From a handful to hundreds at Sacks Morasha Primary

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2015

Upstairs at Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School, eight Year 6 pupils are finishing up a morning lesson.

Excitement is palpable as conversation turns to summer holidays and starting new schools in September. Between them, they'll be moving on to Hasmonean High, Yavneh College, Immanuel, JFS and JCoSS.

So far, so ordinary for any 10 or 11-year-old; but these pupils are special.


Norwood offers guaranteed jobs to JCoSS students

By Barry Toberman, June 11, 2015

Norwood and the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) are joining forces on a pioneering health and social care BTEC, which comes with a job guarantee for graduates.

For the East Barnet school, the course is a selling point for its first sixth-form cohort, with interest expressed by 20 students, including some currently at other schools.


Private on parade at Gateshead Jewish Primary School

By Faga Speker, June 11, 2015

Lining up for morning assembly can, at times, be a military operation.

But that is nothing compared to the ceremony seen last week at Gateshead Jewish Primary School in Newcastle when a Second World War veteran came to visit.


Poems unloved by Orthodox schools

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

A number of Orthodox schools have complained that poems about falling in love that appeared in a GCSE English exam were unfair to their pupils because the subject was outside their experience. The JC understands that some students did not answer questions on the poems, which were set in AQA English literature papers and were worth a third of the marks.


Anger as JFS bungles timing of GCSE maths exam

By Charlotte Oliver, June 4, 2015

A GCSE maths exam at JFS was “ruined” on Thursday morning, after the school admitted to bungling its timings.

Parents and pupils in Year 11 complained, following the early morning exam.


A night of good sports

By Charlotte Oliver, June 4, 2015

JFS honoured its finest athletes on Thursday evening at the school's sixth annual sports awards.

Taking the top prize for sports person of the year was Amanda Tropp, the British under-17 trampoline champion, who also went home with the senior dance award.

She narrowly beat karate champion Hannah Freund and gymnast Jessica Helfgott to claim the title.


Education Secretary launches inquiry over Chasidic ban on women drivers

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has condemned a Chasidic sect's ban on women driving as "completely unacceptable".

In a letter sent out last week, Belz rabbis, based in Stamford Hill, said that female drivers go against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp”.

They also said that children would be barred from Belz schools if they were dropped off by their mothers in cars.


JFS hands exam ban to muck-up day miscreants

By Charlotte Oliver, May 28, 2015

Several JFS pupils will not be allowed to sit their GCSE exams at the school following their involvement in the "loutish and dangerous behaviour" that caused 300 teenagers to be sent home.

It is understood that an unknown number of students have been told to make arrangements to take their exams at an alternative venue.

The measure is part of the school's response following events at the JFS


A touch of class at UJIA teacher conference

By Charlotte Oliver, May 28, 2015

How should we teach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? How are Jewish schools promoting British values? And how do we respond to challenging questions about faith?

Such were some of the questions posed on Thursday, when UJIA gathered leading Jewish educators from across the country in Finchley for its annual research conference.


Parents call for school admissions reform

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

The growing pressure on Jewish secondary school places in London this year has led to calls for changes in the admissions system.

Gilead Limor, the founder of a support group for parents of children without a place, predicted this week: "The problem is not going to go away. It's only going to get worse."