30 years ago

26th August 2005 at 01:00
"Jewish plea turned down", we reported on August 28, 1975, as the private Jewish primary Calderwood Lodge made its first bid to become a local authority school (it succeeded in 1982, when Strathclyde Regional Council finally took it over):

Strathclyde Regional Council's education schools subcommittee have turned down a request for financial help from the Jewish community in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. The money is needed for Calderwood Lodge, the private Jewish primary school in the Newlands area of the city.

A delegation representing the Jewish community told the committee that the school, established in 1962 and now with 260 pupils, could not continue to operate from private funds. They sought help either in the form of a grant to the school's trustees or transference to the education authority . . .

Spokesmen for the Jewish parents emphasised that any favourable decision by the local authority would not lead them to press for a segregated secondary school for Jewish children. Their evidence was that the school roll could rise to about 500 if provision was made for a new public primary school. It was important that the distinctive Judaic religion and culture should be transmitted to children before they proceeded to Gentile schooling after the age of 12.

Mr Eddie Miller, director of education . . . advised the committee that they might be faced with demands for separate educational provision from other minority groups.

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