Jewish schools’ top score

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

GOV­ERN­MENT GCSE league ta­bles com­piled to a new stan­dard which in­cludes English and maths have blown away the no­tion that sec­u­lar sub­jects suf­fer at Jewish schools be­cause more time is de­voted to Jewish stud­ies.

While the new ta­bles saw some pre­vi­ously top schools drop to lower lev­els, Jewish sec­ondary schools main­tained, and in many cases im­proved, their stand­ing against the coun­try’s best.

They saved their most out­stand­ing achieve­ments for the value-added sec­tion, which mea­sures how much progress pupils have made be­tween the ages of 11 and 16. Here, half a dozen schools fin­ished com­fort­ably in the top five per cent in the coun­try. They were JFS, Ye­sodey Hato­rah Se­nior Girls in Stam­ford Hill, Beis Yaakov High in Sal­ford, King David High in Liver­pool, Has­monean High in Lon­don and King Solomon High in Bark­ing­side. King David High School, Manch­ester, scored just out­side the top band, though it fin­ished higher than all six on av­er­age points per pupil.

The achieve­ments were hailed by Si­mon Goulden, di­rec­tor of the Agency for Jewish Ed­u­ca­tion. He said: “No mat­ter how you cut it, Jewish sec­ondary schools do ex­cep­tion­ally well.

“With the ex­cep­tion of any in­de­pen­dent schools, they all have a com­pletely com­pre­hen­sive in­take from all sec­tors of so­ci­ety.”

In the Jewish “league ta­ble”, the private Im­manuel Col­lege fin­ished fourth on av­er­age points per pupil, be­hind Meno­rah High School for Girls in Dol­lis Hill, Lubav­itch Se­nior Girls in Hack­ney and King David High in Manch­ester, fol­lowed by the six with the very high value-added scores. Joshua Rowe of King David High told the JC: “The school is query­ing the DFES fig­ures of 1.8 per cent spe­cial-needs and spe­cial-ac­tion-plan pupils. We have around 10 per cent in this cat­e­gory and not 1.8 per cent. This fig­ure might ex­plain the rel­a­tively low con­tex­tual value-added score for the school.”

The per­for­mance of JFS in both ta­bles, with and with­out English and maths, put it in the unique po­si­tion of be­ing in the top one per cent for both.

JFS head Dame Ruth Robins praised the new ta­bles, say­ing they were “both more rig­or­ous aca­dem­i­cally and more rel­e­vant to em­ploy­ers”.

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