Kisharon gets green light for en­larged school

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

SPE­CIAL NEEDS char­ity Kisharon has re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion for a 72-place school in Hen­don, en­abling it to dou­ble its ca­pac­ity.

There were tears from school lead­ers, par­ents and pupils who packed the pub­lic gallery as Bar­net Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee ap­proved the pro­pos­als for a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs and dis­abil­ity school.

Emma Castle­ton, a par­ent and gover­nor, spoke in favour of the pro­ject along with Paul Dar­nell, di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices.

Coun­cil­lors ac­cepted that changes to the in­tended site in Par­son Street would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the Grade II-listed premises.

Kisharon has out­grown its Gold­ers Green site, where it cur­rently has 35 pupils.

The char­ity has es­tab­lished the de­mand for more spe­cial needs places in Bar­net, as have re­ports com­mis­sioned by the coun­cil.

How­ever, the new school — cov­er­ing both the pri­mary and sec­ondary age groups — is also likely to at­tract pupils from sur­round­ing bor­oughs.

The hope is to have the new premises avail­able for the start of the 2019 aca­demic year.

Dr Bev­er­ley Ja­cob­son, the Kisharon chief ex­ec­u­tive, said “any­one at­tend­ing the plan­ning meet­ing would have wit­nessed the de­mand and pas­sion from within the com­mu­nity for the pro­posed new school.

“The larger num­bers of stu­dents will en­able us to cre­ate spe­cialised learn­ing zones cater­ing for chil­dren with autism, se­vere learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and pro­found and mul­ti­ple learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

“This will en­able Kisharon School to in­crease its reach, fo­cus and im­pact to achieve all-im­por­tant out­comes for par­ents and, most im­por­tantly, for the chil­dren whose learn­ing we sup­port.”

The pro­ject is backed by lo­cal MP Matthew Of­ford and GLA mem­ber An­drew Dis­more. Mr Dis­more said af­ter the meet­ing: “Kisharon does an ex­cel­lent job and is well re­spected. Given our large lo­cal Jewish com­mu­nity, this is a vi­tal spe­cial­ist ser­vice.”

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new school’s frontage

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