Parental re­ac­tion to ex­pan­sion

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY LIANNE KOLIRIN

NEWS OF ex­tra places at Jewish schools was wel­comed by Sascha Keates, whose daugh­ter at a Lon­don Jewish pri­mary school hopes to go to a Jewish sec­ondary this year.

“It’s fan­tas­tic,” she said. “My daugh­ter is des­per­ate to go to JCoSS in Septem­ber. Now there are 30 more places, the chances of her be­ing ac­cepted have in­creased, which means her dream may come true.”

Her re­ac­tion was echoed by many par­ents of younger chil­dren, who said it made them more hope­ful of places for their off­spring.

How­ever, the mother of a child at one of the ex­pand­ing schools said the prospect of ad­di­tional chil­dren was “a worry”. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing an ap­peal for funds from the school be­cause of cuts in its gov­ern­ment al­lo­ca­tion, she asked, “Where are they go­ing to cram them all into? It’s bad enough now.”

If the bulge class con­tin­ued, she added, “what hap­pens in four years when there an ex­tra 120 chil­dren in the school? How will the staff man­age? Four of the lessons my daugh­ter had today were taught by sub­sti­tute teach­ers, so how would they cope with even more chil­dren?”

Ben Wein­berger, from Cock­fos­ters, north Lon­don, whose 14-year-old son did not get into JCoSS or JFS, was “unim­pressed.”

“These schools are be­ing forced into

JCoSS will of­fer 30 ex­tra places this Septem­ber

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