Rosh Pinah Primary School was founded in 1956 by the Late Rev Saul Amias Z’L and is Voluntary-Aided in the London Borough of Barnet. The school is located in the heart of the thriving Edgware Jewish community. Rosh Pinah is two-form entry and admits 60 children into Reception each year.
The Nursery has places for 60 children. It follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum enhanced with additional services which include specialist music, specialist gymnastics and Ivrit teaching.
The religious character of Rosh Pinah is that of Modern Orthodox Judaism. Pupils come from a wide range of religious and socio-economic backgrounds. It is an inclusive school, catering to the needs of all pupils.
Jewish Education both formal and informal underpins all that is taught at Rosh Pinah. Jewish Knowledge, Torah study and good middot form the core component of the Jewish Studies programme and this is enhanced by experiential activities such as the Tribe Tishrei Quiz, Tribe Kosher Apprentice, weekly Kabbalat Shabbat Assemblies, Pesach Sedarim and many other practical activities such as a Shabbaton for older pupils run in conjunction with Tribe. The school also works closely with Seed in providing popular family education programmes such as the Family Friday Night Supper held at school and Pizza in the Hut on Sukkot as well as some shared learning sessions with parents and children. Rosh Pinah imbues its pupils with a love of Jewish life, study skills which enhance all their learning, respect for others and a love of Israel. Children learn about Israel and its centrality to the Jewish people. Ivrit is taught as an everyday language from Nursery through to Year 6.
Children are encouraged to take up a wide range of before and after school extra-curricular activities including: Israeli Dancing, Choir, Mother Nature Science Club, Netball, Football and the United Synagogue Tribe Club which runs from the school. The school also offers instrumental tuition including keyboard and guitar and participates in sporting competitions such as an annual swimming gala as well as other inter-school activities.
In 2009 Ofsted inspectors said: “The bright and lively pupils are very enthusiastic about attending this good school... Standards are high, pupils feel safe because staff are friendly and approachable and pupils’ behaviour is good." A Barnet Audit of the school in 2011 noted: ”The school is effective in promoting high standards and its outcomes have been significantly above the national average in many areas for the past three years.”