Lords will hear JFS case

By Simon Rocker, August 3, 2009

The House of Lords has agreed to hear an appeal from JFS against the Court of Appeal ruling that its admissions policy is unlawful.

When the case is heard, it will come before the new Supreme Court which is replacing the Lords.

Appeal judges ruled at the end of June that Jewish schools cannot admit children on the basis of parental Jewish descent since that contravened the Race Relations. As a result, Jewish schools are having to revise entry policies for next year by basing them on the family’s religious observance.


Astronaut's tales of space- and bagels

By James Martin, July 9, 2009

A Nasa astronaut made a happy landing in Kenton where his tales of space travel enthralled the 650 pupils at the Sobell Sinai Primary.

Greg Chamitoff served a six-month tour of duty on the International Space Station last year, working alongside two Russians. The 46-year-old Texan is linked to Sinai through his cousin Karen Diamond, whose two children are pupils.

Mrs Diamond and her husband Julian helped to organise this week’s visit, having previously arranged a live satellite link-up between pupils and Mr Chamitoff during his space mission in September.


JFS ruling leaves schools in 'chaos'

By Simon Rocker, July 9, 2009

The Court of Appeal’s ruling that it is unlawful to admit children on the basis of a parent’s Jewish status “has thrown our admissions policy into chaos”, according to Jonathan Arkush, senior Vice-President of the Board of Deputies.

He told a meeting for Jewish schools on Wednesday night that there will be a “flood of admissions appeals”.

With the court order on how the judgment will apply not due out until today, schools have been left in the dark over when they will have to introduce new rules and how those places already allocated for this September will be affected.


Swine flu suspected at Jewish schools

By Jessica Elgot, July 3, 2009

Two London Jewish schools have suspected cases of swine flu.

A boy at JFS whose sister was diagnosed with the virus last week is being tested for the virus but the results of the test have not been disclosed.

Kerem House Nursery in Hampstead Garden Suburb has also had a swine flu scare when a number of staff members were taken ill and the school has been closed since Monday until reopening yesterday.

JFS said the school "is taking and following the regular advice from both the local authority and the area health authority".


A Knockout £40K for One Family

July 2, 2009

Over £40,000 for victims of terror in Israel was raised by the sixth It’s A Knockout day for youngsters organised by the Care 4 Kids committee in aid of One Family UK.

Held at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, the event brought together 600 pupils from schools including Hasmonean, JFS, Immanuel, Yavneh, Rosh Pinah, Sinai and Mathilda Marks.

As well as the games, there were arts and crafts activities, a bouncy castle and face painting, plus child friendly refreshments such as popcorn and candyfloss.


JFS receives top marks from Ofsted inspectors

May 21, 2009

JFS has been commended by Ofsted inspectors in their second report since its move to Kenton in 2002.

Concluding that “the school’s overall effectiveness is outstanding”, the inspectors noted a high quality of teaching: “Students know what is expected of them and, as a result, they tackle their work with confidence.”

The inspectors were also impressed by pupils’ moral, social and cultural development, by the “excellent” sixth-form education and by the JFS management and leadership.


Friends honoured

By James Martin, May 7, 2009

A new gymnasium —named in honour of two former active youth members in Kenton — is the centrepiece of a £70,000 refurbishment programme which will act as “a community hub” for north-west London Jews.

Kulanu, formerly the Kenton Youth Centre, celebrated the completion of six months of refurbishments on Tuesday with a reception which was attended by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, and over 100 others, and included the unveiling of a state-of-the art gymnasium, and sports facilities including a full-size snooker table and table tennis tables.


JFS win Brent Schools Cup

By Danny Caro, May 1, 2009

JFS 1st XI won the Year 12-13 Brent Schools Football Cup after beating Copeland 5-2 in the final at Kingsbury Town. Braces from Oliver Henry and Aaron Salamon along with one from Ben Ellis earned the Sixth Formers silverware to cap off an excellent season.

JFS captain Sean Ladier said: "It was great day for us all to claim some silverware to end the season on a high over our opponents Copeland who were by no means push over’s.


JFS chair: ‘Schools will not fill places in 2010’

By Leon Symons, April 2, 2009

The chair of governors of Britain’s biggest Jewish comprehensive has predicted that waiting lists for places in London’s three mainstream state secondaries will disappear next year, when the Jewish Community Secondary School opens in Barnet.

JFS chair Russell Kett believes “at least one, if not all three of the schools will be seriously affected as a result of the opening of JCoSS”.


War veterans go on London tour

August 1, 2008

The changin of the Guard, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Blenheim Palace were among tourist attractions visited by nine war veterans, their carers and two doctors who were hosted by the British Friends of Israel War Disabled Kenton group. MP Louise Ellman showed the party around the Commons.