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Open Evening 2020

As you cannot visit us this year, we are beaming directly into your houses, to showcase East Barnet School in a virtual way! From videos and images to brochures and documents, we have included everything you would normally experience alongside us on a (usually) rainy evening in September.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting and considering East Barnet School for your child.

Watch Our Open Evening Video

Click the icon above to see what we are all about! This video was created by a former student and looks at all aspects of EBS life!

Meet Our Headteacher

Ms L. Swaine

Welcome to Our Virtual Open Evening

I’d like to welcome all our prospective families and students to our Open Evening 2020.

From myself and all the staff and students, we hope you enjoy your time viewing this website. We do miss seeing you in person, but we are so glad to welcome you to view our school and community.

L. Swaine, Headteacher

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Mental Health in Schools Award

East 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.

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What will students be taught?

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Curriculum & Subjects

Education in Years 7, 8 and 9 is often referred to as Key Stage 3 or KS3. These are the first subjects students study whilst in secondary school and gives a good basis for choosing GCSE subjects in Year 9.

 

Students are not able to choose their subjects at Key Stage 3 and must study National Curriculum subjects: Art; Computing; Design and Technology (D&T); Drama; English; Geography; History; Mathematics; Modern Foreign Languages (MFL); Music; Physcial Education (PE); Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHEE) and Citizenship; Religious Education (RE); Science.

Art

KS3 Art focuses on skills in drawing, painting, printing, ceramics and 3D sculpture/modelling. Students learn to keep a sketchbook where they research artists, experiment and develop ideas. The topics studied in KS3 have been designed to include knowledge, skills and understanding. Students develop their ability to use and understand visual language and create imaginative responses to artists’ work. Students are introduced to the formal elements of Art and are taught how to build towards a final outcome. Students work to a wide range of themes throughout the course of KS3.

Computing

By the end of KS3, students will have learnt how hardware and software works together in computer systems. They will have also experimented with a variety of static and dynamic programming languages and produced a variety of digital artefacts including websites, smartphone apps, event driven games, text-based games and multimedia products. The KS3 curriculum also ensures that students are provided with the knowledge to deal with issues such as online gaming, social networking apps and computer misuse.

Design & Technology (D&T)

The topics studied at KS3 have been designed to give students the opportunity to be creative, using their imaginations to produce innovative outcomes for a wide range of users. They will be able to work as individuals and co-operatively in groups, developing ideas and making products. They will respond to a range of briefs set in a variety of contexts. They will improve upon existing items by questioning and evaluating. They will develop their appreciation of and sensitivity to global issues. They will learn how to use a wide range of tools and materials effectively and safely as stepping stones to help accomplish these aims.

Drama

Students receive one hour of Drama per week in which they explore a different and varied scheme of learning each half term. Designed to engage the students through subject matter, as well as introducing Drama skills and techniques, while simultaneously developing communication and collaborative skills. Schemes of learning have been developed in order to build on learning in previous years; with an increase in level of challenge ultimately leading to accumulating sufficient knowledge and experience. A high proportion of lessons are practical, with verbal feedback regularly received from teachers and peers.

English

Our KS3 English curriculum is underpinned by the four strands of literacy skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students develop their skills in order to communicate clearly and effectively in social and academic situations. Students will aim to demonstrate proficient use of all four literacy skills through a variety of literature and language topics and fortnightly lessons of the ‘Let’s Think in English’ programme. Units of work are designed to engage and encourage our students to enjoy English. Through the enjoyment of lessons, students can apply the knowledge and skills not only to examinations at KS4/5, but for life beyond school, contributing to the development of our students as well-rounded individuals. Students will study a range of both modern and pre-19th century texts including: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama and media texts. Students will engage in varied class activities including group discussions, class presentations as well as exposure to wider school literacy initiatives and events. For example, author visits, reading competitions and Library activities which aim to develop and establish a whole school reading culture and enjoyment of English.

Geography

Students follow a bespoke curriculum which closely aligns with the National Curriculum. Throughout KS3 we aim to provide students with foundational geographical knowledge and skills to enable successful progression into KS4. Students study a range of physical and human topics and develop essential geographical enquiry and skills.

History

History at KS3 is not only designed to enthuse, but to equip students with knowledge and skills that will prepare them to become life-long learners. Our topics are carefully chosen and thoughtfully planned to promote critical thinking and independent enquiry, so that students are given the opportunity to challenge their misconceptions, build upon their curiosity of the past and consider the relevance to issues that confront all of us in the modern world. Our Year 7 course focuses on the theme of ‘Conquest and Settlement in Medieval Europe and the Arab World’, moving into ‘Religion, Empire and Industrialisation in the Early Modern World’ in Year 8, and Year 9 explores ‘Conflicts in the c20th World’. We are privileged to host a visit from a Holocaust speaker for Year 9 students, and various off-site visits, enriching opportunities that allow students to actively participate in historical issues that have meaning in the present day.

