Kerem School is an independent school based in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London. It opened in 1948 along with its nursery, Kerem House. The school is located within the premises of Norrice Lea synagogue and caters for 190 boys and girls with an intake of 25 children for Reception.
There are 96 places at the Nursery which has an integrated approach to the Jewish and secular areas of the curriculum and a balanced programme of ‘learning through play’.
The school follows the National Curriculum and has specialist teachers in art, music, physical education and creative writing. Hot meals are provided at lunchtime at both locations
Kerem is an orthodox school with a modern outlook and committed to traditional Torah-based Jewish values. It places a lot of emphasis on children learning practical Judaism as well as developing a love for Israel. Hebrew as a living language, as well as a language of prayer, is emphasised throughout the school as part of the curriculum.
In its most recent Ofsted report in 2008, inspectors said: “The curriculum in the school is outstanding because it matches all the elements of secular and Jewish studies in a manner, which, whilst guaranteeing a parity of esteem, allows pupils full and strong development of both aspects.”