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Inclusive school

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-04-01

The UK's first inclusive secondary school open to all Jewish children regardless of background has received support from London's Barnet Council and is planned to open in September 2009.

The voluntary aided JCoSS (Jewish Community Secondary School) is supported by a diverse background of Jewish groups and organisations and will accommodate 900 pupils in years 7 to 11 and 360 in the sixth form.
 
The school is being supported by the Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements as well as the Jewish Community Day Schools Advisory Board.
 
“We are delighted that Barnet Council has backed the vision both of JCoSS and of parents in wider London for a groundbreaking and truly inclusive Jewish secondary school," said Jonathan Fingerhut, co-chair of JCoSS.
 
The JCoSS syllabus will follow the National Curriculum and be developed in partnership with  educational and training organisation ORT.
 
JCoSS is planned on two sites belonging to East Barnet school and would also include a theatre, sports hall and all-weather sports pitches. JCoSS says outside of school hours, the facilities will be available to other members of the Barnet community.
 
As well as the secondary school, a school for over 60 children between the ages of 11-19 with learning disabilities will also be incorporated and be called the Norwood Specialist Resource Unit.