Jnetics in Schools

Jnetics tests sixth form students for free (fully subsidised by Jnetics through fundraising and the generosity of the community) in all eight mainstream Jewish secondary schools in the UK.

  • Yavneh College
  • Immanuel College
  • Hasmonean Girls
  • Hasmonean Boys
  • JFS
  • JCoSS
  • King Solomon
  • King David (Manchester)

Jnetics visit these schools each academic year and provide an informative educational assembly to Year 12 students about Jewish genetic disorders and their risk. After the assembly students have the opportunity to register and book their recessive carrier screening test.

Jnetics return to school the following week with a group of trained volunteers who advise the students how to do the buccal cheek swab. Jnetics then send the samples to the lab and students can expect to receive their results by email in up to 20 weeks’ time.

The Jnetics screening covers 47 of the most severe recessive genetic disorders that are relatively more common in either Ashkenazi or Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews. A full list of the disorders covered by Jnetics screening can be found here.

Please note that Jnetics carrier screening does NOT cover BRCA.

1 in 5 people of Jewish descent are carriers of at least one of the recessive Jewish genetic disorders we test for.


Jnetics is now pleased to offer screening to students with at least one biological Jewish grandparent at mainstream schools, following our successful educational Jewish assemblies.

This will be an online programme. Students register online in advance and pre-book a screening appointment. They then receive a  pack in the post with everything they need to complete the test, including a cheek swab kit, forms and information.

Students will attend their screening appointment, which takes place via zoom with a trained Screening Advisor volunteer. The screening advisor helps the student to complete the forms and advises the student how to collect the sample.

After the appointment, students post back the saliva swab to Jnetics, after which it is sent on to the lab. Students expect to see results within 20 weeks’ time.

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