Noam begins work on its new home

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY JC REPORTER

NOAM PRIMARY School was this week await­ing a cru­cial de­ci­sion from Bar­net Coun­cil over whether to grant it state aid, days after work be­gan to build its £3.9 mil­lion new premises in Burnt Oak.

The in­de­pen­dent Ortho­dox school, which opened in Wem­b­ley 19 years ago, plans to move to its first pur­pose-built home in Bar­net within two years.

Reuben Thomp­stone, the Mayor of Bar­net, joined 300 pupils, par­ents, gov­er­nors and sup­port­ers at a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony on the site on Sun­day. Noam’s move will give it room to ex­pand from 170 to 240 pupils.

On Thurs­day evening, the coun­cil’s chil­dren, ed­u­ca­tion, li­brary and safe­guard­ing com­mit­tee was due to meet to de­cide on the school’s ap­pli­ca­tion for vol­un­tary-aided sta­tus.

Headteacher Chaya Posen said on Sun­day: “the achieve­ments of Noam are a cul­mi­na­tion of a vi­sion by par­ents who have never given up a dream. Like the Mac­cabees of Chanukah, who fought for their be­liefs with an an­cient

se­cret, th­ese par­ents join Jewish his­tory, which is full of peo­ple un­de­terred by what looks like an im­pos­si­ble jour­ney, and that’s the rea­son we’re here to­day.”

Do­na­tions have come from as far as the USA to en­able the build­ing to pro­ceed.

Michael Levene, chair­man of gov­er­nors, looked for­ward to “a new phase of our jour­ney in our new home in Bar­net” and called on “the con­tin­ued gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­nity to be­lieve in ed­u­ca­tion as our primary fu­ture-proof­ing strat­egy.”

Noam chil­dren at the site of their new home in Burnt Oak

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