Sal­ford schools face places cri­sis

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

A BABY boom in Sal­ford will leave lo­cal Jewish schools fac­ing huge pres­sure on places.

Sal­ford has one of the UK’s fastest­grow­ing Jewish pop­u­la­tions and its schools have be­gun lob­by­ing for fund­ing to ex­pand ex­ist­ing build­ings. One in­de­pen­dent Charedi school is at­tempt­ing to buy a Sal­ford care home which has larger premises.

Broughton Jewish Pri­mary has ex­pe­ri­enced a 21 per cent rise in pupils over three years and the school is mak­ing ef­forts to ac­com­mo­date the ris­ing roll. Last year, it spent £105,000 con­vert­ing class­rooms to pro­vide a three-form en­try.

“We are look­ing for more cap­i­tal fund­ing to ex­pand the build­ing fur­ther to cater for the grow­ing num­bers and ex­tra classes re­quired,” said gov­er­nors’ chair Dov Black, who over­saw the school’s con­ver­sion to an academy to take ad­van­tage of di­rect govern­ment fund­ing.

Sal­ford City Coun­cil Mayor Ian Ste­wart ac­knowl­edged: “We must cre­ate new places for the grow­ing school pop­u­la­tion by a wide va­ri­ety of mea­sures.”

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