Menorah High School for Girls granted voluntary aided status

By Charlotte Oliver, January 7, 2016

Menorah High School for Girls, an independent strictly Orthodox secondary school in Dollis Hill, north-west London, has been granted voluntary aided status by Barnet Council – despite it being located in Brent.


JCoSS rated 'good' in latest Ofsted inspection

By Charlotte Oliver, January 6, 2016

JCoSS has been rated “good” with outstanding features in its latest Ofsted inspection.

The East Barnet school was given a rating of two – the same result it received three years ago – after being visited by the inspection service last month.


Is that your final answer?

By Charlotte Oliver, December 31, 2015

Do you know your Hillel from your Hallel or your Mishnah from your Midrash?

If not, it might be worth asking your closest 10-year-old. After all, with more Jewish children in faith education than ever before, pupils today are growing up with far more textbook knowledge of their religion than their parents.


Schools back Chief’s plan to teach Islam

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2015

Europe's largest Jewish school, JFS, is to follow the recommendation of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and teach Islam to GCSE students from next September.

Rabbi Mirvis suggested last week that schools under his auspices choose Islam for GCSE religious studies to meet the government's new requirement to cover a second faith.


Mosaic rated 'outstanding' by Pikuach

By Charlotte Oliver, December 22, 2015

Mosaic Jewish Primary School has been rated “outstanding” in its first Pikuach inspection – just a few months after it won the same top rating from Ofsted.


Belz nursery downgraded to 'requiring improvement'

By Charlotte Oliver, December 22, 2015

A boys’ nursery school belonging to the Belz Chasidic sect has been downgraded in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Belz Nursery School, which is based in Stamford Hill and caters for 70 boys between the ages of three and eight, went from a “good” rating of two to a three, “requiring improvement”, after it was inspected in November.


Ofsted investigating 'antisemitic material' found in schools

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2015

Ofsted has said it cannot disclose further details of antisemitic material found during the inspection of unregistered Muslim schools because of the possibility of future prosecutions.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has asked the inspection service to prepare cases against schools suspected of operating beyond the law.


An aca-mazing Chanucah at Sinai School

By Charlotte Oliver, December 16, 2015

They are a YouTube singing phenomenon who have amassed a cult following around the world for their Jewish parodies of modern pop songs - and even count Barack Obama as a fan.

But singing group The Maccabeats played the gig to end all gigs on Thursday when they performed a special Chanucah show at Sinai Jewish Primary School in Harrow.


King David is highest performing Jewish school in national primary school league tables

By Simon Rocker and Charlotte Oliver, December 11, 2015

Four of the community’s primary schools have achieved the maximum scores possible in the Department for Education’s league tables for state schools, which were released on Thursday.


Jewish groups divided over recommendations for faith schools

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2015

Jewish groups are divided over a call by an independent commission for religious schools to open their doors to other communities and teach about different faiths.

While Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was critical of recommendations by the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, they were broadly welcomed by Reform, Liberal and Masorti.