Press Release (ePRNews.com) - ST ALBANS, England - Oct 28, 2016 - Kavanah College are pleased to reveal that acclaimed Head Teacher, Dame Helen Hyde DBE and highly respected education consultant, Marilyn Nathan, have taken the joint role of Educational Lead within their pre-opening team.
Dame Helen and Marilyn worked closely with the Kavanah team on the development of the education plan throughout the lead up to the application being submitted, and remain an enormous asset as work continues to develop a strong school curriculum.
Maurice Ashkenazi-Bakes, the team’s Project Manager for the Kavanah College team described the partnership as “exciting”. He said “Dame Helen and Marilyn both bring an outstanding level of leadership experience as well as a diverse set of skills from within the education sector, which offer us the opportunity to develop the strongest possible programme for our future students.”
Based on advice from Dame Helen and Marilyn, Kavanah College have developed the principles of the curriculum, remaining true to The Schools’ values of excellence, inclusivity, unity, tolerance, innovation and transparency, as well as their vision to create an outstanding school with a Jewish religious ethos.
Dame Helen, previously Head Teacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls for 29 years, has said she is “delighted” to be working with the Kavanah College team “to bring their vision to life through a strong programme of academic excellence”.
Dame Helen who has been an External Advisor to School Governors, an Executive Mentor to a number of Head Teachers, and Educational Advisor for the Schools Regional Commissioner, outlined that “the principal goal of the curriculum will be to provide pupils with the building blocks to become mature, confident, educated individuals who are proud of their heritage and identity whether Jewish or otherwise, and are able to thrive in the modern world.”
She went on to explain that the school “will aim to provide an exciting, integrated curriculum which is rich, varied, challenging and makes strong links between subject areas as well as between the secular and Jewish curricula.”
Marilyn Nathan, who held a range of management positions before becoming the deputy head of large secondary school, stated “It is our intention that every child attending this school will leave with a strong sense of self-worth and motivation for the future as well as an understanding of social responsibility. Students will benefit from a rich and varied curriculum which will provide opportunities for all pupils to be successful.”
The well known author, trainer, and education consultant, who has been an Ofsted inspector since 1996, regularly works with schools in both the maintained and independent sectors. Marilyn went on to describe the principal method for achieving as “an inclusive approach to classroom teaching, whereby all lessons are differentiated for varying abilities”.
The Kavanah College vision for an outstanding school which is both distinctive and inclusive is underpinned by a commitment to the concept of maximising achievement for all pupils regardless of their starting points. That means The College will strive to provide appropriate levels of support and challenge to Gifted and Talented pupils and disadvantaged learners.
Not only will Kavanah College have a dedicated SENCO to carry out The School’s Special Education Needs Inclusion Policy with the aim to give children and young people with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (SEND) every opportunity to reach their full potential in an inclusive environment, but they also intend to operate an Accelerated Development Fulfilment Programme. The programme is designed for gifted and highly motivated students who attain top grades at the Secondary school level and are deemed able to cope with academic learning material. As part of the programme students will be able to, in certain conditions, swap some of their studies for higher education courses and earn academic credits which will count towards their University Degree.
Maurice Ashkenazi-Bakes was “thrilled” that Dame Helen had accepted his invitation to join the team, also saying, “It was clear from our preliminary discussions regarding curriculum and vision for the school that Dame Helen would be a fantastic addition to the team, from the Accelerated Development Fulfilment programme that we intend to implement, through to our Social Responsibility programme there is a great deal that we share genuine excitement about which is really great”.
As part of their focus on Social Responsibility, students at Kavanah College will be encouraged to forge links with people in need within the wider community, and they will have regular contact with a number of charities to help give pupils a strong sense of self worth and responsibility. Dame Helen brings with her direct links to both ‘the Rwandan Sisterhood’ working with survivors of the genocide and deprived women in Kigali and the Sparrow Schools in Johannesburg, and the ‘Refugee to Recovery Forum’ assisting immigrants in the local community. Maurice went on to say that “working with these charities will give our students an incredibly valuable education in things which occur outside of the classroom and beyond their familiar routines. We are incredibly lucky to have a direct link to these fantastic charities thanks to Dame Helen.”
The Kavanah team hope to open a secondary free school of Jewish character with five forms of entry. The School will be located so as to be accessible to all families in North West Barnet, South Hertfordshire and Harrow, and will provide not only for its immediate Jewish population but also demand from across the boroughs.
More about Kavanah College can be found at www.kavanahcollege.co.uk