About Us

In line with our school motto, ‘Enjoy and Excel’, we are hugely ambitious academically for all our students. We also want them to live lives which are personally and socially fulfilling, developing a love for art, music, dance, theatre and culture which will enrich the whole of their lives.

We use our strengths in the arts to enhance the learning opportunities for all students. Your son or daughter will feel welcomed, valued and appropriately challenged at all levels. We believe that working constructively with parents we can provide the very best for our students in a happy, well-ordered community.

Our desire is that students leave us as mature, independent learners who are also engaged and responsible citizens, ensuring that they secure the results to go on to further and higher education institutions and then on to fulfilling careers. We are in partnership with Woodhouse College, which acts as our sixth form and offers excellent opportunities for our students.

We warmly invite you to visit us and see for yourself.

The seven principles of public life

Governors at Friern Barnet School are mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the school. We encourage open governance and have adopted the following seven principles of public life as recommended by The Committee on Standards in Public Life under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan. These are:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership