'It's worth it for the experience'
Mitchell Cohen, a 17-year-old Hasomean pupil from Bushey, is taking Bnei Akiva's Torani scheme and will study at Yeshivat Hakotel for the year.
"I have had a Jewish education my whole life and wanted to take it further," he says. "It's so important before you socialise with the wider world to learn more about Judaism and Israel advocacy. The experience is something I will never get again.
"I'm learning for the year so I am staying in education. It will be a huge concern to have to pay back the very large tuition fees but I think in the long run it's worth it to get the experience. It will benefit me in the future."