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Yavneh College, Borehamwood, welcomes new head Spencer Lewis
Inspiring students to learn about other cultures is a top priority for a Jewish school’s new headteacher.
Spencer Lewis, who took up the role at Yavneh College, Hillside Avenue, Borehamwood, this week is keen for pupils to integrate with other schools in the area.
The 46-year-old was appointed to the role after former head Dr Dena Coleman died just days before she was due to retire last term.
He said: “It’s important to form partnerships with other schools in the area and plan joint activities with students and staff. That way we can learn together.
“Jewish schools are just for Jewish children but we aren’t exclusive and we aren’t cutting ourselves off. We will be very involved in all sorts of aspects of society.
“We want to integrate with others from the community, showing them our culture so we can learn about theirs.”
Mr Lewis hopes to draw on his 22 years experience as a teacher to help the school hold onto its outstanding Ofsted rating.
Before joining Yavneh College, he taught Jewish studies at King Solomon High School in East London, where he was also the head teacher.
During the first term, Mr Lewis will observe lessons and decide where improvements can be made.
The father-of-one added: “This is such a special job. I was inspired to become a teacher when I was involved in Jewish youth movements and that developed.
“It’s fulfilling - it’s the best job in the world.”
He is also keen to make sure Dr Coleman’s memory lives on in the school and the governors have set up a memorial trust in her name.
The students will also plan an event in her memory over the next few months.
He added: “I knew Dr Coleman very well and it was a loss for all of us. I’ve got big shoes to fill, she was very successful and inspiring.
“It’s a great honour to take over from her, but nothing will ever replace her legacy in the school.”
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