East Barnet Secondary School Gates by Lara Sparey,  pedestrian gates forming the entrance to the new school building

East Barnet School Gates


Commissioned by East Barnet School, the brief was to create an inspiring and distinctive entrance to their brand new school site and building.

Students were fundamental to the design process, brainstorming ideas, collating images and producing scale models and maquettes, with much of their work informing the final design. (click images for details)

The waterjet cut aluminium creates a beautifully clean, crisp finish, pulling the various motifs into sharp focus. Each panel is colour powder coated and bolted into the gate frames. 

The new gates form a robust, dynamic entrance that complements the new building of this specialist technology school.

Lara became involved with East Barnet School and the Design & Technology Student Design Team when designing the gates for our new school. This collaboration enabled students to be involved in the development of initial design ideas through to manufacture and installation. The creativity and innovation Lara brought to the project was inspiring and her final vision now graces the entrance to our school.

Lara has since become ‘Designer in residence’ at East Barnet School, working alongside students on design projects around the school. The ‘Wall of Wonder’ being a fantastic example of innovative and creative design with an educational emphasis. Lara liaised with the students, staff and the senior leadership team to explore ideas and create something that is stunning to see in action. She works extremely well with students from all years, continuing to devise exciting design projects as part of our enrichment program.

Lara is a fantastic asset to our school and encourages and enriches student’s lives through her projects as well as creating a vibrant environment to work in.
— Ian Jenkins, Head of Technology, East Barnet Secondary School.