General Q&A

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When was Mosaic Jewish Primary School founded?

Mosaic was founded in 2013 and welcomed its first Reception pupils in September 2013.

How big is the school?

For its first two years, Mosaic had one new class each year. When the school moved to its permanent site in Roehampton in September 2015, the government asked the school to take two new classes each year (two-form entry). The school continues as a two-form entry. As of September 2017, Mosaic has 155 students in Reception to Year 4. By September 2019, the school will have seven primary school years, Reception to Year 6.

What type of school is Mosaic Jewish Primary School?

Mosaic is a free school. (All free schools are also academies.) It is a faith school that works with the local community and supports the school’s ethos to offer an excellent education for all. We are proud to be the only Jewish primary school in south London serving all communities. Click here to learn more about Mosaic’s Free School Status.

From where does Mosaic receive its funding?

Mosaic receives its funding directly from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (‘ESFA’). This executive agency supports the Department for Education (DfE). Mosaic has the flexibility to work with a range of local authorities (eg Wandsworth, Merton, Kingston, Richmond, Hammersmith & Fulham) to ensure all pupils’ funding needs are met.

Does Mosaic cost anything? Who is responsible for the running costs of the school?

As a state maintained primary school, Mosaic is a non-fee paying school. It is government funded and the maintenance is the responsibility of the Head Teacher, the school Governors and the school community. Like many schools, Mosaic relies on voluntary contributions from parents to further enhance the curriculum. These contributions are purely voluntary. Click here for Mosaic’s most recent Voluntary Contributions Letter.

What official ratings has the school received?

In 2015, Ofsted awarded Mosaic the highest rating possible, “Outstanding.” Click here for Mosaic’s Ofsted report. Since this latest inspection, each school year Mosaic has retained an outside consultant who has confirmed that the school has maintained its “Outstanding” rating. The school was also judged Outstanding in 2015 by Pikuach. (Pikuach is the only inspection service accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) to undertake inspections for religious education at Jewish schools.) Click here for Mosaic’s Pikuach report.

When is Mosaic’s next Ofsted inspection going to take place?

Outstanding schools are currently exempt from routine inspection. Provided Mosaic continues to maintain its “Outstanding” standards we anticipate our next inspection to be in line with government guidance. The school will continue to employ an independent, outside consultant annually to monitor its development.

What does the school teach? Does it follow the National Curriculum?

Mosaic follows the National Curriculum guidelines so that all children will be well prepared to go into local secondary schools, both maintained and independent at age 11.  Mosaic has an integrated Jewish Curriculum. For more information about the curriculum please visit our curriculum page.

What does Mosaic mean when it talks about creative learning?

Mosaic believes that children are great learners and should be immersed in learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Mosaic strives to create individualised teaching experiences of awe and wonder. Teaching is topic-based, changing each term. The school believes in inspiring children with regular experiential day trips. These include visits to London’s many museums, theatre, community and national events. In addition, the school holds regular workshops, inviting visitors into the school to enhance learning. Furthermore, pupils have opportunities to enter national and local competitions.

How much homework do Mosaic’s pupils have to do?

Children are assigned age appropriate homework to enhance their learning. Weekly homework is focused on (1) Reading, (2) English, spelling and grammar, and (3) Maths, with topic-based homework opportunities throughout the year. In addition, we ask that all parents read to their children for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. The importance of reading to children cannot be overstated.

What specialist teaching provision does Mosaic offer?

Music is taught by a specialist teacher from Reception. In addition, musical instrument teaching (violin and piano) is provided from Year 1 upwards through the Wandsworth Music Trust. Modern Hebrew (Ivrit) is introduced from Reception by a specialist Hebrew teacher. Dance is also taught by a specialist teacher. In addition, the school offers further specialist teaching by organising a variety of Clubs for children (see below). This year the school will launch its Art, Design and Technology (ADT) room, which will enhance specialist teaching for ADT.

What Clubs does Mosaic offer?

Mosaic offers both lunch-time and after-school clubs. These vary from term-to-term depending on parental and child interest. As the school continues to grow, so too will the clubs on offer. Lunch time clubs include/have included: Chess, French, Knitting. After school clubs include/have included: Football, Rugby, Tennis, Dance, Theatre, Choir, Mandarin, Spanish and Create-It.

Does Mosaic offer Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) teaching?

Yes. The acting Assistant Head teacher, Rachel Harrison, is responsible for inclusion. Mosaic is committed to being an inclusive school, which means all children are welcome, regardless of needs and disabilities. The school works closely with parents of children with SEND. This includes identifying and supporting pupils who may be gifted and talented in particular curriculum areas. Click here to see Mosaic’s offer for children with SEND.

