Archive for the 'school admissions' Category

Judge attacks ‘deplorable’ row over top Catholic school – Daily Telegraph

“A judge today condemned a ‘deplorable’ legal dispute between church leaders and parents over control of a top Roman Catholic comprehensive.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (M) v Haringey Independent Appeal Panel (Secretary of State for Schools, Families and Children intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (M) v Haringey Independent Appeal Panel (Secretary of State for Schools, Families and Children intervening) [2010] EWCA Civ 1103; [2010] WLR (D) 245

“An inquiry pursuant to s 86(3) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 into whether compliance with a parent’s preference as to the school at which he wished education to be provided for his child would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources was to be assessed objectively.”

WLR Daily, 13th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

A v Essex County Council – WLR Daily

A v Essex County Council; [2010] UKSC 33; [2010] WLR (D) 184

“A local education authority which took 18 months to secure a place at one of the few specialist schools which was equipped to cope with a severely disabled child with special education needs, during which time he was unable to attend school at all, had not, by taking so much time, denied the child’s right to education contrary to art 2 of the First Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 15th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Lawyers report 500 per cent rise in school admission appeals – The Independent

“Record numbers of disgruntled parents are expected to seek legal advice this week after failing to secure their children places at any of their preferred secondary schools.”

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The Independent, 28th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

R (E) v Governing Body of JFS and another (United Synagogue and others intervening) – WLR Daily

R (E) v Governing Body of JFS and another (United Synagogue and others intervening) [2009] UKSC 15; [2009] WLR (D) 366

“A Jewish school which, in the event of the school being oversubscribed, gave priority to children who were recognised as Jews according to the tenets of Orthodox Judaism, ie the children of mothers who were Jews by either birth or conversion, was operating a policy which discriminated on the grounds of ethnic origin and, therefore, constituted racial discrimination under s 1(1)(a) of the Race Relations Act 1976.”

WLR Daily, 16th December 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (E) v Governing Body of JFS and Another, United Synagogue and Others intervening – Times Law Reports

Regina (E) v Governing Body of JFS and Another, United Synagogue and Others intervening

Supreme Court

“The admissions policy of a Jewish school which gave priority, in the event of oversubscription, to children who were recognised as Jews under the standard Orthodox test of matrilineal descent, someone whose mother was a Jew either by birth or conversion, was discriminatory on the ground of ethnic origin and was thus racial discrimination.”

The Times, 17th December 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jewish school loses places fight – BBC News

“The Supreme Court has ruled that a Jewish school in London cannot restrict admission to pupils it considers to be ethnically Jewish.”

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BBC News, 16th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman in ‘spy’ council tribunal – BBC News

“A woman who says she was spied on by her local authority to find out whether she lived in the catchment area of a school is starting a legal challenge.”

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BBC News, 5th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Report to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on fraudulent or misleading applications for admission to schools – Office of the Schools Adjudicator

“Report to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on fraudulent or misleading applications for admission to schools.”

Full report

Office of the Schools Adjudicator, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk

Jewish school JFS refused to admit boy on religious grounds, court told – The Guardian

“Britain’s most successful Jewish school told the supreme court today it had discriminated against a 12-year-old boy on religious rather than racial grounds.”

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The Guardian, 27th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jewish case may hit other schools – BBC News

“The case of a Jewish school accused of breaching race relations laws over admissions could have ramifications for other faith schools, ministers say.”

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BBC News, 27th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Charity Commission relaxes rules for private schools – The Guardian

“Charities will now have up to five years to meet a public benefit test that entitles them to charitable status.”

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The Guardian, 7th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Private schools threaten legal action to keep charity millions – The Guardian

“The head of the organisation that represents the country’s top independent schools today issued a threat to the government’s charities watchdog that it may consider legal action against moves to force private schools to open up their facilities to pupils from low-income homes.”

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The Guardian, 11th August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jewish school wins right to appeal against ruling its entry policy was racist – The Guardian

“Europe’s largest Jewish school succeeded today in winning leave to appeal against a court judgment that said its entry policy was racist.”

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (E) v Governing Body of JFS and Others; Regina (E) v Schools Adjudicator and Others – Times Law Reports

Regina (E) v Governing Body of JFS and Others; Regina (E) v Schools Adjudicator and Others

Court of Appeal

“A Jewish school which restricted its intake to Jews, as defined by the Office of the Chief Rabbi, while making no requirement of practice or faith, discriminated racially against applicants who were not Jewish by descent or orthodox conversion.”

The Times, 8th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Ruling brands Judaism racist – Chief Rabbi – The Guardian

“The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, issued a rallying cry for Jews today to defend their schools from English law after the court of appeal decided that admission on the basis of a parent’s Jewish status was discriminatory. Writing in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, he condemned the ruling, saying it branded Judaism ‘racist’.”

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Faith school’s admissions policy discriminatory, says appeal court – The Guardian

“Jewish school’s refusal to admit boy whose mother converted to Judaism ruled unlawful.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mother in court over school place – BBC News

“A mother is to appear in court accused of lying about her address in order to gain a place for her son at a popular infant school.”

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BBC News, 29th May 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Drayton Manor High School wins case against adjudicator – The Times

“A leading state school has won a legal challenge over a ruling that its admissions policy discriminated against children from poor families.”

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The Times, 29th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

More parents use lawyers to secure school places – The Guardian

“Parents are increasingly employing lawyers to pursue a place at their child’s chosen school, legal firms say. They report more families wanting advice on deciphering the application process, filling in forms and even when to move house into a catchment area to guarantee a place.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

School told to change admissions – BBC News

“A high-performing London secondary school has been told to change its admissions rules, days before parents have to submit their application forms.”

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BBC News, 20th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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