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Our Aims​

  • To develop in each child a range of skills, talents and values, such as: diligence, tolerance, respect of others, courtesy and general demeanour.

  • To develop in each child their thinking, initiative, self-discipline and creativity.

  • To enable each child to experience success, progress and enjoyment academically, personally and socially.

  • To develop a respect for the environment and an understanding of the world in which we live.

  • To deliver a diverse education which is firmly based on Torah principles and combined with the National Curriculum.

About Leeds Menorah School

The Leeds Menorah School was founded over 45 years ago following a directive of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Dayan Yehuda Refson z”l and his wife Ettie Refson tlcht”a. The school caters to the more observant families in the community who want a stronger kodesh ethos and learning. Mornings are dedicated to limudei kodesh and afternoons to limudei chol. The school is co-ed.

The school has always had a “family” feel to it. Many of the parents are also teachers in the school. The school body has always been diverse and currently has children from Lubavitch, Kollel, Aish and Modern Orthodox backgrounds and the children and parents all get along. The warm and happy atmosphere is an important part of our ethos. This has been very clear in our Charidy campaigns when there have been many warm nostalgic messages of support.

Our kodesh and chol departments are strong, with Mr Bell in particular being a great asset to the school. His chol lessons are “al taharas hakodesh” and his plays and songs legendary - one of them was a winner of the Meaningful Life Chassidic Art competion. 

While the school body has always fluctuated based on which observant families have moved to or stayed in Leeds, there is a recognition that the Leeds Jewish community is at a very good place at the moment, and the school will continue to attract new pupils.


Child Safety


The School’s prime responsibility is the welfare and well being of all children in our care. We work with children, parents and the community to ensure the safety of children and to give them the very best start in life.


Safeguarding includes issues such as health and safety, bullying, meeting the medical needs of children with medical conditions, providing first aid and school security. Child protection refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm. 


We aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of our children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.


 We aim to do this by:

  • Creating an environment that encourages children to develop a positive self-image, regardless of race, language, religion, culture, and home background through our curriculum.

  • Helping children to establish and sustain satisfying relationships within their families, peers and with other adults.

  • Encouraging children to develop a sense of autonomy and independence.

  • Creating within the School a culture of value and respect for the individual.

  • Enabling children to have the self-confidence and the vocabulary to resist inappropriate approaches. 

  • Working in partnership with parents to build their understanding of the commitment to the welfare of all our children. 

  • Providing adequate and appropriate staffing resources to meet the needs of children, meeting regulatory requirements for ratios and class sizes.

  • Introducing key elements of safeguarding into our curriculum, so that children develop an understanding of why and how to keep safe. We ensure that this is carried out in a way that is appropriate for the ages and stages of our children.

  • Ensuring that all parents/carers know how to raise concerns about a staff member or volunteer’s action within the School, which may include allegations of abuse.  Parents have access to a copy of the procedure which is also clearly displayed on our notice board.


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