Family & Education

Beit Shvidler launches appeal for £250,000

The Edgware primary is to hold a fundraising drive on Sunday


Beit Shvidler Primary in Edgware is to launch a 36-hour appeal on Sunday with a £250,000 target.

If the school can raise half the money, donors have pledged to match the rest.

The funds will go towards capital projects as well as meet a shortfall caused by the coronavirus crisis.

As a result of the pandemic, some families have been left unable to pay voluntary contributions towards Jewish studies, while the school has been unable to hire out its hall for functions.

The appeal will follow a strong vote of confidence delivered by the school’s annual parent survey.

As many as 97 per cent said they would recommend Beit Shvidler to others, 95 per cent thought it well-led, 94 per cent commended its handling of lockdown challenges and 91 per cent thought their children were making progress.

Over three-quarters of parents responded.

Parents Rachel and Gavin Ucko commented, “We have seen huge improvements in the school over the last few years. It’s a calm, happy and nurturing environment in which children thrive.”

They were “especially impressed by the online provision that the school has provided during lockdown. Both staff and students have clearly adapted really well to a complex and ever-changing situation.”

Headteacher Rabbi Jonny Spector said,  "It’s a wonderful place to work and learn and there’s real harmony between the parent body, the governors and the whole community."

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