Immanuel College founders, governors, teachers, parents and pupils were among the 275 guests who celebrated the Bushey school’s 21st anniversary at a Park Lane Hotel dinner.
The event served as a tribute to long-serving Immanuel head Philip Skelker, who will retire at the end of the academic year.
It also marked the launch of a £2 million fundraising project for a dedicated beit midrash and a new classroom block, encompassing additional science facilities.
Paying tribute to Mr Skelker, governors’ co-chair Gary Laurence said that he had “proudly led this school for the last 12 years, encouraging pupils to perform to their maximum potential and inspiring them to live fulfilling lives with a thirst for Jewish knowledge and a love of Israel”.
Responding, Mr Skelker highlighted the “convergence between the school’s values and those of the parents who entrust their children to us”.
Discussing the building project, fundraising working group chair Edward Misrahi explained that the block of 13 classrooms and two laboratories demonstrated the Immanuel leadership’s “ambitious plans and commitment to the school’s ethos”. The aim was for completion by September 2014.
Charles Dormer, who will succeed Mr Skelker as head, outlined his vision for the school and Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub said that on a visit to Immanuel, he had found pupils “engaged, passionate and delightful”.