Learning from Shoah

January 19, 2012

London's Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes joined Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper at a special assembly at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School in Tower Hamlets in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls next Friday.

The assembly was led by sixth-formers Zeinab Jobber and Shannon Lashmar, who visited Auschwitz in October through the Holocaust Educational Trust's "Lessons from Auschwitz"


Finchley free school planning on 2013 opening

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

Supporters of a new cross-communal Jewish primary in Finchley intend to apply to the Department for Education next month to open it as a free school in 2013.

"We look like we're making good progress," reported Matt Plen, director of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues and one of the steering group of parents.


If you build schools, will they come?

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

In the playground of Ilford Jewish Primary School, Chinese pupils race with boys in kippot. At King David in Birmingham, the Ivrit prize in assembly could go to Shimon or Shabina.

For the schools which must accept non-Jewish pupils, the atmosphere is harmonious, albeit after considerable challenges. But it is a challenge which north-west London schools could yet face.


Clore Shalom appoints head

By Jay Grenby, January 12, 2012

Sheree Oxenham is furthering a family tradition with her appointment as head of the pluralist Clore Shalom Jewish Primary in Shenley.

Currently deputy head of the Akiva School in Finchley, she is the sister-in-law of Lenna Rosenberg, head of Clore Tikva Primary in Barkingside.


JCoSS alters entry policy following oversubscription

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

The Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) in Barnet is changing its admission rules to give applicants from outside the borough a better chance of a place.

Explaining the change, due to come into effect for 2013, JCoSS head Jeremy Stowe-Lindner said: "The rationale is that we are increasingly very heavily oversubscribed.


Golders Green free school is set for synagogue site

December 29, 2011

The steering committee for the Golders Green Jewish Primary School is in advanced negotiations with the United Synagogue to use land at the back of Golders Green Synagogue for its premises.

GGJPS, one of the government's free schools, will open its reception class in September.


Special school appoints

December 29, 2011

Gerald Lebrett starts next week as head of Stamford Hill integrated nursery and special needs school, Side by Side.

He has been head of learning support at Norwood since 2004 and his educational career has also taken in Kisharon and the Menorah Primary.

Side by Side chairman Yossel Margulies said the appointment "marks a new and exciting era for Side by Side.


Schools taking a disciplined stance

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Secondary schools are finding varying methods of maintaining discipline in the classroom and playground.

The Hasmonean schools in north-west London operate a zero-tolerance policy towards violent behaviour, with immediate exclusion, even in instances of "play fighting". Boys' school head Andrew McClusky said the threat of suspension had proved an important deterrent.


Debate over teaching the Holocaust in UK schools

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

One of the leading figures in Holocaust education has challenged a former education minister after he called for an end to teaching about the Nazis in British classrooms.

Lord Baker of Dorking, who developed the National Curriculum during his three-year stint as Margaret Thatcher's education secretary, told the Telegraph that the study of Nazism should be banned from the curriculum.


Setback for Yavneh primary

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2011

Yavneh College's plans to open a primary section in September have received a setback after Hertfordshire Council said that it could not provide funding this year.

The proposed two-form entry school has been seen as vital to meet the demand for Jewish primary school places in outer north-west London.