Jewish primary schools get top marks

December 24, 2012

Jewish primary schools emerged as some of the country’s highest performers when the Sats league tables were released last week.

The top five performing Jewish schools, calculated by average points scored, were: King David Manchester, Moriah Jewish Day School in Pinner, North Cheshire Jewish Primary, Independent Jewish Day and Menorah Primary.


Museum celebrates rise in visitors

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 24, 2012

Manchester Jewish Museum is celebrating a significant rise in visitor numbers — reversing the effects of years of financial instability.

According to figures released this week, visitor numbers hit 14,519, the highest annual number since 2008, and up by more than 4,000 since 2009.


Outstanding Ofsted for Hasmonean High

December 17, 2012

Hasmonean High School has been rated as outstanding in every category by Ofsted inspectors.


Hebrew is not recognised by the government

By Simon Rocker, December 14, 2012

The government’s planned exclusion of Hebrew from a list of officially recognised languages for primary schools could damage Jewish education, the Board of Deputies warned this week.


Governors at Clore Shalom face ‘noisy’ petition

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

A dispute over admissions at a Jewish primary school took a fresh turn this week with the launch of a petition calling for a vote of no confidence in the chairman and vice-chairman of governors.

Clore Shalom, a pluralist primary in Shenley, Hertfordshire was forced to change its entry criteria after the Office of Schools Adjudicator ruled its previous policy unlawful.


UCL students challenge referendum on Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

University College London students have been faced with a large-scale pro-Palestine campaign ahead of a union referendum on the "inhumane situation in Gaza”.

The referendum will determine whether the university’s union, UCLU, will adopt the motion as policy and take any action “in light of the on-going conflict.”


Last Jewish school in Wellington, NZ, closes

By Anna Sheinman, December 10, 2012

The last Jewish school in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, has closed.

Moriah College, a school for 5 to 13-year-olds held its final graduation on Friday, citing a lack of resources as the reason for closing. The school board said in August it had “no option” but to close the school, which had fewer than 20 pupils, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.


£3m call for Simon Milton

December 10, 2012

A foundation in the name of the late Westminster City Council leader, Sir Simon Milton, was launched on Wednesday with a £3 million target.


Leeds educators' sweet start

By John Fisher, December 10, 2012

Leeds family educators Yossi and Miriam Saunders got off to an encouraging start with a 300 attendance at a pre-Chanucah party on Sunday held under the auspices of local Orthodox synagogues and educational organisations.

A free popcorn machine and a Q&A on the meaning of the festival proved popular with the younger guests at the Brodetsky School venue.


Gove visits King David Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 10, 2012

Manchester King David High pupils relayed concerns about access to higher education to Michael Gove when the Education Secretary visited KD’s new £22 million campus last Friday.

He sat in on maths, chemistry and French classes and also met the school’s senior management.