SLJPS meets the DfE

This week the South London Jewish Primary School (SLJPS) was invited to attend the crucial interview stage at the Department for Education in its bid to open the first Jewish primary school in South London. To mark this significant milestone it has launched a competition seeking a name for the proposed primary school which is scheduled to open in September 2013*.(*Subject to DfE approval)

Local residents, members of the Jewish community and registered families are being asked to propose suitable names for the school with a short explanation. The winning entry will replace or be added to the current ‘working title’ which has been used for the application for a Jewish primary school in South London.

If the application to the Department for Education is successful the South London Jewish Primary School will open in September 2013 with a reception class, welcoming pupils across all sections of the Jewish community as well as children of other faiths. 50% of admissions will be according to the local authority admissions policy rather than the faith criteria. This means that we will welcome children of other faiths, beliefs and none who wish to share in the high standards of academic achievement we aim to deliver. The school has already registered the ‘commitment to apply’ from the families of 150 children (born after September 2008) of all faiths and beliefs. These families represent a wide cross section of society and reflect our school’s commitment to a cross communal educational environment whether it is on the matter of faith or social circumstance.

A SLJPS Executive Committee will select a shortlist before the public is invited to vote online for their favourite names. The winning entry will become the permanent name for the school and the winner will be invited to an official naming ceremony.

Shirley Lee, director of the SLJPS said: “This week has been very exciting for everyone involved in our application. Our interview at the Department for Education on Tuesday (24th April) was a chance to talk to decision makers in greater depth about our application.”

“The opening of the first Jewish primary school in South London will be real milestone for our community and for the provision of education to all children in South London. We are very proud of being able to offer a cross communal, mixed school, dedicated to creating an environment in which children can grow to their fullest potential as responsible and dedicated members of British society and of the Jewish community. This school is for everyone and we feel that this competition will empower the local community in feeling that it has a real part to play in developing and owning its new school.”

To submit your entry visit or via our Facebook page South London Jewish Primary School – Interested Families by 21st May 2012.

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