Orthodox school wins reprieve

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

A strictly Orthodox primary school in Stamford Hill has been granted temporary retrospective planning permission.

With around two dozen pupils, the Gur school has been operating from a three-storey house in Fairholt Road for almost a year.

Hackney Council has approved plans for a five-classroom school for 40 boys aged from three-to-seven.

The council received 102 letters of support and 25


Delamere to advise

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 4, 2011

Leaders of the Delamere Forest special needs school in Manchester have admitted defeat in the fight against closure. But they have pledged that Delamere will continue as an advisory charity.

"The school has definitely closed but the charity will go on," said governors' chair Malcolm Joels, confirming that Delamere had failed to raise the £500,000 needed to secure its survival.


Golders Green school reaches final hurdle

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

Plans for a modern Orthodox free school in Golders Green are a step closer with the announcement that it has reached the final stage of the application process.

The Golders Green Jewish Primary School has met the criteria set by the government's free schools programme and is now through to the interview stage.


£10m Redbridge project gets council green light

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Redbridge Council has given the go-ahead for the borough's largest capital project for the Jewish community.

Ilford Jewish Primary School is to be relocated on the site of the King Solomon High in Barkingside in a £10 million development.

The move emerged out of a report into Jewish schooling commissioned by the Jewish Leadership Council.

Jonathan Goldstein, who chairs the project, welco


Israeli teens invent solar-power water purifier

By Nathan Jeffay, August 4, 2011

Clean drinking water could soon be far more accessible in the developing world, thanks to two innovative high-school pupils from Netanya.

Maya Braun and Avishai Ketko, study partners at the city's Moshe Sharett School, have invented a solar-powered, portable water purifier.


£22m campus is finished

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

The Manchester King David schools' £22 million redevelopment was completed on Monday, with a final phase comprising two refurbished drama studios, music facilities and playgrounds.

Manchester City Council's Anthony Crowley, project manager for the King David scheme, signed over keys to the redeveloped areas.


Gove criticised as DfE rejects Leeds school plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Leeds politicians have criticised the "bizarre" rejection of a local Jewish free school proposal by the Department for Education and are making their dismay known to Education Secretary Michael Gove.


Ben Uri getting artful with schools' project

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

Schools across the country could soon be using a Ben Uri art workshop trialled by pupils at a Euston primary last week.

Year two pupils at Richard Cobden School took part in a three-day workshop exploring movement based on paintings from the gallery's collection.

They studied Racehorses by David Bomberg, a drawing that reduces horses and riders to geometric shapes, and a pencil and chalk dra


Board dismayed by EBacc exclusion of religious studies

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The Board of Deputies is disappointed at the government's decision not to include religious studies as part of English Baccalaureate, or EBacc, its new performance measure for schools.

To qualify, pupils must gain GCSEs in five specified subjects - maths, English, science, geography or history and a foreign language.

The Board had joined religious and education organisations in lobbying for


Mill Hill primary wins site battle

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Planning permission has been granted for the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary in Mill Hill despite vociferous local opposition.

The one-form entry primary - one of the government's first free schools - will accept nursery and reception pupils in the autumn.