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School issued order

by: JTA - Last updated: 2008-11-07

Hasmonean High School told to admit all

Hasmonean High School told to admit all

A top Jewish school in north west London was ordered to admit children of all faiths. Hasmonean High School will have to make it clear in its prospectus that it will admit children who are not Orthodox Jews.

Most of the pupils at the school are Orthodox Jews. A new code issued by the government, which came into effect in February, was designed  to make school admission to parochial schools more fair and open to all pupils.

All faith-based schools must make it clear that they will admit children from other faiths or no faith, according to the code.

Education authorities want the school to clarify to the public that other children "would be admitted if spaces would be available." A recent report claimed that most parochial schools did not comply with the new code, but defenders said that this was not always intentional.

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