Hasmonean confirms plan to move boys’ school to share site with girls


Hasmonean High School has confirmed that it hopes to move its boys’ school in Hendon next to the site of its girls’ division in Mill Hill.

Parents have been invited to attend an exhibition displaying the plan – which was first reported in the JC two months ago – later this month.

Headteacher Andrew McClusky and other members of the building committee wrote to parents yesterday saying: “While nothing is guaranteed at this stage, we are now in a position to invite you to have a look at our proposal and tell us what you think.”

The two divisions technically form a single state-aided school and will remain “separate”, parents were assured.

If the move comes off, it would also enable the school to take more pupils, alleviating the pressure on Jewish secondary school places in north-west London.

Parents were told that “there is no room to expand the boys’ campus, located on Holders Hill Road, as it is surrounded on all sides by residential properties. This campus was originally intended to serve 350 students but we now have over 550 students there.

“At the moment, the two campuses are over a mile apart. Having the two campuses adjacent to each other in one secure location would bring huge benefits to quality of the provision we are able to offer. This proposal would also prevent teachers having to travel by car between the two campuses to teach their lessons.”

New campuses would also “include much needed sports facilities and recreational areas, as well as being able to provide specialist areas for particular departments such as Science, IT, Art, Drama and Music. The proposal would also achieve back office efficiencies by having a shared kitchen and staff rooms.”

Plans would also include a nursery on the site.

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