What language(s) does the school offer?

Modern Hebrew (from Reception) and Spanish (from Year 3) are taught in the classroom. In addition, Mosaic currently offers school clubs for Mandarin, Spanish and French.

Is wrap-around/after-school care available?

Yes. Mosaic offers a breakfast club from 7:45 am, Monday through Friday. After-school care is available from 3:15 until 6:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. This is provided by Roehampton Rocks.

What are Mosaic’s school hours?

Classrooms open from 8:45 am (Monday to Friday). We ask parents to ensure their children are in their classrooms as close to 8:45 as possible as teaching starts from 9:00 am. The school finishes at 3:15 pm (Monday to Friday). However, on Fridays during the winter months the school closes at 1:30pm (November to February) and 2:30 (February to March).

Why does the school close early on Fridays during the winter?

As the Jewish Sabbath starts at dusk, in the winter months Mosaic closes early on Friday afternoons. This is to allow families to prepare and be ready for Shabbat when it starts early. The times for Friday closures for 2017–18 school year are:

6th September – 20th October 3:15 pm

3rd November – 16th February 1:30 pm

23rd February – 23rd March 2:30 pm

20th April – End of Year 3:15 pm

Does Mosaic have normal school term dates and hours?

The school is open during normal school hours and the school year is divided into three terms. Mosaic fits around Wandsworth Council’s school term dates as far as possible. Click here for Mosaic’s calendar for 2017–18 and 2018–19.

Does the school close for Jewish festivals?

Yes. The school is closed for major Jewish holidays as well as the usual Bank Holidays. Terms are organised to ensure that no child will miss out on school contact time over the academic year. Mosaic’s calendar is published in plenty of time for parents to make alternative child care arrangements on the days the school is closed. Click here for Mosaic’s calendar for 2017–18 and 2018–19.

Are Free School Meals offered?

All pupils in Reception to Year 2 currently receive free school lunches through government funding. From Year 3, all families who are eligible for free school meals will continue to receive them. Those who do not fit this criterion pay the daily rate (currently £2.25) for hot school dinners.

What lunch does Mosaic provide?

Mosaic offers a family-style hot service lunch, which enables children to develop the Jewish values of hospitality, family and respect. At lunch, children serve each other lunch and dessert, and take responsibility for clearing cups, cutlery and plates. Mosaic aims to ensure that any special dietary or allergy requirements are accommodated.

Does Mosaic offer kosher food?

Mosaic operates a full-service kosher kitchen serving only hot, healthy, kosher food. All children have a vegetarian option, which also satisfies the requirements of halal food for Muslim students. There is a booklet issued to all families joining the school offering guidance about kosher food. Click here for Mosaic’s lunchtime menus.

How much sport and physical activity do Mosaic children do each day?

Reception children have their own separate playground with open access throughout the majority of the school day. Reception children also begin each day with outdoor-based morning movement, which is dedicated time to physical exercise. Years 1–4 have physical movement breaks throughout the day, as this helps pupils to stay focused. All children have 1 hr a week PE teaching and an additional 1 hour a week with a specialist dance teacher. In addition, children in Years 1–4 have break time twice a day. Lunch time and after school clubs provide additional opportunities for sport and physical activity.

What secondary schools will Mosaic pupils attend?

Mosaic strives to prepare all pupils for a successful secondary school transfer to the school of their choice. The school will support transitions for pupils and their families to secondary school. At the end of Year 4, parents will be given information regarding secondary school transfers. This is followed up by an additional meeting with parents at the beginning of Year 5 to discuss the secondary school application process. Please refer to your Local Authority admissions guidance with regard to secondary school applications.

Does Mosaic offer an Early Years Provision (commonly known as nursery provision)?

No.

What schools feed into Mosaic?

Mosaic is not affiliated with any particular Early Years programme. The majority of pupils come from local nurseries but a considerable number also come from surrounding local authorities.

Does the school have special security provisions?

Yes. The government provides extra security funding for Jewish schools through the Community Service Trust (‘CST’).  Mosaic is wholly committed to safeguarding pupils and has extra security personnel in line with CST guidance. The school has rigorous invac (internal evacuation) and external evacuation procedures.

TRANSPORT

How do I get to Mosaic?

We encourage parents to walk, cycle or use public transport to come to the school. Via public transport, the school is well accessed by local buses from Putney, Wimbledon, Southfields, Barnes, Richmond and Kingston. Buses also run from the local Barnes and Putney stations to the school. The six buses serving the school at Roehampton Lane are the 72, 85, 170, 265, 430 and 493. Parking is available, subject to restrictions, on local streets. Some short-term parking is also available at Roehampton University with prior permission.

