Education

JFS pupils make the grade with record A-level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

JFS has reported its best-ever A-level results with 78 of its 226 pupils achieving three or more A grades.

“Results of this calibre owe much to excellent and highly focused teaching, our outstanding home–school relationships and the caring guidance and support every student receives,” JFS head Jonathan Miller said.

Emily Goldblatt achieved five A grades and six others got four — Joshua Bellman, Abie Cohen, Greg Garfield, Mark Graham, Coren Lass and Shelley de Jong.

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Teacher is reinstated

August 27, 2009

The deputy head of Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Stoke Newington has been reinstated following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Parents were told last month that Norma Blair had been suspended. Now governors’ chair Peter Kessler has confirmed that Mrs Blair will be back in her deputy’s role for the new academic term. “We are delighted that the children in Mrs Blair’s class will be once again receiving the top quality education that she provides,” he said.

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Rebuilding plan for Golders Green school

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

An Orthodox school in Golders Green school is to be rebuilt to increase its capacity.

The privately run Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomo in Elmcroft Crescent currently educates 148 boys aged between three and seven but is struggling to accommodate them in its run-down prefabricated buildings.

New classrooms will enable it to cater for 210 pupils. They will be built around an open courtyard with a second courtyard serving as a playground.

Rooftop play areas will also be created, with fencing and vegetation around the premises.

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The A-Level figures for the UK's top Jewish schools

August 20, 2009

The A-Level results for the UK's major Jewish schools

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Hebrew school opens - but it is not Jewish

By Paul Berger, August 20, 2009

After a bumpy start and a last-minute scramble to find a home, New York’s first state-funded primary school to specialise in the teaching of Hebrew will open its doors on Monday.

The Hebrew Language Academy is open to Jews and non-Jews alike. Because it is publicly funded and America has a strict separation between church and state, the school had to be vetted by New York State’s board of education to ensure there would be no religious instruction.

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School expansion cash

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 13, 2009

A £500,000 grant will facilitate the completion of a major building project at Broughton Jewish Primary to add a new floor and hall to the premises.

The Salford school, which has a growing pupil population, received another local authority grant last September to begin a two-phase expansion with ground floor classrooms and a refurbished entrance area. Now a second floor of classrooms will be added over its single-storey entrance building. A small hall will also be a much needed addition, according to governor Leonard Seitler.

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Manchester school wins government accolade

July 23, 2009

Manchester Mesivta has been recognised by the government as a specialist college in mathematics and computing.

Delighted headmaster Phaivish Pink said its elevated status reflected “the outstanding teaching and results of the mathematics and computer departments”.

It obligated the voluntary-aided school — established in 2004 as a successor to Manchester Jewish Grammar — to share its good practice with other schools and to assist community groups.

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TV-ban school challenged by local council

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2009

Bury Council has challenged the admissions policy of a state-aided strictly Orthodox primary school which stipulates that parents should not have TV sets at home.

The council declined to go into details about its objection to the entry criteria of Yesoiday Hatorah (formerly Prestwich Jewish Day School).

But a spokesman for the Lancashire authority said: “During the consultation on admission arrangements for 2010, we highlighted our objections regarding the draft policies of Yesoiday Hatorah Primary School. However, the determined policies were not altered.

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The deep wrongs that lie at heart of JFS case

By Jonathan Wittenberg, July 16, 2009

There is something wrong with the state of Judaism in this country.
The world exists because of the breath of children studying Torah, proclaims the Talmud. How, then, have we turned education into an instrument of exclusion? No one should have to go to law to seek the right to gain a Jewish education for a Jewish child at a state-funded Jewish school.

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Swine flu suspected at Jewish schools

By Jessica Elgot, July 3, 2009

Two London Jewish schools have suspected cases of swine flu.

A boy at JFS whose sister was diagnosed with the virus last week is being tested for the virus but the results of the test have not been disclosed.

Kerem House Nursery in Hampstead Garden Suburb has also had a swine flu scare when a number of staff members were taken ill and the school has been closed since Monday until reopening yesterday.

JFS said the school "is taking and following the regular advice from both the local authority and the area health authority".

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