Located in the heart of Stoke Newington, our school is part of a diverse and vibrant local community. We are in the centre of one of the largest Charedi orthodox Jewish communities in Europe and we value highly this unique local environment and the enriched understanding it offers our children of what it means to be Jewish. Many of our pupils have grandparents and great-grandparents whose roots are in Hackney or neighbouring Tower Hamlets and we are very proud to contribute to Jewish life in this exciting part of London.
Through our partnership with the Three Faiths Forum our pupils have worked with local Muslim and Catholic schools whilst the local Jewish bakery Indig’s Heimishe Bakery supplies challot for parents to buy for Shabbat on Fridays after school. We have strong links with the local Jewish Care day centre and local synagogues.
Simon Marks has well established and strong relationships with the wider Jewish community and have hosted a number of events attended by high profile community dignitaries including the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the President of the Board of Deputies Vivian Wineman and local MP Diane Abbott.
Our choir has represented the school at a number of community events including Hackney’s commemorations of Holocaust Memorial Day and, during the 2012 London Olympics, a ceremony to unveil a memorial plaque for the Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972.