Working at JCoSS

JCoSS has an energy that is felt when you first walk through the door.  Our teachers come from all walks of life, but are joined by their commitment to the success of each student and through a community spirit that is inherent across the school.  We hope you enjoy reading the quotes below (which are genuine!) and we hope to see you at JCoSS soon.​


Benjamin de Jong, Assistant Headteacher Safeguarding and Behaviour
& Attendance Systems

“Working at JCoSS has been a constant source of fulfilment and opportunity. Since first setting-foot into the building as an Ivrit supply teacher in the Autumn of 2011, I have been nurtured and made to feel valued. Years later, I am fulfilling my dream of teaching A-Level Government and Politics, Jewish Education and am an Assistant Headteacher. JCoSS really is a community school in every sense of the word. My colleagues are like my family and we all work together to secure the best possible futures for our students. All these years later, this is still the place for me!”


Sunny Gunessee
Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning

I joined JCoSS in January 2020, I have thoroughly loved my time at JCoSS and continue to love it. As a teacher for over 15 years in a variety of school contexts in which I have held a variety of roles, I have been blown away by the inclusive nature of the school. I always say to my other teacher friends, that the welcoming and accepting nature of the school is what has allowed me to thrive personally and professionally. I have not come across this level of inclusivity in any other school I have been in. As a non-Jewish member of staff, I have been accepted and supported in my understanding of the Jewish faith as well allowing me to ask questions to find out more when I am uncertain. Since joining the school I have never looked back. I look forward to supporting the staff, students and parents of this wonderful school in its journey towards becoming outstanding.

Daniella Morris,  English Teacher

“I came to JCoSS in September 2014 as a Learning Support Assistant. I then carried out my teacher training here in 2016/17 and several years later, I am now proud to be Head of Year as well as continuing my English teaching role. As my career at JCoSS develops and changes, I continue to learn things from the brilliant teachers around me. I was honoured to be able to train alongside outstanding teachers who were so supportive and approachable and I am still reminded everyday of new reasons to love working at this school!”


Sasha Stock, Jewish Education teacher

“JCoSS has provided the opportunity for progression both personally and professionally. I started here as an LSA, working in the fantastic Learning Support Department which taught me a great deal about SEN and all that it encompasses.

I then made the transition into the teaching field where I was supported by the wonderful Jewish Education Department, who have both inspired and supported my desire to become a teacher. I have since qualified and am now able to teach across all Key Stages, providing me with an opportunity to teach a range of topics and age-ranges. I could not work in a more positive environment, and I am honoured to be part of the team.”

Claire Gelband,
Office Manager

“I am Office Manager at JCoSS and I really enjoy the variety of the role, with no two days ever being the same.  We are a very supportive team and the atmosphere both in the office and throughout the school makes working here a rewarding experience.” 



Kate Lightman, Assistant headteacher i/c staff training

“It has been a real privilege to work at JCoSS during its formative years and to be instrumental in the school’s development, watching the school grow from one year group of 150 students to a student body of over 1200 with 250 staff.

I am excited to lead the training of the next generation of teachers as well as in the professional development of all staff.”