The Disgrace that is Jewish Schools

This article is about the outrageous situation in NW London for parents wanting to send their children to Jewish Schools.
There appears to be a complete lack of provison to provide a school place for every Jewish child who wants to attend a Jewish Primary School in North West London.
Please let us know if you applied to a Jewish primary school and what your experience was.
Schools to include:

Akiva School

Avigdor Hirsch Torah Temimah Primary School

Avigdor Primary School

Clore Shalom School

Clore Tikvah School

Hasmonean Primary School

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School

Ilford Jewish Primary School

Independent Jewish Day School

Kerem School

Mathilda Marks Kennedy

Menorah Primary School

Morasha

Michael Sobell Sinai School

Naima Jewish Preparatory School

North-West London Day School

Pardes House

Rosh Pinah

Wolfson Hillel Primary School

Yesodey Hatorah Primary

Why is there so few school places in the areas where there are so many Jewish children. Take Mill Hill, NW7 for an example.
There is 1 good jewish school ( Mathilda Marks) which has 30 places a year but I estimate over 150 applications.
Why has the jewish community not done more to provide for this basic need.

We would love to hear from you and try and help.

If you want to help open a new school or have any questions/comments- please email schools@matisyahu.co.uk in confidence.

UPDATE

NEW JEWISH PRIMARY SCHOOL IN MILL HILL, NW7

Concerned parents can no longer wait for the slow powers of authority to help them out this mess.
The old community elders have failed to deliver and the parents in need have started to take the first steps into opening a new jewish primary school and nursery school in Mill Hill, London, NW7.

If you know of a suitable property or would like to help in some way – time or financially email us schools@matisyahu.co.uk and we will pass on your comments.

Mill Hill United Synagogue is about to commence building a new £3m shul but has made no provision for jewish day schooling. WHY???

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3 Comments

  1. Posted May 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    great post as usual!

  2. Claire
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I am highly opposed to yet another Jewish school which further segregates Jewish children from their peers of other religions or those of none. A faith school is not necessary for instilling good morals and values in children; my children attend a secular school which encourages values shared by many major religions.

    Forget the Jewish school route – there are plenty of good secular primary schools in Barnet which are sadly lacking Jewish children. My children are proud of their Judiasm and their non-Jewish friends are interested in learning about it. My children learn in depth about ALL the major religions but have a strong Jewish identity which comes from home.

    I would concentrate on instilling Jewish values in your children at home and at shul. Then your children will be quite comfortable mixing with anyone and still know who they are.

  3. Posted February 21, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your comment.
    You have a very good point – lots of parents can provide a Jewish education at home and their kids can benefit from a mixed school environment.

    The issue is that there is not sufficient secular state primary schools that are of a high quality. Therefore parents would prefer to take the Jewish school option not for a jewish ed in particular but just to get their kids in a safe environment with good opportunities for learning.

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