Failed by schools
Parents who send their sons and daughters to Jewish primary schools have every reason to expect that it is not a one-way commitment. Yet as we report this week, children who attended United Synagogue schools have been forced to continue their education at secular comprehensives after being denied places at JFS and other Jewish secondary schools. In the event, the opening of a cross-communal secondary school, JCoSS, in Barnet in 2010 should create sufficient places to ensure against repetition of the problem. But that will be scant consolation for those who feel that the system has failed them so miserably this year.