Education

Edgware seeks state aid for school project

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

Edgware Jewish Primary is ready to start building a single-form entry school and hopes to become state funded when it opens in 2011.

EJPS has been operating as an independent school since 2006, growing from an opening intake of 39 pupils to more than 130 children.

In October 2008, it was granted planning permission for a larger site in Hale Lane.

This will be equipped with high-tech IT facilities, library, gym, playground and full disabled access. It will make more places available in years two to four and at full capacity, EJPS will accommodate 240 children from the age of three.

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Yavneh sets 2011 target for new primary

By Jay Grenby, July 15, 2010

A two-form entry primary section for Yavneh College in Borehamwood could accept pupils as early as September 2011, parents were told this week.

The move, intended to alleviate the severe shortage of Jewish primary school places in the Hertsmere area, was announced at a public meeting on Monday at Yavneh.

However, parents were cautioned that many obstacles had to be cleared before before building could start at the site, with the securing of planning permission high among them.

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Jewish studies compulsory for Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, July 8, 2010

Jewish Studies is to become compulsory in Israel's high schools from this September.

Currently, Israeli pupils learn Bible for two hours a week, but schools are not obliged to teach anything about post-biblical Judaism.

Religious schools choose to set aside time for Jewish Studies, but in non-Orthodox schools it is taught according to head-teachers' discretion and is often discarded.

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Jewish schools will be undersubscribed

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2010

Jewish education has undergone a dramatic shift in London, with a surplus rather than a shortage of places for Jewish pupils at secondary level this year.

Both Yavneh College in Hertfordshire and JFS in north London were still making offers for a handful of remaining places this month, whereas at the same time last year they remained oversubscribed and facing a large number of appeals from disappointed parents.

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Immanuel College to open junior school

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2010

Immanuel College is to open a junior school at its Bushey campus in September 2011, in response to the growing demand for Jewish primary places in Hertfordshire.

The independent school will start with classes for reception and year one, with 20 places available in each. Initially at least, the junior section will be contained in existing premises.

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Jewish school's new £20m home

July 1, 2010

In a few months pupils at Manchester's King David High School and its primary school will begin moving in to a new campus in Crumpsall, north Manchester.

The £20 million campus, due for completion in July 2011, will house a 420-place primary school, a 60-place nursery, and the 800-place high school.

This week, pupils planted an English oak tree at the complex to mark the latest stages in the building.

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King David Liverpool faces legal battle on admission

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2010

An explosive legal battle is looming over Liverpool's King David High School after the mother of a Jewish girl denied a place saod she is in a position to fight for all children in her position.

Dawn Chapple, an accountant who left a high-paying job two years ago to focus on her daughter's dyslexia, confirmed this week that legal action would "definitely go ahead".

She said: "I've had a number of meetings with my solicitor and a barrister. It's all been very positive and in my favour.

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Israeli school drop-outs on the rise

By Nathan Jeffay, July 1, 2010

The number of Israeli youngsters dropping out of school increased by 36 per cent last year, according to new official figures.

The Central Bureau of Statistics, a governmental body, said that in the 2008-2009 academic year the number of drop-outs was 40,000, compared to 29,000 in the previous 12 months.

In recent years the Education Ministry enjoyed some success in reducing drop-out rates, but experts believe that in the long-term its efforts will be come to little as disillusionment with the education system grows.

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Israelis back Steiner schools

By Nathan Jeffay, July 1, 2010

Israelis are clamouring to send their children to schools and nurseries run according to the dictates of an Austrian philosopher who was obsessed with karma, reincarnation and the contribution of Jesus to humanity.

This year, three new high schools opened which run according to the principles of anthroposophy, the "spiritual philosophy" of Rudolf Steiner, who died in 1925. In total, Israel now has 50 nurseries, 14 primary schools and four high schools run according to these principles. Plans have just been drawn up for another primary school for Tel Aviv in September.

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Kingsbury school starts in synagogue

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2010

An Orthodox independent primary for girls unable to find Jewish school places elsewhere is to open in September at Kingsbury Synagogue.

The B'nos Primary School will start with two forms, nursery and reception, and already has 20 girls signed up.

Governors' chair Richard Harounoff said the school was needed as the Menorah Primary in Golders Green, Beis Yaakov in Colindale and Noam Primary in Wembley were oversubscribed. "This school has been created, not as competition, but simply because there are not enough places. It has good premises and well-regarded rabbis involved."

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