Two Jewish schools have increased the number of places available for the coming year to meet rising demand.
Following a meeting of mainstream Jewish Schools, JCoSS in Barnet are offering an additional 30 places on 1 March, increasing the school’s year size to 210 students. JFS in Kenton, which is the largest Jewish secondary school in Europe, has said it is “in a position to offer an additional bulge class should the need arise”.
The move is part of a “community-wide strategy for increasing provision”, which is subject to approval and funding, according to Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJes). The proposal must receive support from Department of Education and the local authorities.
In a joint statement, JFS executive headteacher Deborah Lipkin and JCoSS headteacher Patrick Moriarty, said: “We are committed to increasing the capacity of Jewish school places for September 2017. Whilst we could never make certain that every Jewish student who wants a place in a Jewish school is guaranteed a place, the increased flexibility should drastically reduce the number of families who are unsuccessful.
“We will continue to work with our colleagues at other Jewish schools to effectively plan for the future. The level of communication between the Jewish schools is unprecedented and this bodes well for the future of the sector.”
The meeting was convened by PaJes, whose executive director, Rabbi David Meyer said: “It is a reflection of the determination and community spirit of our school leaders that a solution has been found that will see our schools collaborate in order to best ensure that every Jewish child has a place in a Jewish school.”
Meanwhile, JCoSS has proposed several changes to the curriculum, including a shorter working day Monday to Friday, languages to be optional at GCSE and a reduction in the overall number of GCSEs taken. A decision will be made in March and implemented in September, after consultation with staff, students and
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 Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
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.