Bury school plan stalled

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 27, 2008

Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary governors have withdrawn a controversial application to rebuild the school on green belt land.

The intended Whitefield site is considerably closer to the Jewish population than the current building in Unsworth and the governors believe it would attract more pupils. However, the proposal prompted hundreds of written protests from local residents. Bury Council's planning committee had been due to make a final decision this week.


Private coach for pupils as gangs attack school buses

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

Parents of pupils at Britain's biggest Jewish school are to pay for private buses following a series of incidents on public transport.

In one attack last week, a gang threatened to stab a JFS pupil travelling home to Golders Green, North West London.

The attack, which included the boy's friends being called "Jewish pigs" and "scum", follows the throwing of stones at bus windows and antisemitic taunts shouted at youngsters.


School made to change entry rules

By Leon Symons, November 6, 2008

A state-aided Jewish secondary school has been ordered to change its admissions criteria to make clear it will admit non-Jewish children if it cannot fill all its places with Jewish pupils.


Special needs support

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

Parents struggling to place special needs children in appropriate education will soon be able to access a free national Jewish consultancy service.

The facility is being provided by Cheshire-based Jewish special needs school Delamere Forest, which says it will offer advice regardless of where callers live and which school their child attends.


JCoSS gets the crowds

November 6, 2008

Over 600 parents and prospective pupils attended the first promotional days for the cross-commual JCoSS secondary school due to open in 2010.

The majority attended on Sunday, when there were queues outside the site of the future JCoSS buildings in Barnet. They were able to take a virtual tour created from architects' drawings and hear governors' chair Robert Shrager outline the school's aims.


Teacher angry over High Holy-Day leave

By Leon Symons, October 3, 2008

A teacher has criticised a council's policy over absence for religious festivals after she was granted - and then refused - paid leave for the High Holy-Days .

History and religious-studies teacher Lucy Nuttgens, 48, applied in July for time off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and was told by Aireville School in Skipton, North Yorkshire, that she could have the days off and would be paid for them.

Ms Nuttgens is a member of the small Bradford Reform Synagogue and was helping to run services on the New Year.


Sacks opens Finchley Primary

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

The Orthodox community's newest school opened its doors to pupils in Finchley this week.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks joined the Morasha Jewish Primary's first eight reception-class pupils in a singalong before performing the official opening.

The fee-paying school - set up by Finchley Synagogue members - will accept a further seven pupils during its first year. Up to 25 additional pupils will enrol for the 2009/10 acdemic year.


‘Nazi-joke’ officer suspended

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2008

A community policeman has been suspended after allegedly impersonating Hitler and goose-stepping around a police station.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Ryan is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after colleagues claimed they saw him making Nazi salutes at his team's base in Swiss Cottage, North-West London.

The incident took place on July 24 and Ryan was suspended on August 5 after being reported to senior officers.


Holocaust education ‘may affect boys less than girls’

By Dana Gloger, September 4, 2008

Boys and girls appear to respond very differently to Holocaust education, according to academics who monitored children's attitudes to racism over a four-year period.

Lecturers from Strathclyde University and the University of the West of Scotland spoke to 155 secondary-school pupils in Scotland, comprising one group which had been taught about the Holocaust at primary school and another which had not previously learnt about it.

All had studied it in their Year Nine history lessons at secondary school.


Pupils ‘face bullying and prejudice’

September 2, 2008

Tales of bullying and discrimination suffered by Jewish pupils at secular schools were recounted in Central London on Tuesday at the summer meeting of the Association of Jewish Sixth-Formers.

One sixth-former said he had been accused of killing Christ. Others spoke of fellow pupils' misunderstandings about Israel and the pressures Jews faced to assimilate - for example, to go out with schoolfriends on Friday evenings, or to eat at McDonald's.