Senior Leadership Team
Head Teacher: Mr Anthony Wolfson B.Ed(Hons); MA; M.Ed; NPQH
Anthony Wolfson has been in Primary Education since 1985 and has been a Head Teacher in Jewish Primary Education since 2002. In 2002 Anthony's first Headship was at Torah Temimah Primary School a Voluntary Aided School in the London Borough of Brent where he successfully led the school for 8 years. During this time, he saw the school through two successful Ofsted inspections. Anthony was also Head Teacher at Rosh Pinah Primary for 3 years and then Head Teacher at Tashbar Primary School an Independent school for boys in Edgware for 4 years. He led Tashbar Primary through an unannounced HMI led Ofsted inspection in June 2014 where the school was judged to be good in all areas.
In 2001 Anthony gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) whilst still a Deputy Head. Anthony gained an MA Degree from the University of London in Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 1992 and an M.Ed degree from the University of Bath School of Education in Education Management in 2004. In 2003, Anthony was granted eligibility by Ofsted to undertake Ofsted Inspection Skills training which he did with ICP, one of the Inspection Contractors at that time. In 2006, Anthony completed the Leadership Programme for Serving Head Teachers (LPSH) with the National College for School Leadership and in 2013 he completed the Ashdown Fellowship Programme along with 9 other Jewish Primary Head Teachers run by the UJIA in conjunction with the Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL), then part of the University of Manchester.
Anthony was Deputy Head and Year 6 Class Teacher at Hasmonean Primary School, Hendon for 5 years and previously taught and held senior positions in a number of schools in London including positions as Head of Year at Sinai School in Brent and and Senior Key Stage 2 Teacher at Wolfson Hillel in Enfield. He started his career as a Class Teacher at North West London Jewish Day School in Willesden.
Mr Wolfson has also worked as a consultant to an academic institution helping to develop programme content for a BA and MA in Education and has lectured on this programme. He trained as a Pikuach (Religious Studies / Section 48) Inspector in 2016. For many years, Anthony mentored SCITT trainees. In more recent years, Anthony has mentored teachers and teaching assistants helping them to gain Qualified Teacher Status and he has supported some aspiring Head Teachers to gain the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Many of those that Anthony has supported are themselves now leading schools or heading departments.
Aside from Education, Anthony is very passionate about music and singing. On the musical side, he was Chazan at Wembley United Synagogue for 20 years from 1991- 2011 and still officiates at Wembley over the Yamim Noraim and he davens regularly at a number of his local shuls during the rest of the year. He studied voice production and singing with a number of prominent coaches including Norman Welsby a former Principal Baritone of the English National Opera. Since starting at NRPS, he has encouraged the formation of a new school choir under the direction of the specialist Music Teacher and wholeheartedly supported a new Kodesh Department initiative in September 2017 introducing weekly Hebrew Singing lessons in all classes covering a range of both Ashkenazi and Sefardi music with Rav Yonatan Malachi.
Head of Kodesh and Head of Pastoral : Rabbi Joshua Conway
Rabbi Conway joined us in September 2018 from his post as Assistant Headteacher at Menorah Foundation Primary School. Rabbi Conway is an alumnus of Hasmonean High School. After spending four years at Yeshivas Bais Yisroel and Mir, Rabbi Conway graduated with a first class honours degree. He then worked for a Technology Start-Up before leaving to pursue a career in teaching. Rabbi Conway has taught both Kodesh and secular subjects, led the Kodesh Special Needs department, and has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Menorah Foundation. As Assistant Headteacher, he has written and implemented progressive curricula integrating Kodesh and Secular subjects. He is the Youth Rabbi at Beis Hamedrash Beis Yisroel (Dayan Ehrentreu's shul) and is proud to be an Apple Teacher and a Jewish Interactive Ambassador.
Teaching Deputy Head : Mrs Shelley Cohen
Shelley Cohen made a tremendous impact in her role as a teacher at Sacks Morasha in Finchley. Mrs Cohen is an outstanding teacher having been trained on The International Centre for Leadership in Teaching & Learning OLEVI Outstanding Teacher Programme. The OTP programme is endorsed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and has gained a national reputation for raising standards in teaching and learning.
We are thrilled to have such a high calibre Deputy Head on our Senior Leadership Team. Although only starting at NRPS in September 2017, Mrs Cohen is already having an impact supporting the Head Teacher in rapidly developing key areas of teaching and learning, assessment, marking and feedback and tracking pupil progress.
Interim School Bursar: Mr Martyn Ellis BA FCMA
Martyn joined our team at the start of the summer term 2018. He is a fully qualified CIMA accountant experienced in business services, utilities and manufacturing, charities, small and medium-sized enterprises and larger corporate.
Head of Early Years: Mrs Madeline Fraser
Madeline Fraser has been working in education since 1992. Initially she was a Kodesh teacher and she went on to gain Qualified Teacher Status with the LSJS through their Registered Teachers Program. Madeline has previously taught at Ilford Jewish Primary School and Avidgor Primary School in Stoke Newington.
Madeline has been teaching at Nancy Reuben Primary school since 2005, as the Head of Early Years and Reception teacher, she is also the school’s Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead and a qualified First Aider.
The Early Years at NRPS is thriving due to the dedication of the warm and nurturing members of staff and Madeline stresses the importance of the children feeling safe and secure within a stimulating learning environment.
As a long-standing member of staff at NRPS, Madeline feels that one of the key strengths of the school is the good communication between parents and staff and with this in mind, she is happy to answer any questions that you may have and would be proud to show you our thriving Early Years Department in action.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator: Renee Sonenfield B.Ed
Renee joined NRPS in 2005 after having had many years’ experience working in Special Needs. She trained in Birmingham and specialised in Dyslexia. Renee has built up the School’s SENDCo Department and is supported by a number of Assistants who provide comprehensive support for our children.
Renee is our Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead and has completed many CPD training courses in all areas of safeguarding and child protection. She is also part of our pastoral team and ensures that every child is well looked after and supported to reach their full potential.
Renee is passionate about helping to move the school forward and she is always on hand to listen and guide children, parents and teachers where it is needed.