Jewish Community Secondary School
|The Jewish Community Secondary School|
|Type||Voluntary aided school|
|Motto||אלו ואלו (Hebrew)|
|Established||6 September 2010|
|Department for Education URN||135747 Tables|
|Head teacher||Patrick Moriarty|
|Age||11 to 18|
The Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) is a state-funded Jewish secondary school in New Barnet, London. Established in 2010, it is the first Jewish cross-denominational secondary school in the UK. It was established after a mother observed that while her son had gone to JFS, a nearby Jewish school, many of his friends had not been able to attend because of oversubscription and halachic requirements, and initiated in 2001 the ultimately successful proposal for a new faith school. Construction of the school began in April 2009.
JCoSS opened a year at a time, with up to 180 students joining Year 7 each year until the school was fully populated with around 1350 students; its sixth form opened in 2012. The school, whose headteacher is Patrick Moriarty, has specialist status in science. It cost £50 million to build, £36 million of which was funded by the government, and is the most expensive state-funded secondary school to be built in the UK. Gerald Ronson, a business tycoon and philanthropist, helped in the fundraising drive and is the president of the JCoSS Trust. The Pears Special Resource Provision (PSRP) at the school has places for up to 49 children (seven places each year) with autistic spectrum disorders. Norwood, a Jewish charity, is providing some of the services at the PSRP.
Before the school opened, several Orthodox rabbis expressed concern over JCoSS's compatibility with their faith. At the construction ceremony, Ed Balls, who at the time was schools secretary, said the school would play an important role in dealing with discrimination and prejudice.
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