Girl denied faith school place treks 60 miles

The family of Kayleigh Chapple, the Liverpool girl who was denied a place at a Jewish school under the new admissions rules, has decided not to apply for a judicial review. But legal action may still be taken against King David High School Liverpool, which denied her a place.

Eleven-year-old Kayleigh, from Liverpool, began her year at King David in Manchester last week after the school accepted her under its admissions policy. She was the first known halachically Jewish child to fall victim to the JFS Supreme Court ruling and be denied a place in a Jewish school.

But Kayleigh's mother, Dawn, said the family may still seek other legal avenues to force a transfer to Liverpool's Jewish school if Kayleigh is unable to settle into Manchester or her 60-mile daily trip.

But Mrs Chapple said that Kayleigh's first day at her new school went well. "Being with people who are the same as her, she is happy with that.

"She won't get picked on because of her religion."

Last updated: 10:23am, September 8 2010