JFS will de­cide soon

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY SI­MON ROCKER

JFS IS plan­ning to de­cide within a fort­night whether there is enough de­mand to justify open­ing an ex­tra class this Septem­ber.

It says, along with other schools in north-west Lon­don, that it is try­ing to de­ter­mine how many chil­dren on wait­ing lists have been left with­out any Jewish school af­ter the first round of of­fers was made last week.

A spokesman for JFS said “within the next two weeks we’ll know where we stand and then we’ll be able to an­nounce what the out­come is”.

While JCoSS this year ex­panded its Year-seven en­try from 180 to 210 for 2017, JFS promised to add an ex­tra 30 places if de­mand war­ranted it.

Vic­tor Arot­sky, whose daugh­ter, An­nie, a pupil at Has­monean Pri­mary School, is one of those with­out a place af­ter ap­ply­ing to JFS, Has­monean High and Yavneh Col­lege, said: “We’re slightly anx­ious but not too wor­ried be­cause we know there are mul­ti­ple rounds of of­fers and there is talk of hav­ing an ex­tra class.”

Kirsten Jowett, head­teacher of Wolf­son Hil­lel Pri­mary School, was aware of 10 chil­dren in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in her school.

She said she was try­ing to re­as­sure par­ents it “should be all ok in the end” as places open up at schools over the next few months.

Speak­ing to col­leagues in other Jewish pri­maries, she be­lieved the pic­ture to be broadly sim­i­lar to last year.

But Susy Stone, head­teacher of the Pro­gres­sive Akiva School, which sends around two-thirds of its chil­dren to JCoSS, said the num­ber of chil­dren with­out a place had in­creased to three or four this year. “Last year we had one child who didn’t get a place in the first round of of­fers but got in the sec­ond round.”

JCoSS had re­duced the num­ber of chil­dren guar­an­teed places from feeder schools such as Akiva this year, she pointed out.

Be­tween now and June, Jewish schools will hold sev­eral more of­fer rounds as re­jected places be­come free. It is not known how many fam­i­lies with a place at one school will be hop­ing to switch to an­other.

Last year JCoSS and JFS alone of­fered nearly a hun­dred places be­tween them af­ter the first round. Nei­ther opened a bulge class in 2016 (although Yavneh Col­lege did so just for that year).

Within two weeks we’ll know where we stand’

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