New ed­u­ca­tional role for Has­monean Head

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

RABBI DAVID Meyer, the ex­ec­u­tive head of Has­monean High, has an­nounced he will leave the school early next year to take on a new po­si­tion as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Part­ner­ships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS).

The head­teacher, who dur­ing his five years in charge won the school “out­stand­ing” re­views from Of­sted and Pikuach, will leave in Jan­uary 2015. He will re­place Alas­tair Falk as head of the ed­u­ca­tion agency PaJes, a divi­sion of the JLC, which Mr Falk set up two years ago to cover cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment and teacher train­ing for Jewish schools in the UK.

“I am leav­ing with mixed feel­ings,” Rabbi Meyer told the JC. “I have been at Has­monean for 20 years in to­tal and I ab­so­lutely love it. My heart is in it, but it has been a long time and an enor­mous amount has been achieved over the last few years. It is now the right time for a new chal­lenge.”

The rabbi be­gan his own ed­u­ca­tion as a pupil at Has­monean, be­fore re­turn­ing to the north west Lon­don school to teach. He later be­came head of the boys’ school and fi­nally ex­ec­u­tive head of both the boys’ and the girls’ schools.

Speak­ing of his new job at PaJeS, Rabbi Meyer said: “The ed­u­ca­tional land­scape is a very in­ter­est­ing one at the mo­ment. The re­al­ity is that schools can no longer just stand on their own and there is a need for us to work in part­ner­ship to en­sure that the needs of schools are pro­tected and nur­tured.

“I think that PaJeS does and must con­tinue to do all that, to re­ally work to­wards the strate­gic devel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity.”

Moishe Adler, chair of gove r n o r s a t H a s monea n , paid trib­ute to the out­go­ing h e a d t e a c h e r. “T h e s t a t u s of Has­monean to­day is am­ple tes­ta­ment to all his ef­forts and pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” he said.

PHOTO: BEN TURNER

Rabbi David Meyer

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