Mathematics

All students develop their understanding in Number, Algebra, Ratio Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Handling Data, whilst being able to use and apply these skills appropriately. Class lessons include discussion of topics, but students also work individually completing questions related to the skills taught and applying these to problem solving questions. Year 7 and 8 have a spiral structure with Year 8 chapters following on from the Year 7 chapters, extending learning and understanding. Chapters during the year review and build on topics previously completed. Homework plays a very important part in the learning process. There are 2 homeworks a week:

  1. A Hegarty homework on the computer to revise topics covered about six weeks ago.
  2. Written worksheet to check skills or an application worksheet to practise more exam type problem solving questions.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

In Year 7, students follow a course specifically designed to introduce language learning in French, German or Spanish. Continuing with this language throughout KS3, the majority of students opt to learn a second language in Year 8 and 9. Language lessons scaffold learning through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students cover a range of topics which relate to their immediate experience of the world. Language and grammar are built around these topics and through a rigorous curriculum, solid foundations are laid to secure success in their future language learning.

Music

To develop students’ ability to compose and perform music using their creativity and imagination across a broad range of topics and projects. Listening skills will be taught so that students have the capability to talk and write about Music in an intelligent and thoughtful way.

Physical Education (PE)

In PE, we aim to give students a broad and balanced curriculum that sensitively matches their needs and requirements of the National Curriculum. Students are assessed in a variety of contexts to determine which group they will be best suited to, with each lesson designed to maximise progress. Students have two timetabled lessons per week. Every three to four weeks (6-8 lessons) students embark on a new sport. Over the course of the year, this affords them experience in various sports and physical activities. PE seeks to create a culture of high expectations where staff help students prepare themselves for a lifetime of physical activity. Students will be given the opportunity to enjoy, succeed and gain confidence whilst improving their proficiency in sport and develop knowledge and understanding.

PSHEE & Citizenship

At KS3, students build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. PSHEE acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people are experiencing, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media. PSHEE allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.

Religious Education (RE)

Students follow a bespoke programme aligned with the locally agreed syllabus. Many of the skills learnt in RS lessons are not exclusive to the subject. Being able to evaluate opinions, understand sources, interpret language, symbolism, metaphors and allegories are all useful in other subjects such as History, English, Music, and Languages. To develop these skills, our course involves a detailed examination of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and important aspects of cyclic religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism). The schemes of work are structured to provide the foundation needed at KS4. Students are taught to conceptualise, analyse and substantiate their opinions with evidence and lines of reasoning. This then creates a smooth transition to achieve their potential at GCSE.

Science

Students follow a bespoke programme aligned with the National Curriculum which enables them to develop investigative approaches to Science and nurture a thirst for knowledge. Students complete a range of topics that draw from all three Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – which provide the foundations they need to make excellent progress at KS4. The focus of every lesson will be one or more of the science skill sets highlighted on the Science Learning Ladder (knowledge, experimental, analysis, math, literacy).

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Do you live close enough?

Your location will be a factor in securing a place

Catchment areas do not really exist anymore, but the closer you live to the school, the greater your chances of gaining a place. Last year, our admissions went out to just under 1 mile, and that has been similar for the last couple of years. It does all depend on how many students of Year 6 age are in the area, but one thing is for sure; if you don’t put us down as one of your preferences, you definitely won’t get a place!

This map is for illustrative purposes only, but gives a rough estimation of a mile from the school and a mile and a half from the school. The EBS badge denotes the location of East Barnet School on the map. Remember that distances are ‘as the crow flies’ from the front gate; it doesn’t take into account the route that students would need to take to the school.

Please look at our Admissions Criteria for exact information and consult the London Borough of Barnet booklet ‘A Guide to Secondary Education in Barnet 2021‘ for information regarding allocation of places.

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Nationally Recognised

2019 Digital Innovator of the Year

We were so thrilled to announce that on Saturday 26th October 2019, Mr Sadler was awarded the Pearson’s National Teaching Awards Digital Innovator of the Year! This was such a fantastic achievement, and we are so proud of Mr Sadler and the showcase of East Barnet School that was shown on the BBC.

About the PTFA

On behalf of the EBS Parent Teachers and Friends Association we add our warm welcome to this exciting moment when choosing a new school.

Many of you will have been involved with PTA activities at your last school or now have some spare time to help raise vital funds for the school. We kindly request you take a look at the PTFA section on the school website or look out for details of events on Twitter on ways to support, as well as to donate. We very much look forward to welcoming you soon, to help us support the East Barnet School Community.

Parents and Carers this is your opportunity to help support the school…Please get involved!

Applying to EBS

Apply through the London Borough of Barnet

All of the applications for the secondary school transfer are made via the London Borough of Barnet; this is the same process used by all Year 6 students in the borough. You will be able to put down your preference of schools and the borough will offer places based on your choices. For more information on the process you can visit our main EBS website, or the London Borough of Barnet website.

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