‘Worst year’ for school ad­mis­sions

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

THE LACK of co-or­di­na­tion be­tween Jewish pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in the ad­mis­sions process — which has left some pupils with­out a school place — is “un­ac­cept­able”, the head­teacher of Mo­riah Jewish Day School in Pin­ner, north-west Lon­don, has ad­mit­ted.

Ruth Gaf­son spoke out fol­low­ing last week’s rev­e­la­tion that for­mer Mo­riah pupil Dy­lan Joseph, 11, was be­ing home­schooled af­ter his par­ents failed to se­cure a place at a Jewish sec­ondary.

Ms Gaf­son said Mo­riah was work­ing with other schools, the um­brella group Part­ner­ship for Jewish Schools, and the United Syn­a­gogue to tackle the cri­sis.

“We’ve been sup­port­ing Dy­lan’s fam­ily as much as we can, but there isn’t much more any­one can do,” Ms Gaf­son said.

This year had been the worst ever for sec­ondary ad­mis­sions, she said. “It is a real con­cern.”

Of the 30 pupils who left Mo­riah’s Year Six in July, seven did not win a place at a Jewish school. Two took places in non-Jewish state schools, two went to the­fee-pay­ingIm­manuelCol­lege,Dy­lan was home-schooled, and one pupil even de­cided to re­peat the year, hop­ing his chances would im­prove in 2016.

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