I attended the Board of Deputies meeting with Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools, to consider the issues surrounding Jewish schools and admissions ( JC, April 4 and 11).
Mr Knight was reasonable and certainly listened to many valid points, but I could not help wondering whether he and the civil servants writing policy understood what it means to be an Orthodox Jew.
As one outside of the faith, with experience as head of seven schools, I recognise that the success of schools such as Hasmonean is not based on whether we have the correct phrases on our admissions forms but on the fact that the young people at our school are growing up in a community where values and standards that have held secure for generations are an integral part of their daily lives and where there is a real belief in education and life-long learning.
Rather than have a go at schools like Hasmonean, I suggested to the minister that he should work with us to explore how we could support and strengthen other areas of education. Mr D Fuller Executive headteacher Hasmonean High School, London NW4