Learn more about the

House System


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. Some of the behaviours that may result in students being awarded house points are:

  • Being fully engaged and producing high quality work.
  • Demonstrating resilience and growth mindset.
  • Thoughtful questioning.
  • Demonstrating leadership.
  • Helping members of the EBS community.
  • Positive role model in class.
  • Excellent attendance.
  • Participation in House Activities/competitions.

*These are examples, and not an exhaustive list, further examples can be found on displays in classrooms.

House Points Ladder

  • 50 House Points = Email sent home from your Head of House
  • 100 House Points = Bronze Certificate and badge
  • 200 House Points = Silver Certificate and badge
  • 300 House Points = Gold Certificate and badge
  • 500 House Points = Platinum - Head of House Commendation
  • 750 House Points = Headteacher's Commendation
  • 1000 House Points = Governors' Commendation

In addition, for every 50 house points achieved in a term you will be entered into a termly prize draw. You will get one entry per 50 points earned to increase your chances of winning. Heads of Year may consider House Points when selecting students for rewards and recognition towards the end of the year.

Additional Awards

'Do The Right Thing' Award

‘Do the Right Thing!’ recognises a student’s contribution to the school and wider community. Students can be nominated by teaching and support staff. A certificate and blazer badge will be awarded in assembly.

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Jack Petchey Award

This monthly award recognises outstanding individuals. Students are nominated by peers or staff for achievement in any aspect of school life. Winners receive a certificate and £300 to spend on a subject area of their choice.

Culture in the Community

G. Carrington
Aspiring Assistant Headteacher

1st Floor
020 8344 2100

Let us know!

In school, on a daily basis, so many of our wonderful students demonstrate our EBS values of “I want to learn” and “do the right thing”. We now want to celebrate students demonstrating these values in the wider community!

Please take time to tell us how your child (or other students from EBS) have been demonstrating our values outside of school. Has your child achieved a significant milestone in an area or interest/sport/music/drama?  Have they taken part in voluntary or charity work?  If our students have been demonstrating our values in any way, shape or form we want to hear from you!

Please click on the link below to tell us your stories. We’d love to share these stories of success and positivity in future EBS News editions with your permission, which can be given on the same form below.

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Which House Do You Belong To?

By becoming part of a House, students are joining thousands of others, that have represented their House over many years. Being part of the team should instill a sense of pride, belonging and a sense of responsibility to other members of the House.

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Thandiwe Chama

Form Groups:
B and E


Head of House:
L. Steele

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Helen Keller

Form Groups:
D and F


Head of House:
M. Davies

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Liz Murray

Form Groups:
C and G


Head of House:
L. Brady

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Desmond Tutu

Form Groups:
A and H


Head of House:
I. Tsiotsi

Winner of The House Cup 2021/2022


Meet the Houses

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Chama House was named after Thandiwe Chama.

In 1999, when she was only eight-years-old, her school was closed because there were no teachers who could educate students. Thandiwe refused to accept this fate of no education. Thandiwe then led 60 other children as they walked to find another school where they could learn. The group of children came upon the Jack Cecup School, to which they were later all accepted.

Thandiwe has said  “It’s so important to know that also a child has rights. At school, I learned about rights. And I knew then that this was something I wanted to fight for. Because if children are given an opportunity, they for sure can contribute in making this world a better place.”

We thought that Thandiwe’s statement sums up East Barnet School where we give our students opportunities and educate them so that they can make the world a better place.

Chama Charity – The Jack Cecup School!

Chama House supported the Starlight Foundation for the first term in 2011 but now has direct links with the Jack Cecup School in Zambia and is raising money to help them build a toilet block for their school. This link has been registered with the Global Schools Partnership.

30 of our students have pen pals from the Jack Cecup School and we hope to develop this link further in the years to come.

Keller House is named after a truly remarkable woman, Helen Keller.

Helen Keller died at the age of 68 having spent her entire adult life campaigning and raising funds and awareness for a number of causes:

  • She was a suffragette and was a founder member of the civil liberties union.
  • She was a pacifist and campaigned against the 1st world war.
  • She wrote 12 books mainly text books on a variety of subjects
  • She was an active member of the socialist party and seen as a radical for her views.

Helen Keller had an illness at the age of 19 months that left her deaf, blind and with a severe speech impediment. By six, she was still unable to communicate and her family considered putting her in an asylum. However, Alexander Graham Bell suggested a teacher from the blind school in New York. This young teacher, Anne Sullivan who was also visually impaired, taught Helen to sign. Helen had an IQ of 180 and picked up sign language quickly. She could type both Braille and normally by the time she was eight. She completed high school and went on to university where she gained a degree. The first deaf, blind and dumb woman to do so.

Helen Keller had the qualities we see in our students every day; determination, a strong sense of right and wrong, a willingness to help others and a belief that they can make a difference.

Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Keller Charity - Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children!

