'We are responding to a crisis,' says the man behind new high school plan

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2016

Plans to create a new state-aided Orthodox Jewish secondary school in Barnet have been set in motion as a reaction to the community's "significant shortage in places," its founder has said.

Andrew Rotenberg, chairman of Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary in Edgware, announced his proposal to launch Kedem High School this week, alongside Rosh Pinah's principal, Rabbi David Lister.


A vital change, but prepare for a bumpy ride

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

For many parents, the proposed new Kedem secondary school cannot come a moment too soon. They want to avoid any repeat of last year's situation when a number of families could not send their child to a Jewish secondary school in north-west London.


This will rock the school status quo

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

For most people, this week's publication of the plans by Kedem High School's backers came out of the blue.

The response from the establishment - the Office of the Chief Rabbi and the Partnerships for Jewish Schools (Pajes), an arm of the Jewish Leadership Council - has been far from blank-cheque support.


Hasmonean boys school considering a move

By Simon Rocker, February 2, 2016

The Hasmonean High School is understood to be exploring the possibility of relocating its boys section from its current base in Hendon, north-west London.

As rumours circulated this week of a move in the offing, the school’s head teacher Andrew McClusky would confirm only that “we are looking into how we can enhance and improve our accommodation”.


Plan for new Orthodox secondary school in London

By Simon Rocker, February 2, 2016

A new state-aided Orthodox Jewish secondary school is being planned to open in Barnet in September next year.

Prospective parents have been invited to a meeting on Thursday week to discuss proposals to launch the Kedem High School.


Government adviser praises Israeli scientists as important partners for the UK

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2016

A senior government adviser has welcomed the contribution Israeli scientists can make to major British institutions.

Speaking ahead of the arrival on Wednesday of a delegation of Israeli scientists in London, Emma Hennessey, the Foreign Office’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said Israel was “an important science partner for the UK”.


Yavneh issues new data for entry figures

By Charlotte Oliver, January 28, 2016

A Jewish school has issued a new table of data showing the likely effect on admissions of proposals to end its feeder school system.

Yavneh College produced the new table after parents argued that an original set of statistics showed that some families would lose out under the proposed new arrangement.


School admissions plan will put communities’ futures at risk, say rabbis

By Charlotte Oliver, January 27, 2016

Three United Synagogue rabbis have warned that a Jewish secondary school’s plan to change its admissions policy could spell disaster for thriving communities in Hertfordshire.

The rabbis — Meir Salasnik of Bushey, Jonathan Hughes of Radlett and Ephraim Levine of Watford — said Yavneh College’s proposal to end its feeder school system would mean an exodus of young families.


Worry over Ofsted plan to inspect faith schools

By Simon Rocker, January 25, 2016

Government plans to register and inspect part-time schools and educational institutions are "a sledgehammer to crack a nut", an organisation representing Orthodox Jewish schools has warned.


Figures show no reduction in Yavneh places for Hertfordshire parents

By Charlotte Oliver, January 25, 2016

Claims made by parents that Yavneh College’s proposal to remove feeder schools benefited only families living in Borehamwood and Elstree were based on a serious misreading of data, the school has explained.