Nepal trekker repaying debt to guide

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

When the first earthquake shook Nepal, Jonty Hikmet was on a trek in the Himalayan Tsum Valley."It was really scary," recalled the 25-year-old former JFS pupil, who had been travelling around the region, delivering key supplies and giving massages in local villages.


JFS head: 'We're not trying to put the shutters up'

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2015

It is fair to say that, as a headteacher, you can't be shy. With your name on the door and hundreds of students' futures on the line, you stand as "front of house" to a big operation. The school's successes are your successes and, likewise, its failures are your failures.


A new recipe for success at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, February 19, 2015

As the largest Jewish school in Europe, it can be difficult for JFS to cater for the wide-ranging interests of its student body.

But that is not for lack of trying. This year, the Kenton school launched its new BTEC qualification in hospitality - and six months in, 15 budding masterchefs are singing its praises.


JFS passes inspection

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

JFS, the country's largest Jewish school, has been praised for the quality of its Jewish education by Pikuach, the Board of Deputies-run inspection service.

A report published this week rates the school's Jewish studies as good overall, with a number of outstanding features. Inspectors found "a very positive and healthy climate for learning.


Michael Bublé helps former JFS student propose to his girlfriend

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2014
When former JFS student Anthony Goldman took his girlfriend Louisa Kremer to a Michael Bublé concert he planned more than a backstage meeting with the award-winning Canadian performer.

The nervous 25-year-old took the opportunity to interrupt Mr Bublé mid-song, got down on one knee and proposed to a shocked Ms Kremer.


Facebook gives head start to new JFS leaders

November 20, 2014

To say that elections for head boy and girl of JFS were hotly contested would be an understatement as no fewer than 34 students entered the ring this year.

After being grilled by a panel of students and teachers, the candidates were whittled down to eight boys and seven girls for a further week of canvassing.

The campaign went online with videos posted on Facebook before sixthformers, teach


Head says JFS will do better after critical Ofsted report

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2014

JFS head Jonathan Miller has said that the Ofsted report which raised concerns about safety and behaviour "is not an accurate reflection of the school we know".

But he has promised to address the issues raised by the inspection service.


Ofsted concern over behaviour at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, September 16, 2014

School inspectors have voiced serious concerns about behaviour and safety at JFS, Britain’s largest Jewish school.

JFs was downgraded from “outstanding” to a “school that requires improvement” following an unannounced Ofsted inspection.


Ofsted inspectors drop in on JFS campus without warning

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2014

The country's largest Jewish school was the subject of an unannounced inspection from Ofsted earlier this month, the JC has learned.

But neither JFS nor the inspection service would divulge the reason for the two-day visit.

Ofsted would say only that the inspection had been prompted by "concerns" it had received.


Big Brother watch: Will Davies now learn?

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

Sigh. Big Brother is back and it is more mind-numbing than ever.

Sixteen fame-hungry contestants are vying for the show's prize money and the possibility of a subsequent media career.

But no housemate's entrance has been more embarrassing than that of former JFS student Matthew Davies.