Schools re­ceive mixed re­sults from Of­sted

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

TWO IN­DE­PEN­DENT Charedi schools in Manch­ester have re­ceived glow­ing re­ports from Of­sted, be­ing graded as good in all as­pects. But there was a more crit­i­cal as­sess­ment of two Ortho­dox schools in north-west Lon­don.

Bnos Yis­roel — one of the largest Charedi schools in Sal­ford with more than 600 girls from three to 16 — pro­vided a “high-qual­ity, rounded ed­u­ca­tion”, in­spec­tors re­ported.

The “im­pec­ca­bly po­lite” girls were en­cour­aged to “have in­quir­ing minds and be­come in­de­pen­dent thinkers”.

Boys at the se­condary Etz Chaim School at the Belmont im­pressed Of­sted as “keen read­ers stim­u­lated by the op­por­tu­ni­ties to read lit­er­ary clas­sics”.

They spoke “with ease about the val­ues es­poused within a demo­cratic and civilised so­ci­ety”, un­der­stand­ing that fam­i­lies in mod­ern Bri­tain may have dif­fer­ent set-ups to their own.

Although early years pro­vi­sion at Beis Soroh Sch­neirer, a pri­mary in­de­pen­dent girls’ school in Hen­don, was rated good, the school re­quired im­prove­ment over­all.

“Teach­ing has not been strong enough to en­sure that pupils make sus­tained progress and achieve to the best of their abil­i­ties,” Of­sted re­ported.

In­spec­tors noted im­prove­ments at Beth Ja­cob, a se­condary girls’ school in Hen­don, since it re­ceived the low­est in­spec­tion grade of in­ad­e­quate ear­lier this year.

Girls had “thor­oughly en­joyed” learn­ing about In­dian cul­ture and Sikhism in one event.

But Of­sted noted that re­quired work schemes for some sub­jects still needed to be put in place.

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