Grow­ing pains

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

JFS is al­ready the largest Jewish school in Europe — and, with well over 2000 pupils, one of the largest schools in the coun­try. And JCoSS ad­mits 180 pupils a year, now ex­panded to a bulge class of 210. They have now an­nounced plans to ex­pand even more, adding 90 places a year to cope. With ris­ing de­mand for Jewish school places, there is clearly a ra­tio­nale. And yet it is far from con­vinc­ing. There is a limit to the num­ber of pupils a school can prop­erly cope with. And most of the un­met de­mand comes — and will do so, in­creas­ingly — from ar­eas like Hert­ford­shire, where the Jewish com­mu­nity has grown out of all recog­ni­tion in re­cent decades. Nei­ther JFS nor JCoSS are on sites that could be de­scribed as near to this ex­tra de­mand, but the pro­posed new free school is — and with it and the ex­pan­sion of JFS and JCoSS, we may well end up with an over­sup­ply of places. That, of it­self, is not nec­es­sar­ily a prob­lem. But the con­tin­ual ex­pan­sion of JFS and JCoSS al­most cer­tainly is.

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