Yavne­had­mis­sion­s­plan is chal­lenged by par­ents

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

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PAR­ENTS OF Jewish pupils at pri­mary schools across Hert­ford­shire have chal­lenged Yavneh Col­lege’s claim that the re­moval of a feeder-school sys­tem would put all fam­i­lies on an equal foot­ing for places.

Mem­bers of a group rep­re­sent­ing more than 400 par­ents from Hertsmere Jewish Pri­mary School and the Clore Shalom School in Shen­ley said the changes would only ben­e­fit fam­i­lies liv­ing in El­stree and Bore­ham­wood.

Their claim is based on ad­mis­sions doc­u­ments ob­tained via Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests. The pa­pers re­vealed that with­out feeder schools, places avail­able to fam­i­lies in Bore­ham­wood and El­stree would in­crease, but fall else­where.

A source close to the school said the par­ents’ claims were “ut­ter non­sense” and high­lighted “ag­gres­sive, per­sonal at­tacks” di­rected at school staff and gov­er­nors. The at­tacks had been “as­ton­ish­ing in their fe­roc­ity”.

Yavneh, in Bore­ham­wood, pro­posed end­ing its feeder sys­tem from 2017, chang­ing in­stead to ac­cept ap­pli­cants in the WD and AL post­codes in Hert­ford­shire. The school hopes the pro­posed changes will al­low par­ents an equal op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for a place, re­gard­less of which pri­mary school their child has at­tended.

If the school is over-sub­scribed, chil­dren liv­ing clos­est to Yavneh will be given a place.

One of the FOI doc­u­ments re­vealed a Yavneh sim­u­la­tion that demon­strated the pos­si­ble ef­fect of the pro­posed en­try cri­te­ria had they been in ef­fect for the past two years. Places for fam­i­lies in Bore­ham­wood could have risen by 117 per cent, but for those in Bushey there could have been a 91 per cent de­crease.

An email from school gov­er­nor Bradley Raphael to the school’s ad­mis­sions com­mit­tee stated: “With the ex­pan­sion of the lo­cal Bore­ham­wood and El­stree Jewish pop­u­la­tion, it is un­cer­tain how far into the other Hert­ford­shire ar­eas we would ac­tu­ally get.”

Par­ents’rep­re­sen­ta­tiveA­damMyeroff said: “What is sur­pris­ing is that armed with this knowl­edge the gov­er­nors have as­serted that the pro­posed changes would cre­ate a level play­ing field.”

Yavneh Col­lege said it would not com­ment while re­sponses to the con­sul­ta­tion were still be­ing con­sid­ered. Re­sults will be re­vealed at the end of Fe­bru­ary.

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