My DD also received the offer from JFS in the second round. We're relieved as JFS was our first choice, and quite a number of her classmates are going there (mostly older siblings already there).
Agree the allocation process is really nail-biting, I was told it was a total lottery (aside from siblings). I was told that there're still rejigging and not uncommon for families to be offered a place in 3rd or 4th rounds.
From what I hear, they do pretty good job getting children know one another. My main concern is how to get her there--much longer commute in public transportation (she'll have to take buses, worried how she'll get there if she misses one). Also does anyone know what happens with the headmaster interview next month and assessment in May?
My ds has just got a place at JFS for September So far, we don't know of anyone else who is going. If you're interested, I wouldn't mind getting a few of the new starters together before the autumn, so it's a little less daunting. I know that with such a huge school, the chances of them even being in the same tutor group is slight, but even if it's just a familiar face on the bus, it could be worth it.
I have seen a few posts on here re Jewish schools so wondered if anyone's child was actually starting JFS in Sept. DD is only one of 3 going so far from her (non-Jewish) school who isn't a sibling, so it would be good to hear of more children going esp from our area of London (Finchley). It seems to be a terrible year for children getting in to the Jewish schools as only a handful seem to have got any choice, and not even their first and I only know of one child who got Jcoss without being a sibling or going to the feeder schools. We are hoping she will get into the accelerated stream too - there shouldn't be any reason why she shouldn't, but if anyone who has gone through this could give tips (we are already doing vr and nvr papers and she is set for all 5s for her SATs) that would be great too. Thanks