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There is a strong and enthusiastic following for debating, and indeed when we visited, the debating society were about to discuss the motion ‘why homework should be scrapped.’ (Sadly, we couldn’t hang around to see the outcome). School does a very good job of involving parents. Every couple of years a trip, solely for parents is organised to Auschwitz, which, as one parent told us ‘bonds us completely.’ Jewish studies forms a fundamental part of the curriculum...

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About Immanuel College:

Immanuel College is an all-through, independent, mainstream school for students aged four to 18, located in Bushey, Hertfordshire. On the roll are 362 boys and 325 girls. The late Chief Rabbi Lord Immanuel Jakobovits established this school in 1990 as a Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School.

The school is split into three sections: a Preparatory School, for children aged four to 11; the Senior School, for pupils aged 11 to 16; and Sixth Form, for students aged 16-18. The Preparatory School is part of IAPS and the College as a whole is a member of HMC.

Values and Vision

When Lord Jakobovits created the school, his aim was to give children the best chance in life, offering them the best form of education in both Jewish and secular studies. He wanted students to be part of society by following the values of their faith.

Immanuel College values modesty and respect, believing that every child is equal within the school. It follows the Torah, aiming to develop children who “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with HaShem”. Teachers emphasise self-confidence, self-esteem and celebrate each individual pupil.

The school has three pillars, which underpin everything else: Academic excellence, outstanding pastoral care and inspiring Jewish life and learning.

ISI report

“The curriculum is documented, supported by appropriate plans and schemes of work for the pupils and covers the required breadth of material. The teaching enables pupils to make good progress, encompasses effective behaviour management and is supported by suitable sources. A suitable framework for the assessment of pupil performance is in place. Principles and values are actively promoted which facilitate the personal development of pupils as responsible, tolerant, law-abiding citizens.”
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head master

Since September 2017 Gary Griffin, who previously worked as an educational consultant for various schools, including Immanuel. Degree from Exeter in economic and social history and politics, PGCE from the Institute of Education. He spent nearly 30 years at City of London School, joining as a history and politics teacher, rising to become second master (deputy head) and acting headmaster in 2014.

Although he is not Jewish, he is a former governor and chair of the education committee of a Jewish school, Naima JPS.

Prep school head since 2012, Alexis Gaffin BEd (Cantab). Educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, South Hampstead High School and Homerton College, Cambridge, where she read education and religious studies. Worked in state primaries in Manchester, before spending three years in...

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Special Education Needs

Immanuel College offers teaching and guidance for average to bright children who experience mild to moderate specific learning difficulties. We have a team of three teachers and two teaching assistants who are qualified in different aspects of student support. Teachers also liaise with staff across the curriculum to ensure that suitable provision is made. We enjoy good parental contact which benefits both them, the staff and students. We aim to provide a nurturing environment in which all students can achieve their potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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