DfE ponders future of Belz Hackney schools

By Charlotte Oliver, October 8, 2015

The Department for Education is considering the future of two Chasidic schools in Hackney following emergency Ofsted inspections it requested.

Beis Malka and Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass were at the centre of controversy in the spring after leaders of the Belz sect threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drove them to school as it breached traditions of modesty.

The DfE said this week: "We a


Ofsted blast for 'driving ban school'

By Simon Rocker, October 1, 2015

A Chasidic school that was at the centre of the driving ban controversy earlier this year has been criticised by inspectors for not teaching children about sexual orientation.

Ofsted said the leaders of the Beis Malka Girls' School in Hackney, north London, considered that their faith took precedence over the standards required of independent schools.


'Outstanding' result for Liberal Jewish Synagogue Nursery

By JC Reporter, October 1, 2015

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue Nursery School has been upgraded from "good" to "outstanding" in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors, who dropped in unannounced on the nursery - which is situated inside the liberal synagogue in St John's Wood - in July, marked it as "outstanding" in all areas.


Three more schools rapped

By Charlotte Oliver, September 17, 2015

Another three Jewish schools have been downgraded to "inadequate" in their latest Ofsted inspections.

The strictly Orthodox Menorah Grammar School in Edgware, the Chasidic Talmud Torah Bobov Primary School in Stamford Hill and the Chasidic Beis Rochel D'Satmar Girls' school in Hackney all scored four, the lowest grade, after their summer inspections.


Simon Marks Primary will 'refresh' leadership

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School has said it plans to unveil a "refreshed senior leadership team" following its Ofsted downgrading.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis announced that the school was "implementing a raft of reforms in the coming months, which we believe will raise quality across the board".


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.


Another primary school downgraded by Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The headteacher and chairman of governors of Clore Shalom primary in Shenley, Hertfordshire, have said they were disappointed after inspectors downgraded it from a good school to one which "requires improvement".

It is the second time within a week that a state-aided Jewish primary has received a critical report following the demotion of Rosh Pinah in Edgware to inadequate.

In a letter to Cl


Poor Ofsted result due to academic decline, not 'tumultuous past'

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

Rosh Pinah's "inadequate" Ofsted result came as "no surprise" given the decline in pupils' achievement data since its previous inspection in 2009, but it is not reflective of the school's current circumstance, according to its chairman of governors.


Snap Ofsted visit to 'good' girls' school

By Simon Rocker, October 2, 2014

A second state-aided Jewish school within a month has lost its "outstanding" ranking after an unannounced visit from Ofsted inspectors.

Yesodey Hatorah, a Chasidic school in Hackney, north London, which teaches 331 girls aged from 11-16, has been reclassified as "good" - the second highest of four inspection grades.


Inspection postponed

October 2, 2014

An Ofsted inspector turned up unannounced at a Jewish primary school in London last week - on the afternoon of the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

The independent Nancy Reuben Primary School, a Sephardi school in Hendon, was the latest school to receive a snap visit from the education watchdog.