Pupils claim they were ‘slapped’ by staff and ‘threatened’ at north London Jewish primary school

14:12 22 February 2014

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School


Primary-age pupils claim they were slapped and threatened with being hit at Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School in Stamford Hill, north London, an Ofsted report states.

Concerns were raised by the Department for Education (DfE) over the children’s welfare, quality of the curriculum, teaching, and pupils’ progress – particularly in English and maths.

Ofsted carried out an unannounced visit and the subsequent report, published on February 6, alleged that pupils had told inspectors of incidents where teachers had “given them a small ‘slap’ with the hand” and that others had said it had been threatened as a punishment.

The school declined to comment.

Provision of subjects such as history, geography, science, technology and physical education was deemed to be “inadequate” at the boys’ school, which has 230 pupils on its roll.

In their report, inspectors said “not enough attention” was given to these areas and “pupils were unable to describe in any detail a broad range of activities that they had undertaken in these subjects, especially physical education”.

The report also said pupils were making “inadequate progress in English and mathematics” and the curriculum was “too narrow”.

In addition, boys with special educational needs and limited English were found to be struggling to understand and complete their work, with teachers “not adequately meeting their needs”.

The report said pupils had a “very limited” understanding of other cultures and faiths and only a “sketchy” understanding of public institutions and services in England. They told the inspector that they had “little involvement in their local and wider community other than their immediate religious community”.

Senior staff’s child protection training certificates were also said to be out of date.

A range of recommendations for improvement have been made by the inspectors.

Ofsted previously carried out two inspections in 2012.

Cazenove ward Cllr Abraham Jacobson said: “It’s a long-established school which is run on a shoestring budget. It does not get money from the council and is run by volunteers. It does give a good education. I think it’s one of the best schools around.

“Physical education is a problem as the school doesn’t have a playing field.

“The school will be discussing and looking into all the issues and trying to address them.”

Latest East London News Stories


The Royal London Hospital hosted an party for some of its younger patients offering them a chance to meet others who face similar challenges.

Yesterday, 15:23

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man following yesterday’s discovery of a suspicious item on a tube train heading to Canary Wharf.

Yesterday, 11:00

New data released ahead of the UK’s largest LGBT careers conference shows that more people are worried about workplace discrimination based on their sexuality than last year.

Yesterday, 09:30

Police have released CCTV footage of two suspects they wish to identify and speak to in connection with a commercial burglary.

Yesterday, 08:14

A controlled explosion was carried out on the London Underground by anti-terrorist police after a suspect package was discovered on a train heading to Canary Wharf.

Thu, 19:00

With childhood obesity becoming a growing problem across the country the council is calling on residents to share their views on how to tackle the issue.

Thu, 17:30

Secondary school pupils were pitted against children from neighbouring boroughs for the first part of the Schools Indoor Rowing Challenge.

Thu, 16:07

The police watchdog has stepped in to carry out investigations into the arrests of two young people in Tower Hamlets after videos of the controversial incidents went viral.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now