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JCoSS gets new chair

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-02-16



A new chair has been appointed for north London's planned all inclusive Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) as details have also emerged that 1000 parents have expressed interest in sending their children to the school.

76-year-old Michael Phillips, who previously had experience in setting up Immanuel College in Bushey takes over from previous chair Jonathan Fingerhut.

Phillips, a chartered accountant says he is looking forward to the challenge of seeing the school open in Barnet in September 2010.

"I am attracted to the project by JCoSS’s ethos of inclusivity.  I want to help build on the achievements of Jonathan and the Board in getting us to where we are today," he says. "The challenge is to continue their work to-date to create a school that welcomes on an equal basis Jews of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities.  In doing so, we will be able to draw back into our community those who might otherwise be lost to it."

Phillips also revealed have community interest in the school is growing.

"Even though we are still nearly four years away from opening, we have over a thousand parents who have registered an interest in their children attending the school," he says. "This is almost enough to fill JCoSS to capacity on day one, a clear mark of the huge demand out there for a cross-communal school of this sort."