Orthodox Judaism and school admissions policy: Hasmonean High School

Introduction

Hasmonean High School is an academy school for children aged 11 to 18 operating on two separate sites: one for boys and one for girls. An objection was raised about the school’s criteria for determining whether or not an applicant was an Orthodox Jew: see Hasmonean High School [2015] Office of the Schools Adjudicator ADA2990.

The facts

Like most good faith-based schools, Hasmonean High is normally oversubscribed. The current oversubscription criteria give precedence first of all to Orthodox Jewish children, defined in the following way: Continue reading