King David head quits in first year

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2011

Manchester's King David Primary School is losing its new headteacher after less than a year for "personal reasons".

Myra Macklin took up the post in September, having previously previously headed Ightenhill Primary in Burnley. During her short time at King David, the school - with its 420 pupils plus two nursery intakes - has maintained its status as the best performing primary in its area.


Campus notebook: Vote for your representatives

May 19, 2011

● Elections for the new Northern Region Jewish Students' committee are due to close this weekend. Students can vote at The site contains details of all the candidates running for positions, which include president, treasurer, secretary, PR officer and Scotland representative.


How our JSocs pave the way for the Big Society

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Students tend to make their presence known. Bar-crawls in matching T-shirts, traffic jams on the first day of term, and shops filled with groups searching for fancy dress are common sights on campuses.

But for many Jewish students, playing a role in the local community where they study is a top priority.


One Voice speaks clearly on a peaceful solution

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

A Palestinian and an Israeli from peace group One Voice discussed the finer points of the conflict and a two-state solution with British high school students during a five-day visit.


We're the school of rock

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Three soon-to-be barmitzvah boys from Hertfordshire hope to see the song they wrote for a battle of the bands contest reworked by a member of indie music legends The Smiths.

Aldenham School pupils Jake Adams, Louis Slater and Niall Logue are The Undecided, who made it through to the area finals of national music contest Live and Unsigned.


Education minister takes back lessons from London

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

Israel's Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar concluded a short trip to the UK on an optimistic note after visiting JCoSS in East Barnet and the Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon.

He said he was surprised to learn that as many as two thirds of UK Jewish children now attended a Jewish day school.


Mill Hill school wins its initial site battle

By Jay Grenby, May 19, 2011

The projected Etz Chaim free school in Mill Hill has passed its first planning hurdle by gaining Barnet Council consent for the temporary occupation of premises in Daws Lane for a nursery class for 26 children and a reception class for 28.


Council threat to Hackney schools

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

Two strictly Orthodox schools are facing action from Hackney Council, which says they are operating without the necessary planning permission.

The council is planning to prosecute Torah V'Yirah, a primary school for nearly 300 boys run by the Satmar Chasidic sect which opened two years ago.


Ilford primary reveals £10m move

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

Ilford Jewish Primary School has announced that its 370 pupils will move to the the nearby King Solomon High site in Barkingside as part of a £10 million project with its current premises being used for a Hindu school.

In August, Redbridge Council invited proposals for a new school on the IJPS site.


West Bank tours plan

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

Yachad, the new alternative advocacy group, is planning educational tours for youth group leaders to East Jerusalem and the West Bank as part of its programme to promote a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The group says that "time is running out" for a two-state solution, which is "threatened" by terrorist violence and "undermined" by the building of Jewish settlements.