‘Hard work and determination’ sends GCSE results soaring

By Charlotte Oliver, August 27, 2015

The wait was finally over last Thursday for thousands of Jewish students, who woke up bright and early to receive their GCSE results.

JFS in Kenton celebrated "excellent results", with 50 per cent graded A* or A. A third of all students gained an A* or A in at least seven subjects.


Government pledges commitment to preserve Hebrew GCSE and A Level

By Charlotte Oliver, August 26, 2015

The government has pledged its commitment to preserving Hebrew as a GCSE and A Level subject in a meeting with the Board of Deputies.

Department for Education minister Nick Gibb met the Board’s chief executive Gillian Merron, public affairs director Phil Rosenberg and education policy manage Sara Perlmutter on Monday to discuss how they could protect the subject from being axed.


'Excellent GCSE results' for Jewish pupils

By Charlotte Oliver, August 20, 2015

The wait was finally over this morning for thousands of Jewish students, who woke up bright and early to receive their GCSE results.

And not to be outdone by last week’s A-Levels, Year 11 pupils followed suit by gaining impressive marks across the board.


Jewish students celebrate A-Level exam results success

By Charlotte Oliver, August 13, 2015

It was a morning of tears, hugs and heavy sighs of relief on Thursday, as Jewish students celebrated their stellar A-Level results.

JFS in Kenton, north west London, reported an “outstanding” year, with a record number of A*s and As achieved. Almost 50 per cent of all results were either A* or A, while 70 students out of 258 got at least an A in all three A-Levels.


Summer camp director charged with possession of indecent images of children

By Sandy Rashty, August 12, 2015

Police have charged a man in connection to the closure of the LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Ben Lewis, who is Jewish, was due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court this morning.

The 25-year-old, from Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, has been charged with three offences in connection with indecent images of children.


Children teach parents better eating habits, says celebrity chef

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

The tables have turned.

Children are now scolding their parents about healthy eating as a result of better food education in schools, according to a study by celebrity chef Annabel Karmel.

And Ms Karmel, a member of West London Synagogue, believes that keeping kosher is no excuse for stocking up on stodgy goods.


School involved in Chasidic sect’s ban on women drivers is rejected for state aid

By Charlotte Oliver, August 10, 2015

A Chasidic school in north London which earlier this year threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drive has had an application to become state-aided rejected.

Beis Malka girls’ school, one of two schools runs by the Belz Chasidic sect in Stamford Hill, learned this week that Hackney Council had decided against granting it the status of a voluntary-aided, maintained school.


Summer camp closed after man arrested over indecent images of children

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2015

Police have confirmed that LL Camps in Hertfordshire was shut down after a man was arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children.

The privately-run children’s summer camp, which is popular with Jewish families, was shut down on Thursday without notice.


Ofsted closes summer camp used by hundreds of Jewish families

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2015

A children’s summer camp popular with Jewish families has unexpectedly closed leaving hundreds of parents without child care.

The LL Camps, in Bushey, in Hertfordshire, was shut down on Thursday with no advance notice.

Ben Lewis, a camp director, would not comment on rumours that a child had got out of the camp unsupervised or suggestions that the police and Ofsted may be involved.


NUT pulls 'one-sided' school books on Palestinians

By Charlotte Oliver, August 4, 2015

The National Union of Teachers has “temporarily” pulled a new educational resource which aimed to “illustrate the daily struggles experienced by Palestinian children”, following public outcry that it was one-sided and unbalanced.