Education

Manchester schools star in league tables

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 2, 2009

Manchester’s three largest Jewish primaries are among the country’s top performing schools, according to the latest league tables based largely on year-six SATs exams.

At North Cheshire Jewish Primary, ranked 14th out of 14,000 schools, headteacher Jackie Savage said the close-knit Manchester community was key to local schools’ achievements as it brought a high level of educational co-operation.

There has been enormous improvement in the performance of junior pupils at Manchester King David Junior pupils, ranked 34th.

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King Solomon faces shortfall in pupils

By Leon Symons, March 26, 2009

King Solomon High School in Redbridge has not filled its 150 places after the first round of admissions.

But chair of governors Diana Lazarus remains confident that all places will be taken by the time the school year starts in September.

“We are suffering but we are bearing the repercussions of the opening of Yavneh [in Borehamwood] because pupils who would have come to us from north-west London are now going to their local school.”

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Governors resign in school dispute

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2009

The chairman and four other governors of Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary in Edgware have resigned in a dispute with the school’s foundation body.

Roy Freedman, chairman of the 420-pupil school for the past three years, quit after a governors’ meeting on Tuesday, along with joint vice-chairman Melanie Laban and Howard Berg, Philip Ellis and Adrian Dayne.

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King David criticised by Ombudsman

By Cathy Forman, March 19, 2009

Liverpool’s King David Primary has been criticised by a Local Government Ombudsman for inadequately responding to a critical report on an admissions appeal complaint.

The Ombudsman, Anne Seex, reported in January 2008 that one of the school’s admission criteria was not “objective and clear”. It could not fully explain how it selected the 21 applicants from the 54 who applied under the same category as the complainant. The non-Jewish parent had not been given the reasons for his daughter being refused a King David place in 2006, so was unable to prepare for a second appeal.

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Perl: leaders are failing pupils

March 19, 2009

Educational philanthropist Benjamin Perl has accused the communal leadership of failing the needs of thousands of Jewish children.

Addressing a fundraiser for the Morasha Primary School in Finchley on Wednesday, Mr Perl urged anyone doubting the demand for more Jewish schools to consider the situation in Hertfordshire.

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US cuts back on education

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2009

Jewish schools should take over teacher training and curriculum development from the United Synagogue, the US believes.

The US wants to “shift responsibi-lity to where it belongs”, its president, Simon Hochhauser, told a meeting of its council in Hendon on Monday.

Until now, the US’s Agency for Jewish Education has overseen teacher training and the production of Jewish studies material.

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Racist incidents to be logged by schools

By Leon Symons, March 19, 2009

Schools are to be consulted by the Government later this year about recording antisemitic and other racist incidents.

Schools Minister Sarah McCarthy-Fry said in a reply to a parliamentary question on the intimidation of Jewish children in schools that such a requirement may be brought in as part of a new legal duty for schools to record every incident of bullying. An informal consultation is due to start in May, with the new anti-bullying measures to be introduced by the end of this year.

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Golders Green school faces closure threat

By James Martin, March 12, 2009

A strictly Orthodox school which has operated from a house in Golders Green Road for five years without planning permission is under threat of closure.

Beis Medrash Elyon has had a retrospective planning application deferred until April by Barnet Council to allow more time for consideration of its claim of special grounds for being granted school status.

Speaking after last week’s planning sub-committee meeting, a council spokesman explained that should consent be refused, the school could appeal to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

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Seven Jewish Children fails to make the grade in girls’ school

By Leon Symons, March 12, 2009

Parents have stopped a north London school from producing two performances of the controversial play Seven Jewish Children.

The play, written by Caryl Churchill and billed as a history of Israel in 10 minutes, was due to be performed on Wednesday and Thursday this week at Palmers Green High School.

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Yavneh pupils enjoy Olympic games

By James Martin, March 5, 2009

Four-hundred Yavneh College pupils were put through their paces by British Olympic triple jumper Larry Achike on Tuesday.

Achike visited the Borehamwood secondary to conduct a fitness circuit on behalf of Team Superschools, with participants raising £5,000 through sponsorship towards a trampoline and a support scheme for promising young athletes.

After completing a demanding series of exercises, pupils took advantage of the opportunity to quiz Achike about his career in international athletics, training methods and diet.

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