​JFS switch fast track

July 21, 2016

JFS is to drop its accelerated academic programme for first-year students from September.

Until now, they were taught in tutor groups for all subjects, except Jewish studies, Hebrew and PE for which they were divided into sets.


JFS to allow packed lunches

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2016

JFS, Europe's largest Jewish school, has agreed a "major change" in its eating arrangements by allowing children to bring packed lunches from the start of the new term in September.

Debby Lipkin, executive head, and Simon Appleman, acting head - who have taken charge following the resignation of headteacher Jonathan Miller last month - notified parents of the new policy last week.


Over 900 sign petition to save jobs of four JFS staff

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

The jobs of four “likeable” JFS staff members are in jeopardy after the resignation of the school’s former headteacher Jonathan Miller was announced this week.

An online petition, which was launched by a JFS student on Thursday, has claimed that the school’s four community officers were asked to leave after Mr Miller quit.


Pressure was on after critical Ofsted report

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The Ofsted squad which turned up at the JFS campus in Kenton, north-west London one morning in July 2014 took the school by surprise. Ranked as an outstanding school and enjoying an excellent academic reputation, JFS had not expected to be the subject of an unannounced inspection.


'Detentions given for no reason' under strict regime

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2016

Parents and pupils voiced their dissatisfaction with the leadership of Jonathan Miller as news of his resignation as JFS head teacher was announced this week.

Some parents said they had been worried that a number of staff had left to be replaced by a "string of supply teachers brought in to fill the gaps."


Hunt is on for new leaders as JFS head quits

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The resignation of Jonathan Miller as headteacher of JFS, the country's largest Jewish school, has ended weeks of uncertainty after his unexplained absence since the start of term.

Mr Miller, who has led the London secondary school since 2008, wanted to "explore other professional opportunities", parents were told this week in a letter from the chairman of governors Steven Woolf.


Listen to parents

By Leader, May 26, 2016

Every year parents scramble to get their children into JFS, one of the biggest Jewish schools in Europe and an institution which is over 250 years old.


JFS headteacher resigns after leave of absence

By Rosa Doherty, May 24, 2016

Jonathan Miller has resigned as headteacher of JFS, it has been announced.

In an email to parents today, chair of governors Steven Woolf said: “I regret to inform you that the school has accepted Mr Miller’s resignation which will take effect at the end of the school year and his leave of absence will continue until that time.”


JFS consultant headteacher addresses parents' concerns

By Simon Rocker, May 4, 2016

The consultant headteacher drafted in to help manage JFS has written to ease parental concerns over the unexplained absence of head teacher Jonathan Miller.

Debby Lipkin assured parents at the start of the new term today of the “profound and personal commitment” to the school of its current leadership team.


Questions over future of JFS's leadership

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

Parents of JFS pupils have inevitably been left guessing by this week's announcement of head teacher Jonathan Miller's leave of absence.

Governors have not revealed the reasons behind it nor given any hint of when or whether they expect him to return.

But the decision to use an outside consultant, Debby Lipkin, to help manage the school in the interim is unusual in one sense.