Praise for King David

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY JC RE­PORTER

It’s clear there aren’t enough places at Jewish schools. Can’t one of the schools ex­pand?

There prob­a­bly are enough places at Jewish schools at the mo­ment, but they are not per­fectly dis­trib­uted in line with the de­mand. PaJeS is look­ing at ways to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion, which might in­clude ex­tra places at some schools. We are com­mis­sion­ing ex­ten­sive re­search to in­form this dis­cus­sion.

How­ever, though it may take some time and pa­tience from par­ents, we would ex­pect that there should be suf­fi­cient places to of­fer all par­ents that gen­uinely want a Jewish education a place for their chil­dren.

Rabbi Meyer is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Part­ner­ships for Jewish Schools (PaJes)

KING DAVID High School in Manch­ester has been rated out­stand­ing for Jewish stud­ies by Pikuach, the Board of Deputies-run in­spec­tion ser­vice.

The qual­ity of col­lec­tive wor­ship was sin­gled out for praise, while the pupils dis­played “thirst for learn­ing” in both the main­stream school and the more re­li­gious Yavneh yeshivah and sem­i­nary streams.

GCSE pupils said they par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the ethics com­po­nent of their re­li­gious stud­ies course, re­port­ing: “It’s not just the Jewish as­pects — it makes us think.”

Rabbi Ben­jamin Rick­man, King David’s head of Jewish stud­ies, said “the out­stand­ing grade is the prod­uct of years of ded­i­ca­tion and ex­tremely hard work.

“Our depart­ment cares about Jewish education and we all in­vest many ex­tra hours to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of for­mal and in­for­mal Jewish stud­ies. It’s great to have some­one val­i­date all the years of ef­fort.”

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