New girls’ pri­mary planned for north Lon­don

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ROBYNROSEN

STRICTLY OR­THO­DOX par­ents who have been un­able to find ac­cept­able school places for their chil­dren have joined forces to cre­ate a new re­li­gious pri­mary school for girls in north Lon­don.

Over 40 peo­ple at­tended a meet­ing last week to dis­cuss plans for the Bnos Beis Yaakov School. Ed­u­ca­tional phi­lan­thropist Ben­jamin Perl will be the pa­tron and honorary pres­i­dent and St John’s Wood Syn­a­gogue leader Richard Harounoff will chair the project.

The com­mit­tee is search­ing for premises, prefer­ably in Gold­ers Green, Hen­don or Finch­ley, and hope to open next Septem­ber.

“There is a need for a re­li­gious girls’ pri­mary school due to the lack of places,” Mr Harounoff said. “There are a lot of girls who don’t have any­where to go. Par­ents are not will­ing to com­pro­mise to send them to schools without their ethos. We have had tremendous sup­port from the com­mu­nity.”

Peo­ple be­lieved in the idea of “a strongly Or­tho­dox school” blend­ing re­li­gious and sec­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion. But Mr Harounoff an­tic­i­pated that par­ents might not want to put their daugh­ters’ names for­ward for fear of los­ing out on a place at an es­tab­lished school.

Mr Perl said the in­ten­tion was to open with a re­cep­tion class and add a fur­ther class each year. It could start with as few as three chil­dren with an ini­tial out­lay of £100,000 for rent, staff and main­te­nance costs. A longer term am­bi­tion would be the pur­chase of per­ma­nent premises.

Termly fees will start at around £750, but Mr Harounoff hoped “we can ac­com­mo­date peo­ple no mat­ter what their fam­ily’s in­come is”. The pro­posed school has no con­nec­tion to the Beis Yaakov pri­mary in Colin­dale.

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