Re­sults are only half the story

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

RE­SULTS ARE sig­nif­i­cant, but should not be con­sid­ered the “be all and end all” of a stu­dent’s suc­cess, a lead­ing head­teacher has stressed.

Rachel Fink, head of Has­monean High Girls’ School in Mill Hill, Lon­don, cel­e­brated the school’s A-level achieve­ments, which saw 80 per cent of stu­dents at­tain a grade B or above, but added the im­por­tance of of­fer­ing stu­dents a wide range of op­tions that stretched be­yond aca­demic merit.

“We pro­vide a re­li­gious frame­work that al­lows our stu­dents to do what­ever they want in life,” she said. “There is no sin­gle di­men­sion. Stu­dents to­day have a broad range of op­tions avail­able, from the aca­demic to the vo­ca­tional, and it is im­por­tant to keep pro­vid­ing this.”

She added that the higher lev­els of pres­sure fac­ing stu­dents to­day make it dif­fi­cult to ease their con­cerns about at­tain­ing the best grades.

“The pres­sures on young peo­ple are al­most un­fair, and it’s very hard to keep stu­dents fo­cused on the fact that they are not just a list of re­sults,” Ms Fink said. “It is the pupil’s per­sonal progress that re­ally counts.”

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