Jewish Community Secondary School
Barnet, United Kingdom
About Jewish Community Secondary School
Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.
Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again. Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition. The staff and leadership team includes different faiths, and none, at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a faith school like no other.
Our Results: We have a track record of excellent academic results. In 2017 43% of GCSE grades were at A*/A or 9-7, and well over a quarter of our students achieved eight A/7 grades or better. We have averaged +0.5 for Progress 8 in the three years so far (0.6 in 2017), and were a Top-100 non-selective school nationally in 2015. At A level 66% of grades were at B grade or better, and 80% of vocational outcomes at Distinction or better; our first full cohort secured several Oxbridge, Medicine and Vet Science places, with the great majority going to Russell Group or Top 25 Universities. We have consistently achieved a high ALPS Grade 2 at both KS4 and KS5.
Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development. Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities. Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term. Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff.
Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £48m buildings overlooking the Green Belt. It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links and buses run past the entrance. We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We are planning an expansion in response to over-subscription.
It has been a real privilege to work at JCoSS during its formative years and to be instrumental in the school’s development, watching the school grow from one year group of 150 students to a student body of 1200 with 250 staff.- Kate Lightman, Assistant headteacher i/c staff training
“Since the start of my journey at JCoSS, I have felt incredibly welcomed by the diverse staff members who I can now proudly call my colleagues. Being someone that comes from a non-Jewish background, only having a faint idea about the Jewish ethos before I started, has given me the opportunity to learn and experience so much of the rich culture in my short time here so far”.- Sita Shah, Head of Art
“I have been Office Manager at JCoSS for 3 years and I really enjoy the variety of the role, with no two days ever being the same. We are a very supportive team and the atmosphere both in the office and throughout the school makes working here a rewarding experience. Although the majority of the office staff are not Jewish, the inclusive nature of the school ensures that we feel part of the community spirit”.- Jane Jones, Office Manager
“JCoSS has provided the opportunity for progression both personally and professionally. I started here as an LSA, working in the fantastic Learning Support Department which taught me a great deal about SEN and all that it encompasses.- Sasha Stock, Jewish Education teacher
“I came to JCoSS three years ago as a Learning Support Assistant, I then carried out my teacher training here and I am now proud to have become an English teacher. The staff at JCoSS have been extremely supportive and helpful and I am honoured to train alongside outstanding teachers.”- Daniella Corman, NQT English Teacher
“Working at JCoSS has been a constant source of fulfilment and opportunity. Since first setting-foot into the building as an Ivrit supply teacher in the Autumn of 2011, I have been nurtured and made to feel valued. Six years later, I am fulfilling my dream of teaching A-Level Government and Politics, and also teach Jewish Education and am Year Learning Coordinator currently Head of Year 9 – my third year with this cohort. JCoSS really is a Community school in every sense of the word. My colleagues are like my family and we all work together to secure the best possible futures for our students. In my sixth year, this is still the place for me!”- Ben De Jong, Head of Year 9, Jewish Education and Government and Politics teacher
“I am currently on a maternity cover and I have found JCoSS to be a very welcoming school; the Science department in particular have made me feel like a member of the team from day one. The students are receptive and even say thank you at the end of the lesson – something that I have not experienced in my years of teaching at other schools”.- Delicia Sequeira, Psychology teacher, maternity cover
“Coming from Ireland, my knowledge of anything and everything Jewish was extremely limited before I joined JCoSS. I didn’t know what to expect but soon realised it is very similar to every other workplace I have experienced. The staff and students here come from all paths- from religions, cultures and choice of life. What is similar to my background is the culture. The importance of community, education and the emphasis to give every student the best start in life is what makes this a great place to work”.- Eanna Kennedy, Head of Year 13 and Maths teacher