Education

King David prepares to move into new building

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

It was the end of an era at Manchester's King David campus as the KD wound up its final academic year before moving into its newly built school.

On Wednesday, the junior school held its last speech day prior to merging with the infant section to create a two-form entry primary school.

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Gove: free schools 'can still be totally Jewish'

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Jewish parents hoping to set up new schools under the coalition government's flagship education proposals may have to take pupils of different faiths - at the expense of Jewish pupils.

Empowering parents to set up free schools was a key pledge in the Conservative election campaign, but those schools must take 50 per cent of pupils without reference to religion.

The 50 per cent ceiling on faith admissions for new academies was introduced under Labour, but the Coalition government has decided not to lift it, so it will apply to new free schools as well.

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Liverpool mum joins shul for school place

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

The mother whose daughter was refused a place at the city's King David High School is to join an Orthodox synagogue so that the girl, Kayleigh Chapple, can attend King David High School in Manchester.

Dawn Chapple, whose husband Neil is not Jewish, said it was "a weight off my shoulders" after not having a school place for her daughter just weeks before term was due to start.

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Protests over Dawkins faith school film

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

The Board of Deputies and a Jewish primary school have pulled out of a film about faith schools by controversial atheist Richard Dawkins, after parents protested.

Barnes Hassid Productions approached the Board in June about the documentary, due to air in August on More 4 and Channel 4.

Jonathan Arkush, senior vice-president of the Board, agreed to be interviewed, together with education representatives from the Church of England and the Association of Muslim Schools.

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More opt for schools

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2010

Northern Jewish schools are anticipating a bumper pupil crop in September with the best admissions numbers in years.

Manchester's Kind David Primary and High schools and Leeds' Brodetsky Primary report full intakes for the new academic year.

North Cheshire Jewish Primary says it is oversubscribed and has had to consider appeal cases.

North Cheshire head Jackie Savage says the school received 48 applications for 45 places.

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JCoSS is building on a strong foundation

By Jessica Elgot, July 15, 2010

Parents and pupils had their first taste of the JCoSS experience at an induction day for the cross-communal school which opens in Barnet in September.

The initial intake of 150 hail from a diversity of Jewish backgrounds with Reform and Orthodox families particularly well represented. There are also pupils from Masorti, Sephardi, Liberal and secular households. Five applications for places were signed by Lubavitch rabbis and some of the children have Israeli parents. Three non-Jews will also be among the first recruits.

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Edgware seeks state aid for school project

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

Edgware Jewish Primary is ready to start building a single-form entry school and hopes to become state funded when it opens in 2011.

EJPS has been operating as an independent school since 2006, growing from an opening intake of 39 pupils to more than 130 children.

In October 2008, it was granted planning permission for a larger site in Hale Lane.

This will be equipped with high-tech IT facilities, library, gym, playground and full disabled access. It will make more places available in years two to four and at full capacity, EJPS will accommodate 240 children from the age of three.

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Yavneh sets 2011 target for new primary

By Jay Grenby, July 15, 2010

A two-form entry primary section for Yavneh College in Borehamwood could accept pupils as early as September 2011, parents were told this week.

The move, intended to alleviate the severe shortage of Jewish primary school places in the Hertsmere area, was announced at a public meeting on Monday at Yavneh.

However, parents were cautioned that many obstacles had to be cleared before before building could start at the site, with the securing of planning permission high among them.

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Jewish studies compulsory for Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, July 8, 2010

Jewish Studies is to become compulsory in Israel's high schools from this September.

Currently, Israeli pupils learn Bible for two hours a week, but schools are not obliged to teach anything about post-biblical Judaism.

Religious schools choose to set aside time for Jewish Studies, but in non-Orthodox schools it is taught according to head-teachers' discretion and is often discarded.

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Jewish schools will be undersubscribed

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2010

Jewish education has undergone a dramatic shift in London, with a surplus rather than a shortage of places for Jewish pupils at secondary level this year.

Both Yavneh College in Hertfordshire and JFS in north London were still making offers for a handful of remaining places this month, whereas at the same time last year they remained oversubscribed and facing a large number of appeals from disappointed parents.

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