First trip for Wolfson

November 17, 2011

The first trip to Poland for parents whose children attend Wolfson Hillel Primary was described by participants as educational and emotional.

The 18 parents on the two-day programme were led by Rabbi David Mason from Muswell Hill Synagogue with help from the United Synagogue's community services division.

The group's visit included a guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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School says it is mystified over DfE statistics

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The Jewish Community Secondary School is mystified by a Department for Education statistic stating that nearly a third of its first intake last year spoke English as a second language.

According to a table in the DfE publication, Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, of the 155 pupils who entered the new cross-communal school, 105 were native English speakers, while 50 grew up with another


Open doors at Yavneh

November 17, 2011

Parents hoping to secure a place for their child in the new primary section of Yavneh College for September 2012 are invited to an open evening at the Borehamwood school on November 24.

Although planning permission has been granted, several matters remain to be resolved before building can begin, said governors' chair Sue Nyman.


School keeps ethos in a changing market

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

The number of languages spoken by Ilford Jewish Primary pupils runs comfortably into double figures.


'Everyone gets on - that makes me proud to be Jewish'

November 10, 2011

IJPS year-six pupils describe their year as very close-knit, despite the diversity of backgrounds and ethnicity. Several who joined in the past year did not speak English.

One is Jade Poitou, 10, who lived in France. "I didn't speak English but it has been very easy to learn here, and I have made friends," she said.


Wisdom of Solomon at Westminster

November 10, 2011

King Solomon High sixth-formers took part in a political debate at the Speaker's House to launch the inaugural Parliament Week.

Pupils from the Redbridge school were welcomed by the Speaker, John Bercow, and met MPs at the debate, which was on the subject: "Was there ever a Golden Age of Parliament?"

"It was a great insight into the real world of politics for aspiring politicians," said KS p


Menorah is ripe for expansion

By Jay Grenby, November 3, 2011

An Edgware Jewish primary is one of nine Barnet schools in line for expansion to meet growing demand for places within the borough.

If proposals from Barnet's education chiefs are accepted by the council, the Orthodox and co-educational Menorah Foundation will gain an extra 30 reception places for September 2012.

The council feels the 227-pupil school has the potential to expand to a two-for


Too many primary schools?

November 3, 2011

The head of the Jewish Leadership Council's schools group, Jonathan Goldstein, has echoed concerns about opening too many Jewish primaries.

Akiva School head Susy Stone warned in last week's JC that further expansion could lead to an over-supply of places in future.

In a letter this week, Mr Goldstein wrote that Mrs Stone had "raised the same questions that many others are discussing".


Mill Hill school reapplies on site

By Jay Grenby, October 27, 2011

The trustees of Etz Chaim Primary School in Mill Hill have submitted a second planning application to Barnet Council for its intended permanent home on the site of a former garden centre in Daws Lane.


More Jewish schools — ‘a dangerous strategy’

By Simon Rocker, October 27, 2011

A senior Jewish educator has questioned the wisdom of opening more Jewish primary schools in north London, warning that it could store up problems for the future.