Ethos & Vision

Pardes House… Providing solid foundations – Creating tools for growth – Building confidence for the future


Pardes House is the only State aided, boys-only primary school in the London Borough of Barnet. The school is over 65 years old, opened on its current site in 1978 and became Voluntary-Aided in 2001. The school is now home to over 350 boys aged 4 – 11, with the additional independent Pardes House Nursery on site, with another 50 boys. The Governing Body is supported by a Staff Governor and the Headteacher is also a member of the Governing Body.

Ethos and Values

Pardes House is aligned with the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations of the United Kingdom. We derive our ethos and values from the timeless values and teachings of the Torah, as transmitted through orthodox Jewish tradition.

Our pupils are expected to abide by these values, which are emphasised in the school’s ‘Magna Carta of Rights and Responsibilities’ and in daily practise. Our Va’ad HaChinuch (Rabbinic board) interpret and rule on all matters relating to the applicability of these values and teachings. The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team aim to follow the directions of the Va’ad HaChinuch in all matters.


The mission of the school is to synthesise the religious requirements of the Va’ad HaChinuch with the highest possible standards as set out by the National Curriculum, while preparing our pupils for their journey through secondary school and beyond.


Our vision is to provide a safe, caring, healthy and well-structured learning environment, while promoting high standards of achievement and behaviour for all. Alongside this is our aim to build pupils’ resilience by teaching them to value truth, honesty, respect for everyone and develop a lifelong love of learning. Further, we believe it is our civic (as well as legal) duty to prevent radicalisation by promoting Fundamental British Values in the curriculum and elsewhere in school life.