More opt for schools

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2010

Northern Jewish schools are anticipating a bumper pupil crop in September with the best admissions numbers in years.

Manchester's Kind David Primary and High schools and Leeds' Brodetsky Primary report full intakes for the new academic year.

North Cheshire Jewish Primary says it is oversubscribed and has had to consider appeal cases.

North Cheshire head Jackie Savage says the school received 48 applications for 45 places.

"It must be a rise in the birth rate. Some children have had to go to an appeal through the local authority because we've been over our standard admissions number."

At King David, governors' chair Joshua Rowe says its two-form intake of 60 is full for its restructured primary school, combining infants and juniors. The high school had many more applications for its 100 places.

The kindergarten at Broughton Jewish in Salford has the highest applications' number for three years. Headmaster Leon Bernstein, says this year has been a "bumper crop. The word on the street and around the Shabbat table is that numbers in Broughton Jewish are on the increase."

In Leeds, Brodetsky head Jeremy Dunford says September will see the first full reception intake in years as "more pupils are joining the nursery and then staying with us into the main school", rather than going into the private sector.

Last updated: 12:15pm, July 15 2010