Optimism over Conservative faith school plan

May 21, 2010

The head of the Jewish Leadership Council's schools task force is hopeful that planned education reforms could help to relieve the pressure on places at Jewish schools.

One of the key pledges in the Conservative election manifesto was to make it easier for parents to open new schools with state funding.

This cannot come a moment too soon for parents in parts of Hertfordshire and north-west London, where there appears to be a growing shortage of Jewish primary school places.


JLC retracts new Jewish school in Borehamwood

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

An announcement of a new Jewish school opening in Borehamwood in September 2011 has been mysteriously retracted by the Jewish Leadership Council.

Parents in Borehamwood have been campaigning to establish another school because of the oversubscription of Hertsmere Jewish Primary.

An email was circulated on May 3 to those registered with the JLC's findajewishschool website on the subject: "Plans for a new school in Borehamwood for Sep 2011."

It said the JLC "hope to bring news, in the next week or so, of a plan to open a new school in the Borehamwood area for September 2011".


School may get 40% non-Jewish entry

By Simon Rocker, May 6, 2010

King Solomon High School in Essex is facing an increase in non-Jewish students this autumn in line with the predicted impact of more Jewish school places available elsewhere.

As many as 40 per cent of first year entrants to the state-aided comprehensive could be non-Jewish, according to rumours circulating at a Jewish education conference last week.

Spencer Lewis, King Solomon's head teacher, declined to release figures this week, but suggested that the composition of the intake would be exceptional this year.


UJIA hosts conference on education

By Simon Rocker, May 6, 2010

UJIA's first conference on research in Jewish education proved so popular that organisers had to find an alternative venue.

"I thought it would be a small seminar for 20 people," said UJIA research and evaluation director Helena Miller. "In the end, we had 100." The event was due to be held at UJIA's Kentish Town headquarters but had to be moved to Avenue House in East Finchley.

Believed to be the first conference devoted to the subject in the community, it drew educators from secular to strictly Orthodox.


Mill Hill Jewish primary school plan

By Robyn Rosen, May 6, 2010

Parents in Mill Hill are gauging interest for a new Jewish nursery and primary school.

Adam and Debbie Dawson, who have two children under the age of three, have organised a meeting this month.

A Facebook group, Interested in a new Jewish Primary School in Mill Hill, attracted over 200 members in just three days.

Mr Dawson, a 34-year-old barrister, said that local Jewish primary Mathilda Marks is heavily over-subscribed, as are Rosh Pinah in Edgware and Sinai in Kenton.


JCoss Jewish head to go on maternity leave after opening

May 6, 2010

The director of Jewish education for the new Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet will be away on maternity leave shortly after it opens in September.

Elaine Robinson - who was UJIA's head of Jewish social responsibility before joining JCoSS - is expecting her first child in October, but hopes to be working for the first few weeks of term.

She is in the process of finalising the school's Jewish curriculum arrangements.

A JCoSS spokesman said the school was "well into the process of arranging maternity cover".


King David High relaxes mobile phone ban

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2010

Manchester's King David High has relaxed a controversial ban on mobile phone use by pupils.

Since its introduction three weeks ago, infuriated parents of offenders have complained that the the six-week confiscation rule has jeopardised their children's safety by leaving them without a phone at evenings and weekends.

Confiscated phones have been returned and confiscation periods of one or a few days will again be the norm.


Tory candidate attacked over Jewish school claim

By Stephanie Brickman, April 29, 2010

The Tory Parliamentary candidate for East Renfrewshire has been criticised for accusing the local Labour-led council of a "poverty of ambition" for Scotland's sole Jewish school.

Richard Cook claimed the council was sacking a child development officer at the Calderwood Lodge Primary's nursery.


Orthodox delight as sex education plan binned

By Simon Rocker, April 15, 2010

A strictly Orthodox schools spokesman has welcomed the shelving of new proposals on sex education.

The government was forced to drop them because there was insufficient time to get the measures through Parliament before the general election.

Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, convener of the National Association of Orthodox Schools, said: "I'm delighted they have been thrown out. It would have been impossible for strictly Orthodox schools to have complied with them. It was a collision course and it would not have been responsible to go down such a route."


Jews welcome Tory pledge to set up new schools

By Robyn Rosen, April 15, 2010

The Tories' election manifesto pledge to give parents the right to set up schools has been welcomed by communal educators.

Educational philanthropist Benjamin Perl claimed this week that 10 new Jewish schools were needed in the Hertsmere area as parents spoke of their despair at failing to obtain places for their children. Some Borehamwood parents say the situation is forcing families to leave the area.