Meno­rah High granted vol­un­tary aided sta­tus

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

MENO­RAH HIGH School for Girls, an in­de­pen­dent strictly Ortho­dox school in Dol­lis Hill, north-west Lon­don, has been granted vol­un­tary aided sta­tus by Bar­net Coun­cil — de­spite it be­ing lo­cated in Brent.

This makes it the 50th Jewish school in the coun­try to have been granted state aid. It means that the coun­cil will now cover most of its tu­ition fees.

Mark Mor­ris, a phi­lan­thropist and gov­er­nor at Meno­rah High, rep­re­sented the school in front of the the coun­cil’s Chil­dren, Education, Li­braries and Safe­guard­ing com­mit­tee, along­side the Lon­don School of Jewish Stud­ies’ chief ex­ec­u­tive, Ja­son Marantz.

He said: “The only com­pli­ca­tion was that we are in Brent, not Bar­net. The rea­son is that prices in Bar­net are very high; we had to buy our own build­ing.

“But all but one of our pupils come from Bar­net, and the one who doesn’t isn’t even from Brent.”

Mr Mor­ris said the school, which caters for 209 girls aged be­tween 11 and 16, was “re­ally de­lighted”.

“High schools are dif­fi­cult to main­tain,” he said. “We do not refuse any child whose par­ents can­not af­ford to pay. This will en­able us to im­prove the education and do ex­tra things that you can­not jus­tify on a tight bud­get.”

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