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  • The Henrietta Barnett School
    Central Square
    London
    NW11 7BN
  • Head: Mrs Del Cooke
  • T 020 8458 8999
  • F 020 8455 8900
  • E admissions@hbschool.org.uk
  • W www.hbschool.org.uk
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 774; sixth formers: 269
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: July
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 4th December 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Even a mention of the word ‘discipline’ will get you a blank look among pupils (‘Why would you play up?’ one said, genuinely bemused), whilst any occasional quirkiness that’s perhaps inevitable among such an academic bunch is accepted as normal and certainly never teased. ‘A few weeks ago, a whole class came out of art with painted-on moustaches and top hats from drama – it was so HBS,’ laughed one girl. Girls are extremely bright and eager to learn, as well as both…

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What the school says...

Entrance criteria as follows: Year 7 entry: the first stage is a cognitive ability entrance examination in the November before proposed entry. The second stage is a mathematics and English examination for the top performers in the first test, in the October before proposed entry. No interview. Sixth Form: based upon GCSE grades, entrants require 6 A/7-9 grades and A/7-9 grades in the subjects they intend to study. No interview.

Converted to an academy 2012.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Speech & Drama at an English Grammar School (VRQ Level 1)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Music at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2014, Del Cooke BSc MBA NPQH (50s), previously head of Sir William Perkins’s School in Surrey. Maths graduate with MBA in educational management, her broad experience covers the comprehensive system, sixth form college, adult education and boarding at Cranleigh, where she was head of maths, housemistress and finally deputy head. Although relatively new, she is increasingly seen as the embodiment of HBS – smart, quick-witted, friendly and empathetic. ‘The girls want to hang out with her. She is like them,’ summed up one parent. We found her instantly likeable, not remotely intimidating and surprisingly low-key. Made no dramatic changes so far (‘It’s such a fantastic school, you’d have to be pretty pompous to come in and turn it upside down,’ she says), but is known as a visible head, particularly interested in getting...

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Special Education Needs

We have a small number of students with mild or moderate special educational needs. Our SENCo co-ordinates our response in consultation with subject staff and year co-ordinators. We work with outside agencies and get additional support where needed from the local authority. We have two students with EHCPs. We are keen to welcome all, but limitations owing to the nature of our historic buildings could make our school currently very difficult to manage for students with significant physical disabilities.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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