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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.

'Barnet's Resilient Schools' Award

In February 2023, we were awarded the ‘Barnet’s Resilient Schools (RS) Programme’ which seeks to promote whole school awareness of wellbeing, mental health, and resilience.

It takes a whole-school approach to promote and build resilience in schools and address mental health concerns early on. Resilience in schools is seen when students, parents/carers and staff have a greater ability to “bounce back’’ when faced with difficulties to achieve positive outcomes.

Wellbeing Staff

R. Virides
Pastoral Officer/Counselling Manager

C. Young
School Counsellor

223 (2nd Floor)
020 8344 2100

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Barnet Integrated Clinical Services (BICS)

Who work in school to provide mild to moderate mental health services to children, young people and families in the borough.

East Barnet School Sixth Form Mentors

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Trained key staff deliver a 10-week programme in wellbeing and resilience to all Year 7 students in ‘Triple E’ lessons.

The Student Hub

A student wellbeing safe space that offers interventions to promote self-confidence and building resilience. Trained staff support students in developing coping strategies to reach their potential.

Boys' Mental Health

An initiative launched recently to address an identified need. This offers space to recognise and explore the challenges faced by some of our students, whist engaging in a ‘hands-on’ activity such as boxing, cooking, gardening or a design challenge.

Self-Esteem and Anxiety Workshops

These are sessions delivered by EBS staff to small groups where participation is encouraged.

Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)

These workshops offer focused wellbeing support for students that are identified by our AEN Department.

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