Girls’ gram­mar school gets low­est Of­sted rat­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

A STRICTLY Ortho­dox girls’ school that was ranked out­stand­ing five years ago has been de­moted to Of­sted’s low­est grade of in­ad­e­quate.

Teach­ing at Beth Ja­cob Gram­mar School in Hen­don was deemed to be not con­sis­tently good enough in all sub­jects. There was no for­mal sys­tem to check the per­for­mance of teach­ers and the most able pupils were not suf­fi­ciently chal­lenged.

In­spec­tors found a happy and har­mo­nious at­mos­phere and good pupil be­hav­iour.

But while girls learned what it meant to be a Bri­tish cit­i­zen, they had “very few op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn about, ex­pe­ri­ence and gain an un­der­stand­ing of other faiths and cul­tures”.

In ad­di­tion, pupils were “not taught ex­plic­itly about is­sues such as sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

“This re­stricts pupils’ spir­i­tual, moral, so­cial and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment and does not pro­mote equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity in ways that take ac­count of dif­fer­ing life­styles.”

Of­sted also found short­com­ings in safeguarding ar­range­ments, re­port­ing that gov­er­nors had not un­der­taken statu­tory train­ing. But staff had been trained in ac­cor­dance with the lat­est guid­ance from the Depart­ment for Education.

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