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Pupils largely from affluent professional families - many from Sephardic Jewish backgrounds - living within a five-mile radius of the school. Jewish studies is fundamental to what this school is about, with a bespoke and tailored curriculum (taking up about 18 per cent of the timetable) for varied levels of observance. (There are, for example, six sets for Hebrew.) Clubs - everything from crochet to linguistics – largely take place in the…

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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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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 January 2022, interim head is Michael (Mike) Buchanan BSc (physics) Cert Ed. Previously head of Ashford School in Kent. A governor of several leading independent schools, a reporting inspector and a national leader of education. Has also helped to establish two state-funded academies in London and a free school in Kent.

To be replaced in September 2022 by Joanna Ebner BEd MA PG Dip Count CERT FT NPQH, currently head of Thomas’s Kensington, formerly head of The Royal School in Hampstead.

Entrance

Around 180 apply for 90-96 places at 11+, with about 20 per cent coming up from the junior school. All sit multiple-choice papers in maths, English and reasoning. About 10 pupils admitted to sixth form, based on assessment and interview.

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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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