Is there a school bus for children who live further away from Mosaic?

Yes. Every morning there is currently a school bus that leaves from Southfields and Wimbledon Parkside. Allocations are on a needs basis and there is currently a waiting list. In the afternoon, the school organises a taxi service based on needs and subject to a waiting list. The School has a travel fund to support families travelling from further afield. Please speak to the Administration team for further information on admin@mjps.org.uk.

Is there a car sharing scheme?

Many of our parents carpool. Car sharing is a parent-led initiative to which Mosaic lends its full support, however for insurance reasons the school is not permitted to co-ordinate this. Like many schools we encourage parents to consider car sharing schemes in line with current local authority transport policy such as Wandsworth’s School Travel Plan initiative. Click here for further information http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/493/planning-transport_policy/214/school_travel_plans.

JUDAISM

Does Mosaic teach Jewish history, festivals and practice?

Yes, as a Jewish faith school the entire ethos of Mosaic is grounded in Jewish values and texts. Click here for the Ethos section of the website. Judaism permeates into the general curriculum and is enriched by following themes from the many cycles of the Jewish Year. The whole school community is involved in living these universal values through social action projects, caring for the environment, respecting and valuing each other. Cultural Judaism also enriches the curriculum through art, music, drama, literature and much more.

Do all children participate in the Jewish learning curriculum?

Jewish Studies is integrated into the curriculum from Reception and all children learn about Jewish festivals, as well as the festivals of other faiths. For example, in December 2016, all students participated in a special holiday show, “How the Grinch Stole Chrismakawali!” to help celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Diwali.

Are there daily prayers?

The school’s collective worship is inclusive so that pupils can participate or reflect as appropriate to their beliefs. Every Friday afternoon, pupils and parents gather together for a special ‘Kabbalat Shabbat’ ceremony to welcome the traditional day of rest (Sabbath). This is a distinctive feature of life at Mosaic which often attracts many family members and visitors. On Monday mornings, pupils observe Havdalah in a school-wide assembly to say ‘goodbye’ to Shabbat.

Do boys wear kippot (skull caps)?

Kippot are part of Mosaic’s uniform. Boys are expected to wear kippot during prayers. Some children may choose to wear kippot throughout the day. Girls may also wear kippot if they wish.

Does the school teach an orthodox stream of Judaism or a liberal one?

Mosaic is a cross-communal faith school welcoming pupils of all religions, beliefs and none. The school is not aligned to a particular strand of Judaism. Mosaic’s approach, when discussing all faith traditions and practice, is for teachers to ask “What does your family do?” They will then discuss differing experiences and practices. The Mosaic community is very diverse and importantly inclusive. This is why practices, such as early closure in the winter on Fridays, have been implemented as they respect all levels of observance.

Are other faiths taught at the school?

Yes, the teaching of other major world faiths is part of the R.E. (religious education) curriculum and leads to our children having a clearer understanding of and respect for different faiths and cultures.

Does the school teach about Israel?

Yes, the school teaches about Israel and about a range of other countries over the seven years of a child’s life at Mosaic.

Are there mezuzahs on doorways?

Yes. (A mezuzah is a parchment inscribed with a biblical passage which is attached to the doorpost of a room.)

Are boys required to wear tzitzit (ritual fringes) at school?

This is not part of the school uniform but boys are able to wear tzitzit at Mosaic if they so choose.

Are boys taught about wearing tefillin (a daily prayer ritual)?

At the age of 12, after leaving primary school, it is traditional, in orthodox streams of Judaism, for boys to start laying tefillin.  Should parents seek support in locating a suitable teacher for this once they have left the school, Mosaic is happy to offer appropriate guidance or contacts.

APPLICATIONS

Who can apply?

The school is open to children of all faiths, beliefs and none.

Is it possible to transfer my child(ren) to Mosaic?

Yes. Mosaic has a limited number of places available in Reception to Year 4 for the 2017-18 school year. Please contact the school Administration team to discuss the transfer process at admin@mjps.org.uk.

Will my child get in?

The admissions criteria are: 50% faith places and 50% open places for the local communities. Click here for Mosaic’s admissions policy.

How do I apply to the school?

Mosaic Jewish Primary School is included in Wandsworth Local Authority’s Admissions process for allocating pupils to schools. For faith applications, please request an application form directly from the Administration team at admin@mjps.org.uk.  To apply please follow the links on our admissions page by clicking here.

How can I express my interest in applying for a place at the Mosaic Jewish Primary School?

Please email admin@mjps.org.uk to ensure that the school keeps in touch with you.

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