Welcome from the Headteacher
On behalf of the children, staff and governors, I would like to welcome you to North Cheshire Jewish Primary School (NCJPS). We hope you find our website clear, informative and easy to navigate. It is designed to give you a flavour of the vibrant life of our school, the work of our pupils and the quality education we strive to deliver.
I am very proud to be the Headteacher of such a wonderful school, which is the only Jewish school in South Manchester and set in spacious grounds in Heald Green. We share our school site with North Cheshire Jewish Nursey and work in partnership to ensure an effective transition for children entering Foundation Stage from the Nursery setting.
NCJPS provides a nurturing environment for every pupil and we pride ourselves on having a caring and dedicated staff that work tirelessly to ensure that every child feels valued. In addition, we offer a highly motivating and academic atmosphere where children are encouraged and supported to reach their full potential.
NCJPS has a strong Jewish ethos and our children are confident and proud of their Judaism and have a strong identity regarding their own community and the State of Israel. Alongside this we believe that our pupils must be good British citizens, and pride ourselves in our work on British values and heritage.
Being the Headteacher of NCJPS, I am fully committed to the school and local community and strive to ensure that the school serves our children and their families well.
If you would like to know more about our school, you are very welcome to come and visit. The children of NCJPS very much enjoy talking about and sharing their achievements and our successes.
Welcome from Mark Hilton
(Chair of Governors)
I am extremely excited to take over as the new Chair of Governors. It is a real privilege for me to be able to contribute to the School in this way and I hope to build on the work of my predecessor, Andrew Basger, in maintaining the Outstanding standards of this wonderful School. I am very grateful to Andrew, who worked tirelessly during his three years as Chair, for doing such a great job for and on behalf of the School.
At North Cheshire Jewish Primary School, the Governors, teachers and support staff all strive to work together to provide a first class standard of both secular and Jewish education in a nurturing environment for our pupils, and the children's welfare and well-being is at the forefront of our focus and our plans.
We are extremely proud of the continued achievements of our children and the high standards maintained in both learning and behaviour.
I am also very grateful to our Outstanding staff - at every level and in every role - who work so diligently to deliver the best possible experience to our children.
At North Cheshire we believe strongly in respect and indeed we introduced ‘RESPECT’ as an acronym to instil values in, and cultivate meaningful ideas for, the children as to the best ways both to learn and to interact with each other.
RESPECT is now embedded in our curriculum and our teaching structure, with the themes running through assemblies and lesson plans. Each week we focus on a different letter and promote a different value:
S- Self -Awareness
T - Teamwork
In this way our children learn to grow and develop in a way that not only fosters a love of learning but also equips them with the important life skills they will require on their journey beyond North Cheshire.
Please take time to browse our website to learn more about the School, and please don’t hesitate to contact me, or any of my fellow Governors, should you have any questions, comments or suggestions.
Welcome from Rabbi Katz
(Head of JS and Ivrit)
North Cheshire Jewish Primary School exists to provide a Jewish school and a Jewish environment to the Jewish communities in South Manchester. As such, our Jewishness underpins the very reason for our existence and permeates all aspects of school life. We are proud to be fully committed to Halachah – Jewish Law and Tradition, and are unashamedly Zionistic in our outlook.
Although we are so proud of our Jewishness, we value knowledge of other religions and faiths, and actively encourage acceptance of differences. To this end, we are linked with St. Monica’s Catholic Primary School, and our partnership serves to foster mutual respect and understanding of other religions, whilst deepening cross communal dialogue and trust.
The Jewish Studies department of NCJPS underpins all aspects of the school. We seek to give a unique Jewish atmosphere to school life and to provide a genuine Jewish education to all the children from Reception to Year 6.
The Jewish Studies department introduces the basic tenets of Jewish practice and belief, teaching Hebrew reading, together with a knowledge and understanding of Torah and Mitzvot. Through this we equip the children to lead a full Jewish life both in school and later in adult life.
Jewish Studies lessons aim to develop intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth, and instil a pride and self-confidence in our children of their Jewishness, and of the Jewish Homeland – Israel.
We also aim to demonstrate that living committed Jewish lives firmly complements British Values. We are proud British citizens, and believe that our Jewishness can, and should, enhance our appreciation for, and understanding of, our British Values and Citizenship.