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Our School

On behalf of all the children, staff and governors I’d like to welcome you to our school website.  The IJDS Academy is a Jewish Modern Orthodox school based in the heart of Hendon.

At the IJDS, we believe in nurturing the potential of each child while focusing on their talents and strengths.  We aim to empower our children and encourage them to develop a genuine love of learning for life. 

A unique characteristic of the school is the Jewish Studies programme which is taught in Ivrit.  Our Kodesh curriculum focuses on developing our children’s skills in Ivrit reading, writing and comprehension while achieving high standards in all Kodesh subjects. The Kodesh provision in the IJDS was graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Pikuach and our school’s Kodesh materials are used by hundreds of teachers and children across Europe. The school is proud to welcome Shlichim and Banot Sherut (National Service Volunteers) who join us from Israel who deliver the Kodesh B’Ivrit programme and strengthen our connection with the land and people of Israel. 

Our Secular Studies programme provides our pupils with a solid foundation in all core subjects through a creative and exciting curriculum which involves active lessons and brings learning to life. The school’s unique curriculum and professional, dedicated teaching staff enables our children to achieve a high level of learning across all subjects.  The IJDS became an academy in 2011 and maintains an excellent reputation for its teacher training programmes, staff induction and the emphasis given to staff development at all levels. Our secular provision was graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and the school was rated as one of the top 100 schools in England by the Department for Education in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

As proud British citizens, our children learn to appreciate the democratic values of Great Britain and respect all traditions, cultures and faiths.  We encourage our pupils to make a positive contribution to society from a young age by engaging them in voluntary work for the benefit of the wider community. The Kodesh and Secular programmes seamlessly complement each other to provide our children with a holistic, life-long educational experience.     

Whether you are a parent, a pupil or a prospective employee I hope you will enjoy using this website and I look forward to welcoming you to the IJDS.  

Mandy Berkman 

 Acting Headteacher