Gold­ers Green school reaches fi­nal hur­dle

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ROBYNROSEN ‘We look for­ward to ex­plain­ing our pro­posal in per­son’

PLANS FOR a mod­ern Ortho­dox free school in Gold­ers Green are a step closer with the an­nounce­ment that it has reached the fi­nal stage of the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

The Gold­ers Green Jewish Pri­mary School has met the cri­te­ria set by the gov­ern­ment’s free schools pro­gramme and is now through t o the in­ter­view stage. Backed by the Chief Rabbi, it will be presided over by Gold­ers Green United Synagogue’s Rabbi Harvey Belovski.

Un­der the terms of the scheme, it will be re­quired to ac­cept 50 per cent of pupils on a faith ba­sis and 50 per cent on prox­im­ity.

GGJPS steer­ing com­mit­tee chair Rachel Clark said: “We view the in­vi­ta­tion to in­ter­view as very good news and look for­ward to ex­plain­ing our pro­posal in per­son to se­nior of­fi­cials at the depart­ment.”

She hoped the school would be ready to open in Septem­ber 2012 with a re­cep­tion class. The Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion is due to make its de­ci­sion next month.

Etz Chaim in Mill Hill and Eden Pri­mary in Haringey were among the first 16 ap­pli­ca­tions ac­cepted for free school sta­tus and are set to start in Septem­ber.

Lead­ers of a cam­paign for a 210-place free Jewish high school in Leeds are chal­leng­ing the DfE’s re­jec­tion of their scheme.

Rabbi Harvey Belovski

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