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.


Mill Hill school opponents take action against council

By Jay Grenby, October 19, 2011

Opponents of the location of the Etz Chaim free school in Mill Hill have issued judicial proceedings against Barnet Council.

The protesters claim the council ignored the needs of the elderly and disabled when granting planning permission for the conversion of a former garden centre into the school's permanent premises.

Local Jewish disabled resident and campaign group leader Daniel Coleman d


Primary pleases Ofsted

October 11, 2011

Ilford Jewish Primary has been rated as educationally good by Ofsted, an improvement on its previous inspection report in 2009.

Inspectors noted that IJPS - where around two-thirds of the 307 pupils are from Jewish families - was a "good school whose strong partnerships with parents and carers and the community contribute to its warm and positive family ethos".


Third free school

October 11, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has approved the third Jewish free school in the London area.

Subject to the signing of a funding agreement, the Golders Green Jewish Primary will accept its first 28 pupils in September 2012.

Presided over by Golders Green Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski, the school's ethos will be "a local primary for an international city.


Mill Hill school setback after Barnet boobs on planning

By Jay Grenby, October 11, 2011

Work on the permanent site for the Jewish free school in Mill Hill has been halted after Barnet Council acknowledged omissions in its consideration of the planning application.

The council had faced a legal challenge from opponents of the Etz Chaim Primary's location on the site of a former garden centre in Daws Lane.


Students give fashionable thanks

October 6, 2011

Two graduates from fashion design programmes at Ort schools brought their new collections to an Ort fashion event at the Reform Club in London.

The 130 guests viewed Daria Dementova's "Learning to Fly" collection from Moscow.


LSJS honours loyal backers

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

Nearly a decade ago, one of British Jewry's oldest educational institutions appeared to be on its last legs.

The London School of Jewish Studies, founded as Jews' College in 1855 to produce ministers for central Orthodox synagogues, was fast running out of money.

But it has not only managed to reinvent itself as a thriving adult education centre.