King Solomon High School takes a step closer to leaving Essex

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2016

The governors of Kantor King Solomon High in Essex are actively considering relocating the school to north London.

The United Synagogue, KKS's foundation body, has already been exploring the possibility of moving the school as a way to solve the shortage of Jewish secondary places in that part of the capital.


New secondary option for pupils in London

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2016

A comprehensive in Cricklewood, north-west London, is aiming to offer a Jewish studies programme from next September to cater for students unable to gain a place at a Jewish secondary school.


School insists on kosher-only simchah policy

By Rosa Doherty, October 13, 2016

Immanuel College has emailed parents to warn them that pupils must have a supervised kosher bar or batmitzvah party in accordance with school rules.

The independent Jewish secondary school reminded parents of year seven and eight pupils that they signed a contract agreeing to the schools policy on the issue, when their children joined.


Alma pupils settle into their new home

By Simon Rocker, October 13, 2016

Alma Primary School in north London has moved into its permanent new home - a former police station in Whetstone.

After three years in temporary premises, the cross-communal free school now has a place of its own.

The site was bought and mainly funded by the Department for Education with a further £150,000 raised from trusts and foundations.


Yeshiva's healthy attitude winning global admirers

By Josh Jackman, October 7, 2016

A yeshiva for strictly Orthodox boys without academic qualifications is attracting attention from as far afield as Russia after becoming the first to send students on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Manchester increased its emphasis on exercise and health in response to the results of an NHS-funded survey of the strictly Orthodox community.


Rise in unregistered yeshivot, council finds

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2016

The number of unregistered yeshivot in Stamford Hill has climbed to more than 30, despite attempts to regulate them, according to an education authority.

Hackney Learning Trust, run by the local council, has updated its list from earlier this year of 28 such institutions,to 33 at the latest count.


Inspectors criticise narrow education in Charedi schools

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2016

Charedi independent schools are continuing to feel the heat from inspectors, according to a new batch of reports released over the past month.

No fewer than six strictly Orthodox schools were judged by Ofsted to fall short of the required standards.

But on the plus side, three Charedi schools have bucked the critical trend and received favourable inspections.


Effort to unify rival Orthodox free school bids

By Simon Rocker, September 29, 2016

Attempts are being made to unite the two groups vying to set up a new Orthodox secondary school in London even after they submitted their applications to the Department for Education this week.

Kavanah College, which is backed by the United Synagogue and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, and Barkai College hope to open free schools as early as next September if their bids are successful.


School bid wins Chief's backing

September 22, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is backing the Kavanah College bid for a new Jewish secondary free school.

A spokesman said Rabbi Mirvis was supporting the Kavanah proposal - which resulted from the Kedem High and Hertfordshire Jewish Free School (HJFS) bidders joining forces.


Mixed response to May's faith school plan

By Lianne Kolirin, September 15, 2016

The government's decision to lift the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions to new free schools has prompted differing reactions across the Jewish community.

While many leading figures welcomed the move, others, including parents, expressed concern.

Theresa May made the announcement as part of a major overhaul of secondary education.