Family & Education

Gesher special school 'quietly confident' of plans to offer secondary education

Parents given hope of expansion beyond primary age


Gesher, the Jewish special primary school, is moving ahead with plans to extend into secondary education next year.

Parents have been told that it will shortly advertise for a headteacher to develop secondary provision with the hope of being able to start offering it from September 2021.

The Willesden-based primary, which specialises in autism spectrum challenges, was ranked outstanding by Ofsted less than a year after it opened in September 2017.

In a letter to parents, Howard Zetter, the chairman of governors, explained the school needed to have an “appropriate property” to accommodate more than 100 students.

“I am delighted to say that a situation has recently arisen which is enabling us to look upon the possibility of a through school with added confidence,” he wrote.

“We are progressing to the extent that we are about to advertise for a new headteacher to lead the school’s expansion into secondary education and to play a part  in its ongoing development into a centre of excellence.”

Although “quietly confident in moving forward with this very exciting stage of the school’s development,” he emphasised that “we still have a long way to go yet in many respects and if successful we are working towards a start date of September 2021.”

The same leadership team would continue for the next academic year.

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