South London Jewish Primary School has been approved!!!
We are proud to announce that the Department for Education has this morning notified us that we have been approved to proceed to the pre-opening stage. This is a fantastic achievement which is a credit to the hard work, support and dedication of the SLJPS team, the community, the councillors and the government departments who have guided us through this project.
At this time we wish to pass on our thanks to everyone who has supported the school and ask that you continue this level of enthusiasm. We have a lot of work to do before September 2013 and need a lot of financial support to enable us to open. Please help us reach the goal that we have been working towards all this time.
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Jewish Primary School to Open in South London
After 70 years a Jewish school is set to open in South London. Following today’s announcement by the Department for Education of the latest crop of free schools. The South London Jewish Primary School (SLJPS) has received the go ahead as one of this year’s successful proposers to open a single form entry primary school in September 2013.
The first free school of its kind south of the river is the result of enthusiastic campaigning by a group of individuals both from the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Educators, business people, interested parents and even a stand up comedian have been involved in a submission of a proposal to the Department for Education for the latest round of free school funding allocations.
The project to open the SLJPS arose from the identification of a genuine demand for a Jewish primary school in South London, coupled with a significant shortage in school places across the region. The school will offer 50% of its places to children from the local Jewish population and the remaining 50% will be allocated based on Wandsworth’s admissions policy.
“We are thrilled to be announcing that the SLJPS has received the go ahead from the Government. Our vision for a Jewish primary school south of the River has taken about two long years to reach this point. Although for many of us the work is just beginning we feel we can pause briefly to congratulate everyone for their contributions,” said Shirley Lee, Co-Chairperson, SLJPS Steering Group.
“Our vision of a pluralist educational environment that reflects the make up of the South London Community is becoming a reality. The challenges for the next twelve months are significant. We will begin work straight away on sourcing premises, appointing highly qualified staff and enrolling pupils. We are really fortunate though as we have an amazing team and a distinctive model on which to build.”