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School gets boost

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-02-07



Plans for the UK's first Jewish secondary school that welcomes pupils from all Jewish backgrounds and regardless of synagogue affiliation has received a Government boost to its plans.

The Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) has been chosen by the Government to be part of a pilot scheme it will be running that will help parents direct new school provision.
With this news, JCoSS is now moving forward with its plans to welcome pupils from all sections of the Jewish community for a September 2009 opening.
“We are determined to create a truly forward-looking, inclusive model for faith-based education with first class facilities for those with special educational needs," said Linda Cooke, joint chair of JCoSS. "So, for the first time in this country, Jewish parents will have a choice as to what kind of Jewish secondary school their children can attend.”
To be based at the current East Barnet Upper School in north London, JCoSS is working with Barnet Council and the Department of Education & Skills to agree on the scope and structure of the school.
As well as the school, JCoSS will also incorporate a unit to support pupils aged 11-19 who have learning difficulties while World ORT will provide IT and training services to the school.
"JCoSS is a tangible demonstration that the Jewish Community can work together for the benefit of us all, especially for our children,” added Jonathan Fingerhut, joint chair of JCoSS.
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