After five years of association with Cancer Research UK, Keller House would like to spread out to help more charities that are in need of funding. Keller House are going to change charities… we have conducted a vote across the whole House to decide which charity to link with! The votes have been counted and the charity we will support next year will be Great Ormond Street Hospital!

Peter Pan & Great Ormond Street Hospital

Did you know… JM Barrie’s inspiration for “the boy who never grew up” was his little brother who died before his 14th birthday? Heartbroken and devastated by this tragedy, JM Barrie went on to create Neverland and the story of Peter Pan in memory of his younger brother who was also a boy who would ‘never grow up’. JM Barrie went on to create Neverland and the story of Peter Pan.

JM Barrie gave all the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929. Since then the hospital has received royalties every time a production of the play is put on, as well as from the sale of Peter Pan books and other products. Barrie requested that the amount raised from Peter Pan should never be revealed, and the hospital has always honoured his wishes.

We look forward to supporting this worthwhile charity next year, helping the young patients and their families.

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Murray House was formed in 2010 and is named after the extraordinary Liz Murray. She is a hugely inspirational individual who has proved what humans are capable of when all the odds are against them, she demonstrated that from nothing, you can still achieve the unthinkable.

Liz Murray was born in the Bronx, New York, to poor, drug-addicted, HIV-infected parents. She became homeless just after she turned 15, when her mother died of AIDS, and her father moved to a homeless shelter as he spent all the rent money on drugs.

She turned her life around when she decided to spend most of her time in the library rather than the streets and began attending the Humanities Preparatory Academy in Chelsea, Manhattan. Though she started high school later than most students, and remained without a home while supporting herself and her sister. Liz Murray graduated in only two years. She won an essay competition for the New York Times who awarded her with a scholarship for needy students and was accepted into Harvard University, one of the best and well known Universities in the world.

Liz Murray has now earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, counselling people from all walks of life. She is the founder and director of Manifest Trainings, a company that provides a series of workshops that empower adults to create the extraordinary in their lives. She has also published her own book called ‘Breaking night’ which is already a best seller in the US and her life story has been made into a movie titled ‘Homeless to Harvard’.

Our strong belief in teamwork and resilience is the foundation of our success and we have subsequently adopted our motto: Family Isn’t Just Blood.

Murray Charity – The Butterfly AVM Charity!

Liz Murray has shown all East Barnet students in the Murray House that they can achieve whatever they dream of, just as she dreamt of going to Harvard. So far she has inspired The Murray House to succeed and raise money for our charity in events such as the Christmas Fair, Summer Fair, Cake competition and marathon run.

All money raised goes directly to The Butterfly AVM Charity; a local organisation who work with Great Ormond Street Hospital to conduct research into Arteriouvenous Malformations, supporting sufferers and their families worldwide.

Our charity was inspired by an amazing girl named Nikki Christou who came to our assembly and gave a very impressive speech in front of 300 students. She was crowned for her bravery as ‘most inspirational child’ at the 2013 WellChild and was awarded the trophy by Prince Harry.

Tutu House is named after Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, is one of the greatest living moral icons of our time who was a key role player in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. He was also the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and primate of the Anglican Church of South Africa.

Tutu was also a key figure in the South African struggle for equality during the apartheid regime, where he worked alongside Nelson Mandela. This campaign was a successful one, and was achieved through non-violence. This sent a clear message to the world that much can be achieved without violence. He became a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial conciliation in South Africa. In 1984 he received a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to that cause.

In 1995 President Nelson Mandela appointed the Archbishop Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a body set up to probe gross human rights violations that occurred under apartheid. In recent years Tutu has turned his attention to a different cause: the campaign against HIV/AIDS. The Archbishop has made appearances around the globe to help raise awareness of the disease and its tragic consequences in human lives and suffering.

Though his strong support for social justice once made him a controversial figure, today Archbishop Tutu is regarded as an elder world statesman with a major role to play in reconciliation, and as a leading moral voice. He has become an icon of hope far beyond the Church and Southern Africa.

For years, Desmond Tutu has been a symbol for equality, justice, peace and freedom. We believe he reflects many of the values we have here at East Barnet School, and we hope that his achievements will continue to inspire our students here for years to come.


Tutu House’s logo and ethos are based on the Southern African concept of ubuntu. Described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “one of the gifts Africa can give to the world”, ubuntu shows how we can only be fully human when we value and appreciate one another, recognising that what we have in common is far greater than the differences between us.

One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Said to be the ‘glue’ which held together the volatile and fragile nation of South Africa after the end of apartheid, ubuntu teaches us to look beyond ourselves – and in so doing, to become more fully human.

“I am, because you are” says Archbishop Tutu; “how I behave impacts not only on me but also others around me because we all belong together”  So a person with ubuntu is generous, thoughtful and respectful towards others, appreciating the differences that together make us greater than the sum of our parts! 

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
― Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Tutu Charity - TBC

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