Walter visits JFS in London, Europe’s largest Integrated Jewish School to find out if religious and secular Jewish youth can mix socially. This is an establishment with a difference. Not only does one find poor and rich, or religious and secular in this State School (the American equivalent of a Public School), but it offers a curriculum and facilities that rival, if not even surpass the best Private Schools. In the National league tables JFS ranks consistently among the top 1% of achievers. It is also a school where Shabbat observant and non religious students form friendships. Hear about the unusual criteria for acceptance into this mixed sex and varying Jewish observance school community, and about the results. Take a tour with Walter of what’s on offer in this remarkable school - and hear how the Head Teacher of more than 2,000 pupils (he doesn’t like to be called Headmaster) describes how he directs the school to achieve such high results. IMPORTANT: Next week I complete the report with the voices of those who matter – the students, who express freely and without inhibitions or constraints their assessment, criticism or praise of their school, as it impacts on their individual lifestyle. Having listened to this week’s programme, you cannot afford to miss the fascinating conclusion.
JFS Head Teacher Jonathan Miller.