Noam stan­dards im­press the Lords

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

THE ACHIEVE­MENTS of Lon­don’s top-per­form­ing Jewish pri­mary school were ap­plauded by two mem­bers of the House of Lords at a din­ner in Edg­ware on Tues­day.

Lord Kesten­baum said the Wem­b­ley­based Noam Pri­mary — which is in dis­cus­sion with Bar­net Coun­cil to be­come state funded — was “re­mark­able”. Lord Win­ston told the 250 guests: “What we are do­ing by sup­port­ing a school like Noam is the most important thing we do as a Jewish com­mu­nity — to nur­ture, pro­mote and pro­tect the next generation.”

Noam recorded the best SATs re­sults among Lon­don Jewish pri­maries in 2016 and was twice sin­gled out by Boris John­son when Lon­don Mayor as one of the cap­i­tal’s top schools. Noam pupils were cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in a Brexit de­bate chaired by John Ber­cow at the Speaker’s House and the school has won the na­tional Etgar Jewish knowl­edge quiz for the past two years.

Cur­rently sharing a site with Wem­b­ley Syn­a­gogue, it is fundrais­ing to­wards pur­pose-built premises in Burnt Oak while the ne­go­ti­a­tions with Bar­net con­tinue.

The din­ner raised £100,000 to­wards the £400,000 the school must find each year to bol­ster par­ent fund­ing.

“We are ex­cited about mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant head­way to­wards get­ting our out­stand­ing school the pub­lic fund­ing we think it de­serves,” gov­er­nors’ chair Shel­ley Ke­laty said. “We thank Lords Kesten­baum and Win­ston for their out­spo­ken sup­port and pay trib­ute to our stoic par­ents and sup­port­ers for their on­go­ing and un­wa­ver­ing part­ner­ship to pro­vide the coun­try’s best Jewish ed­u­ca­tion for our chil­dren.”

Shel­ley Ke­laty, Jeremy Rees, Lords Kesten­baum and Win­ston and Dayan Yona­son Abra­ham

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