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.


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

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

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

Planning and Design Brief issued
Consultation with local residents and Local authority
Plans approved by Barnet LBC
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
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
157 students join JCoSS’s first Year 7
42 teaching and support staff appointed
Building completed
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.
Sixth Form Opens
Patrick Moriarty apppointed as Headteacher

First set of A-Level results, achieved by students who came to the JCoSS 6th form from previous schools.

36 students took A-Levels at JCoSS this year and almost 70% of all grades were A*-B.


First Set of GCSE Results

Outstanding GCSE results from our pioneering cohort of students who joined the school in 2010 when our doors first opened.

Overall, 41% of grades achieved were either A or A*, and 86% were at grades A*-C


The Dorfman Wing Opens






The biggest Milestone of the school's history to date - the First Full Set of A Level Results from our pioneering student cohort who joined JCoSS in 2010 when the school first opened.

A historic and highly momentous day, signifying the faith that every supporter, student and family put into JCoSS.



JCoSS is named The Sunday Times Greater London State Secondary School of the Year, recognising our outstanding results at GCSE and A Level and our rapid rise up the rankings in recent years.


JCoSS 10th Anniversary year.  Events were thwarted somewhat by the Covid 19 pandemic, but this significant milestone was still marked by students, staff, alumni, Trustees and Governors - past and present. 


December 2022.  Patrick Moriarty steps down as JCoSS as Headteacher.  His exceptional contribution to JCoSS led the school through its formational years, which has flourished under his leadership. 


January 2023.  Dr Melanie Lee starts as JCoSS Headteacher.