Family & Education

Chief Rabbi updates guidance on school entry

Families are being given more time to fulfil religious practice requirements for applications


The Office of the Chief Rabbi has updated guidelines on entry to Jewish schools in autumn 2022 to take account of the latest social distancing changes.

Families will be given more time to collect “practice” points to ensure that their children get priority if places are oversubscribed.

Under the system, applicants can obtain a maximum four points on their certificate for religious practice schools under the OCR’s aegis.

Four points can be earned by attending a synagogue service eight times during the months prior to the application. Four visits earn two points.

Two points each can be gained by taking part in online services: volunteering for Jewish organisations: participating in Jewish educational activities: or attending one of the six-week digital education courses run by the United Synagogue’s youth division Tribe, which were introduced in the wake of the pandemic.

But the window for attending synagogue has been extended to make it easier to collect points, starting from last Shabbat.

The last week for recording attendance at services for secondary schools will be October 30, the day before applications have to be in: and January 15 for primaries,

“Changes have been made to support the collection of points during uncertain times, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the latest guidance says.

“There are more options now available to you should you find yourself isolating or shielding, or if synagogue or other activities are not open, and other methods such as online synagogue services and online courses can be utilised to collect your CRP points.”

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