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Helping And Supporting Kids to Excel in Life

Haskel is an Independent Special School for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Gateshead. Catering for the full spectrum of disabilities including Down Syndrome, ASD and other rare genetic disorders, it is a lifeline for these special neshomos and their families as the only other alternative is a non-Jewish school.

It is 10 years since Rabbi & Mrs Sugarman embarked on this enormous task. Ten years of extraordinary growth and success has seen Haskel develop into an exceptional מוסד providing a fantastic environment for the very special children of our Kehilla to thrive and develop. We are greatly indebted to all our friends & donors who have supported us to date.

Haskel has grown from three to eighteen full time pupils across 4 departments, Infants, Juniors, Seniors and Post 16. Additionally, Haskel services all the local mainstream Mosdos by providing specialist SEN provision for their pupils through its innovative ‘Parachute Provision’ where pupils from mainstream schools attend for short sessions to benefit from Haskel’s team of specialist teachers and therapists.

The benefits to all מוסדות החינוך are enormous, as their מנהלים  state, “We salute Haskel for their invaluable work in enabling every child in our Kehilla to flourish. They do what we can't do, and through their provision, we do what we can, better.”    

All our pupils have made exceptional progress due to the incredible efforts of our multi-disciplinary team of specialist teachers and therapists.

Although the majority of our funding is through the Local Authority, we have a significant shortfall to raise monthly to remain viable.

Your generous support will ensure that we are able to continue our mission of ‘Helping And Supporting Kids to Excel in Life’!