Parents gather to learn more about plans to open a new Jewish secondary school in Barnet

By Charlotte Oliver

“The time is now” to take a decisive step forward in tackling the growing shortage crisis in places at Jewish schools.

That was the key message conveyed to more than 290 families who congregated at Edgware United Synagogue last Thursday evening to learn more about plans to open a new Jewish secondary school in Barnet.

The proposed new free school – the first of its kind in the UK – has been named Kedem High School, and is the brainchild of Andrew Rotenberg and Rabbi David Lister, who are respectively chair of governors and principal at Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary in Edgware.

The pair have joined forces with Lilac Sky Outstanding Education Services, an educational agency which was called in to manage Rosh Pinah last year, to apply to open the new free modern orthodox school under their newly-created Nekadma Trust – with the view to opening it either in September 2017 or 2018.

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