Sixty people were at North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green on Sunday to hear Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, head of cross-communal Jewish secondary school JCoSS, address his first meeting for parents of potential pupils.
Outlining his vision for the Barnet school, which opens in September 2010, Mr Stowe-Lindner said it would be “proudly academic” and open to all Jews, however they practised their Judaism. “JCoSS is the future of our community,” he declared, “focused on delivering excellent results and inclusive of all”.
He took detailed questions from audience members on issues such as admissions criteria, pastoral care and relations between JCoSS and individual synagogues. It was a case of an early start for Mr Stowe-Lindner, who does not formally assume his post until June 1.
JCoSS will take applications from September and will be hosting open days on September 13 and October 1 to give other interested parents the opportunity to learn more about the school and its ethos.