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li­gious stud­ies or se­cu­rity — as long as re­quests are “kept en­tirely sep­a­rate from the ad­mis­sions process”.

The head­teach­ers and the chair­men of gov­er­nors of all 39 state-aided Jewish schools in Eng­land were in­vited to yes­ter­day’s meet­ing with Mr Knight.

Jon Ben­jamin, the Board of Deputies chief ex­ec­u­tive, said that trust be­tween Jewish­school­sandthe­gov­ern­men­thad been eroded. “Jewish schools per­form ex­cep­tion­ally well, by any mea­sure of suc­cess, and many head teach­ers and gov­er­nors will have formed the un­com­fort­able view that they are be­ing specif­i­cally tar­geted for at­ten­tion.”

Rabbi Abra­ham Pin­ter, prin­ci­pal of the strictly Ortho­dox state-aided Ye­sodey Hato­rah Girls High in Hack­ney, said: “We need a lot of con­vinc­ing that it was just a co­in­ci­dence that two of the three bor­oughs se­lected by the de­part­ment — Barnet and Manch­ester — just hap­pen to have the high­est and sec­ond high­est num­ber of Jewish schools.”

Ed­u­ca­tional phi­lan­thropist Ben­jamin Perl said that the mes­sage had gone out that ei­ther Jewish schools were “en­rich­ing them­selves or were ex­clud­ing poorer pupils. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.”

Joshua Rowe, chair­man of gov­er­nors of Manch­ester’s King David High School, crit­i­cised “nam­ing and sham­ing. You are not deal­ing with gang­sters, but peo­ple who give their time for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity.”

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