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'Mental Health in Schools' Award

silver mental health awardEast Barnet School was delighted to be awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools ‘School Mental Health Award’ at Silver Level in March 2020. The school was recognised by the Lead Coach as having a warm and nurturing environment where staff and students are well supported.

Key areas that were praised included:

  • On-site counselling for students.
  • Mindfulness for staff and students.
  • Anxiety workshops for students in Year 11 and Year 10.
  • Self-esteem workshops for Year 10.
  • Wellbeing Warrior scheme launched this year.
  • Partnership with iHeart, training staff to deliver workshops alongside their professionals in resilience.
  • Barnet Resilient Schools project which aims to provide a whole school approach to mental health and resilience by providing schools with training and support to raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma and discrimination for staff, students and families.

The school is leading on a wide variety of mental health partnerships in the area. They are in a CPD hub with three other local secondary schools. EBS has shared it’s good practice and opened it’s doors to others to visit the school. Leaders of mental health and wellbeing have visited the other schools to advise them on how to improve. The school is continuing to develop key partnerships within and beyond the borough such as the Resilience School Programme and has linked with outside agencies such as iHeart, Papyrus, the Autism Champion Programme and Feminista.

Wellbeing Staff

Ms R. Virides
Pastoral Officer/Counselling Manager

Mrs C. Young
School Counsellor

223 (2nd Floor)
020 8344 2100



Mindfulness is taught during Triple-E lessons to support students. Established in 2013, the Mindfulness Programme was a pioneering EBS initiative when Mindfulness was almost unheard of in schools. Mindfulness is in our vocabulary and widely understood in our community; we give students the knowledge and skills to use Mindfulness in their lives as and when required.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness trains the brain to shift focus and attention to the present moment, increasing awareness and enabling acceptance of experiences. Mindfulness has been proven, through extensive scientific research, (The British Medical Council, NHS and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)) to improve emotional health and wellbeing. Mindfulness can benefit students in a variety of ways from exam anxiety to increasing lesson focus and handling adolescent pressure in a fast-paced technological world.

EBS has also trained and registered with the nationwide Mindfulness In Schools Project and offers the acclaimed ‘.b’ curriculum consisting of tailored lessons combining neuroscience and practical activities in an easy to understand format that makes learning fun. Click here for more information.


We recognise Mindfulness isn’t for everyone. We are all different, but what is important is to be self-aware and understand how our mind works; how our thoughts are not always facts. We can create anxiety by telling ourselves stories that aren’t true, that make us feel overwhelmed and create high levels of stress.

It is therefore important to self-regulate, increase our resilience and recognise when we make things worse for ourselves. When the iHeart (Innate Health Education and Resilience Training) opportunity arose, we jumped at the chance to offer another wellbeing course that is different to Mindfulness but complements it and suits some students more. This new initiative was previously delivered to Year 8s during Triple-E. We will continue to increase the opportunities to other year groups. Click here for more information.

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ECHO Counselling has been a professional service for students since 2009; one of the few schools to provide an in-house service managed exclusively by two fully-trained staff counsellors; Ms Virides and Mrs Young.

ECHO Counsellors work predominantly from a personcentred perspective but may apply other therapeutic theories, proven effective in helping young people. Although EBS is well-known for its excellent pastoral care, sometimes, students need extra, emotional support with transition, friendship issues, a family break-up, bereavement, trauma, self-esteem, and more recently the lockdown; the list is endless. Our service provides a safe and relaxed environment without fear of repercussions or judgement and with the reassurance of strict confidentiality.

Wellbeing Warriors

It has been a busy time for Mrs Idrees and the Wellbeing Warriors; positively promoting mental health and wellbeing. Not only are they helping others find ways to overcome their challenges, they are also providing a platform for people to become more open-minded and feel comfortable to talk about and address mental health issues. Students are helped with firmer friendships; a happier homelife; schoolwork support and inspiring individuality. All done through activities, clubs and being available when needed. The Warriors plan to do even more – check out their notice board for the latest news.