Driver saves 14 JCoSS pupils as school bus bursts into flames

By Charlotte Oliver, March 23, 2015

A school bus transporting 14 pupils to JCoSS burst into flames early this morning.

The vehicle, which was taking the pupils to the Barnet school from St Albans, was evacuated before the fire took hold. All the passengers escaped unharmed.

The bus caught fire in Radlett at around 7.20am. Witnesses report hearing a loud explosion at the time.


Rosh Pinah branded inadequate by inspectors

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

One of the community’s best-known primary schools, Rosh Pinah in Edgware, has been judged inadequate – the lowest of the four inspection grades – following an Ofsted visit in January.

Pupils were “not working at the levels they should” considering their attainment at reception, inspectors said in a report published this week.


MPs have failed us over the Trojan school affair

By John Ware, March 19, 2015

The recent Education Select Committee's report into last summer's "Trojan Horse" affair must rank as one of the worst any select committee has produced.

It asserts that, save for a single incident, there was "no evidence of extremism or radicalisation" at any of the 16 state schools investigated independently by Peter Clarke, the government appointed Education Commissioner, and Ian Kershaw, Bir


MPs have failed us over the Trojan school affair

By John Ware, March 18, 2015

The recent Education Select Committee’s report into last summer’s “Trojan Horse” affair must rank as one of the worst any select committee has produced.


Teacher praised by David Cameron named as new King Solomon head

By Simon Rocker, March 13, 2015

A teacher praised by Prime Minister David Cameron is to be the next head of King Solomon High School in Redbridge.

Matthew Slater, who previously taught at Hasmonean High School and was first deputy head of Yavneh College, will start at the 920-pupil school after Pesach.


Funding education runs in their family

By Charlotte Oliver, March 12, 2015

Businessman David Dangoor can pinpoint the first time he discovered the power of philanthropy.

Aged 18, and having just passed his driving test, he found himself stranded at midnight in the middle of nowhere when his car broke down.

Soon enough, a stranger stopped behind him with a can of petrol and poured half its contents into his car.


Lunchtime learning with a side of lox? Join the club

By Charlotte Oliver, March 5, 2015

It is 1pm on a rainy Thursday and Watford Grammar School for Boys is loud with lunchtime chatter. Pupils hurry to the canteen or head outside the Hertfordshire school to unwind during their busy day.


'We can connect to our faith at a secular school'

March 5, 2015

We became co-chairs of Henrietta Barnett's Jewish Society last summer, as we had heavily benefited from our JSoc since joining the school. We now want to give something back so that the younger years can continue to enjoy Jewish experiences once we have left.


'If you lead a school, you have an impact on every single pupil'

By Charlotte Oliver, February 26, 2015

Rabbi David Meyer cannot remember his first day at Hasmonean, but then, can you blame him? He was only two-and-a-half years old.

These days, the educator's memory bank is filled with Hasmonean moments; unsurprising since, over the past 40 years, he has held every post at the Barnet school - from student to teacher, and finally, executive head.


Yavneh reveals bid to add primary section

By Barry Toberman, February 26, 2015

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is reviving plans for a primary section and intends to submit an application for a free school to the Department for Education at "the earliest opportunity".