JFS year 7 intake undersubscribed for first time in years

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JFS year 7 intake undersubscribed for first time in years

Europe's largest Jewish secondary falls short of its 300 student entry target with a reported 15 shortfall

JFS School in Kenton, Harrow
JFS School in Kenton, Harrow

JFS has confirmed its entry year is undersubscribed for the first time in years.

It is understood that 15 places were not taken at JFS, which seeks to admit 300 pupils each academic year.

The Kenton school also announced it is looking to become an academy under the guise of JCAT (Jewish Community Academy Trust).

It was reported this week that the  Regional Schools Commissioner confirmed JCAT, which is run by the United Synagogue, would be the sponsor for its academisation.

This comes after JFS was rated inadequate in its most recent Ofsted report and placed into special measures.

It appointed its fifth headteacher in seven years, Martin Tissot, taking over from former Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. It comes after the departure of Rachel Fink, amid rising concerns about safeguarding and bullying at the school.

JFS confirmed a search for a permanent head is underway, through both a head-hunter and advertising.

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