Carmel College – Abandoned Jewish Boarding School, Oxfordshire
Carmel College was a boarding school primarily for Jewish students. It became the most expensive boarding school in the UK until it’s closure in 1997.
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History of the abandoned Carmel College
Carmel College was a boarding school in Oxfordshire with predominantly Jewish pupils. The school opened in 1948 as Europe’s only Jewish boarding school. For this reason the school had a substantial number of foreign students. The school was often referred to as the “Jewish Eton” and Carmel College alumni were often called “Old Carmelis”.
The school practised a mainstream orthodox Judaism – this was usually more orthodox than the practice of the pupils families, with the aim of turning out Anglo-Jews who were authentically both English and Jewish.
The school became the most expensive boarding school in the UK, with typical fees of £30,000 per year in 1996. Pupils were required to sit entry exams and the selection process was competitive.
The school was heavily affected by the Labour governments decision to terminate government assisted placements and ran into financial difficulties. This combined with diminishing attendance caused the school to close in 1997.