History

After 10 years of endeavour, JCoSS opened its doors to its first cohort of students on 7th September 2010.  The timeline below shows how we got there.

2001

Idea begins: wide interest from across the community.
Working party established – i.e Idea originates with parents NOT movement led

2002
Begin search for appropriate sites – not easy, best sites taken for commercial development or not suitable for a school
2003
JCoSS Trust established
2004
Government becomes involved – suggests JCoSS becomes a pilot project in Parental-led schooling
2004/5
Barnet offers a possible site.
Begin negotiations with Barnet for Westbrook Crescent
2005

Dialogue begins with Norwood.
Gerald Ronson comes on board Funding approved by DSCF 90% of capital funding = £36m Balance 10% + our wish list circa £10m to be raised by community


2006
Planning and Design Brief issued
Consultation with local residents and Local authority
2007
Plans approved by Barnet LBC
2008
Tender documents issued for Contractors
Temporary Governing Body appointed to run the school - lots of different professional and religious background
Education Consultant employed
Fundraising gathers pace
Search for head teacher began
Final amendments to building plans
2009
Construction starts
Jeremy Stowe-Lindner appointed at Headteacher
Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, attends ground-breaking and helps plant time capsule on site
Deputy Headteacher and Director of Jewish Education also appointed
First prospectus published and first Open Days
Applications open and close
2010
157 students join JCoSS’s first Year 7
42 teaching and support staff appointed
Building completed
2011
Full cohort of 187 students join Year 7.
Phase 2 completed - old school demolished, replaced with state-of-the-art all weather pitch and new car park.
2012
Sixth Form Opens
2013
Patrick Moriarty apppointed as Headteacher