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CRP is shorthand for a Certificate of Religious Practice. For most Jewish schools, when applying for a place at either a primary or secondary school, you will need to have completed one.
The 2010 School Admissions Code allows the religious authority of schools with a religious character (sometimes called faith schools) to 'provide guidance for the admission authorities of schools of their faith that sets out what objective processes and criteria may be used to establish whether a child is a member of, or whether they practise, the faith' (para 2.52). The Chief Rabbi recommended that schools under his religious authority (sometimes called OCR schools) should develop tests of Jewish religious practice, which can be used for this purpose. It is by no means satisfactory, but is the best option in order to remain compliant with the School Admissions Code.
Some schools aside from OCR schools also use a CRP and/or their own supplementary information form to be completed by the parent or a Rabbi.
A copy must be sent direct to the school together with relevant supporting documents and the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF), which you should be able to download from its website. You should keep a copy of the CRP and its relevant supporting documents for future use. Not all schools have adopted identical CRP forms and some have varied their CRP requirements and chosen different criteria. Individual websites should be consulted to see what the differences are and how evidence is to be gathered.
A CRP may have sections such as: Synagogue Shabbat service attendance; Jewish educational activities; voluntary Jewish communal, charitable or welfare activities. Points will be awarded for the level and quantity of activity in each area. You can aggregate the points from a range of activities.
If you wish to gain CRP points by Shabbat morning service attendance, you must first register at the synagogue you will be attending. Check with the synagogue for registration details.
The main difference is that at secondary level, only the participation of the child is to be recorded, whereas at primary, it is the child and/or its parent/guardian.
NB: Private schools can select pupils on other criteria and we recommend that you contact them individually. They may include parent or child interviews, which VA schools and ‘free schools’ are precluded from administering by law.
The CRP must be handed in at the same time as the application national closing date in October. There is a timeframe for completing the CRP and it will vary slightly each year. For children starting schools in September 2013, the process started on 4 May 2012 and will end by 11 January 2013 for secondary schools. However, applications made outside the usual admissions round also have to complete a CRP form. This should also be printed on the CRP for each school. Independent schools will vary and you should consult their individual website for more information.
Every year, local authorities for all voluntary-aided schools in London and South Hertfordshire make their offers of secondary places in Y7 on or around 1 March (known as National Offer Day). Y12 dates are set by each school individually. The dates for independent schools will vary and you should consult their individual websites for more information.