'Green' school attracts interest

March 1, 2012

Plans for the Rimon Jewish Primary School set to open in Golders Green in September were outlined to two dozen parents of prospective pupils at drop-in meetings last week.

Governors' chair Rachel Clark said some of those present were among the 150-plus on the school's mailing list.


Head quits JCoSS for Aussie job

March 1, 2012

Barnet cross-communal secondary school JCoSS is endeavouring to have a new headteacher in place for the September academic year following the resignation of Jeremy Stowe-Lindner.

Mr Stowe-Lindner - who was instrumental in the successful launch of JCoSS in 2010 and its subsequent development - will leave in the summer to become principal of Melbourne's Bialik College, another cross-communal scho


Mother's torment over school transport

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

A mother of two girls at Hertsmere Jewish Primary has been advised by Hertfordshire County Council to consider moving them to a non-Jewish school after the council's free transport scheme is scrapped at the end of the academic year.

Last autumn, the council announced plans to cut free or concessionary transport to Jewish and other faith schools.


First day in £5m home

March 1, 2012

Pupils of Beit Shvidler Primary School (formerly Edgware Jewish Primary) saw their modern premises for the first time on Monday following a £5 million rebuilding project.

The renaming is in recognition of the generosity of Eugene Shvidler, a Russian oil billionaire who is a close associate of Roman Abramovich.

Governors' chair Eddy Breuer-Weil observed that "Beit Shvidler is a part of the J


School supporters pack meeting but fail to sway council

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

A well-supported proposal to develop a former football ground into a Jewish school and wider facilities has been passed over by Barnet Council.

Hundreds of Jewish pupils and their parents attended the council's cabinet resources committee meeting on Tuesday night in the hope of swaying councillors.

But the committee voted to sell the four-acre site in Claremont Road, Cricklewood, to housing


KD nursery loses full-time funding in council cutback

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2012

Nursery pupils at Manchester King David are to have funded childcare time reduced as a result of city council budget cuts.

The 50 children at the state nursery have had full-day places funded. But with supported provision reduced from 25 to 15 hours a week, working parents will get only the half-day funded.


Minister's Yavneh tour

February 23, 2012

Schools Minister Nick Gibb toured Yavneh College in Borehamwood, taking in a range of lessons and conducting a question-and-answer session with sixth-formers.

Mr Gibb - who was accompanied by local Tory MP James Clappison - praised Yaveneh's high academic standards and its extensive programme of more than 90 extracurricular activities. "I think it's a great school," he said.


SOS sent out for leaders

February 23, 2012

Liberal Judaism's LJY-Netzer youth movement is launching an internship-based leadership development programme as an alternative to leading a camp.

Its Summer Options Scheme (SOS) has a UK section based at JHub - which gives office space to faith-based enterprise and social action projects - and an expenses-paid Israeli option.


Finding their way to golden future

February 23, 2012

More than 50 young people spent their half-term trekking in the Brecon Beacons as part of the JLGB's expanded kosher expedition provision for the Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

Participants came from the London area, Manchester and Cardiff. Among them was Helena Raymond-Hayling from Borehamwood, who found "the whole experience great.


Report hails religious education

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Jewish education is good or outstanding at nearly 80 per cent of the Jewish schools inspected over the past four years, a new report from the Pikuach inspection service reveals.

However, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has warned that Ivrit teaching needs to improve and that too many pupils are bored or uninspired by prayer services.

Pikuach - which is supported by the Board of Deputies and the UJIA