King David School, Manchester
|Motto||"Emet ve'Emunah" - "True and faithful"|
|Head Teacher||Brian Levy|
|Deputy Head Teacher||Hilary Edis|
|Staff||c. 100|
The King David School located in Manchester, United Kingdom is a mixed, voluntary aided Jewish Orthodox academy school. The school has been awarded Specialist Maths and Computing College status. In 2007, over 850 pupils attended the school. The headteacher, as of 2005, is Mr Brian Levy.
The school's motto is "Emet Ve'emunah", which is a Hebrew phrase meaning "truth and faith".
The main funder of the school, as well as head of governors, is Mr. Joshua Rowe.
In December 2010, a new school building was opened, after around a year of building work, situated next to the old building. This new development was funded as part of the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) scheme. It was one of the last schools to successfully receive funding, and was estimated to cost around £20 million.
The school ethos is based on traditional Jewish values which are regarded as the basis of Christian and British values. These include such things as 'love thy neighbor as thyself', 'love the stranger', tolerance and respect for people of different faiths and religions, democratic values, the rule of law, tolerance of and respect for fellow citizens, politeness helpfulness and assistance to all, etc.
Coat of Arms
The KDHS Coat of Arms, which the School displays on all documentation and uniform, consists of the harp of King David. The KDHS Coat of Arms harp, along with lions on either side, with the schools motto written in Hebrew beneath.
Sixth form leadership
The school each year elects a new team of Heads, Deputies, and Prefects. The Head Boy and Head Girl have the role of supervising sectors such as events, charity drives, and student council. Their role is also to oversee all deputies. Deputies are assigned to one of the four sectors, mentioned before, and are assigned by the Head Boy and Head Girl at the start of a year. Prefects are used for large-scale projects arranged by teachers, and the Head Boy and Girl.
Following the completion of the new school building in 2010, most departments are situated in the new site. The Music department has its own building on the other side of campus, with dedicated facilities. The Drama department occupy what used to be the reception building of the old school. The secondary building, named the playground block, was built in 2005. This now holds the English department, the Geography department, the ICT department, and the Business/Economics department. The new building (finished 2010) houses both the King David Primary school and the high school, each having their own hall. The school also offers dedicated science labs, equipped for both GCSE and A/AS-Level science practicals.
The King David High School also houses two playgrounds, one nicknamed "the top pitch" primarily used for sports activities, and one more asphalt based playground to the east of the new building, used for pupil recreation.
David: The King David Class is for pupils destined for success, though not necessarily through the traditional academic route.
The courses created for this stream are designed to enable pupils to go on to achieve significant success both in higher education and in the competitive world of industry and commerce.
Saul: There is another traditional academic stream operating within the school. It is called the Saul Class and was established for pupils who attain ‘grammar school’ standards. Pupils are placed alongside their peers, and follow educational programmes designed to match their abilities.
Solomon: Solomon is the class for the most academically gifted children. These children are taught with their own peer group. The pace set for the Solomon Class is very demanding.
Pupils have the chance to change sets, via two internal examinations, sat in the winter and summer terms and covering all subjects.
Every year the school organises charity work for all pupils in all years. In 2011 the charity chosen was Magen David Adom, in 2012 it was Zichron Menachem and in 2014 it was Leket (food supplies for poor families). With this the school continually hosts events in order to raise money for these and other charities.
The school uses computerized behavioural management software (IRIS). IRIS is split into two sections, positive and negative. Rewards are granted and penalties imposed according to the pupils' IRIS records.