Hertsmere receives top marks

By Ben Jaglom, February 18, 2009

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School is celebrating an “outstanding” rating from Ofsted inspectors and a top score for Jewish studies from Pikuach assessors.

Ofsted found the curriculum “extremely well planned, including a remarkably effective balance between the secular curriculum and Jewish studies”. Tuition standards were excellent with staff ensuring “there are many opportunities for imagination and play, both indoors and outside”.

The Pikuach re-port recognised how the school had contributed to the development of good character traits among pupils. “A commitment to and love of Israel is central to the ethos of the school and plays a major part in promoting personal development.”

Hertsmere head Michele Bazak explained that “Jewish values underpin our behaviour policy. We also appoint teachers who are good role models for our children so that they can see how these values are implemented in a real life context.”

Natalie Sussman from Shenley, whose daughter Jade is at Hertsmere, said the school’s emphasis “on charity and doing things for others tends to produce kind and friendly children.”

Last updated: 6:06pm, February 18 2009