Redbridge gets community campus
REDBRIDGE IS set to follow the lead of Jewish communities in America and Canada by establishing a community campus in an effort to staunch the flow of families leaving the area.
Meetings will be held in the coming weeks to begin the process of moving Ilford Jewish Primary School to a new building next to King Solomon High School on its Barkingside site. The plan is for the schools to be joined by Jewish Care, which will move from its current home in the Sinclair House community centre.
The three have held preliminary talks and have been liaising with Redbridge Council, which is supporting the scheme.
Redbridge was a priority of the Commission on Jewish Schools, which recommended a Redbridge Community Change Project. The body set up by the CJS to implement the proposals has just appointed Jonathan Goldstein, from Gerald Ronson’s Heron Group to chair the project. Now the Redbridge schools have asked him to preside over the the working party they have set up.
Ilford Jewish Primary chair Howard Kemp explained: “We had resolved to ask an independent third party to make sure everything went smoothly, so it was right that Jonathan should take that position for us. This is a very exciting project in its very early stages. Redbridge Council is with us because it needs to free-up extra schooling space in the borough.
“Ilford Primary will benefit,” he added, “because it will have secondary school facilities for subjects like science on its doorstep.
“The demographics in Redbridge have been a cause for concern,” he acknowledged. “This will be an attractive proposition for young families considering somewhere to live and will encourage families to stay.”
Mr Kemp hoped the campus project could be completed in two-to-three years but there were issues to be decided about how the scheme would be funded.
The school was still awaiting a decision from the schools’ adjudicator about whether it can go down from two forms to one form of entry.