Jewish schools top the league tables

By Charlotte Oliver, November 23, 2015

Jewish schools have been named as some of the best performing in the country in the Sunday Times’ exam league tables, published this week.

Hasmonean High School, in Mill Hill, north-west London, was number one in the rankings for non-selective comprehensives.

The school saw 81.5 per cent of all its A-levels graded A*-B and 60 per cent of its GCSEs graded A* or A.


Secondary school admissions process is "unacceptable", says Moriah head

By Charlotte Oliver, November 17, 2015

The lack of coordination between Jewish primary and secondary schools in the admissions process – which this year left some pupils without places at Jewish schools - is “unacceptable”, according to the headteacher of Moriah Jewish Day School.


Akiva and King David ranked in top 20 of UK primary schools

By Charlotte Oliver, November 17, 2015

Two Jewish schools have made it into the top 20 of the Sunday Times’ list of the 200 best-performing state primary schools in the UK.

Akiva School in Finchley, north-west London, ranked highest, at number 14, while King David Primary School in Manchester came in at number 17.

The Independent Jewish Day School Academy in Hendon, north-west London, featured at number 94.


JFS chair accuses parents of making "wild and inaccurate complaints” about the school

By Charlotte Oliver, November 13, 2015

The chair of governors of JFS has accused some parents of running to the press to make “wild and inaccurate accusations and complaints” about the school.

In an email sent to families with children at the school, Steven Woolf also criticised the “pack mentality” of parents who posted “hysterical” messages about JFS on social media.


Yeshivot may be under threat in crackdown

By Simon Rocker, November 12, 2015

Some Jewish religion schools could face closure after the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw called for the authorities to act against unregistered schools.

In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, he expressed concern that "not enough is being done to stop this illegal activity".


Parent raises questions over school security after mugging

By Charlotte Oliver, November 11, 2015

A parent of a pupil at JFS has criticised the school’s security after her son was mugged.

The mother, who did not wish to be named, said her 16-year-old son had been walking towards the school path leading up to JFS in Kenton, north London at 8.30am when he was accosted by two boys in their teens.


Hackers target JFS website

By Charlotte Oliver, November 11, 2015

JFS’ website was hacked on Wednesday by a group who described themselves as the “Tunisian Fallaga Team”.



Schools' GCSE results take a dip

By Simon Rocker, November 5, 2015

Jewish schools performed less well at GCSE this year, according to provisional government figures.


Teaching of Israel-Palestine conflict must be balanced, says Nicky Morgan

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has reiterated the need to teach the Israeli-Palestine conflict in a balanced way following a meeting with the Board of Deputies.

Board president Jonathan Arkush and chief executive Gillian Merron raised the subject yesterday, as well as discussing the contribution of faith schools and tackling antisemitic, Islamophobic and homophobic bullying in schools.


Najos urges Government to curb anti-faith school group campaigns

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2015

The government is considering limiting the ability of secular groups to challenge the entry policies of faith schools, according to a participant at a recent Department for Education meeting.