Information System

Bromcom is the MIS that we use at EBS to record student details, attendance, assessment data and to communicate with parents/carers. When a student starts at the school, login details will be provided.

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Skooler

Learning Management Portal

Skooler is EBS’s Learning Management Portal for staff and students. It consists of a collection of smart learning tools specifically designed for use alongside our current Office 365 (O365) solution provided by Microsoft. 

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ParentPay

Cashless Catering System

ParentPay is a secure system used in many schools around the country. It allows parents/carers to monitor and top-up their child’s account for lunches, and also for school trips and other school-related items.

Curriculum & Assessment

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.

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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.

Aims

  • To generate an enthusiasm for learning amongst the students, so that they willingly seek to gain knowledge and understanding about the world around them.
  • To provide students with the guidance, information and resources necessary to help them learn.
  • To teach students the skills necessary for effective and efficient learning.
  • To provide students with a positive learning environment.
  • To develop a sense of pride amongst the students, so that they always aim to achieve the highest possible standards of work in all subjects.
  • To foster the personal qualities, skills and self-confidence necessary for success in their chosen career and personal life.
  • To develop amongst all students a sense of respect for themselves, other individuals, their own and other communities, and their environment.

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

  1. To provide, as far as possible, a secure and welcoming environment.
  2. Care for each student’s safety and happiness.
  3. Deliver the National Curriculum and provide a broad and balanced education which aims to meet the individual needs of each student.
  4. Ensure that homework is set, marked and monitored.
  5. Report regularly to parents and provide opportunities to discuss students’ progress.
  6. To support parents/guardians through the period of their child’s transition from primary to secondary school.
  7. Contact parents / guardians if there are concerns about attendance, punctuality, behaviour or progress.
  8. Respond sensitively and promptly to any concern or complaint raised by a parent/guardian or student.
  9. Provide information and guidance about careers and higher education.

Parents / Carers

  1. To support the aims of the school.
  2. Ensure that my/our child attends school punctually and with minimum absence.
  3. Ensure that my/our child is properly dressed in correct school uniform.
  4. Ensure that my/our child completes all homework set to the best of his/her ability and in reasonable working conditions.
  5. Attend Parents’ Evenings and meetings about my/our child’s progress.
  6. Not take my/our child out of school during term time without the explicit permission of the Headteacher.
  7. Advise the school of any concerns or problems which might affect my/our child’s progress.
  8. Work constructively and cooperatively with the school to resolve any concerns about attendance, punctuality, behaviour or work.

Students

  1. Attend school punctually and with minimum absence.
  2. Bring necessary equipment and books including pens and pencils to all lessons.
  3. Complete classwork and homework as well as I can.
  4. Ask teachers for help when I have problems with my work.
  5. Behave responsibly at all times.
  6. Observe the school rules.
  7. Wear my school uniform and be tidy in appearance.
  8. Be polite and respectful to others.
  9. Conduct myself at all times in such a way as to enhance the school’s reputation within the community.

School Uniform

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.

  • Black BlazerWith the school badge – badge available for blazers bought without a badge.
  • Trousers or SkirtTrousers must be black; no jeans/leggins/jeggins. Skirt must be maroon kilt-style; no more than 6cm above the knee.
  • Shirt or BlouseFitted shirts or blouses may be worn outside trousers/skirts - all other shirts must be tucked in. Buttons should all be fastened and no other items of visible clothing, for example, coloured t-shirts.
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  • Sweater (optional)Plain back v-neck with badge
  • Socks & TightsPlain black, white or natural.
  • ShoesBlack, low heeled and closed. No boots, training shoes or canvas shoes.
  • Outdoor Wear & CoatA Coat/Body-warmer/Fleece may be worn, but no denim or leather and no large logos.

Purchasing Uniform

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.

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Smiths Schoolwear

25 Station Parade,
Cockfosters Road,
Barnet EN4 0DW

020 3818 3622

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PE Kit

PE Kit items are also supplied by Smiths Schoolwear from their Cockfosters shop or online from their website.

