A primary school has appointed a new head teacher to lead it into its second decade.

Hannah Martin has joined Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School in Mill Hill from Clore Shalom Primary School, where she helped transform its performance as deputy head and inclusion leader.

Joining in 2017 as part of a new senior leadership team installed to transform the school after it had been rated as ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted, she helped it achieve a 'good’ rating in 2019, when inspectors commended the school’s leadership.

Prior to Clore Shalom she spent 12 years at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in Radlett, including a number of years on its SLT as SENCo and assistant head.

Due to take up her role in September, Mrs Martin said: “I am delighted to be able to take up the role of headteacher at Etz Chaim. I have already heard lovely things about the parent body, children and staff and am very much looking forward to getting to know everyone and becoming part of their school community.”

Chair of governors Marc Meyer said: “We are thrilled to be able to appoint an experienced school leader to become our new headteacher to lead us into our second decade.

"Hannah impressed us with her clear passion for supporting children and staff to be the best they can be, both educationally and personally. As a governing body, we are looking forward to working with her to take Etz Chaim from strength to strength over the coming years.”

Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School was opened in Mill Hill for the 2011/12 academic year as one of London’s first Free Schools. It caters for children from Reception to Year 6.

Mrs Martin replaces Yvonne Baron, who was the founding headteacher in 2011.

Mr Meyer adds: “On behalf of the whole Governing Body, I wish to sincerely thank Mrs Baron for her extraordinary contribution sustained over 10 years, in building a successful Jewish primary school in the Mill Hill community. We wish her every success in her future endeavours.”