First day in £5m home

Pupils outside the new building

Pupils outside the new building

Pupils of Beit Shvidler Primary School (formerly Edgware Jewish Primary) saw their modern premises for the first time on Monday following a £5 million rebuilding project.

The renaming is in recognition of the generosity of Eugene Shvidler, a Russian oil billionaire who is a close associate of Roman Abramovich.

Governors' chair Eddy Breuer-Weil observed that "Beit Shvidler is a part of the JSSM movement and the family of Hasmonean schools that has benefited the Jewish community of London for the past 70 years and more.

"It is now also a part of the family of Beit Shvidler projects in Moscow, Ufa, New York, Jerusalem and now here in Edgware."

The 20,000 sq ft building was "state-of-the-art in every respect" and had been designed in consultation with the governors and senior staff.

Features include a science and technology room, an ecological zone for nature studies and areas for smaller group learning.

There are interactive white boards and computers in every Beit Shvidler classroom.

    Last updated: 5:37pm, March 1 2012