Plan to end feeder schools up­sets par­ents

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

PAR­ENTS HAVE raised con­cerns af­ter it emerged that two Jewish schools have pro­posed end­ing the sys­tem of feeder pri­mary schools within the next two years.

Sug­gested changes to the ad­mis­sions cri­te­ria of Yavneh Col­lege and JCoSS were an­nounced this week, as a six-week con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise be­gan.

At present, Clore Shalom Pri­mary and Hertsmere Pri­mary hold feeder sta­tus to Yavneh in Bore­ham­wood, while Clore Tikva, Akiva and also Clore Shalom feed into JCoSS in Bar­net.

It means that, in cer­tain cir­cum­stances, pupils from th­ese pri­maries are given places in pref­er­ence to stu­dents from other ju­nior schools.

Yavneh and JCoSS have pro­posed that the sys­tem will end in Septem­ber 2017, af­fect­ing pupils cur­rently in year five.

Yavneh s a i d: “T hi s amend­ment will al­low all ap­pli­cants an equal op­por­tu­nity to se­cure a place at the school, re­gard­less of which pri­mary school they at­tended.”

The school added that it would stop pri­or­ity places be­ing given to “chil­dren for whom Yavneh Col­lege is their near­est des­ig­nated Jewish sec­ondary school”.

In­stead, pri­or­ity would be given to chil­dren whose res­i­dence is within the WD and AL post­code ar­eas in Hert­ford­shire.

Yavneh chair of gov­er­nors, Sue Ny­man, said: “The de­mo­graph­ics of our lo­cal area have changed a great deal in re­cent years and the gov­er­nors felt it was im­por­tant to cre­ate a level play­ing field for Hert­ford­shire fam­i­lies ap­ply­ing to their lo­cal school for en­try in 2017.”

JCoSS head­teacher Pa­trick Mo­ri­arty said that guar­an­teed feeder school places re­stricted the num­ber of places avail­able to other fam­i­lies in the wider com­mu­nity, which had be­come of grow­ing con­cern to gov­er­nors.

“We want to en­sure that stu­dents from across our com­mu­nity have an equal chance to come to JCoSS,” he said.

But sur­prise was voiced by par­ents that the changes may be im­ple­mented so quickly. A protest group was set up on Face­book by Hertsmere par­ent Adam Myeroff.

Mr Myeroff has three chil­dren at the school and re­lo­cated his fam­ily to Radlett so his chil­dren could at­tend Hertsmere, and then move on to Yavneh. Over 250 par­ents had joined the group within 24 hours.

Mr Myeroff said: “We are con­cerned that the con­sul­ta­tion sig­nif­i­cantly dis­ad­van­tages fam­i­lies out­side Bore­ham­wood, which, it is be­lieved, in a short pe­riod of time will be the only area to enjoy the school, when in fact the school was set up to serve the wider Hert­ford­shire area.

“Many year five par­ents at Hertsmere have al­ready started the sec­ondary school process and were as­sured at a re­cent Yavneh open day that the feeder pol­icy was not chang­ing.”

Chair­man of gov­er­nors at Hertsmere Daniel Sum­mer­field said that the school would be ap­peal­ing to Yavneh to de­lay the changes.

“This is go­ing to cause con­cern and dis­tress among par­ents at Hertsmere, es­pe­cially those with chil­dren in year five or be­low.”

Si­mon Eze­quiel, chair­man of gov­er­nors at Clore Shalom, ac­knowl­edged that the changes would cre­ate un­cer­tainty for par­ents and ad­vised them to take part in the con­sul­ta­tion process.

Year five par­ents were as­suredthe feed­er­pol­i­cy­was notchang­ing

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