New school to transform special needs education

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2016

A new Jewish school is set to transform provision for children with special educational needs in north-west London.

The Gesher primary school will open in September 2017 on the campus of the Michael Sobell Sinai School in Kenton, specialising in support for children who are on the autism spectrum.


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.


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.


Tour challenges perceptions

February 19, 2015

For many teenagers, an Israel tour is an eagerly awaited rite of passage. Things are less straightforward for those with physical or learning difficulties but a Maccabi GB project enables them to enjoy the same experience.

The graduates of Maccabi's latest Challenge Tour attended a reunion in Kenton on Sunday, three months after their 12-day itinerary in Israel.


Mitzvah Day: Rantzen's tears as pupils back refugees

By Charlotte Oliver, November 25, 2013

Esther Rantzen was moved to tears as Michael Sobell Sinai School pupils presented a handmade mosaic plaque to Barnet Refugee Service.

The broadcaster and Childline founder heard the children recite poems and speeches they had composed for Mitzvah Day, before unveiling the metre-long plaque, which was inscribed: “Hope, love, safe and home.”


Record results from the JFS A level pass masters

By Zoe Winograd, August 26, 2013

Anxiety over her A-level results roused JFS pupil Sophie Learman from her sleep at 4.30 in the morning. By 10.30 she could breathe more easily as she discovered that she had achieved the results she required to study linguistics at Leeds.


Struggling Kenton makes minister part-time

By Jay Grenby, January 4, 2013

Dwindling membership has forced Kenton Synagogue to make its rabbinical couple part-time.


JFS pupils resit GCSEs

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

Six per cent of JFS GCSE students are to retake English exams in the wake of the controversy over marking.

Eighteen students out of the 300-strong year group will resit their English GCSE on November 7. Almost as many students (16) retook English exams in January.

More than 45,000 pupils nationwide are retaking GCSE English following the row over tougher grading.


JFS furore spurs training against homophobia

By Simon Rocker, July 26, 2012

The education director of an American organisation working for the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews held anti-homophobia training courses in the UK last week.