Naima Jewish Preparatory School is an independent co-educational school based in Maida Vale, London. It was founded in 1983, starts at 2+ and goes through to 11. Class sizes are of around 22 children.
The school follows a curriculum that extends beyond the guidelines provided by the National Curriculum and is developed to provide a broad and balanced education across English, Mathematics and Science, as well as History, Geography, Art, Music, Information Communication Technology, Physical Education and Sports.
In addition, the Jewish Studies lessons at Naima educate its children in order to acquire a love of the Torah, and to have respect and appreciation for Israel. It aims to impart knowledge and understanding of Torah and its mitzvot so that the children conduct themselves according to Jewish practice and values in day to day life.
All children learn to develop a facility in reading, writing and understanding Hebrew. Daily prayers are held to establish familiarity, and wherever possible, secular and Jewish activities are integrated in the fields of music, art and language.
Extra-curricular lessons are provided for piano and guitar. Weekly after-school clubs are offered for football, design and technology, choir, multi-sports, Ivrit, and Jewish activities. There are active lunchtime clubs for multi-sports, choir, and chess. A Torah club meets weekly for tefillah, breakfast and Jewish learning. The school competes in sports matches against other schools.
The school takes full advantage of the rich variety of resources available at many museums, botanical gardens, theatre workshops, book fairs and concerts in London. Other trips include: special residential ﬁeld trips out of London where children participate in geographical, historical and scientiﬁc ﬁeld studies and shabbaton weekends. Children regularly take part in drama workshops to enforce history learning and imaginative activity, and enjoy visits from chamber music quartets, book fairs, and theatrical groups.
In its Independent Schools Inspectorate report in May 2018, inspectors said: “The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.”