Poems unloved by Orthodox schools

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

A number of Orthodox schools have complained that poems about falling in love that appeared in a GCSE English exam were unfair to their pupils because the subject was outside their experience. The JC understands that some students did not answer questions on the poems, which were set in AQA English literature papers and were worth a third of the marks.


Anger as JFS bungles timing of GCSE maths exam

By Charlotte Oliver, June 4, 2015

A GCSE maths exam at JFS was “ruined” on Thursday morning, after the school admitted to bungling its timings.

Parents and pupils in Year 11 complained, following the early morning exam.


A night of good sports

By Charlotte Oliver, June 4, 2015

JFS honoured its finest athletes on Thursday evening at the school's sixth annual sports awards.

Taking the top prize for sports person of the year was Amanda Tropp, the British under-17 trampoline champion, who also went home with the senior dance award.

She narrowly beat karate champion Hannah Freund and gymnast Jessica Helfgott to claim the title.


Education Secretary launches inquiry over Chasidic ban on women drivers

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has condemned a Chasidic sect's ban on women driving as "completely unacceptable".

In a letter sent out last week, Belz rabbis, based in Stamford Hill, said that female drivers go against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp”.

They also said that children would be barred from Belz schools if they were dropped off by their mothers in cars.


JFS hands exam ban to muck-up day miscreants

By Charlotte Oliver, May 28, 2015

Several JFS pupils will not be allowed to sit their GCSE exams at the school following their involvement in the "loutish and dangerous behaviour" that caused 300 teenagers to be sent home.

It is understood that an unknown number of students have been told to make arrangements to take their exams at an alternative venue.

The measure is part of the school's response following events at the JFS


A touch of class at UJIA teacher conference

By Charlotte Oliver, May 28, 2015

How should we teach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? How are Jewish schools promoting British values? And how do we respond to challenging questions about faith?

Such were some of the questions posed on Thursday, when UJIA gathered leading Jewish educators from across the country in Finchley for its annual research conference.


Parents call for school admissions reform

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

The growing pressure on Jewish secondary school places in London this year has led to calls for changes in the admissions system.

Gilead Limor, the founder of a support group for parents of children without a place, predicted this week: "The problem is not going to go away. It's only going to get worse."


Robert Wistrich, scholar of antisemitism, dies

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

Robert Wistrich, the academic who led the battle against antisemitism, has died.

He suffered a heart attack in Rome on Tuesday night, where he was set to address the Italian Senate on rising antisemitism in Europe.


JCoSS sent pupils home early over muck-up day concern

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

JCoSS placed its students on early study leave last week to avoid potential misbehaviour arising from a pre-GCSE “muck-up” day.


A day of war and peace for VE day at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2015

Thursday was not just “muck-up day” at JFS.

Before it hit the headlines for flour-filled halls, the school was enjoying something of a time hop, taking its students back to 1945.

To celebrate VE day, 18 Second World War veterans from Ajex (the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women) visited to share their stories.