Mill Hill school wins extra approval

By Jay Grenby, February 9, 2012

Barnet planners have once again approved a proposal for permanent premises for the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary in Mill Hill after a procedural failure by the council invalidated the original application.

However, the enforced delay means that the free school is unlikely to open on the new site in September as intended, and will have to remain in its temporary accommodation until a "more probable"


Hasmonean gives highest value in DfE league tables

By Simon Rocker, February 2, 2012

From September, pupils at the Hasmonean High in north-west London can take GCSE Chinese.

It is as an example of the forward thinking that is paying dividends at the Orthodox school, the top Jewish secondary in terms of academic progress made by pupils from 11-to-16, according to new Department for Education performance tables.


Special-needs pupil barred from Israel trip

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

The father of a 14-year-old King Solomon High School pupil with moderate learning disabilities is "bitterly disappointed" that she is not being allowed to join the Redbridge school's Israel trip.

But King Solomon teachers maintain the girl is unsuited to a mainstream school and have "health and safety" concerns about her going on the Israel tour in May of next year.


Leeds high school is in demand

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 27, 2012

Evidence of community support for the proposed Leeds Jewish secondary school was apparent in a turnout of 150 for a consultation meeting on Tuesday.

The campaign for a 210-place secondary suffered a setback last year when the Department for Education rejected an earlier application for a school to be established on the Brodetsky Jewish Primary campus in Alwoodley.


Miliband meets the JCoSS ministerial team

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

Ed Miliband enjoyed a cordial meeting with the prime minister and deputy prime minister this week - or at least the JCoSS equivalents.

The Labour leader visited the cross-communal secondary school in Barnet to hear from members of its student set-up. "We even have a monarch - the head teacher," said year-eight student, Jamy Bristol-James.


Learning from Shoah

January 19, 2012

London's Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes joined Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper at a special assembly at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School in Tower Hamlets in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls next Friday.

The assembly was led by sixth-formers Zeinab Jobber and Shannon Lashmar, who visited Auschwitz in October through the Holocaust Educational Trust's "Lessons from Auschwitz"


Finchley free school planning on 2013 opening

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

Supporters of a new cross-communal Jewish primary in Finchley intend to apply to the Department for Education next month to open it as a free school in 2013.

"We look like we're making good progress," reported Matt Plen, director of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues and one of the steering group of parents.


If you build schools, will they come?

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

In the playground of Ilford Jewish Primary School, Chinese pupils race with boys in kippot. At King David in Birmingham, the Ivrit prize in assembly could go to Shimon or Shabina.

For the schools which must accept non-Jewish pupils, the atmosphere is harmonious, albeit after considerable challenges. But it is a challenge which north-west London schools could yet face.


Clore Shalom appoints head

By Jay Grenby, January 12, 2012

Sheree Oxenham is furthering a family tradition with her appointment as head of the pluralist Clore Shalom Jewish Primary in Shenley.

Currently deputy head of the Akiva School in Finchley, she is the sister-in-law of Lenna Rosenberg, head of Clore Tikva Primary in Barkingside.


JCoSS alters entry policy following oversubscription

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

The Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) in Barnet is changing its admission rules to give applicants from outside the borough a better chance of a place.

Explaining the change, due to come into effect for 2013, JCoSS head Jeremy Stowe-Lindner said: "The rationale is that we are increasingly very heavily oversubscribed.