Pri­mary or­dered to shut

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

AN UN­REG­IS­TERED strictly Ortho­dox pri­mary school has been or­dered to close by the Depart­ment for Education in a fur­ther sign of a crack­down by the au­thor­i­ties on religious in­sti­tu­tions op­er­at­ing out­side the law.

Tal­mud To­rah Tash­bar in Stam­ford Hill, Hack­ney, has been told to shut down in a month.

A DfE spokesman said that it “is a crim­i­nal of­fence to op­er­ate an un­reg­is­tered in­de­pen­dent school. This school’s ap­pli­ca­tion for reg­is­tra­tion has been re­jected and on De­cem­ber 30 it was in­formed of this de­ci­sion. It has been told to close by Fe­bru­ary 12.”

The head of the Of­sted in­spec­tion ser­vice, Sir Michael Wil­shaw, has been lead­ing the charge against il­le­gal schools, urg­ing tougher ac­tion from the DfE in re­cent weeks af­ter three un­reg­is­tered Mus­lims schools were dis­cov­ered in Birm­ing­ham in re­cent months.

The school has the right to ap­peal but has not yet done so.

One reg­is­tered Ortho­dox pri­mary school in Hack­ney, Chaim Meirim, had pre­vi­ously been at risk of clo­sure af­ter fail­ing to meet in­spec­tion stan­dards but the threat was lifted last year.

A group rep­re­sent­ing for­mer mem­bers of the Charedi com­mu­nity, Gesh­erEU, wrote to the DfE last week to call for closer scru­tiny of Ortho­dox in­sti­tu­tions, say­ing that they were fail­ing to pro­vide pupils with an ad­e­quate sec­u­lar education.

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