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Clore Shalom, the Pluralist Jewish Primary School in Hertfordshire, is celebrating this week following the appointment of a new Headteacher.  This appointment brings an end to the period of interim leadership that has been in place since January 2016.  Mrs Karen Cohen will officially take up her new role in January 2017 but is already working to connect with the School Community and to ensure a smooth transition.  Staff and Families have responded positively to the appointment and to the security that this represents.

Mrs Cohen started her teaching Career at Clore Shalom in 2001 and has held leadership positions within several different Jewish Schools. She has also worked as a consultant, advising other schools on improvement strategies and a tutor within the Jewish Teacher Training Programme.  Mrs Cohen is currently the Deputy Headteacher of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School.

Katie Adams, Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, said:

"It's been an unsettling time for the whole School Community.   Although we have received excellent support from Herts for Learning and the Interim Leaders, Clore Shalom requires the right Substantive Headteacher.  Without this, the School starts to lose the special feeling that has always made Clore Shalom such a wonderful place and a warm Community to be a part of.  We are confident that this appointment will put an end to the period of instability and allow the whole School Community to move forward with confidence."

Simon Ezequiel, Chair of the Governing Body, said:

"When we started our search, we made a single promise to the School Community - that we would only make an appointment once we had found the right candidate - someone with the academic credentials to move our School forwards and the empathy to be able to connect with the Clore Shalom community.  The Appointment Panel was unanimous in its decision that Mrs Cohen is the candidate that we have been searching for and we are exceptionally grateful that, having started her career at Clore Shalom over fifteen years ago, Mrs Cohen is returning to us now, to help us at this exciting time."

Mrs Cohen said:

"I am absolutely thrilled to have been appointed the Headteacher of Clore Shalom School.  Clore Shalom has always held a special place in my heart and I'm thrilled to be returning to the place where my professional journey started.  I look forward to leading the School in this new chapter and working with the whole School Community at this exciting time.”