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Kantor King Solomon High School to stay in Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2017

King Solomon High School.

King Solomon High School.

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One of the biggest Jewish schools in east London will not be leaving Redbridge, an internal review has concluded.

There had been rumours that Kantor King Solomon High School, in Forest Road, Barkingside, was considering relocating out of the borough, but a report published after a two month consultation has now ruled out such a move.

“One idea that is now clearly off the table would be to relocate the school,” the report states.

“The idea of relocating the school was universally rejected. It would be a disaster and the final ‘death nail in the coffin’ for the community.”

Instead of moving, the school – which has been based in Barkingside since it opened in 1993 – will now begin looking into ways to provide transport for students from Jewish communities “in the wider Essex region”.

“The key finding of this report is that it is the ever-improving academic excellence of the school that will ultimately enable us to attract the very best Jewish and non-Jewish pupils,” said chair of governors Richard Burack.

The report, which was written after 790 parents filled out an online survey and 12 focus groups were held at the school, also praised King Solomon’s headteacher, Matthew Slater.

“There is a sense that Mr Slater has brought a more structured and regimented approach to increasing academic achievement.

“Respondents feel that he has energised the school and it is moving in the right direction.”

A further area touched upon by the school’s internal review was the attitudes surrounding the mixture of Jewish and non-Jewish students.

The current split is 30 per cent Jewish to 70pc non-Jewish.

“Having a school comprising both Jewish and non-Jewish students is seen as a positive by almost all respondents, including United Synagogue Rabbis,” the report stated.

“Respondents view it as more of a reflection of real life and it encourages and teaches Jewish and non-Jewish students to be tolerant, respectful and understanding of one another.”


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