Hasmonean boys and girls are to study on the same site after the Jewish secondary school got planning permission to merge the premises from Barnet Council planners on Wednesday night.

The long-awaited win comes after growing concerns that the boys’ Hendon campus was becoming over-stretched, with twice as many students as it was originally designed for, so both genders will now learn at the girls’ current Mill Hill site on Page Street.

Headteacher Andrew McClusky had earlier explained the logistical difficulties of splitting teachers across two locations, with additional problems caused by parents having to drop siblings off at different schools.

The planners’ green light paves the way for additional sporting facilities, which Hasmonean parents have long acknowledged is needed. This includes four tennis courts, a sports pitch suitable for year-round use, and a games area which would be made available for local community use.