School bids de­layed

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE GEN­ERAL elec­tion is likely to de­lay the open­ing of any new Jewish free school un­til Septem­ber 2019.

Back­ers of the New Jewish High School for Lon­don had hoped to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion this spring, leaving open the pos­si­bil­ity of launch­ing it next year.

But the next round of free school bids looks set to be post­poned un­til after the elec­tion, re­duc­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of get­ting a new school off the ground by 2018.

In the mean­time, JFS has still not reached a de­ci­sion whether to of­fer a bulge class for Septem­ber this year.

While an­other round of of­fers was due later this week, JFS was “al­most full far ear­lier than in pre­vi­ous years,” a spokesman said. “We re­main com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing places are avail­able to those who need them, to the best of our abil­ity.”

A spokesman for JCoSS, which added a bulge class this year, said it had of­fered 16 places in the sec­ond round, com­pared to seven at the same stage last year. “We ex­pect fur­ther churn in the com­ing rounds,” she said.

A Face­book group has started for those with­out a places at Jewish schools, Jewish Sec­ondary Ad­mis­sions 2017.

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