2,600 people flocked to JCoSS, over the course of its two open events last week, believed to be a record number for a new Jewish school.
They were taking the first opportunity to meet the staff and students and view the state-of-the-art facilities at the brand new school which will be offering a further 180 places for 11 year olds from September 2011. JCoSS – which is the UK’s first cross-community Jewish state secondary school – opened to its first 148 students on 6th September 2010.
Addressing one of seven talks necessary to accommodate the huge interest in the school, JCoSS headteacher, Jeremy Stowe-Lindner told parents: “JCoSS is an academic school, offering a friendly and supportive atmosphere. We expect the best from our students and our staff and have established a framework to enable each and every individual to fulfil their potential.”
Chair of Governors, Mike Grabiner, added: “For the best part of ten years we have been planning for this moment: finding a site, raising money, recruiting the very best staff, building and equipping a state-of-the-art facility, garnering support from across the community. Now, overnight, we have gone from nowhere to, without any siblings, the second most popular Jewish school in the country, with students from every section of our community.”
The school has already broken records by becoming the first non-academy to be awarded specialist status – in science – before opening. JCoSS is also the only Jewish school in the UK to have a special provision for seven autistic children per year.
The school’s two open events were held on Wednesday 6th and Sunday 10th October.