A local MP praised the work of the only Jewish special needs school in the Borough of Barnet on a visit on Friday 14 February. Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, spent the morning at Kisharon Day School in Finchley Road NW11.
The school is run by the charity Kisharon which provides education, work opportunities and supported living for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
He met with Head Teacher Sora Kopfstein, Chief Executive Dr Beverley Jacobson, Chairman Phillip Goldberg, Trustee David Rasouly and Fundraising and Communications Director, Richard Franklin.
Dr Jacobson said that due to medical advances, there had been a significant increase in the number of children with complex needs since the school began. He was shown around the seven classrooms.
He also heard of the importance of pupils gaining independence at secondary school level in the hope of moving into supported living home. Dr Jacobson said: “The expectations for people with learning difficulties who are leaving school, is very different now – we have really turned things round for our students. Many have jobs in the local community and their social network has quadrupled. “
Mike Freer MP said: “Living in the area, I’ve known Kisharon a long time and I’ve always been supportive; I’m quietly amazed at the work they do and how much they can cram into a small area. It is a testament to the parents and the staff, and a joy to see how the children respond.”
Photos © John Rifkin/Courtesy of Kisharon