Visiting Torah Temimah

This page contains information about the school to assist people planning a visit, including Inspectors (Ofsted, Pikuach etc.) and others, who may find such information useful prior to notifying us of their visit.

We aim to make our visitors feel welcome. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can assist you and make your time in our school more productive and comfortable.

To see our Term Dates  click here: School Calendar 2016-17. Our term dates (including half terms) do not coincide with those of our neighbouring maintained schools as we close for many of the Jewish festivals, the calendar dates of which vary from year to year. For most of the year we close early on Fridays, as well as on the last school day prior to some Jewish religious festivals, to allow pupils and staff to prepare for and observe the Jewish Sabbath and festivals: these closing times are indicated on the Term Dates pages and can not be extended. There are also a number of other dates indicated, usually on or around minor religious festive days, when there are special programmes on or off site and which visitors may therefore wish to avoid in order to ensure that time spent with us is used productively. For confirmation and to check for any further changes please contact the school office.

Security: We reserve the right to ask all visitors for robust photographic proof of identity and of their bona fides, and to refuse access where we have reasonable grounds for doing so. Our security guard may require bags etc. to be searched. We ask for your understanding and cooperation. Our building and its environs are monitored by recorded CCTV.

Food and drink: As a Jewish school, we respectfully request that visitors do not bring non-kosher food onto the premises. However, we are happy to provide a kosher hot lunch and refreshments to visitors on request at least a day in advance. We may charge for this service at cost price. If you wish to bring your own food, kosher food is available at a large number of retail outlets in Golders Green and Hendon, about 10 minutes’ drive from the school. Details of some of these outlets are available online by searching for “kosher food NW11” or by clicking here (disclaimer: we are not responsible for the content of external web sites).

Access for people with restricted mobility: Unfortunately, only the main part of the ground floor of the building (some classrooms) is fully disabled accessible, with level access and no steps. We have a disabled-accessible ground floor toilet for visitors. Our building is a Grade 2 listed building and we are limited in our ability to make adaptations. Access to the first and second floors, which includes classrooms, the hall, offices and meeting rooms, is via staircases only. We have limited meeting rooms (the largest is on the second floor) but we are usually able to make a small room available for visitors’ use, sufficient for 2-3 people. This may be in an outdoor wooden cabin (complete with power and heating) or portacabin, and access to these rooms may mean negotiating a lip at the door or may be via one or two steps.

ICT: We have a good on-site secure wifi network with internet access and we are happy to provide wifi access to visitors on request. We request that visitors do not use mobile phones in classrooms, corridors or areas where children are. Please turn phones to a silent/vibrate setting when entering the school.

Site and travel: The school is housed in a converted former synagogue which is a 1930s grade 2 listed building. Information about the school and its history, and that of its building, is on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torah_Temimah_Primary_School. However, that is not an official school web site, and the school is not responsible for its content.

We are located at: Parkside, Dollis Hill, London NW2 6RJ. We have no on-site parking spaces. There is normally ample on-street free parking available within close walking distance of the school. Please do not use the car park of the neighbouring estate as this is private property. The closest tube station is Dollis Hill (Jubilee Line), about 800 metres / 10 minutes walk away across Gladstone Park. Bus routes 232, 245 and 332 pass nearby.

School day: Staff arrive from about 8.15 a.m., as most attend daily synagogue services near their homes. It is not usually possible for staff or visitors to arrive earlier than this. The school day starts at 8.45 a.m. Lessons finish at 3.30 p.m. in Early Years, 3.45 p.m. in Years 1–3, and 5.00 p.m. in Years 4–6 (Jewish Studies only from 3.45 p.m. onwards). On Fridays between October and March we finish earlier, depending on the time of sunset, to allow pupils and staff time to get home and prepare for the Sabbath.

Dress: Torah Temimah is an orthodox Jewish school and we ask visitors to respect our values in their mode of dress. We request that male visitors dress ‘smart casual’ or formal, and that Jewish male visitors cover their head with a kuppel (skullcap). We request that female visitors, both Jewish and non-Jewish, dress smartly and modestly with high necklines, at least mid-length sleeves, and legs covered to below the knee; skirts or dresses are preferable to trousers. Thank you for your understanding and sensitivity.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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