Leeds Jewish High School Updates
- date: 17-10-2011
Cllr Dan Cohen (Leeds City Councillor for Alwoodley and Chairman Leeds Jewish Free School) is delighted to be able to inform you that "we have received formal notification that the funding agreement for Leeds Jewish Free School has now been signed and the city’s first publicly funded Jewish High School will open on Monday 09 September 2013.
This is a tremendous achievement by our community and we owe a great debt of gratitude to the very many people who have given of their time and experience to get us to this stage. In particular the project delivery team of Rabbi Jason Kleiman, Rabbi Reuven Cohen, Alex Abrams, Alan Dunwell, Henry Cohen, Vered Brash, Simon Myerson, Jason Broch, and Spencer Weiner all of whom have been critical to our application and who are continuing to work tirelessly to ensure that from 9th September 2013 we are in a position to open what will be, one of the finest schools in the country.
I would like to formally put on record our thanks and recognition to Mr. Jeremy Dunford – current Head of Brodetsky and now Executive Head of both Brodetsky and Leeds Jewish Free School whose dedication to this project and professional leadership are, without a doubt, one of the key reasons our community will be opening its much sought after high school. We will forever owe him a debt of gratitude, which will be all the greater in the coming years as he leads our school from strength to strength.
When we began this process some 3 years ago, we undertook that we would not open a school unless we were absolutely confident that we would be able to deliver a first class school that would offer the highest levels of both secular and Jewish Education in a secure and vibrant environment.
I am confident that we have put in place all that is required to achieve this and that the coming years will be testimony to that fact, like all great schools, starting small and growing year on year.
This is a great opportunity for our community and the start of an exciting educational journey. A new, purpose built Jewish High School, in the heart of Alwoodley.
There will of course be many challenges in the months and years ahead – all of which the Governors and Professional Staff of LJFS are more than geared up to deal with, backed up by the unwavering support of the Leeds Jewish Community. Whatever challenges come our way must not be allowed to detract from what is, without condition, a truly wonderful and exciting piece of news.
With warmest regards,
Cllr Dan Cohen
Leeds City Councillor for Alwoodley
Chairman Leeds Jewish Free School