School admissions points system set for review


The points system which is used for entry to many Jewish schools is to be reviewed.

The Chief Rabbi has set up an investigation to look at the requirements for a "Certificate of Religious Practice" and question whether the present criteria are correct.

A select group of parents' representatives and governors have been asked to share their experiences about the tests, which are used to determine priority for entry into schools including JCoss and JFS.

Children applying for entry in year seven have to gather a number of points, which they typically do by attending synagogue on a set number of occasions in the year before entry, attending a Jewish school or cheder, or by coming from a family which has carried out volunteer work in the community.

However, some parents have complained to the JC that the bar has been set too low, particularly with the huge demand for places at Jewish schools.

CRPs were introduced seven years ago after a legal ruling forced Jewish schools to change admissions procedures. Before this, schools under the Chief Rabbi's auspices had simply asked for proof that the child had a Jewish mother.

No one from the Office of the Chief Rabbi was available to comment.

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