A Milestone for Mosaic
Mosaic Jewish Primary School (Mosaic) welcomed the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, on his first visit to the school on Wednesday, 7th November 2018. Mr Hinds, Member of Parliament for East Hampshire, visited Mosaic to see an example of truly inclusive faith school set up under the Free School initiative in 2013.
During his visit, Mr Hinds was given a tour of the school which included a presentation from Mosaic’s Torah Team about preparing for Shabbat. Mr Hinds said Mosaic’s facilities were fantastic for a primary school. He also met Mosaic’s therapy dog, Barney, and said it was the first time he had seen a therapy dog in a school.
Following his visit, Mr Hinds tweeted, “Mosaic is a fantastic example of the free schools programme, with a different approach, a strong faith based ethos and a diverse intake.”
“We had been hoping the Education Secretary would visit Mosaic and were honoured to welcome him today,” said Shirley Lee, Founding Chair of Governors. “Mosaic, a faith school for our times, is in its sixth year and thriving. We have succeeded in attracting a diverse range of families from across local communities. We are also attracting families to the local area who have relocated to London from abroad, and were oversubscribed in Reception this year for the first time.”
Mosaic is judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Justine Greening, MP for Putney, recently opened a dedicated Art, Design and Technology Room and its first Learning Resource Area, funded by successful bids to charitable trusts plus generous donations made by parents and community members.
“It was a notable achievement for the school that Mr Hinds chose to visit us,” said Headteacher Nerrissa Bear. “Mosaic welcomes children from all faiths, beliefs and none. We have an excellent team of teachers and support staff and pride ourselves on our creative approach to learning and teaching our children respect and tolerance for all peoples.”
Mosaic Jewish Primary School today announced the appointment of Miss Nerrissa Bear as Headteacher. The appointment follows a comprehensive 18-month recruitment process. Miss Bear will take up the post immediately.
David Kelin, Chair of Governors said, “We are delighted to appoint Miss Bear as the new Headteacher of Mosaic. Miss Bear is highly enthusiastic and has proved herself an able and effective leader during this last year as Acting Headteacher. She understands Mosaic’s ethos of inclusiveness and excellence, and we are very much looking forward to working with such a capable and respected educator.”
Miss Bear first started working at Mosaic as Assistant Headteacher in 2014. She has been Acting Headteacher of the school since last year. Miss Bear holds a BA with honours and a national award for Special Education Needs Co-ordination (SENCO).
Under her stewardship, Mosaic has seen the biggest increase in applications for Reception across all schools in the London Borough of Wandsworth, resulting in a full Reception class and a waiting list for September 2018. During the 2017-18 school year, Miss Bear has also overseen the creation and launch of the school’s new Art, Design and Technology room and the new Learning Resources Area.
Miss Bear said, “I have been a part of Mosaic almost since the beginning and am very excited to lead this extraordinary school into the next phase of its development as we increase our student numbers, recruit more passionate teachers and continue to provide the level of excellence necessary to preserve our Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ accreditation.”
Mosaic Jewish Primary School is South London’s only Jewish School. Mosaic is a mixed school with 50% of our children coming from across the Jewish community and 50% local children of all faiths, beliefs and none. It is a free school, an academy for children aged 4 – 11 years, which opened in September 2013. It is located in purpose-designed premises in Roehampton. Ofsted judged Mosaic to be Outstanding in all areas and recognised that Mosaic has been successful in establishing a school community in which pupils of a wide range of faiths and cultures embrace and celebrate their diversity. The school is a two-form entry school which admits up to 60 boys and girls to Reception (30 faith and 30 open places) every year and by September 2018 will go up to Year 5 (Year 6 by 2019).
Mosaic Jewish Primary School (MJPS) hosted a very special visitor on Friday 9th March. Justine Greening, Member of Parliament for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields visited South London’s only Jewish School to officially open the school’s new Art, Design and Technology (ADT) Room. The new facility has been funded through a successful bid to the Maurice Hatter Foundation and the Friends of Mosaic.
“The ADT room is fully equipped with a range of resources that will enable the children to explore a wide range of creative learning techniques,” commented Chair of Governors, David Kelin. “We are aware that such a dedicated facility is unusual in a primary school. We are extremely grateful to all those who have supported the creation of a ‘cutting edge’ resource for our children.”
“MJPS is committed to delivering a creative curriculum which also develops children’s confidence and problem solving skills. We give our pupils every opportunity to broaden and develop their learning journey through as many mediums as possible,” enthused acting-Headteacher Nerrissa Bear.
During her visit Ms Greening was invited to officially open the new ADT facility and unveil a new piece of artwork by London-based artist Louisa Tebbut. She was shown around the school including the new developing Learning Resource Areas and received a short presentation on Shabbat from The Torah Team.
The Torah Team is group of remarkable Year 4 pupils have taken on the responsibility for preparing the ‘welcome to Shabbat’ that takes place every Friday afternoon. They were particularly keen to share news of their recent assembly at Oak Lodge School which focuses on children who are deaf or have hearing difficulties. The work of the Torah Team is particularly important as MJPS is a cross communal multi-denominational Jewish primary school with 50% of places allocated to non-faith applicants, so raising its profile both within the Jewish Community and beyond is critical.
Commenting on The Torah Team presentation Ms Greening said, “I now understand a great deal about Shabbat and how you celebrate it as a Community. It is really exciting to see children of all faiths sharing and together. Mosaic is a wonderful example of a successful and inclusive faith school.”