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PE Kit

  • House Polo ShirtWhen students have been allocated a house, they will need a polo shirt with badge in the relevant colour.
  • ShortsNavy blue, football style.
  • Tracksuit BottomsNavy blue.
  • SocksNavy blue football socks.
  • Training ShoesNon-marking.
  • Reversible Rugby Shirt (Boys Only)Navy blue and sky blue hoop, with school logo.
  • Astroturf Boots (Boys Only)
  • PE Sweatshirt (Girls Only)Navy with school badge.

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.

Other Dress Regulations

Hairstyles

No shaven or fashionably exaggerated hairstyles.

Note: Students with extreme hairstyles will be sent home and a meeting arranged for parents and the student to discuss the situation and how the issue can be resolved.

Jewellery

The only items of jewellery permitted are stud earrings, no more than one in each ear. The studs should be discreet and not fashionably ‘over-sized’.

Note: Hoops, ‘dangling’ earrings are not allowed. Nose studs are not allowed. No other items of jewelry are permitted. Any student arriving in school wearing inappropriate jewelry will have it confiscated and returned at the end of the day with a letter for parents.

Make-up

Make-up (including nail varnish/nail extensions) may not be worn, or brought into school.

Note: Any student arriving to school wearing make-up will be asked to remove it. If a student does not comply they will be sent home and a meeting arranged with the student, parents and a Head of Year. (In some cases where there is a need to disguise blemishes or scarring permission may be given, upon request, for a student to wear a minimum amount of concealer.)

Bags

One bag strong enough to protect school books and of a size sufficient to carry school exercise and text books.  One bag to carry PE/Games Kit.

Please Remember!

No insurance cover for property and clothing brought to school by students is available to the school, and parents should bear this in mind when allowing their children to bring very expensive items onto school premises. It is important that clothing and equipment are clearly marked.

Financial Support

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.

What are Free School Meals?

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 enquiries@eastbarnetschool.com.

Important information:

  • Parents or carers wishing to apply for free school meals for their child should complete the school’s FSM Application Form and provide appropriate documentation to support the application.
  • The school sends current student details on a termly basis to the London Borough of Barnet for comparison against those families resident in Barnet who are currently in receipt of benefits and eligible for free school meals (FSM).
  • Barnet will not be sharing any information on the nature of the benefits but will only send us a list of FSM eligible students. The school will then benefit from extra funding to be spent on improving the education for those eligible for FSM. Even if you do not wish your child to take free school meals, the school and child will benefit from this additional funding.
  • For those resident outside Barnet, if you have already applied for FSM and provided details, the school will make a manual check with the appropriate Local Authority. The school may contact you directly if we require further information.

Are You Entitled to Free School Meals?

Eligibility

Eligibility

If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, you can request an Application Form through enquiries@eastbarnetschool.com, telephone 020 8344 2100 or download a copy below. Give your completed application to the school office and make sure you can provide the correct documentary proof of any support you are receiving.

Parents living in England and Wales do not have to pay for their children’s school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The ‘Guarantee’ element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Universal Credit

Sixteen plus: A child over the age of 16 in receipt of any of these qualifying benefits in their own right is also eligible to receive free school meals.

Parents and carers who receive working tax credit are not entitled to FSM, however you may apply during the run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

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Entitlement

Entitlement

The accounts for students receiving Free School Meals will be enabled before school for Breakfast Club for Breakfast Meal Deal and at lunchtime to allow purchase of a Lunch Meal Deal which consists of a main hot meal or salad and pudding/fruit. Sandwiches and rolls are also available as an alternative within the FSM allowance at lunchtime but do not include a pudding/dessert. Chilled water for refilling bottles is available free in the Canteen.

Any entitlement not used at Breakfast club is not transferable to lunch entitlement.

  • For further information about Breakfast Club contact the school.
  • Students receiving Free School Meals may not purchase snacks or drinks with their free meals allowance and may not use their entitlement at break.
  • Students entitled to Free School Meals are able to pay money into their account if they wish to purchase additional items at lunchtime and at break.

School Uniform and PE Kit

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.

School Trips

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.

Please download an application form or request one from the school office or at enquiries@eastbarnetschool.com.

