Sal­ford school re­turns to favour with Of­sted

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BT SI­MON ROCKER

A STATE-AIDED Charedi girls’ high school is back in Of­sted in­spec­tors’ good books less than 18 months af­ter be­ing ranked as in­ad­e­quate — the low­est grade.

Beis Yaakov academy in Sal­ford, which has 279 girls aged from 11 to 16, has “im­proved rapidly and sig­nif­i­cantly” since its last in­spec­tion and is now rated a good school, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished this week.

Prais­ing the school’s lead­ers for pro­vid­ing a strong sense of di­rec­tion, Of­sted said that its gov­er­nance had “im­proved be­yond mea­sure” and that most pupils reached “high lev­els of at­tain­ment”.

The school had pre­vi­ously been heav­ily crit­i­cised for of­fer­ing girls too lit­tle op­por­tu­nity to learn about other faiths and cul­tures.

But the lat­est in­spec­tion found that “pro­vi­sion in cit­i­zen­ship has been ex­panded to al­low an even greater fo­cus on pupils’ un­der­stand­ing of the di­ver­sity of life in mod­ern Bri­tain”.

The cur­ricu­lum was “broad, bal­anced and re­spon­sive” to the needs of pupils, who per­formed “sig­nif­i­cantly above av­er­age” in math­e­mat­ics.

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