In Historic First, Three London Primaries to Form Jewish Schools

February 27, 2018

Source: Jewish News 

Three Jewish primary schools teaching almost 1,000 children across north London are to link up in a new first-of-its-kind Jewish schools academy to combine learning resources and teaching expertise while making “cost efficiencies”. Moriah Jewish Day School, Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School and Wolfson Hillel Primary School will together form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT), the trustees of which would be chosen by the Chief Rabbi and other United Synagogue leaders.

Moriah, in Pinner, has more than 220 pupils, while Sacks Morasha in North Finchley has more than 200 pupils. Both were last inspected in 2014 and were graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Wolfson Hillel in Southgate, meanwhile, was inspected last year and graded ‘Outstanding.” It teaches almost 470 pupils.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said Jewish schools were “the jewels in the community’s crown” and that the tie-up “can only serve to drive up standards yet further by the sharing of best practice, resources and experience”. He added: “This is an historic opportunity to shape the future of Jewish education with a renewed focus on the centrality of Torah, Jewish values and the State of Israel in our lives, and an uncompromising pursuit of secular academic excellence.”

With the proposal to launch later this year, the head-teachers said the new network would be called the Jewish Community Academy Trust and would be facilitated and supported by the United Synagogue.

The schools will still be subject to Ofsted and Pikuach inspections, there will be no change to the schools’ admission policies, each school will continue to follow the same religious guidelines as before and the schools will not be changing their relationships with the local rabbis.

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Updated: Mar. 13, 2018