Menorah High granted voluntary aided status
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.”