Aims, Vision and Ethos

Gesher Aims

Gesher is an independent Jewish primary special school that offers children with special educational needs an exemplary and tailored education.  Gesher ensures that each child’s needs are met through a whole and multi-therapeutic team approach.  Gesher gives children the confidence and resilience to maximise their potential and where appropriate access opportunities for inclusion, the school works closely with families and Local Authorities to support this process.  Gesher provides facilities for the research into understanding Autism in primary aged children, and as such methods of assessing, advising and providing education for them.

Gesher Vision 

At Gesher pupil well-being is at the core of our vision, our aims are for pupils to be:

Engaged – happy, safe and resilient

Educated – engaged and in meaningful learning and achieving

Empowered – developing their independence, communication and life skills

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 

Gesher warmly welcomes any child from any Jewish background.  The school has a Modern Orthodox approach. Gesher’s Jewish ethos is translated into a variety of teaching methods.  Children learn both from the school’s curriculum and culture via differing methods of action, including celebration, learning and playing.  The school observes Shabbat and Chagim with early closing on Fridays in the winter months.  Jewish Values, ‘Veahavta Lareach hakomacha’, treating all with respect, lie at the heart of the school’s philosophy.

Gesher promotes the warmth and essence of the Jewish religion; this is embedded throughout the curriculum.  Through this, we instill an understanding of the Jewish religion in the context of the wider world in which we live today and framework of other religions.

Whilst Gesher is Jewish faith school it places importance on teaching its pupils British values and celebrating the diversity of races and religions in the country.  The school promotes a culture of inclusivity and understanding amongst the pupils and will forge relationships with other local schools so that Gesher children can learn about other cultures.  Gesher places great importance on teaching its pupils about and respect for British values and establishments including the monarchy, history, and the civic establishments that underpin our society such as the police force and fire brigade. This includes lessons, outings to museums and inviting speakers into the school.