New report blasts faith schools
and a hiding place for lower school students, is transformed into a (boozefree) bacchanalian frenzy. Tables decked out with pastries, candy floss, popcorn and other sweet treats cover the length of the rooms. There are even inflatables and slides to tempt those self-important older students to rediscover their inner child.
Yom Ha’atzmaut brings similar festivities, with dancing in the amphitheatre and a man with an impressive beard on the microphone. Such a wholesome celebration can make even the most cynical teenager smile.
Lunchtimes can feel manic and the school day can be a social whirl of mingling with extended family and friends.
Faith schools may have their drawbacks but JFS offers an amazing sense of community. The festivals are celebrated in style and although it may not be necessary to have religious experiences at school, it makes for some odd and lovely memories of our school days.
It is no wonder that a lot of JFS students end up at a few universities; once you’re part of the pack, few want to leave.
Many students jump at the chance to challenge their teachers
Emma Jacobs, 17, is in Year 13 at JFS, Kenton and is studying for her A-Levels
A REPORT released this week by the British Humanist Association (BHA) accuses faith schools of failing to comply with admissions regulations.
According to the BHA, a group that often speaks out against religious schooling, a quarter of faith schools investigated were contravening the law and prioritising religion over other criteria such as the prospective pupils’ looked-after or financial status.
The report, called An Unholy Mess: How Virtually All Religiously Selective State Schools in England are Breaking the Law, surveyed 70 faith schools, including Jewish schools, in the UK.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We want every child to have access to the best education possible, and where there is evidence that a school does not have fair and transparent admissions arrangements, swift action will be taken.
“We will consider the findings of the BHA’s report carefully. All of the objections they have listed have now been resolved.”