Praise for King David
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.”