JFS’s school re­port

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

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.

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