Ethos and Vision

Background

Pardes House is over 60 years old and opened on its current site in September 1978. The school now houses over 260 children aged 4 – 11 in an expanding one-form entry school. 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 a voluntary-aided orthodox Jewish school. We are aligned with the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations of the UK. 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 rules and in daily practise. Our Va’ad HaChinuch* (Rabbinic board) interprets and rules on all matters relating to the applicability of these values and teachings, and the School Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team aim to follow the directions of the Va’ad HaChinuch in all matters.

Pardes House is committed to the provision of a safe, caring, healthy and well-structured learning environment and the promotion of high standards of achievement and behaviour for all. At Pardes House, we believe it is our civic (as well as legal) duty to build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting Fundamental British Values in the curriculum and elsewhere in school life.


Vision

The vision 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 and beyond; preparing our pupils for their journey through secondary school and beyond.