The Fonz given honorary OBE for education work

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

Happy Days actor Henry Winkler has been awarded an honorary OBE for his work with dyslexic children and special educational needs.

Mr Winkler, 65, was the leather-wearing rebel "The Fonz" in the US TV series Happy Days, but has also written 17 books for children featuring Hank Zipcer, a boy with dyslexia.


Delamere chairs sit well in London school

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2011

Manchester's now defunct Delamere Forest special needs school has come to the aid of a London strictly Orthodox school left without chairs after a supplier failed to deliver.

The Tashbar school in Edgware spotted an advertisement for equipment being given away by Delamere prior to the sale of its former Cheshire premises, which is currently being finalised.

Delamere announced its formal clos


Hendon primary becomes academy

September 8, 2011

The Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon has been granted academy status - the first Barnet primary to achieve this and, says the school, the first Jewish primary nationally.

IJDS decided to proceed after consultation involving governors, staff, parents and the wider community. It will become responsible for its own management rather than being under local authority control.


Kisharon nursery earns top marks from Ofsted inspectors

September 8, 2011

The integrated nursery of special needs charity Kisharon has been praised as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

They found children at Tuffkid in Golders Green making "excellent progress in all areas due to the highly effective planning and monitoring of their achievements".

Staff were dedicated and "exemp-lary" in fostering learning and development and the nursery maintained a productive dia


Rising rolls

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

More than half of Jewish primary age children in London outside the Charedi sector are attending a Jewish primary school, according to a new report.

Enrolment at the capital's Jewish primaries has increased from 50 per cent of (non-Charedi) primary-age children to 60 per cent in just four years.

As previously reported in the JC, 140 additional places became available in primaries serving the


Popular Eden draws pupils from all sides

September 8, 2011

Eden Jewish Primary in Haringey welcomed children from its 30-strong reception class on Wednesday, as governors' chair Peter Kessler reported that the places could have been filled more than twice over.

Jewish pupils for the first intake of the cross-communal free school have been drawn equally from the Orthodox, Reform and Masorti folds.


A yeshivah launching - in Kent?

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

Princess Diana went to boarding school there and it boasts one of the oldest cricket grounds in the land.

But could Sevenoaks in Kent be about to have a new claim to fame: as the south-east's answer to Gateshead?

A new yeshivah for boys of 16 and 17 has opened about three miles from the centre of town.


Top show for nervous Natasha

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

Although Natasha Daniels was too nervous to open the envelope containing her GCSE results, she need not have worried.

The 16-year-old was quickly assured by King Solomon High School headteacher Spencer Lewis that she had achieved A* grades in all 11 of her subjects.

"I was shaking and I didn't believe him at first," said Natasha, who lives in Gants Hill.

"I just had this feeling of elatio


Isabel's wait is worthwhile

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

For Isabel Kempner, the most worrying part of results day was getting a working internet connection to discover her grades.

The Roundhay resident and Leeds Grammar pupil was on a caravanning holiday with her family in the south of France last Thursday when she found out she had achieved nine A*s and an A.

"I needed to log-in to my school's website and the internet wouldn't work, which was a


GCSE stars shine positive light on schools

September 1, 2011

There were more success stories from Jewish schools as the GCSE results were announced.

In Borehamwood, 87 per cent of Yavneh College's first group of GCSE candidates achieved five or more A*-C grades. Half of all exam grades were A* and A.

Elkie Ben Hur topped the pile with 10 A* grades and one A.