The Senior Leadership Team
Our staff are led by a team of committed and experienced professionals who work together to lead the strategic implementation of our school vision. We are proud that our SLT is made up of those who have long careers within JFS alongside those who have had experiences in other educational settings.
Rachel Fink – Headteacher
Rachel Fink was appointed headteacher of JFS School in June 2018. Her role as headteacher includes that of Head of Jewish Life and Learning. Prior to this, she had been Headteacher of Hasmonean High School (Girls) for 8 years having taught there since 2002. Rachel holds a BSc in Chemistry from UCL and an MA in Jewish Education from Kings’ College London. She also attained her NPQH headteacher qualification in 2014. Rachel trained as a teacher at Michlalah College in Jerusalem, Israel and taught in an Israeli high school for 7 years before returning to the United Kingdom. She is a graduate of both the Ashdown Fellowship and Bradfield Women’s Programmes both of which are aimed at developing Leadership within the Anglo Jewry educational system. Rachel was also a participant in the Cambridge Coexist interfaith project. She has taken a lead role in supporting the development of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Jewish Schools and has expertise in Holocaust Education. Rachel is a graduate of the Harvard School of Education LEV Leadership programme and a WOHL scholar.
Chief Operating Officer
Richard joined JFS as Chief Operating Officer in May 2021, from PA Consulting, where he was a senior member of the strategy consulting team.
Richard has held a number of senior operational posts in the past, including being the Global Operations Director at the Financial Times.
He has previously been a school governor and chair of the finance committee, and also the chair and trustee at a local Hertfordshire synagogue.
He is currently a board member at a multi academy schools trust in Hertfordshire.
Richard holds an engineering degree from St John’s College, Oxford University, and an MBA from London Business School.
Simon joined JFS in 2002 as Head of Music and has since served as Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher before reverting to Deputy Headteacher (School Improvement) with the arrival of Rachel Fink. Simon completed his NPQH in January 2018 in addition to a BA (Hons) in Music (UEA) and an MA in Music Education (IoE). Mr Appleman is responsible for oversight of KS4, line management of English and strategic aspects of School Improvement.
Rabbi Howard Cohen
Rabbi Howard Cohen joined JFS as Deputy Headteacher in January 2019. He oversees all aspects of student pastoral care, personal development, and inclusion. Rabbi Cohen also assists the headteacher in embedding the modern orthodox ethos into the life of the school. Rabbi Cohen studied in Israel at Yeshivat HaMivtar and then undertook a degree in Psychology at Westminster University. He then embarked on his career in education. Rabbi Cohen began teaching Jewish Studies at JFS, and gained QTS at King Solomon High School where he was promoted to Head of Department. During his time at King Solomon, Rabbi Cohen completed the Ashdown Fellowship and in 2008 he received smicha from Pirchei Shoshanim and Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. After five successful years at King Solomon, Rabbi Cohen joined Yavneh College to assist in establishing their Special Education Needs department, where he became a nationally accredited SENCo. He then joined Hasmonean as Assistant Headteacher and honed his skills in pastoral care. Rabbi Cohen also has an MA in Jewish Education from Birkbeck College, London.
Director of Operations
Jamie has been the Director of Operations at JFS since April 2017. With a BSc in Economics from Queen Mary University and an MA in Jewish Education from Birkbeck College he is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at Cass Business School. Jamie spent a year working for Bnei Akiva before joining JFS in 2004 and serving as Head of Informal Education, Head of Community Liaison and Director of Communications. He is responsible for all aspects of Communications, Finance, Fundraising, HR and works with the Headteacher on strategic planning.
Dharmesh has been at JFS since September 2016. He has a Degree in mathematics from the University of Manchester and completed his teacher training at Kings’ College London. He is passionate about learning and improving outcomes for our students. He has close to 20 years’ experience of working in education and has taught in a variety of schools in London and as far as China and Mexico as a subject leader and as part of senior leadership teams. At JFS he has a wide range of leadership responsibilities with a focus on data and assessment.
Raynn was appointed Assistant Headteacher in 2018 with oversight for Pastoral and Wellbeing within the school. In addition to this, he is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school. He is responsible for all aspects of Behaviour and Safeguarding and works closely with the Headteacher on Wellbeing. With a BSc and an HDE from the University of Cape Town, Raynn joined JFS after a career as a professional rugby player.
Anna joined JFS in September 2017 and in 2018 became Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning. Prior to this, she was the Professional Development Co-ordinator and KS5 Co-ordinator for English. She has been also been employed as Director of Sixth form and Head of English across two schools. She studied English and History at Lancaster University achieving a BA Honours degree. She attained her PGCE at Leeds University. In her new role, she will be responsible for the strategic leadership of Teaching and Learning throughout the School and ensuring the effective dissemination of good practice in order to support student progress.
Oliver Walton joined JFS in September 2018, after six years at Hasmonean High School. Oliver has a PhD in English literature and an MA in Modern Literatures in English (both from the University of London). His first degree, and still a passion, was in Ancient History and Classical Studies. For the last five years Oliver was Head of Year 10 and 11 at Hasmonean and is now Assisistant Head Teacher – Head of Sixth Form at JFS.