Friern Barnet Secondary School

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Friern Barnet School (FBS) is a mixed comprehensive school with approximately 800 students. The school is situated at the end of Hemington Avenue (a cul-de-sac) in Friern Barnet, North London. It is a short distance from the former Friern Barnet Town Hall (now converted to flats), and other local school The Compton School.

Overview

In recent years, the school has undergone a major transformation with the construction of a new technology, sports and drama department.

The school became a Specialist Arts College in Performing Arts in September 2004 and has twice received the Artsmark Gold award.

The school has a partnership with Woodhouse College which acts as the sixth form provision. The school also has links with Barnet College.

The arrival of Jeremy Turner as Head Teacher in September 2006 has prompted a major change in the running of the school. Further changes to the school are expected over the next few years. In March 2007 the school was named the most improved secondary school in the Borough of Barnet.

Background

Several significant changes to the organization of the school have occurred under the leadership of the new head teacher Jeremy Turner who joined in the 2006/2007 academic year. The school increased the number of forms in each year from six to eight. This allowed the number of students per form to be reduced from 25 to 20. The school now has six houses: Aldwych, Barbican, Cottesloe, Dominion, Empire and Forum. All of the houses are named after famous Theatres to represent the school's Performing Arts values.

The school's infrastructure has also been improved, with the school buildings re-painted throughout, and the playground improved with 5 outdoor Table Tennis tables, and 6 Basketball hoops. A new outdoor food court was built for the canteen, and a professional dance floor was added to the school hall. Barnet Youth Council funded a new fitness gym and beauty therapy suite, which are used by Key-Stage 4 students and outside parties.

More recentlyTemplate:When, LCD TV screens have been put up outside reception to celebrate student achievement, and next to the science blocks to help students interact more in lessons.

Robots and updated computer systems have been added to the technology building for Key-Stage 3 lessons. The school library (now known as the LRC: Learning Resource Centre) has been updated with similar computer systems and a new catalogue of books.

Since the last quarter of 2008 the school registration system has been updated to a more efficient and eco-friendly standard, which makes it easier to alert parents of student truancies, absences and lates. This has resulted in the highest attendance records in school history.Template:Citation needed

At the beginning of the 2009/2010 academic year, further improvements were made to the school canteen. The kitchens were replaced with a self-service bar, and a dance floor was installed, similar to that in the school hall.

The school's Student Parliament also has developed a strong voice representing students within the school. They are a key part of the running of the school, and ensure that the voice of students is put across and heard, and this was something that was noted by Ofsted in the 2011 Inspection. The Student Parliament is led by a single male student in Year 11, supported by the Student Leadership Team, members of which were appointed by the previous Head Students, Assistant Headteacher, and the Headteacher in June 2012.

The Performing Arts Faculty at Friern Barnet regularly produces outstanding whole school productions. Recent ones include 'Little Shop of Horrors' (February 2011) and more recently 'Grease' (December 2011), for which the Mayor of The London borough of Barnet Cllr Lisa Rutter attended.

The schools Glee Club entitled 'FBS FUSION' also won the Jack Petchy Glee Club challenge competition in November 2011. It involved schools across the country, with knock out stages and a Grand Final held at the Savoy Theatre in London. The competition final was judged by TV Presenter Graham Norton and Actress Tamzin Outhwaite.

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