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


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.


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.


Famous freshers: where the stars went to university

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

With the new university year looming, a reminder that even those who walk the red carpet were students once.



Kate and Wills university expels student over Israel flag attack

August 25, 2011

A St Andrews University student was expelled this week after being convicted of a racially aggravated attack on a 21-year-old Jewish exchange student in the halls of residence in March this year.

His co-defendant, facing an identical charge, was acquitted after the case against him was found to be not proven, but he was nevertheless suspended from St Andrews for a year.


Racially abused Jewish student felt 'unsafe' at St Andrews

By Marcus Dysch, August 24, 2011

A Jewish student who was racially abused in his university bedroom has said he felt a sense of duty to defend himself and see his abuser brought to justice.

Chanan Reitblat said he realised the trial would become a landmark case for Israel-supporting students, and that despite the personal hurt and humiliation, he must give evidence.


St Andrews student expelled over anti-Jewish racial abuse

August 23, 2011

A St Andrews University student has been expelled after he was found guilty of racially abusing a Jewish post-graduate.

Drunken Paul Donnachie rubbed his genitals before wiping his hands on a flag of Israel pinned to Chanan Reitblat's wall.

The offence took place in the early hours of March 12 in a hall of residence in St Andrews.


UJS launch university advice hotline

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2011

School leavers waiting to find out their A Level results this week are being offered free advice from the Union of Jewish Students.

UJS has launched a "Uni hotline" service to help 18-year-old's resolve issues related to university life, from kosher food provision to insights into the Jewish community on specific campuses.


Future leaders get an interfaith grounding

By Jay Grenby, August 11, 2011

Immanuel College students were among the latest graduates of the Alan Senitt community leadership programme, which links year-10 pupils in mainstream and faith schools. Pupils from Hillingdon, Harrow and Watford were also honoured for their achievements in inter-community work.


Israel gap years may win students places

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

Youth movements this week welcomed the idea of participants on gap year schemes in Israel being able to use their time abroad to help them win a university place.

Under a scheme run by the Asdan awarding body, students on structured gap years can boost their Ucas points by 70 points – equivalent to an A grade at AS Level – by earning a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (Cope).

With a