Race is on to open third Jewish secondary despite warning from Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2016

The race to open a new Jewish secondary in the London area has intensified, with a third group announcing plans to open a free school.

The Hertfordshire Jewish Free School (HJFS) hopes to apply to set up a new Jewish school in the county in September, while Kedem High and Barkai College are aiming to do likewise in Barnet.


Wanted: more teachers

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2016

The rapid increase in the number of Jewish schools over the past decade or so, and the possibility of more to come, has once again raised the question: will there be enough Jewish teachers to staff them?

Next week, 40 teachers will graduate from training schemes at the London School of Jewish Studies - quite possibly the largest batch in its history.


The politics and numbers lying behind the bid for a new school

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2016

Nicky Morgan is likely to see one wish fulfilled. Last month the then-Education secretary told a Jewish fundraising dinner that she would like to see more Jewish free schools. Well, now no fewer than three are planning to put in a bid to the Department for Education to open a new Jewish secondary free school in London in 2018.


Second Chasidic school marked down by Ofsted over refusal to teach about sexual orientation

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2016

A second Chasidic school within a week has been told that it is failing to meet independent school regulations because it will not teach about same-sex relationships.

Beis Malka Girls’ School, in Stamford Hill, north London, which is run by the Belz Chasidim, had “worked hard” to comply with statutory requirements, Ofsted said.


Hasmonean asks parents to fund additional places

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2016

The chairman of Hasmonean High School has made a dramatic plea to parents to dig deeper into their pockets to enable the school to accept additional children this year.

Hasmonean has accepted more than 180 boys and girls for September - more than 20 per cent above its official maximum - and Andrew Rashbass appealed for extra money at its London fundraising dinner to fund places for seven more b


Labelled 'not good enough'

By Emma Gold, July 7, 2016

When I was four years old, I managed to secure myself a place at one of the most prestigious schools in London. They said something to my parents about how they thought I had "a real spark" I left the interview room and said: "I don't think I'll go to that school; I didn't like it"

I was four.


Walking in step with Ghana

July 7, 2016

Children from Jewish schools have taken to their feet to raise money for development charity Tzedek.

Rather than take the bus or ride in their parents' car, they chose one day to walk from home to lessons as part of the charity's "Shlep to School" campaign.


Research projects large shortage of school places

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2016

There will be a shortage of 90 places a year at state-aided Jewish secondary schools in north-west London over the next few years, according to fresh estimates released this week.

The number, which represents the equivalent of three additional classes, would not be enough on its own to fill a new Jewish school.


Nicky Morgan calls for more Jewish free schools

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2016

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, has said that she hoped the Jewish community would set up more free schools and lauded the contribution of faith.

She promised that the government would protect the ethos of religious schools and noted concern among parts of the Jewish community over recent inspections.


The dog who helps turn pages

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2016

Yavneh College has a new learning assistant to help improve pupils' literacy - Flick, a 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier.

Once a week the dog comes into Borehamwood secondary school with her owner, Susan Marks, to lend a paw in Year-seven classrooms.

Research has shown that children who struggle with reading fiction aloud can overcome their anxiety with moral support from a four-legged frien