‘Worst year’ for school admissions
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.