DENIAL OF SCHOOL PLACE IS NOT A DISASTER
To the mother whose daughter was not given a place in JFS despite having attended a Jewish Primary School ( JC, October 2), I would like to say that, while it is disappointing for her daughter, she will overcome this.
Hopefully, she will maintain contact with her friends from the primary school for years to come and join in with youthful activities within the Jewish community.
Perhaps a thought should be given to those children who were denied a place in a Jewish primary school because they, too, are heavily oversubscribed. Should those children not have an equal chance to be accepted for a Jewish senior school?
We all have to experience some disappointments in life and if this is the worst one for your daughter, she will indeed be a fortunate human being. Pat Cravitz Huntly Road, Bournemouth
Are there no end to the tragedies that are endured by the Jewish people? Only last week I read your report of a Jewish child, unable to get a place at JFS, who “has had to opt for a local comprehensive”. And, what’s more, the girls at this school wear trousers and this child doesn’t want to because she wants to feel Jewish!
I am sure that no comprehensive school in the country insists on girls wearing trousers as opposed to giving them a choice of what to wear. Besides, what is wrong with going to a local comprehensive? It is what most children of secondary school age in Britain do.
They are staffed generally by dedicated educationalists, who strive to ensure that the children in them maximise their potential.
My own children went to their local comprehensive, achieved well, and have friends from many different backgrounds — Jews and non-Jews. David Rosenberg Corinne Road London N19
I was on gate duty last Shabbat at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue. A man walked in with his 10-year-old son, registered for the school entry scheme and then both left straight away.
Is this how we define being Jewish? Anthony Kent firstname.lastname@example.org