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Aims, Vision & Ethos

Gesher is an Outstanding Independent Jewish Primary Special School that offers children with additional needs an exemplary and tailored education.  Gesher ensures that each child’s needs are met through a whole and multi-therapeutic team approach with well-being at the core.  Gesher gives children the confidence and resilience to maximise their potential and flourish to the highest of their abilities.

The school aims to work closely with families and Local Authorities to support the needs of each individual child.  Gesher provides facilities for the research into understanding an array of special educational needs in primary aged children, and as such methods of assessing, advising and providing education for them.

Gesher Vision

Alongside pupil well-being being at the core of our vision, we aim to Engage, Educate and Empower each of our pupils. Gesher strives to build on their strengths giving them access and opportunities to be a part of both the Jewish Community and society in general.

Gesher Ethos

Gesher’s ethos fosters a culture of respect, kindness and understanding.  Our philosophy is based on four key propositions:

  • The importance of relationships in the education of young people
  • The importance of a holistic approach to the education of young people
  • The importance of building resilience in young people
  • The importance of responding to each young person’s needs and aspirations

Gesher Jewish Values

‘Ve’ahavta Lareach Ha’Kamocha’, which translates to Love Thy Neighbour Like Yourself, is the Jewish Value that underpins all aspects of both religious and secular learning at Gesher. The idea of treating others with the same level of respect, tolerance, love and kindness we would want shown to us, lies at the heart of the school’s philosophy and translates to a wide range of teaching methods undertaken by the staff at Gesher.

Whilst the children learn in accordance to the school’s adapted curriculum, they also learn through exploration of Jewish culture via celebrations, social action and play. We believe it is through exploration and play that the students learn to embrace the warmth and true essence of the Jewish religion. It is through these outlets that we are able to instil an understanding and love of Judaism in the context of both our immediate surroundings as well as the wider global community.

Whilst Gesher is a Jewish faith school, and follows the principles that underpin Modern Orthodox Judaism, we warmly welcome children from both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds to apply. As such, whilst we aim to cultivate a love for G-d and Torah, we also place a strong emphasis on ensuring all students are taught to honour British Values and celebrate the diversity of different races and religions.

Gesher promotes a culture of inclusivity and understanding, and ensures that the students cultivate a mutual respect for the monarchy, British history and the civil establishments that underpin our society.
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Jewish Ethos

The underpinning Jewish Ethos that we imbed across the school is “Ve’Ahavta La’Reach Hakamocha”. This translates to Love Thy Neighbour Like Yourself, is the Jewish Value that underpins all aspects of both religious and secular learning at Gesher.

The idea of treating others with the same level of respect, tolerance, love and kindness we would want shown to us, lies at the heart of the school’s philosophy and translates to a wide range of teaching methods undertaken by the staff at Gesher. Whilst the children learn in accordance to the school’s adapted curriculum, they also learn through exploration of Jewish culture via celebrations, social action and play.

We believe it is through exploration and play that the students learn to embrace the warmth and true essence of the Jewish religion. It is through these outlets that we are able to instill an understanding and love of Judaism in the context of both our immediate surroundings as well as the wider global community.