The man leading from the front of the class

By Charlotte Oliver, September 5, 2014


Alastair Falk learned some important lessons during his teaching career — not least that having a sense of humour is essential.


Kerem is top of the class with inspectors

September 4, 2014

Pupils and staff of the Kerem Primary in Hampstead Garden Suburb are back to school on a high following the announcement of an impressive assessment by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Kerem was adjudged excellent in all eight categories of the report by ISI. The grade is equivalent to "outstanding" in the ratings of Ofsted, whose work ISI mirrors.


It's been a memorable year at Habs' JSoc

By Hannah Mendall, August 29, 2014

It has been a fantastic year for Haberdashers’ Girls’ School Jewish Society, filled with a diverse and exciting programme. We have held a broad range of talks and events to enhance our Jewish education and are proud of the difference we have made to charities across the globe.


Yavneh's students hit top form — now it's all about sixth form

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

As students laughed and hugged outside Yavneh College, Borehamwood, last Thursday, it was clear the day also belonged to their proud parents, who had no doubt shared in the long spell of revision, stress, and quick-fire exam questions over breakfast and dinner.

Samantha Berman, whose daughter Hollie attained seven A*s and three As, said she was “very proud and very happy”.


Top marks in his GCSEs - and Oliver didn’t even put pen to paper

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

Oliver Sapier’s mother describes him as a “fighter” – a modest appraisal, given his story of triumph.

Born with a chronic bowel condition, the 16-year-old spent the first years of his life in hospital, where doctors were not sure he would live beyond his second birthday.


How GCSE students woke up to find themselves in dreamland

By Charlotte Oliver, August 28, 2014

Summer holidays are usually a lesson in lazy days, topping up the tan, and getting up as late as possible.

But if there is one day that bucks the trend, GCSE Results Day is it. After all, no other time of the year will see so many 16-year-olds up and alert at six am, anxiously refreshing their computer screens.


Pupils and parents warned over school security

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2014

Pupils and parents at Jewish schools should take additional security measures following the sharp rise of antisemitism, the Community Security Trust has warned.

Parents should join special security rotas, undergo training and send their children on a specialist programme designed to help them protect themselves, the organisation said.


Meet the A-team

By Charlotte Oliver, August 21, 2014

You know the feeling: sleepless night, sweaty palms, unprovoked hysteria. It must be Results Day.

Last Thursday's A-level marks came and went in a flurry of brown paper envelopes, delighted students, and one prevalent cry: "We did it!"


When the student becomes the teacher

By Charlotte Oliver, August 14, 2014

The school bell rings on Monday morning and Ezra Dulberg hurries to class - the fear of lunchtime detention quickening his pace.

Fear that quickly subsides, that is, as soon as Dulberg remembers he is no longer a student at Yavneh College in Borehamwood. Instead, the 22-year-old has returned to his alma mater as a teacher and, from now on, lunchtime detentions are a weapon, not a worry.


Salford schools face places crisis

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

A baby boom in Salford will leave local Jewish schools facing huge pressure on places.

Salford has one of the UK's fastest-growing Jewish populations and its schools have begun lobbying for funding to expand existing buildings. One independent Charedi school is attempting to buy a Salford care home which has larger premises.