Beyond the Classroom

School Houses

When students start at EBS, they will be placed into one of four Houses: Chama, Keller, Murray or Tutu. The Houses have members from all year groups and promotes team work and responsibility.

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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. 

Clubs & Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular Activities are of central importance to our culture and ethos of learning through participation; providing further opportunities to engage and learn.

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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.

Instrument Tution

We offer a wide and varied programme, including violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, guitar (acoustic, bass and electric), drums, piano and singing lessons.

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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.

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Bromcom

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.

What information is available on Bromcom?

You will only ever have access to information about your child/children and you will see their basic information, attendance figures and assessment data.

Is Bromcom easy to use?

Bromcom is easy to navigate to find the information you need, but if you have any problems at all, please contact the school and we will be happy to help.

Forgotten password?

If you have forgotten any of your login details please email enquiries@eastbarnetschool.com and a new password will be sent to you.

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Skooler

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!

Skooler can be accessed here: Skooler or via any browser: http://skooler.eastbarnetschool.com

Students and staff can login to the Skooler Portal with their school email and password, (example: type in your ebsuserid@eastbarnetschool.com and then enter your password).

If you have forgotten any of your login details please email enquiries@eastbarnetschool.com and a new password will be sent to you.

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ParentPay

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 – finance@eastbarnetschool.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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pay money into a student's account?

By credit/debit card via ParentPay: A username, password and full instructions are issued to parents/carers when students start at EBS. This is the most secure method of topping up an account. ParentPay can be accessed at any time by clicking on the icon at the top of the website. You can also access here: ParentPay.

By credit/debit card or cash via a PayPoint outlet using a PayPoint barcode: To request a barcode, please email finance@eastbarnetschool.com. A list of PayPoint locations can be found on https://paypoint.com/en-gb, just type in your postcode (the nearest PayPoint location to the school is the Co-op in East Barnet Village).

How do students buy lunch?

Students select their meal, go to the till and touch the scanner which brings up their account details. The duty staff can verify that the student has money to spend or has a Free School Meal (FSM) allowance. The items purchased are then keyed in and charged to the student’s account or their FSM allowance automatically.

Can I check what my child has been eating?

By logging on to your ParentPay account, you can check all transactions and purchases made.

Can I limit spending?

The maximum amount per day for purchases is set at £6 per student (providing there are sufficient funds on the account). Parents/Carers can change this by notifying the Finance Office.

Can I transfer funds to a sibling?

Yes, please read the guidelines on the ParentPay website and email finance@eastbarnetschool.com to make your request.

I have forgotten my username and password.

If you have forgotten any of your login details please email finance@eastbarnetschool.com and a new password will be sent to you.

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Attendance

“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.

Appointments

If a student has an appointment which cannot be made outside of school hours, then the student may only be excused from lessons for the duration of the appointment and should return to school immediately afterwards. Every student wishing to leave school early must have a letter from either the place of appointment or a note from a parent, in order to be excused from lessons. Students are also required to sign in and out at reception.

Holidays

Holidays are not permitted during term time and if taken, the family could be issued a fine and an unauthorised absence will be recorded on the student’s permanent record.

Only in exceptional circumstances, will a student be granted time out of school. If you would like to be considered, the request must be put in writing to the Headteacher at least two weeks prior to the date of absence. The Headteacher will review each request and respond accordingly.

Lateness

Students who arrive late for registration will receive a late detention at lunch time. The length of the detention is dependent on their Year Group and how late they are.

Truanting

Students who truant will be given community service in school and can also be put on report.

Persistent Absence

Students whose attendance falls below the school average (currently 96%) will be monitored closely by the Head of Year and Attendance Officer. If no improvement is made in the short term, students will be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer.

If a student is missing from registration and a call has not been made on their behalf to explain the absence, then a text will be generated to prompt parents and carers to phone the school.

Rewards

At EBS we commend students who achieve 100% attendance each term. These students are awarded a badge and certificate which automatically enters them in the termly prize draw.

Report an Absence

020 8344 2100

Direct all queries relating to a student’s absence to Miss A. McDonnell.

 

If your child is going to be absent from school, please call.

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!

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