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A growing number of parents choose Jewish day schools for their children. They find that:
During the last few years, the number and choice of Jewish Day Schools has
increased by 300% across almost all areas of London as a result of greater
demand for Jewish Day School places. Parents have responded to the ethos behind
the expansion - that the schools are not simply for Jewish children, but are
Jewish schools. They also know that the schools are intended to serve their local
Jewish communities and reflect the nature of these communities. Competition for
a place at a Jewish Day School is always strong.
Details of schools
|Q||Why should I send my children to a Jewish Day School?
All Jewish Day Schools are dedicated to teaching the National
Curriculum. They aim to attain the highest possible standards for
your children in their formative years - so as to provide a solid
base for their future in a multi-cultural society.
The provision of Jewish Studies gives the pupils a knowledge and love for Jewish practice and a positive feeling towards Israel, together with a respect for the moral code on which Judaism is built.
Jewish Studies are taught by specialist teachers. Our Schools are housed in safe and secure surroundings - always with the active involvement and support of parents.
|Q||What is the ethos of Jewish Day Schools?
The religious ethos of the schools is modern/central orthodox,
combined with a strong and positive attitude towards Israel.
Parents are encouraged to share and support the schools' objectives.
Family education is an integral part of the curriculum. The schools
are not simply for Jewish children - they are Jewish schools.
|Q||What is the Jewish Day Schools admissions policy?
The only pre-condition of entry into United Synagogue schools
is that the children must be recognised as being Jewish by the Office
of the Chief Rabbi, under whose religious authority the schools operate.
Parents may be members of any synagogue or, indeed, no synagogue at all, although naturally it is preferred if parents identify by having membership of the United Synagogue.
Primarily, the schools are intended to serve their local Jewish communities and therefore reflect the nature of those communities.
As the Chief Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks said:
"The critical test of the health of a community is - does it look
forwards or backwards? Is it preoccupied with the memories of its
distinguished past? Or does it look forward to yet a more creative
future? For decades we have supported every Jewish cause except one -
the Jewish future of our own children."
Sending your children to a Jewish Day School helps ensure the future of Judaism.
Chief Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks
at Moriah Jewish Day School
"From every point of view, day school education offers us the best chance to educate our youth and build a confident, knowledgeable and committed generation of Jews."
Professor Saul Wachs, Gratz College
|Q||How do I apply to a Jewish Day School? - A guide for prospective parents
If you are a first time parent, choosing and applying for a place for your child at a Jewish day school is not always as simple as it first appears. The admissions policy for each school states the criteria by which it administers applications and offers the places. At schools where there is a nursery attached, often priority for admission into the reception class is given to the children who are already at their nursery school.
What the schools will ask you to provide when you apply
If you would like more specific information on Jewish Day Schools, please phone Corinne Van Colle at the Agency for Jewish Education on 020 8457 9712 or e-mail her and she will be only too pleased to help you.
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