Our Executive Headteacher, Mr Jeremy Dunford, provides campus wide strategic leadership. Having a successful career as a secondary trained Primary Headteacher, Mr Dunford is also a much respected and trusted School Improvement Adviser both in Leeds and County wide.
The staffing of LJFS has moved into its next phase with the school now formally employing some of its staff itself for the first time. This might seem like a strange change as many might assume that it has employed staff all along.
Since opening all the staff have been employed by either the Rodillian Academy or Brodetsky Jewish Primary School ( BJPS ). As the school enlarged it was always the intention to start employing its staff whilst maintaining a strong relationship with both Rodillian and BJPS.
Susy Jagger (Deputy Headteacher & Maths) and Sam Lawson (English) have both transferred from the Rodillian MAT team to formally join LJFS. Rodillian will continue to employ the remaining staff. To support this development Jagdeep Dhaliwal (Geography and Resilience) will work fulltime at LJFS over the next year providing senior teacher support to Susy Jagger. He will remain a Rodillian employee. We are very pleased to have secured this core team who play a key part in developing LJFS further as our first Year 10 cohort start their GCSE studies.
Daliah Aibi (Learning Mentor) and Joe Jagger (Graduate Coach, Maths & PE) are transferring from BJPS employment to the LJFS staff team. This is a practical move but still significant.
When the school opened in 2013, and through 2014, the only member of staff always available to LJFS, 5 days a week, was Mr Dunford. Even then his time was shared with BJPS. We now have a team of five staff available every day, all the year round providing the consistency to all the students whilst Jewish Studies staff (from BJPS) and secular subject staff (Rodillian) continue to provide high quality teaching, learning and progress throughout the year.
This underlines our commitment to the model and promises we made when opening the school. These commitments were made to the DfE firstly, but more importantly to the students and families of LJFS. As a result LJFS grows from strength to strength each year on The Henry Cohen Campus, which is now a flagship campus for Jewish communities in the UK.