Kerem School is an independent school based in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London. It opened in 1948 along with its nursery, formally known as Kerem House Nursery. The Early Years Unit (as it is now called) caters for Nursery and Reception children. The school (Years 1-6) is located within the premises of Norrice Lea Synagogue and caters for boys and girls. The school has approximately 250 pupils.
The Early Years Unit 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 music, physical education, ICT 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.
2014 Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Report states: Throughout the school, pupils are well educated in accordance with the school's aims. Their achievement, within and beyond the curriculum, is excellent. They are articulate and confident and almost all secure places at their chosen secondary school. Their attainment and progress are excellent and they have positive attitudes to their learning. The quality of the curriculum is excellent. It is managed well, dynamic, planned carefully and provides pupils of all abilities with a rich learning experience. It is enriched by an extensive range of themed days and educational visits. Pupils benefit from a considerable range of extra-curricular activities. Excellent teaching enables pupils to make high levels of progress. Inspiring lessons are founded on excellent subject knowledge. At its best, marking is excellent, but not consistently so throughout the school. Similarly, excellent practice in providing for individual needs in class is not wholly consistent in every year group. The school has met fully the requirements of the previous Ofsted inspections, relating to provision in the EYFS and peer observation.