Simon Marks Primary scoops top health award from London Mayor Sadiq Khan

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Simon Marks Primary scoops top health award from London Mayor Sadiq Khan

The Jewish school based in Hackney was presented with a gold award at a ceremony at City Hall last week

L-R: Simon Marks Primary teacher Syed Gilani, learning mentor Jackie Osborne, with Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney
L-R: Simon Marks Primary teacher Syed Gilani, learning mentor Jackie Osborne, with Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School has scooped up a top health award sponsored by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan this year.

It was the only Jewish primary to have been presented with gold and silver awards this year at a ceremony at City Hall attended by Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Joanne McCartney.

The Healthy Schools London, which also offers bronze and silver awards, was launched in 2013 to encourage health and well-being among schoolchildren.

To win the top gold award, schools are encouraged to apply and show they have made changes to engage and help pupils maintain a healthy weight, lifestyle and well-being.

Simon Marks introduced a number of measures to promote health and well-being, including encouraging children to participate in physical activities during break times and introducing salad bars, juices and smoothies to the lunch menu.

Headteacher Gulcan Metin Asdoyuran said: “We are thrilled to be the first and only school in Hackney to receive the GOLD Healthy Schools award. To be recognized for our efforts is wonderful. Health and Wellbeing is very important at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School and it has been wonderful to see all our children and staff enjoying our many initiatives.”

Teacher Syed Gilani, who attended the ceremony with learning mentor Jackie Osborne, congratulated parents, pupil and staff for their efforts throughout the year.

“Simon Marks Jewish Primary School is the only school in Hackney to have achieved the gold award and so it was an extremely proud moment for me and Ms Osborne to receive this reward on behalf of our school. This would not have been possible without the children’s efforts throughout the year, the continuous support from parents as well as all staff. Well done,” he said.

Other Jewish schools have received gold awards in previous years, including Beit Shvidler Primary School in 2016 and Wolfson Hillel Primary School the previous year.

In a statement, McCartney said: “I am extremely proud to be an ambassador for the Healthy Schools London programme and hope Thursday’s event inspires many more schools to sign up to the scheme.

“One of the best parts of my job is visiting schools across the city to see first-hand the fantastic work they are doing to improve the health and wellbeing of young Londoners.

”It’s so important that London’s schools support pupils and their families in taking ownership of their physical and mental health, equipping them with good habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: