The leaders of Menorah Grammar School in Edgeware have "temporarily closed" the school after an Ofsted inspection because of “numerous breaches” of safety regulations.
The letter, which has been shared with the JC, said it will be shut until at least March 23 and that the school was undergoing an Ofsted inspection and had been contacted by the Health and Safety Executive and London Fire Brigade.
The Menorah Grammar School’s buildings were found to be “in breach of numerous Ofsted standards as well as Health and Safety Legislation including Fire regulations”.
“These issues are not possible to address whilst the building is occupied,” the letter continued.
The school’s leadership, with the governors, “have taken the decision to temporarily close the school with immediate effect. This is in order to safeguard the wellbeing of our children who are in an unsafe building,” it said.
Menorah Grammar School is an Orthodox Jewish boys' school with 259 students.
The letter said the school would remain closed while “multiple large projects that require full refurbishments or replacements” were conducted.
“We are aware that this will come as a shock to parents, and will be a major inconvenience. However, we have a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of the entire school community," the letter continued.
“We will be in contact regarding shiurim taking place locally over these days of school closure”.
Ofsted confirmed to the JC that an inspection was taking place, and that "the school did inform the inspectors that the school would be closed to pupils."
The school, which was founded in 1978, was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in November 2017.
The JC approached the school for comment.