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Gesher School

Age group: 5 - 11
Headteacher: TBC
Gesher School
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Gesher is a new educational project aimed at transforming the lives of Jewish primary aged children (aged 5-11) with special educational needs.  Our vision is to create a school by 2017 that allows 56 children to access a Jewish primary special school. 

Gesher will be an independent Jewish special primary school, based in the London Borough of Barnet, for children who will have learning potential and experience difficulties with:

•Social Interaction
•Motor Skills

Gesher aims to promote a culture where children feel happy, safe and secure.  The school will recognise that no two children are the same.  We will aim to follow the National Curriculum, but differentiate it according to the needs of the pupil.  The children will feel part of a community and nurtured to feel confident to learn and to forge social relationships. The Gesher learning team will be personalised and holistic, it will be centred around each individual child to ensure a positive school experience and outcome. The school’s approach will be forward thinking and innovative.  Our children will be proud to belong to our community and have a sound knowledge of their own value and purpose in the world.  We want to enable them to think creatively and independently.  They should feel confident about the transition to a mainstream environment and that a future full of different possibilities is attainable.

We are currently working to develop our educational policy and practice.  However at this stage we know that the school will:

  • Be a small school with no more than 8 to a class i.e. up to 56 children.
  • A learning team that enables each child to have a personalised curriculum.  This team will have time to think, plan and talk about the child.  The child will be a member of the learning team. 
  • Trandisciplinary approach to learning
  • Ensure a high staff to pupil ratio.
  • A variety of therapies, incorporating occupational therapy with sensory integration specialism, speech and language therapy, counselling, behavioural therapies, expressive arts and movement therapies.  
  • A holistic approach to pupil’s learning, the therapeutic team will work alongside classroom teachers
  • Modified educational environment that will support and develop child’s education.
  • Operate a ‘whole school’ approach so that all staff will be specialists with extensive knowledge, skills and understanding of working with this group of children.  They will share the same aspirations for this group of pupils.
  • Embrace the individuality of each child.
  • Operate a social inclusion policy with one or more other Jewish schools.
  • Provide an outreach support service to ensure continuity and consistency of approach in the home and school environment.
If you are interested in finding out more about Gesher School for your child then please get in touch at

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