Education

King David says goodbye to building

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 18, 2010

A nostalgic farewell to Manchester Kind David's decommissioned building was held on Sunday.

The building is to be demolished after King David students and staff move next week to the school's £25 million campus, built as part of the government's Schools for the Future fund.

Almost 200 former pupils and past and current staff enjoyed a traditional school dinner of fish and chips with mushy peas and gravy. The fundraising event also included an eBay-style auction of old school furniture.

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School staying open after going into liquidation

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

The Menorah Grammar School for Orthodox boys in Edgware has gone into liquidation for the second time in less than two years. But the 150-pupil school will remain open.

Former governor Stephen Goldberg said on Wednesday that the latest liquidation was the result of the school's new governors wanting to go through a "restructuring process.

"This was the method the new board decided to adopt. Times are hard and parents must be urged to pay their fees as much as possible, but we are still up and running with pupils."

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Immanuel perpare for new school

November 18, 2010

Immanuel College has announced the first major appointment to its preparatory school, which will take in its initial 40 pupils in September 2011.

Natasha Fisher will move from a job in the junior department of South Hampstead High to become head of reception and year one. She previously taught at the Mathilda Marks Kennedy and Hasmonean primaries.

Ms Fisher said her challenge was to ensure that the "early years live up to the glowing reputation that the school has built for itself".

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Home found for Haringey free school

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

The location has been revealed for Haringey Jewish Primary, one of the new government-funded free schools which is set to open next September.

Peter Kessler, joint project leader, told a meeting of 200 parents that the school would be in Creighton Avenue, Muswell Hill, next to the well-regarded Fortismere secondary. He hoped it could share some Fortismere facilities.

"It will be a completely new building which is not the case for many of the new free schools," he said. "If approved, the government will fund it, which is an amazing opportunity."

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Even with shrapnel, Israeli kids are freer

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2010

Israeli schoolchildren, even those on the war-blighted Lebanese border, have greater freedom to learn through exploration and play than their "over risk-assessed" British counterparts, according to a Jewish primary school headteacher.

Leeds Brodetsky Primary School head Jeremy Dunford, returning from his first visit to Israel, said he had found that Israeli pupils were able to use school equipment with far less adult supervision, and greater success, while British children were less likely to learn how to cope with risk as a result of strict UK health and safety laws.

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Jewish nursery opens in Edgware

November 4, 2010

A new Jewish nursery school is opening in Edgware this month.

In premises next to Edgware Synagogue, Gan Ilanot will provide full-time day care for 15 children from one-year-old up to school age. Six places are already taken.

Former Moriah Day School Jewish studies teacher Jonthan Greenberg is the Gan Ilanot head, whose duties will extend to preparing the hot kosher lunches. Two qualified nursery teachers have also been appointed.

Mr Greenberg, 34, began planning the nursery nearly 18 months ago. He hopes to add a sensory garden in the near future.

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£300K push for Moroccan members

By Katie Taylor, November 4, 2010

Leaders of the Jacob Benjamin Elias Synagogue in Stamford Hill hope a £300,000 extension will be finished in January and will improve dining, educational and social facilities for the Sephardi community.

Shul president Barook Abraham said: "Our congregation consists mainly of Iraqi Jews with some Syrian and Persian Jews. We want to extend links to Asian and Moroccan Jews. By having more activities in shul, we hope to establish a more integrated community."

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Manchester school 'loses out on premium'

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2010

Manchester King David chiefs fear the schools will lose out because of the government's much-trumpeted pupil premium commitment.

The scheme will target extra funding to schools based on the number of pupils eligible for free meals - a measure of poverty. The anticipated consequence is that schools with few pupils from poor families will receive less money.

King David High governors' chair Joshua Rowe says that as KD parents tend to be more affluent, the schools could be £1.8 million a year worse off in comparison to other Manchester schools.

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Michael Gove digging in at Edgware

By Leon Symons, October 28, 2010

Education Secretary Michael Gove donned a hard hat on Monday to dig the first piece of earth for the Edgware Jewish Primary School building.

Mr Gove also reaffirmed his and the government's support for Jewish education, saying: "This government is committed to ensuring that every Jewish child who would like a Jewish education receives one. We will do everything that we can to help Jewish faith schools grow."

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Jewish school choice narrows in Herts

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2010

Jewish parents in Hertfordshire could find it harder to get their children into a Jewish primary school next autumn owing to a change in national admission procedures.

From now on, they can apply for places only through their local council - and Hertfordshire permits only three choices, including schools outside the borough. Some councils allow six.

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