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JFS head resigns

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-04-27



JFS headteacher Dame Ruth Robins is to step down at the end of this year following 14 years in the role which has seen the north west London Jewish school become one of the country's leading educational institutions.

According to an Ofsted report in 2006, JFS was described as an "outstanding school".

South African-born Dame Ruth has been at JFS since the 1970s and become head in 1993 during her time as head, she oversaw the move from its Camden Town campus to its current facility in Kenton.

"Dame Ruth has served JFS unstintingly for almost her entire professional life, the last 14 as our Headteacher," said Russell Ketthe chairman of the JFS governors in a statement.

"Her outstanding success can be measured in so many ways - the excellent results achieved by our students each year, moving JFS increasingly to such a high position in the league tables; the recognition by Ofsted and Pikuach which each adjudged JFS to be an 'outstanding' school; the many awards and accolades which the School has received during her stewardship, most recently from the Evening Standard; the nurturing and development of innumerable fine teachers, including so many with long-service records, and the finest senior leadership team any school could wish for; the masterminding, along with my predecessor Arnold Wagner, of the development of our new school and the move to Kenton in 2002, providing the best facilities available. All this whilst maintaining a strong Jewish ethos, religious identity and spiritual growth throughout the School's almost 2000 students."

Ketthe added: "We wish Dame Ruth every success as she develops the next stage of her illustrious career."

JFS president Lord Levy commented: "Dame Ruth Robins has truly been one of the outstanding educators in Anglo-Jewry. Her leadership, dedication and commitment to JFS has been outstanding. She has helped to create one of the finest schools in the country."