Mill Hill school opponents take action against council

By Jay Grenby, October 19, 2011

Opponents of the location of the Etz Chaim free school in Mill Hill have issued judicial proceedings against Barnet Council.

The protesters claim the council ignored the needs of the elderly and disabled when granting planning permission for the conversion of a former garden centre into the school's permanent premises.

Local Jewish disabled resident and campaign group leader Daniel Coleman d


Primary pleases Ofsted

October 11, 2011

Ilford Jewish Primary has been rated as educationally good by Ofsted, an improvement on its previous inspection report in 2009.

Inspectors noted that IJPS - where around two-thirds of the 307 pupils are from Jewish families - was a "good school whose strong partnerships with parents and carers and the community contribute to its warm and positive family ethos".


Third free school

October 11, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has approved the third Jewish free school in the London area.

Subject to the signing of a funding agreement, the Golders Green Jewish Primary will accept its first 28 pupils in September 2012.

Presided over by Golders Green Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski, the school's ethos will be "a local primary for an international city.


Mill Hill school setback after Barnet boobs on planning

By Jay Grenby, October 11, 2011

Work on the permanent site for the Jewish free school in Mill Hill has been halted after Barnet Council acknowledged omissions in its consideration of the planning application.

The council had faced a legal challenge from opponents of the Etz Chaim Primary's location on the site of a former garden centre in Daws Lane.


Students give fashionable thanks

October 6, 2011

Two graduates from fashion design programmes at Ort schools brought their new collections to an Ort fashion event at the Reform Club in London.

The 130 guests viewed Daria Dementova's "Learning to Fly" collection from Moscow.


LSJS honours loyal backers

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

Nearly a decade ago, one of British Jewry's oldest educational institutions appeared to be on its last legs.

The London School of Jewish Studies, founded as Jews' College in 1855 to produce ministers for central Orthodox synagogues, was fast running out of money.

But it has not only managed to reinvent itself as a thriving adult education centre.


'Open-minded' school planners test demand

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

A group of parents is exploring the possibility of setting up an "open-minded traditional" Jewish free school in north London.

They have launched a survey to gauge interest in the idea of opening the school somewhere in Finchley, Whetstone or Woodside Park.

Matt Plen, director of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, is one of the parents.


Glimpse into a positive Redbridge future

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

Redbridge parents enjoyed a glimpse of the future as plans for the new Ilford Jewish Primary School were displayed at Monday's launch of the biggest Jewish capital project in the area.

The primary will be re-sited on the grounds of King Solomon High School, creating a campus for more than 1,400 children aged two to 19.


Schools with no library for people of the book?

By Keren David, October 6, 2011

Mazaltov to King David High School in Liverpool as it settles into its new £25m building. Last week in the JC, the head and governors were showing off glossy classrooms, dazzling whiteboards and many, many computer screens.

However one sentence made me choke on my breakfast and - assuming my family were to move to Liverpool – vow that no child of mine would ever attend King David.


Growth spurt at cheder lifts Reform shul

By Jay Grenby, September 27, 2011

A flurry of new pupils has continued the rise of the Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue religion school.

"Five years ago, it was decreasing in size, with only 70 children attending," a shul spokesman recalled. "There were even discussions about winding it up.