Immanuel College

Welcome from Head Master

Choosing the right school for your son or daughter is often seen as a difficult but crucial decision for parents. I am very pleased to commend to you Immanuel College, Bushey and guarantee you a warm welcome should you choose to visit us to see what it is that we have to offer.

Immanuel is a highly successful, modern orthodox, co-educational, independent Jewish day school, located in south-west Hertfordshire in an area which can genuinely be described as a leafy suburb, but within easy reach of north London. It currently has 700 pupils, including approximately 120 in the Preparatory School (which opened in 2011) and it has a thriving and growing Sixth Form.  It is characterised by exceptional academic standards, outstanding pastoral care and a renowned programme of Jewish study which complements the demanding academic curriculum and the wide range of extra-curricular activities.

The atmosphere at the College is one of happy, fulfilled young people, fully engaged in the life of the school community, aspirational and committed to their studies. We aim to help our students learn to succeed and find happiness far into the future, and to achieve this we have a skilled and caring staff who help individuals to be the best they can be. Relations between the pupils and the staff are open, warm and mutually supportive, characteristics which are also found in the wider Immanuel community of parents and alumni.

We believe that our students should cultivate their individuality in the context of a strong team and community spirit and should be taught both leadership skills and how to join others to build successful enterprises. We work to ensure that young people in our care learn to inhabit and relish their Jewish identity as a familiar part of their everyday working, sporting and social selves, not as an after-thought separated from academic study or progress in the wider world. Moreover, we are providing an environment which contributes to Menschlichkeit, a moral maturity and Jewish righteousness where Immanuel students graduate from the College with a sense of justice, fairness, honesty and a considerate attitude to others as well as an understanding of their place in a multi-cultural and pluralistic society.

We are proud of our academic results, our provision of art, music, drama and sport as well as our unforgettable school trips and visits and we are forever developing our facilities which now include a theatre, a fitness suite, a newly-designed dining room, state-of-the-art science laboratories and the Atar-Zwillenberg Beit HaKnesset which is used for both formal and informal Jewish learning. 

Immanuel stands uniquely at the intersection of the collegiate worlds of the elite HMC organisation and Jewish education. We have been frequently ranked in the top 60 independent schools in the country and we are famous for our students securing entry to the best courses at the best universities. We are entering a new and exciting phase of our development – the College only opened in 1990 – and we will continue to strive for the highest academic standards while maintaining our warm and caring community for which Immanuel is rightly renowned. The combination of a high quality secular education and an undogmatic Jewish experience remains at the heart of the College’s vision and ethos. 

I do hope that you will want to visit us and experience the vibrancy and enthusiasm for learning that is at the heart of that ethos. I look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful school so that you can feel the Immanuel spirit for yourself. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Gary Griffin
Head Master