Rising rolls

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

More than half of Jewish primary age children in London outside the Charedi sector are attending a Jewish primary school, according to a new report.

Enrolment at the capital's Jewish primaries has increased from 50 per cent of (non-Charedi) primary-age children to 60 per cent in just four years.

As previously reported in the JC, 140 additional places became available in primaries serving the


Popular Eden draws pupils from all sides

September 8, 2011

Eden Jewish Primary in Haringey welcomed children from its 30-strong reception class on Wednesday, as governors' chair Peter Kessler reported that the places could have been filled more than twice over.

Jewish pupils for the first intake of the cross-communal free school have been drawn equally from the Orthodox, Reform and Masorti folds.


A yeshivah launching - in Kent?

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

Princess Diana went to boarding school there and it boasts one of the oldest cricket grounds in the land.

But could Sevenoaks in Kent be about to have a new claim to fame: as the south-east's answer to Gateshead?

A new yeshivah for boys of 16 and 17 has opened about three miles from the centre of town.


Top show for nervous Natasha

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

Although Natasha Daniels was too nervous to open the envelope containing her GCSE results, she need not have worried.

The 16-year-old was quickly assured by King Solomon High School headteacher Spencer Lewis that she had achieved A* grades in all 11 of her subjects.

"I was shaking and I didn't believe him at first," said Natasha, who lives in Gants Hill.

"I just had this feeling of elatio


Isabel's wait is worthwhile

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

For Isabel Kempner, the most worrying part of results day was getting a working internet connection to discover her grades.

The Roundhay resident and Leeds Grammar pupil was on a caravanning holiday with her family in the south of France last Thursday when she found out she had achieved nine A*s and an A.

"I needed to log-in to my school's website and the internet wouldn't work, which was a


GCSE stars shine positive light on schools

September 1, 2011

There were more success stories from Jewish schools as the GCSE results were announced.

In Borehamwood, 87 per cent of Yavneh College's first group of GCSE candidates achieved five or more A*-C grades. Half of all exam grades were A* and A.

Elkie Ben Hur topped the pile with 10 A* grades and one A.


Elkie's big on Manhattan

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

Elkie Ben Hur put her paintbrush down for the summer when she handed in her art GCSE project, but is looking forward to picking it up again when she takes on art A-level.

A pupil at Yavneh College, the Edgware teen impressed the examiners with her distinctive art GCSE, for which she painted a Manhattan skyline on the theme of "similarities and differences".


Joshua is strictly legal

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

Immanuel College pupil Joshua Cainer is well on track to studying law at university after achieving nine A* grades and two As in his GCSEs. The Elstree teenager was particularly pleased with his top marks for history and music, subjects he respectively hopes to continue at A-level and as a hobby.


Dunner is off to LA for high school job

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

Saatchi Synagogue founding rabbi Pini Dunner is leaving the UK for a new educational career in the United States.

He has been appointed as the mashgiach ruchani - spiritual supervisor - for the Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Los Angeles.

His brief will be to communicate "the warmth and spirituality of Judaism", which, he said, could be done in many ways.


Teacher with porn career can go back to school

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A teacher who led a double life as a stripper will not be struck off the teaching register.

Benedict Garrett, 31, lost his job as a sex education teacher at Beal High School in Ilford, Essex after pupils found out online about his alter-ego Johnny Anglais, whose work included regular appearances as a naked butler at hen parties and roles in a porn film.