School Life

East Barnet School is a co-educational comprehensive secondary school with approximately 1350 students, of whom 300 are in Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form). The age range is 11 – 19. The school is structured through year groups, with 210 students per year. Two forms in each year group are designated to one of four Houses, which bring together students for fundraising activities and varied competition.

Being an EBS Student

Being a student at East Barnet School can be a very rewarding experience! By being part of the EBS community you will have a chance to excel in lots of different areas, and to become the person you are going to be.

We work hard to encourage and support our students every step of the way, instilling the “I want to learn” culture into every young person that walks through our door.

Along with academic studies, EBS has over 30 extra-curricular clubs that range from Chess Club to Robotics Club to Football Club; there really is something for everyone! If you can’t find your perfect club, why not start your own? You will be given support and guidance to pursue your hobbies and interests in a safe and supervised environment.

East Barnet School is in a modern building with great sports and technology facilities to allow you to reach your full potential. This is your opportunity to embrace everything that EBS has to offer and to explore all of your interests.

As a member of the EBS community you will also get opportunities to go on foreign trips to far flung places for example, Russia and the USA to name but two, as well as go on the annual, legendary Ski trip.


There is no limit to the amount of clubs you can join, as long as you have the time and manage it well, then join as many as you like. Extra-curricular clubs at EBS are not limited to sports clubs, there are lots of clubs to get involved with. You will always be able to find someone to help you organise and run your own club after school of you want to. Click anywhere in this box to see the most up-to-date club list.


When you start at EBS, you will be allocated a House. The Houses have members from all year groups and are split in to four Houses, each with their own colour, Head of House and namesake: Chama, Keller, Murray and Tutu. Throughout the year you will win points for your House in various ways, such as attendance, behaviour, taking part in activities and Sports Day. Charity events are also organised through Houses, so speak to your Head of House if there is an event you would like to organise.

Follow the Class of 2025!

Mr Patsalis is documenting the journey of his Year Group through EBS from Year 7 to Year 11. Click on this box to see the latest update that will be added to as we go along.

Getting Here

Although EBS is serviced by good public transport routes, students are encouraged to walk or cycle to school; it is beneficial for mental and physical health, the environment and congestion around the school. Many students live locally (within a one mile radius), so why not walk or cycle with a friend? For more information on getting into cycling, the British Cycling website is a great source of information.

Drop-off and Parking

Driving for parents/carers is also an option but please note the car park can be very busy, as is the drop-off point, and you may have to park on the surrounding roads – please do not park or stop across the driveways of local residents, and beware of the yellow zig-zags!

There is no student parking available inside the school grounds.

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Times of the School Day

Attendance and punctuality to school and to lessons is very important. Please familiarise yourself with the timetable below:

Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri Wednesday
08:50 – 09:00 Registration 08:55 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 Tutorial 09:50 – 09:35 Various*
09:15 – 10:15 Lesson 1 09:35 – 10:35 Lesson 1
10:15 – 11:15 Lesson 2 10:35 – 10:55 Break
11:15 – 11:35 Break 10:55 – 11:55 Lesson 2
11:35 – 12:35 Lesson 3 11:55 – 12:50 Lesson 3
(8, 10 & 13)
12:35 – 13:30 Lesson 4
(8, 10 & 13)
11:55 – 12:50 Lunch
(7, 9, 11 & 12)
12:35 – 13:30 Lunch
(7, 9, 11 & 12)
12:50 – 13:45 Lesson 3
(7, 9, 11 & 12)
13:30 – 14:25 Lesson 4
(7, 9, 11 & 12)
12:50 – 13:45 Lunch
(8, 10 & 13)
13:30 – 14:25 Lunch
(8, 10 & 13)
13:45 – 14:45 Lesson 4
14:25 – 15:25 Lesson 5    

* Year 7 – 10: PSHEE/Assembley, Year 11: Mathematics, Year 12: PSHEE

"I want to learn" Culture

Students should always:
  • actively seek information or further explanations;
  • constructively question the purpose of a set task or lesson;
  • be able to concentrate and focus on the task at hand, without reminders from a teacher;
  • learn together, as well as individually;
  • have an understanding of the process of learning, and be able to use a variety of techniques/study skills to efficiently and effectively use their time in school;
  • learn in a variety of environments, including group and class discussions, silently listen to a teacher or other speaker, practicals, investigations, use IT, individual research, complete book or worksheet exercises, quiet reading, partake in physical activities, and artistic expression;
  • voluntarily participate in a wide range of extra curricular activities;
  • regularly complete homework, with proper thought, adequate research and sufficient time spent on it;
  • regularly meet deadlines for the completion of work;
  • properly use a homework diary;
  • be properly equipped for learning;
  • present their work well, and with pride;
  • demonstrate their respect for members of staff and other students by speaking politely, and behaving in a manner appropriate to the environment;
  • be supportive towards each other and not engage in any form of bullying, disrespectful behaviour or physical violence;
  • ensure that their environment remains clean and tidy by not dropping litter, or otherwise causing damage; and
  • regularly produce work and achieve success in line with the best of their ability.

Health & Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our students is integral to everything we do. We have a wide range of services available to support all student across the year groups.

Rewards & Houses

Rewards and celebrating success are an important part of life at EBS. Our House System acknowledges and rewards success both in and outside the classroom.

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The Library

Everyone at EBS has the opportunity to join Student Voice and bring ideas to improve the school, have them debated and presented to the Headteacher.

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Arts & Extra-Curricular

We believe learning extends beyond the classroom, and that’s why we offer opportunities to our students, both with overseas trips and school productions.

Dining at EBS

Our kitchen is run by a former hotelier chef; as such we are able to offer high quality, nutritious, and varied meals across the main canteen and Sixth Form Café.

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Careers & Alumni

When students leave EBS, they will have been through an extensive careers programme throughout the years, and will become part of our alumni community.


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.


  • 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.


  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.
  • Tie
  • 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.

Other Dress Regulations


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.


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 (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.)


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.

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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.

Please Remember!

Do not bring expensive possessions into school; we will not be able to replace it if it is lost or broken.

What Will You Learn?

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.


If you are not in school then you must have a justifiable reason. Parents/Carers should telephone the Attendance Officer as soon as possible on each day of absence. You must always bring in a note from home for the Attendance Officer when returning to school.

Students should not go on family holidays during term time.


Punctuality is an important part of self-discipline and is essential for good time management. You must ensure that you are in the appropriate classroom no later than the times shown on your timetable. You should arrive at school no later than 8.40am for registration at 8.45am. If you arrive after 8.45am, then you must sign the ‘Late Register’ in the main entrance. All students arriving late will be given a‘Late Detention’ on the same day during lunchtime.

What is Your Attendance?
Good96% - 99%
Requires Improvement91% - 95%
Cause for Concern85% - 90%
Attendance Rewards

Fact: Attending school every day makes you achieve better results in your GCSEs, it also earns you 100% certificates and badges in Bronze, Silver and Gold. Prizes are awarded throughout the year for 100% attendance. Be in to win!

Student Voice

If you want to make a difference to the school community, you really can, by joining Student Voice! This is a great opportunity to engage with staff and make improvements to the school. The Student Voice is a platform for students to voice their opinions about the school to the Senior Leadership Team in order to help with the positive development of our school.

At the start of every year, each tutor group nominates a Form Captain; any student can apply for the role, highlighting their leadership qualities and why they would be the right person. Among other responsibilities the Form Captain becomes the voice for their form at termly Student Voice meetings. During these meetings, ideas for improving school life are discussed, with the best ideas put forward to the Headteacher. Once decided, students are expected to work with staff to help implement suggested developments.