JFS’s school report
Four months ago, we called for greater accountability on the part of JFS after it declined to say how many candidates were interviewed or applications received before it announced its new head was Jonathan Miller, deputy to Dame Ruth Robins. Four weeks ago, JFS chose not to attend a hearing called by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator, in response to complaints about its admissions procedure from two sets of parents, though it later set out its case in writing. The parents were refused places for their children — one, Maya Lightman even after winning an appeal — as they are not Jewish according to the Chief Rabbi’s office. The adjudicator gave them a partial victory but did not have the power to alter that prime tenet. Maya’s father, David Lightman, will now turn to a High Court judge in his determination to win justice for his family. It will be arguably the sternest test ever faced by this flagship school. Finally, JFS will have to stand up and be counted in — or counted out.